I don't know what took me so long to try free form cutting of fabric to do an applique piece. But this is my first attempt, the result of another class I took recently. The instructor is a very talented quilt artist, Teresa Fusco, who moved to Pa recently. I only recently discovered her classes and unfortunately, the shop where she had been teaching is closing so she's going to have to find a new shop/location for her classes. All of her work is so unique and she had a wonderful manner of fostering creativity. She's working on creating a website and I can't wait for that to be completed. Hopefully she'll put up some of her work for us to enjoy. I LOVED the class, as well, as another one I took from her but that is unfinished.
Anyway, for this piece the shapes are cut freely, temporarily pinned in place, then secured with a dot of glue and finally free motion quilted around each shape. After all the leaves, flowers, etc., are appliqued down then the background is quilted. Right now I'm in the process of free motion quilting the piece down. I used Patsy Thompson's tutorial on basting your quilt using an upright surface and spray basting. Worked beautifully. Sorry for the out of focus photo, but my "good" camera's battery died just when I started taking photos. Hope you enjoy.