My first vase of Violas!
I toyed with the idea of paper piecing the stems for about five minutes. Have you ever done paper piecing? Well, I am late to that party, without a doubt. I experimented for a little while and you have never seen such a mess. I kept either sewing the wrong side of the fabric or trimming off the larger piece of fabric that was supposed to be flipped over. I got so flustered I even managed to rotary cut through my Viola pattern instructions. Seriously? Ack. I decided to follow the pattern directions and just put on my big girl panties and do the appliqué.
I am not opposed to paper piecing. I just am one of those people who is going to need a class and a beginner project. Some nice teacher looking over my shoulder saying "You want to think that through Nicole? Before you cut off that piece of fabric?"
At any rate, making the bias stems and doing machine appliqué went just fine and I finished two vase units. And yes, I did actually say "Voila".
I really do like how this is coming together. The fabrics have a fun 1940's feel to them.