I decided I really don't mind a little more organic circles, and the more relaxed I got the more I liked them lol! So ...most of the circles are back basting prepared and then needle turned. I found this little tool really handy to draw neater circles for back basting prep:
Fitting on that outer vine and flower border was tricky - needed to do a wee bit of pattern adaptation to fit.
I did the floral applique first but left about 3 1/2 inches clear background to add the vine outside:
Organised chaos...or maybe just chaos?
Positioning the vine (long bias strips prepped as in last post) - bit of adjustment required:
Pinning ready to applique...and I might add a few more flowers/leaves later to fill gaps.
Meanwhile...here is Benjamin Biggs Block 7 - such a delightful pattern.
And here is one lap quilt that is nearly finished - my Double X gift quilt - pinned and now being quilted - all machine pieced.
I can only hope it might have improved my machine piecing skills (as I made this under expert teacher guidance in my quilt class) but I can't say I enjoyed it as much as hand work. If you want to know my thoughts exactly about hand applique - just look at Kyle's inspiring post - always a joy to read her posts at Timeless Reflections!