As does this one customer. She likes one thread color, whereas I'm more comfortable matching thread to the fabric. So I had this great quilt with churndash blocks and applique and I thought about this stencil challenge. There were alternating blocks, one empty and one with wool applique. So I chose a stencil from Thimbleberries and freehanded everything else to coordinate. I'm not sure the pictures are great, but it was a fun quilt and I enjoyed doing it.
One thing that I can say, the muscles used to follow a stencil are definitely different that the free-hand frenzy. I enjoyed this challenge and although I won't enter into the challenge because I'm way more surfer dude carefree than most quilters, I learned that any time you challenge yourself, you grow!
Like I said, the pictures aren't great but they are pictures. The block has the stencil which has a heart and leaves in it. The thick border (three borders) were a challenge because I would normally do three separate borders (growth) so I did a heart vine, to mimick the stencil.
The leaves are brought back in the outer portions of the churndash block with the applique and there is a heart loop in the blue sashing.
Here you can see the stencil with the two inspiried parts.
The quilt was tooooooo cute. Thanks Mary Beth for the challenge.