Hen & Chicks
One of my VERY FAVORITE SONGS in the 1960s (so long ago!) was "So Happy Together" by the Turtles (1967, when I was...oh, let's not go there). I wore out the little 45 record that I had. I still love the tune. (Don't know the song? Listen and watch here, vintage 1967: Turtles singing "So Happy Together" ). Looking at their "outfits" and antics during this "live performance" should make any quilter creative, LOL.
Out of that random memory and inspiration came this machine applique and embroidery design on a 5" x 5" square:
I also created this machine embroidered and appliqued 5" x 5" label for a baby quilt made by my sister :
The nice thing about making appliques is that I can use all sorts of little scraps that I already have saved for this purpose (and other creative endeavors).
A Modern Quilt Guild friend showed a few of us how to make this design using scraps of batiks:
The lighting isn't good for the photo, but in spite of this I think you'll notice that there's not enough fabric color contrast to set off those leaves. It's not finished, however, so I'm thinking about perking it up with some threads and maybe some beads. Measurements: 11" x 29", about wall-hanging or small table runner size. I've got more leaves to set into other projects, so this serves as a good test.
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