|I am using two battings, a low-loft poly to add puff and a cotton under that.|
|A simple 9 patch/9 patch top, with a blue and white backing is a start.|
|My plan to quilt the top with battings and then tie the backing to it.|
The sketched scene on the back of the quilt will be hand appliqued catching only the backside with my hand stitches and not showing on the front side. Have I ever seen this done before? The answer is "No". My work remains original and I am learning as I go and praying that this looks the way I want it to look when it is all finished.
The appliqued design on the back will feature the special items that were hand-stitched and embroidered by my friend's mother, along with my own appliqued items of a little cottage, little heart-shaped flowers and trees, and some appliqued birds on the clotheslines along with a personalized dedication to my friend in memory of her mother and sister.
|The backside will be an elaborate appliqued dedication to my friend's mother.|
I am learning to focus on completion of this piece in lieu of perfection! My goals in this quilt will be to finish it in a timely manner (by Christmas, I hope), practice my straight line and stitch-in-the-ditch machine quilting, "perfect" a batting combination that will add dimension to my simple quilting/tying and practice hand-applique that won't show on the front side of this quilt, and last but not least pay tribute to my friend by using her mother's materials and hand-sewn items in this special friendship quilt. My process will be interrupted only by prepping for my craft shows that start in October and go through the holiday season. I don't have a moment to lose!!
|Prepping the little garments to be appliqued to the clothes line.|
|Little hand-embroidered quilt blocks to make a mini-quilt to hang on the line.|