This is going to be kinda long, because I took a bunch of pics along the way- first I have to give a shout out to my pal Karen Stone http://www.karenkstone.com who started me paper piecing years ago with her genius patterns.
I begin sketching the lines, stepping back often to make sure everything flows
Then I put some rough sewing lines in- they don't need to be accurate because I will make it up as I go along.
each shape is numbered and also given a directional arrow-this entire piece of paper will be cut apart and become my pattern.
then they're reassembled with all of their edges folded under- this will be turned edge machine appliqué
my theme this cycle is macro, I thought I would get inside the poky world of crystals instead of organic shapes for a change.