The joyful news today is that the sun made a bright appearance (for a change)! The big storm that hit the eastern states bypassed our area. But even so, sunny winter days are rare in Central Ohio. It was beautiful. And energizing.
I spent part of today cutting scrappy pieced backs from behind my appliqued stars so I can add the next layers.
Now I have a stack of scrappy stars. Six more will be added when I finish cutting the last blocks.
My only stitching was reinforcing the seams where the back had been cut away. After all the time spent appliqueing I didn't want to risk the seams coming apart. Is that what people usually do if the background of an applique block is pieced? (This is my first time using backgrounds with seams.) I guess I also added extra applique stitches where I noticed the need (because now I'm carefully looking at and evaluating the backs).
I've also been cutting center circles so I'll be ready to play with color placement when the stars go back on the "design floor." I'll post photos another day.
I'm linking this post to Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag.
I hope you're having / had a great sewing and quilting day!