It may not look like much, but I have made substantial progress on Viola. I have finished all the appliquéd stem units and finished nine complete blocks. I quite like the look of the blocks all together!
At this point I am still undecided as to what size to make this quilt. The pattern calls for 16 blocks. I was thinking of doing just 12, in a three by four block setting. Somehow, to me, the symmetry of the quilt looks better square, with the four by four setting. I just need to buckle down and set aside a couple of hours every day and get these blocks done!
Making this quilt has been sort of like watching paint dry for me. It is taking forever and I keep getting side tracked by other activities. I know I will love it when I finish it, but the process has not been as enjoyable for me as some other quilts I have made. I don't know why really. Maybe the fact that each large block takes some time to put together. The complete block is more like four blocks, with the three flower units and the vase unit. I do love the fabric I am using (Mimosa by Robert Kaufman).
One tip regarding the appliquéd stems--You may recall I was having problems with the straight stems not laying flat and wanting to curve rather than be straight. A couple of readers suggested not cutting the straight stem pieces on the bias, but rather on the straight of grain. I tried that, and those straight stem pieces lay just where I wanted them, straight as little arrows. No curving at all. The curved stem units for the smaller flower units were cut on the bias and of course curved nicely as they were supposed to.
Hope you are all having a great week! It sure is dark in the mornings when I get up. I think daylight savings time next week will help me get up on time and not want to sleep in until 7:30!