What a struggle I'm having arranging these photos on the blog page! Anyhow, here's some photos of when my family took me out to dinner at the Disneyland street. We had so much fun. My sister was visiting us, too. So needless to say, I've not been sewing as much as usual. However, I do have these applique squares underway for my "Jenna" quilt. I'm planning to sew alternating squares of the pieced stars and the applique blocks. I must say that as far as I'm concerned, designing and doing your own applique beats following some pattern in a book hands down. I don't have to worry about the placement of design parts exactly as they are in some diagram. I just make whatever picture I decide on, pick out any fabrics I have on hand, and place the design elements "by eye." The most important things to remember when working by this method are to cut the background blocks in generous proportions, and square them up after the design is completed. It also helps to find the exact center of the background block before placing the design elements. I'm putting lots of little pink hearts on the quilt. As you can see in this photo, some of the applique patches are only pinned on at this point, and there's a lot of embroidery I need to add--especially the bird needs embroidered feet and an eye.