That might be the name of the big turquoise painted leaf project. At least it’s something different to call it while I’m working on it…and I finally got a serious start on the assembly.
That first little piece on the sea of background fabric seems like such a lonely tiny first step! It only took me about three pieces before I realized that my construction plan would not proceed as it had in my brain in the middle of the night. See, I thought I could slap each piece down, do some hand stitching to keep it in place, do some quilt as you go with small sections…………..ummm, not so much.
My wool backing is the finished size of the project. No trimming to size after all the stitching is done. So I have to place the blocks to fit and that means laying out the whole thing before I sew. First issue was whether or not to fill in odd holes with this peach, beaded, sequined prom dress fabric.
Yes to the peach, no to black edge stitching on it and probably no to peach raw edges. Onward!
I also found out quickly that my rough layout of blocks on my design wall was way too casual and I started changing them around right away. I also think that I have way more than I need, so I might get a bonus piece along with this large one. That wouldn’t bother me at all because I like the painted leaf fabric blocks a lot.
Slow progress was always going to be the route of this project. I look at what I have laid out on the table and I think I’ve really gotten a lot done. But then I realize that I still have at least two feet of blank background hanging over the edge and I don’t have any of the stitching done that I planned to do as I went along.
But it was my choice to go big with it. If it takes forever, that’s what it takes! If you have a picture in your head, you have to keep working to make it happen. I will try not to bore you with progress reports where I’m the only one who can see any progress!
I need to get some sitting-on-the-deck stitching going, too, because this thing is not portable! And we have had a couple of days here and there without rain, so I’m hopeful that I WILL get to sit outside and relax sometime this summer…oh, wait…I’m not sure we will ever get to real summer this year either! And my heart is breaking for the travails of flooded towns and fields. Here’s hoping for better days, soon…