|Look - hand stitched!|
|OK, this one's got "character." If I'd made it myhself, I would be embarrassed, but since it's someone else's work, I can smile and enjoy. The stains came out.|
I decided not to worry about points. If I had made that a criteria, only a few blocks would have been usable. Some of the pinwheels turned left, and some turned right. This made for a layout challenge, and also helped me decide which blocks to omit. I laid it all out on my floor, since my design wall is in my studio, which is closed for the cold winter, and pinned a number to each block so that I could put it back together again. Straight pins. I know. OUCH. But my fingers do not like safety pins, so straight pins it is.
I framed each block with 1" strips a la Ricky Tims' skinny trip trick (ask me if you want to know), and then decided to use a bright red sashing.
Quilt-as-you-go, strip by strip, was my plan, so sewing the whole top together only happens as the batting and batting are added, strip by strip.
|These are the vertical strips, still separate. Apparently I used the camera flash for this one.|
The next job was to prepare the backing. My quest is to use up what I have as much as possible, so I chose an old piece of chambray that had faded on its fold lines. It has fascinated me for years. I decided to cut it apart and piece it so that it would be interesting to look at.
|My assistant, Buddy, approved of the completed strips. If he weren't blind, he'd like it even better.|