Decided to do the applique process by embroidery machine. Not that it's that much faster, but less tedious. Digitizing goes pretty fast for me as long as I keep things fairly simple. Trimming the appliques in the hoop is a bit tedious, but not so much as machine sewing around each little curvy applique. And the machine can sew the applique much faster than I can manually.
Here's my embroidery machine walkin' and talkin' for me with today's Vintage Flower Basket.
42 tiny hexagon templates to make and cut out? 42 tiny hexagon fabric pieces to cut out, hand stitch around the seam allowances, painstakingly press over the templates and THEN hand sew them together to make a 6.5" flower ring block??!!!! I think not! Open my embroidery software? I think so!
So here is my rendition of the Inchy Hexagon Club block.
Hand embroidery again. Nope, I used decorative stitches on my machine. I spent more time playing with stitches than it took to put together this little block! Finally a block with large enough pieces to use this stripe fabric! The stitch stacked strips are 1" wide finished. I fray checked the ends like crazy before trimming. Will need to take extra care with this block until it gets sewn into the top.
Got the 8 blocks sewn and decided I needed to get a picture of the progress so far. Looking good! The truest colors are at the far right of the picture. Next will be the corner blocks and then I'll sew this center section together before continuing with the next round of blocks.