I've been participating in Barbara Brackman's Civil War appliqué BOM projects for the past two years.
In 2019, the theme was Hospital Sketches, featuring stories about hospital care during the Civil War. This year's theme is Cassandra's Circle, focusing on the lives of Confederate women in the social circle of diarist Mary Boykin Chestnut.
I used stash fabrics (except for backgrounds) for the Hospital Sketches blocks, but found my stash lacking in appropriate sashing and border fabrics.
Happily, I found some suitable fabrics this spring and completed the flimsy. I had to tweak the exposure on the photo quite a bit to even get the outer border fabric to show up - it's a dark blue paisley.
This project was a great experience in choosing fabrics for appliqué. I still have much to learn, but I'm enjoying the process!
This month's block for Cassandra's Circle is called Texas Star.
Several options were suggested for the center star image. I liked the crossed five-pointed stars. I especially enjoyed cutting the wreath using a folded paper (freezer paper in this case) technique.
We're having a really prolific year of jalapeños. So far I've made pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños. I chopped up another batch and froze them. And more were split, seeded, and roasted, then frozen. And still the peppers keep growing!