The redundancy of using "update" on every other post is getting boring! Yes, I'm still sewing nearly every day, yes squirrels pop up often.
There has been good progress on Dreamweaver, along with frustrations. I spent a long evening auditioning and making more applique pieces for the streamers, using Steam a Seam fusible product.
Some smaller circles and layered shapes fleshed out the design. I was able to group similar fabrics on several of the stems.
I left the appliques overnight but didn't end up making any changes the next morning before heating up the iron to fuse down the pieces. It was quite a chore to peel off the backing papers and reposition everything the same way; I'd taken separate photos of each streamer to guide me. I removed all the pieces before moving the quilt top to the ironing board, and replaced them as I moved on to pressing the applique pieces on each streamer. My idea was to use 40 wt thread to add some stitching to each leaf/circle after all the fusing was finishe. Despite the description on the Steam a Seam packaging, the adhesive DID gum up the needle and caused thread breaks. After a frustrating attempt to clean the needle with an alcohol wipe, a change of needle size and thread weight to finer strand, the thread continued to break. The packaging claims no edge finish is needed once fused, but I'm not sure I trust that. Perhaps after washing I can try stitching the edges again. In the meantime, the backing is ready to be assembled and I have batting on hand.
While cleaning up the Hoosier cabinet's table, I pulled out a box with finished log cabin blocks from last year. These were from Julie's Log Cabin Loonies sew along. I made mine with 1.5" strips and they will finish at the odd size of 7.5".
Mini supervised the layout tries, as usual.
I had found a sort of star layout online here which I pinned a couple of years ago. However, after laying out my very scrappy blocks, I did not feel they had high enough contrast for this layout A search on the Katy Quilts blog for a finished quilt in this layout was nonproductive. There are endless ways to set log cabin blocks, of course. I think this next one is called Light and Dark.
I think it works better for my scrappy blocks, do you? I have a total of 80 blocks to play with so they went back in the box for now...I've got a bunch of quilting to do!