In the meantime, I've been using my boyfriend's fancypants SLR. I thought it would lead to better photos, but it turns out even a good camera can take bad photos in the hands of a novice. So, without further ado, here are some bad photos of my two latest applique blocks:
The color on the peas block is not quite right. I should not have mixed my two green color families. I always tear my hair out over which colors to put where and end up just throwing things together in the end and they don't always come out great. It's so hard to tell until the thing is put together, and then it's obvious to me which colors I should have done where. Sigh.
However, I am very, very proud of my carrot block. This was the first block I attempted on the quilt, and I quickly discovered that turning all those tiny curves using the press and starch method was extremely difficult, and led to questionable results. So I put it aside for a while until I felt my skills were up to it.
|The one and only leaf I tried to prepare with the starch method.|
In this case, a little bit of needleturn was exactly what was needed. Manually turning under the edges allowed for more precision and far less fraying than the starch method did. The problem with the starch method is that everything is turned under at once, from the start. With needleturn you only do a teeny bit at a time, which allows for those curves. There are still frayed bits, especially at the inner curves, but in general I am very happy with these leaves.