I spent several hours pressing them open today. And here they are!
I figure I will arrange them with the strongest & darkest colors in the centre, and lighter toward the edges. The corners will be solid white where she has asked me to applique some special images to further symbolize her grandma. I began arranging a small position of the quilt to see how I feel about the layout. Like this?
or like this?
Here's the same two arrangements in a different perspective.
ps- Jesica, if you are looking, please let me know. If you cannot decide, click on each photo to enlarge them and take a step back. : ) Each photo is about a tenth of the quilt... Each square is about 3 inches, and will be a little smaller than that once it gets pieced together.
In other news (oh I have so much news!), I am unhappy with the way the tree is on Mandy's quilt. Mandy is having the fabrics from her baby carriers & slings made into a wallhanging. I've come very far on this one and I feel stuck. I phoned her to discuss it and she agrees. I asked about changing the tree color and she would like the style to be different. I feel much better about finishing it now. I was really not satisfied for some time. Perhaps I shouldn't have made the ground so realistic. Now the tree needs to be upscaled a lot. It's nothing some embellishing cannot fix though.
I have officially finished the pink / white / brown owl quilt! The hanging sleeve is attached, the buttons eyes are sewn on, and the whole quilt top has been cleaned up of thread tails and such. I'll add a label to the back and bring it to the next guild meeting for show and tell.
|the top of the owls are raw edge applique so the will ruffle when washed : )|
|the flannelette backing : )|
|pretty binding fabric from Periwinkle Quilting and Beyond|
From there it will be hung for sale at McNally Robinson's Booksellers from the upper railings around the children's reading section. (Isnt' that fantastic of them to offer that exhibit space to our guild!?). This will be the 4th and 5th quilts I've hung there. My country courthouse steps will go up there too, both until the end of May.
AND my final news is that me and Christie from Describe Happy are on a fitness challenge for eight weeks. We'll be reporting our progress to each other and sending each gifts of support. The idea is that if one of us can't keep up, they will owe the other some serious fabric. If we both keep up though, then we both win and prize each other. I challenge you to find a partner and do the same. Quilting is not good for the butt and it's been a long long winter. ; )