Here are some notes on what I’m using for Florabunda. Right now we only really need background fabric. I always cut my blocks bigger to allow for any shrinkage from the appliqué. It does happen. My blocks are all cut 14” square. I’m very partial to sateen for backgrounds. It has a little extra sheen and is lovely to stitch on. I especially like Spelcher Vogel sateen which is a bit pricey ($12/yard) but worth the price. As a rough rule I always plan on 1 yard to cut 4 background blocks. You can probably do with less than that. I do this because I don’t usually know exactly what size my blocks are going to be until after I buy the fabric. That being said, if you cut your blocks 13” you could probably get all 12 blocks cut from 1 ½ yards. If you are going to do the center medallion than plan on using another yard for that. I hope that helps.
The Appliqué Stitch
To stitch the appliqué in place you will need to make a small slipstitch along the folded edge of the appliqué shape. I like to start my stitching by knotting my thread and slipping into the fold of the appliqué shape. Place the needle into the background fabric next to where it came up through the appliqué. Catch a small amount of background fabric as you guide the needle into the edge of the appliqué. Try to only catch a few threads of the appliqué when you bring your needle up through the shape as shown. Keep your stitches close together so that the edge of the appliqué remains smooth. A good stitch spacing to aim for is 10 to 12 stitches per inch. To finish I bring the needle to the back of the block, take a small stitch into the background fabric behind the appliqué and use this stitch to make a knot as shown. I then tuck this thread behind the appliqué by threading my needle in between the background fabric and the appliqué and pulling it up through the background fabric a small distance from the knot. I cut the thread at the background fabric to prevent any fabric tails.
Place needle in background next to where it came up from the applique
Catch a small amount of background fabric as you guide the needle into the edge of the appliqué
Try to only catch a few threads of the appliqué when you bring your needle up through the shape as shown
Pull thread up and keep going
When you are done stitching around a shape bring thread up on the back and catch a few threads of the background fabric
Insert your needle through the loop this stitch makes to form a knot
Pull moderately tight
Thread needle between the background fabric and applique and come up slightly away from the knot
Cut the thread where it comes up. This will prevent the threads on the back from showing through.