|After creating the full size tracing and freezer paper template, the fun part starts -- picking fabrics.|
|Making fabric choices|
|More fabrics and possible borders|
I finished the top about 10 months ago and have been staring at it ever since, thinking about whether it feels right, and about how I would quilt and finish. This was my first effort at this type of work, and there are some things I would do different next time, but two places bothered especially -- the lower right of the flower, and the top of the lower left leaf. One of the cool things about the method is the ability to change a few things. Two weeks ago, at a quilt retreat of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, I removed these two pieces and replaced them with lower contrast pieces that seemed better suited.
|Finished top -- almost|
|More finished top|
I'm still not totally satisfied, but I think I like the result better, and plan to move on to quilting.
I learned a lot from this -- contrast is important, complementary colors make things pop, fussy cutting to make the fabric work for you, and editing the picture to 'abstract' the essence. Mostly, I need to dive in and do a lot more of these...
Thanks for reading,