Meanwhile, there was another project that wanted alteration. Remember THIS? Now re-named "Mountain Fantasy" -- because the piece is purely out of my imagination -- here's what it looked like when I last posted about it:
Since then I trimmed it, and began to embroider flowers in the "grass" at the bottom. I started with a clear red, implying...poppies, or something:
Then I let the piece sit for some weeks, while I worked on THIS and THESE. I seemed to have lost my momentum; I couldn't get enthused about returning to the piece, but I knew I had to if it were going to be part of my collection at the Lacombe Art Show & Sale in April.
On Wednesday I dug it out and took it to my friend C's, for a bit of hand-stitching time. I added more running stitch to secure the tiny trees; I didn't touch the flowers till that evening -- and again, it was without enthusiasm. The red just seemed to be a bit much. I kept going, consoling myself with the fact that yellow French knots and violet 'stars' would tone down the red.
Thursday I was out of town.
I awoke early yesterday, with a start. I knew exactly what was wrong with this piece:
- It was out of proportion; there was too much water; and
- Those flowers had to go!
I began with the water fabric. Pinning and auditioning, I took about an inch out of the centre. Yes; that would do. I took out the quilting in a band almost 2" wide across the centre of the water fabric. Having done that, I was able to separate the spray-based blue fabric and foundation fabric from the batting.
I cut the fabric from side to side:
I cut the batting across the back:
Then I cut the piece in two:
I trimmed out the superfluous fabric on the front and batting on the back. Then, starting on the back, I used a close whip-stitch to attach the batting pieces back together. In the photo below, you can see excess backing fabric -- bereft of batting -- folded back.
I trimmed the excess fabric, folded over the edge, pinned it down and stitched a blind hem across the back:
On the front, I trimmed away foundation fabric to reduce bulk; then I folded the edge of the water fabric and pinned it in place. The plan was to quilt it all down.
And so it was. I finished the afternoon by removing those darned flowers -- and deciding not to put in any at all. I like the proportions much better, too.
Today: facing, and a label, and a sleeve. Phew! That was a close call.