I'm making a scrap quilt for my friend. It's going piecing in the center. I'm going to put a black border around it. On the border, I'm going to applique various designs - a mobius, a libra symbol/scale, Ox (Chinese zodiac) symbol, things like that. He also wants something representing the 4 elements. So far, Earth is going to be a mountain and fire is going to be like ... well, it's like how I drew campfires growing up, minus the wood. Point being, I'm good on that.
I'm stuck on Air and Water. Ideas? This will be my first applique work, so I'd like to stick at medium difficulty (or easy, bonus points if you have a real easy design).
And would you suggest quilting it FIRST and then adding the applique? When I've done hand binding I've had to go over stitches... not the most fun in the world but definitely do-able. Or would you applique FIRST and then quilt around it? Because I use my Flynn quilting frame, it's can be difficult to work in larger areas.