I can't believe I'm working this way again...it has been thirty years. When I was in college and just starting to experiment with quilting--before I even had a sewing machine--I would pin bits of fabric to a foundation, composing little blocks entirely with a zillion pins before sewing it all down. I did this for a few years...then I was given a subscription to "Quilter's Newsletter Magazine" and by golly, I realized there are other ways to put fabrics together!
But the Floral 9 Patch center block called for exactly this process, so it was fun to revisit this old technique.
Here is a detail. Because nothing is fused, I can move stuff around, refine some curves, etc. It is composition taking place on the wall. There is no way I could have pieced this.
Here is the center block, all pinned and ready for some pleasant hours of hand sewing.
The fabrics for this quilt are so incredibly busy that I am trying to imagine how I can use the embellishments to "calm it down".
But that's probably not gonna happen!!!