So . . . .I cut extra applique petals to give me lots of options. And I am so glad I did, because I hadn't even thought of the layout I ended up with :) The extra 20 minutes of cutting was totally worth it and now I have these leftovers that will make up 4 more flowers . . . and I am sure I will find something fun to use them on ;)
I played around with lots of different layouts. I started with the petals and centers in the same colors, then mixed them up, and I had the prints in the petals the same, and then mixed them up (and of course, I didn't think to save those pictures that I discarded as not quite there yet, sorry) and eventually came across this layout which was the perfect combination of controlled scrappy that I didn't even know I was going for in the first place ;) I love it!!!
So last night I adhered all of the applique shapes in place and stacked them up all ready to be stitched this morning ;)
And wouldn't you know it, I just happened to get a lovely package of Aurifil Threads in the mail yesterday. They are for another secret project I am working on . . . but I have a feeling they are going to work just perfect for some serious secure stitching today!!! I am planning on using a blanket stitch for these and can;t wait to get going. I love secure stitching applique, I find it so incredibly relaxing and I love seeing how it makes the applique pop!!
Time to get my stitching on ;)
Oh, and if you are new to the wonderful world of applique and are wondering how to get started with it, you can check out my Applique Basics Video here ;) I promise, you are going to love it!!!