These funny looking things are my Viola Stems. The idea is, you cut them in half diagonally and have sections for two vase units.
The appliqué part went pretty well. I used regular neutral Aurofil thread in the bobbin and invisible poly thread on the top. It is like sewing with a transparent hair, so yes, it is invisible.
The part that didn't go so well is that those curvy bias stems, they, well....they want to curve. I had a heck of a time getting that long center strip to lay flat and straight diagonal to diagonal. I have some that are very wobbly, and I am thinking I may re-do them. Corner to corner, the strips line up where they are supposed to (at the ends). However, along the way to the corner there is some serpentine wiggling going on. That is the nature of a bias strip I suppose, but in this case, I am pretty sure the intent is for them to lay arrow straight.
Bummer. I wanted this step to be over with quickly, but it looks like I may have some fiddling to do.
Just a note, if any of you are following along and making this pattern with us: There is an error where the pattern says the half flower units should measure 5 1/2 inches. They do not. The half flower units measure 8 inches square.