Working on 3 different projects doesn't lead to quick results for any of them.....but it's often my routine. Studio/design time takes place in the day and handwork in the evening.... WHY not?? I never have control over the TV clicker anyway!!
This piece was originally to be my 2011 donation for the annual Alzheimer's Priority Quilt Initiative.....but due to the size limitation of my deconstructed screen printed fabric.....I added border to the center panel. THEN....drat....it was too large for the target 9" x 12".
I decided not to cut the borders down to achieve the correct size since they'd be really narrow. Instead I'm finishing it as is and I'll make another piece for the Fall Houston sale. I spent several hours hand quilting the background. But due to what turns out to be a suprisingly busy background (at least it is for my taste)......the hand quilting wasn't supporting the design at all.
So....unhappily, I ripped it all out and then, yup....I'm nothing if not persistent.....tried a different quilt pattern...again by hand. And, yup...I ripped that out too. Yesterday I machine echo quilted it, bound it, and am almost finished the hand stitching on the binding.
Now I look at it and am not totally happy. Wanna bet that a beaded edging treatment will be added? The design seems lost and needs to be 'framed'. Beads should do that. I'll be busy tonight!