Finished Top w/o Sashing
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Well, I finished the top, without the window sashing. I now need to add the window sashing, an inner "leading" between the stained glass window and the window sashing. Then, I will begin work on the Applique of the Vase and the flowers. I have already created several versions of "poppies" for usage. I will probably have about 3 different styles of varying sizes. All red. I need to get some seed beads as the store for the center of the poppies. I will be using the final fabrics from my challenge kit, a brown that looks like wood, a yellowish-brownish blend for the bottom of the sashing, and the green grassy look for the poppie stems. I will be using the pretty pink/blue/mauve/gray blend stained glass fabric for the vase.
My vacation is now over, but I still hope to finish the entire quilt top by next week as I will need to do a bit of hand quilting on this. I realized *after* I sewed down the leading that you are supposed to wait to do this until it is sandwiched so that it serves as the quilting also. I personally am glad that I didn't wait as I had to do some fancy maneuvering of that quilt top to sew down the leading.
Planned quilting options thus far:
- Hand quilt "FLW" for Frank Lloyd Wright in the center of each circle.
- Hand quilt "stitch in the ditch" like inside each corner. I will likely just be putting a little "tack" down at the corners which will serve as enough quilting to hold sandwich, yet not be too apparent. The remaining sections of leading added tonight, that is, the long piece down the middle and going horizontally will be stitched down after sandwiching so that part will be the "quilted part." I am not being overly concerned about the background at this point. I will likely use some hand dyed fabrics for the backing.
- The "window frame" will be stitched in the ditch and some large meandering stitches.
- I will be outline quilting the vase and the poppies, as well as some meandering/stiple quilting inside of the vase.
Here is the finished top:
Today, I spent a total of 4.5 hours finishing up the quilt top as it stands today.
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