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June’s Swatch of the Month started off with excitement as it was a new technique of applique and a stencil pattern I enjoy. It was also my first chance to try out my new sewing nook in our new home!
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I had some trouble matching up the pieces of the applique to the base fabric, but I made my best guess and I suppose it turned out alright.
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The “puffy” applique was a bit challenging, probably because of the lack of preciseness. Instead of matching up lines or keeping fabric flat, I had to purposefully stitch down the applique in “puffs.”
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And then some pieces didn’t really “puff” at all, so not sure why that was. For pieces too small for applique, I chose to do a backstitch outline of each piece with embroidery thread.
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For embellishment, I chose to do a mixture of running stitches and beaded accents around the larger petals.
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I like the multiple layers of texture, with so many different thread colors, types, and stitches. It took a long time to finish this Swatch because of the detail but I like how it turned out.
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In this swatch I start to show a divergence from following the suggested color choices and pattern and putting my own take on it. I think it is what I need to keep engaged. More color and variation!

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