Jan Patek has flown in with a cheery applique this week. This "Bird on a Branch" is a curvy bird with a couple leaves and a berry or bud, and it looks sweet in pretty red or a peaceful white on a blue background. Since I'm not playing with changing a lot of light and dark pieces this week I thought I'd just envision some little additions, like a button eye with all kinds of pops of colors on circles. You could make a a little change to the background by making an arch that mimics the arch of the branch. Or try framing in the bird as I did on the last one.
I wanted my bird for my center yellow blocks but wanted a little extra structure, which is why I added the framing in Thatched reversed to the back side. This makes a very subtle buttery color. An extra leaf and treating my circle like a flower with an orange center.
I also added a couple extra orange dots for some more accents of color. I've used the Solana fabric on my bigger flower so the rays poke out from the center as flower petals. The little white on white print is from Carolina Lilies and gives a little more texture to the light background. I made my bird eye with a little embroidery.
For my circles I used Applipops and was very impressed with how they work and the range of sizes for circles. I think I may have some more circle applique experiments to try!
Have fun making your flying friend for this week's block!
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