Welcome to month two of the Three Little Birds Quilt-a-long! Have I mentioned that we’ll be working through this project at a leisurely pace?
For this month, we’ll be focusing on the applique pocket of the pouch. It’s not the first step in the pattern, but it was what I wanted to do first because, well, hand applique intimidates me. I figured if I did this first, I’d be more motivated to finish knowing the hardest part was over.
There are loads of applique tutorials online. For this size and scope of project, I picked this one from Suppose Create Delight. The prep work is time-consuming, but well worth it in my opinion. I loved that all the pieces were glued into place so I could take the applique with me and sew. I stitched down my three little birds while sitting in the car waiting for my kids to get out of school.
As I mentioned before, I’m making a second pouch using the cherry blossom motifs from another Yoko Saito pattern. The pictures below are some of my in-progress steps of prepping the blossoms.
So, how about you? What’s your favorite applique method? Have you started stitching your Three Little Birds? I can’t wait to see!! Please link up your in-progress photos below. (Your pictures can be from a blog, Facebook page, Flickr stream, or Instagram.)
Speaking of IG– did you know Yoko Saito herself is on Instagram now? Check it out @yokosaito_quiltparty.