focusing on mandalas for Creative Strength Training and creating my latest quilt entitled "An octopus Garden in the Shade, I realised that these floweres are also mandalas. I am trying some new techniques here. Stencilled gloss gel that is then foiled creating the flowers with batting and felt with a machine embroidery edge and then free machine echoing some of the foil marks. I like the subtle effect of these foil lines. I have used the fireworks stencil from Stencil Girl to achieve this effect and dabbed the gel through the stencil with a sponge The seems to be a good way to get the stencil onto fabric without smudging or overload. I have hand stitched a cluster of gold beads in the centre.