Center Applique Mandala
Here's a glimpse of my new quilt in progress. The simple title "Happy" is what it's all about. No deep theme or major inspiration here.
I enjoy watching hummingbirds all summer, both at my feeder and as they flit among my annuals. They even worked their way into my new design.
I started at the center of the mandala appliqué block and worked my way outward. This block will finish at 30" square.
Here's a sketch of the entire quilt-to-be:
Sketch of quilt layout
OK, so far so good. But things got messy when I started working on the side basket blocks. I had pieced the backgrounds only to find I'd forgotten to include seam allowances. So, of course they did not match the size of my center mandala. I'd even appliquéd two of the baskets.
And I was really not sure at all what I wanted to add to those baskets.
My project was at a standstill until I visited my quilt group last week (after a long hiatus). I immediately got not only their enthusiastic approval, but they also helped me form a plan to carry on.
I re-cut and pieced the background side blocks, appliquéd new baskets and I'm working on flowers to fill the baskets. Each basket will have the same flower motifs (enlarged from the ones used in the center) but with different colors.
I'm happy when I'm quilting!