I'm back from 9 days at my parents' AZ home. I had a wonderful time... I wonder if I retired, if I'd enjoy the free time as much??
Anyway, while I was there, I worked on an applique and sashiko project. I took more projects in my suitcase than clothes! I took supplies to make sock monkeys (love those things), a quilt kit for a great niece due in April, some crochet books for my mom, and my applique and sashiko project. I almost dragged my sewing machine along, but realized that was over kill!
My mom and I worked on our applique projects. We are working on similar projects and we both got a lot completed. My mom worked on the butterfly panel.
and I worked on the plumeria panel
both are Sylvia Pippen designs and the kits are available here http://www.sylvia-pippen.com/ The indigo in her current kits is not as nice as in her previous kits. In fact, it is not indigo but a moddled blue/white cotton. If you order a kit from her, ask for the real indigo back, otherwise I would not recommend these kits.
The plumeria flowers that I did are all double layered so that they are 2 toned. The butterflies use marbled fabric which is so pretty. The above photos are not from our actual projects but from Sylvia's website. When panels are complete, I'll post a photo. I think I have 1 more flower to do and the sashiko stitch.
My favorite method of applique is as follows:
I like the hand dyed fabrics and all the colors. I think I'm going to make a wall quilt with the panels and maybe had some sashiko crests for the border