The highlight of my week was definitely my trip to Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City. And the vision that is burned in my memory and still brings a smile to my face, is Michael Miller's circus themed booth.
I still wonder how those elephants made the trip.
I really enjoy making these little blocks. I giggle to myself when I add 3-dimensional details like the elephants' collars and ears.
You can really see the stitching. I really like using the blanket stitch to stitch down fusible appliques. Rayon thread adds a nice sheen. The 30 wt Sulky thread is my preference. It's a little thicker than the traditional Sulky. (The lower the number, the thicker the thread.)
For pieces that will not be laundered, I found a great assortment of foam letters at the crafts store. I use them to add letters or words. They have a sticky back which is perfect for holding them in place while being stitched down.
I added the M for Michael Miller.
They really do make wonderful fabric.