Well, I made some progress. First- I bought two more sheets of felt and did the applique of the snowflake on the two squares I ran out for. Then, I tried to figure out what to do about the center snowflake- it's huge, and I was going to have to join felt (would look bad) or use a different material. After a few small scale tests, I decided to use fleece. I got it appliqued and after 3 days of cutting and many blisters all cut out. Now I'm just worried because there is a lot of excess fluff. If me and the lint roller don't work really hard, it will show under the organza, still I think it will look better than joining felt. Maybe I should have used batting, but I thought that would look too different from felt.
So, I was back to needing to quilt- but I still don't have mastery of new designs. I've been sketching a lot of McTavishing, but I'm not good enough at it to want it on this quilt. I've been drawing echo-arches, paisley, etc. And I suck.
And then, I figured it out- squiggle lines! Rather than reversing direction at each vertex, cross to the other side of the line and make that arc, cross back and forth down the length of the line. At the end of the piece- come back down the line making the other circle. It worked perfectly. Once you have all the vertical done, do the horizontal. And this makes the overlapping circles, with no circles to do at all.
Here is mine:
So the second Diane Gaudynski design is apple core- a common quilting pieced design.
So now I have 7 more small blocks, plus the large block to go. Uh-oh. I don't know what 7 other designs I have enough mastery of to use!