Ugh. Well, the new center was looking a little Pokeball to me. I think the strips beside the windows were too narrow, so I hacked them out and the center’s now a reverse-appliques circle. Or, it will be, once I choose a new feature fabric. <sigh> Let me backtrack a little.
I’d decided on breaking up the expanse of black-on-white leaf fabric with a connected circle in a circle. The freezer paper template:
I should have known that those connecting bars were too narrow. Also, when I folded back and pressed the black background fabric, I had the same problem as with the dogwood blossom, though not as severe: those corners suck.
I agonized a lot (what’s new?) and laid the new black background over the old dogwood blossom that was already appliqued. I also took out the strips I’d cut for the next borders and the bits of the EPP that I’d basted since I decided to change things up last week.
So, good, circles in the center and little EPPed Drunkard’s Path blocks, dogwood “jewel” replaced with fussy-cut star (the smallest paper piece I’ve used yet!) surrounded by greys. But the bad was the more I stared at it, the more I hated those thin dividers and the central circle.
So I cut them out. That central fabric still isn’t “important” enough for this medallion, but I’ve ordered a couple prints with big motifs I think might work. Since I’m not going to do all of the embroidery, I’m not in a giant rush since I have two more weeks to get everything in the mock-up above done and sewn together.
Here’s a close-up of the basted Drunkard’s Path blocks (each 2″ square), front and back in one picture:
You might notice that I still have three square “slots” between each EPPed section in the handwork round. What do I plan to put there? I was thinking about doing a HST of greys on either side of the Drunkard’s Path block, then a solid square of the black-on-white low-volume stars fabric, then another HST of greys, but I don’t know if it’ll work. Something like this:
But I honestly have no idea what’ll look good. Suggestions are very, very welcome!
Thanks in advance!