I have a finish to report!
I'll wait until you pick yourself up off the floor.....
Okay. Ya' back? :-)
Yes, an honest-to-goodness finish!
I finished my little art quilt I'm calling Sometimes I Really Miss Iowa. You might remember that I made the block for the Texting While Sewing contest that Amy of During Quiet Time blog held. I posted about the process I used to make it here. I had the block done in time for the competition and even started quilting it. But I didn't finish it up until this weekend. (I had to get some stuff off my cutting table and Cotton Club and this were taking up some prime real estate!) The quilting on the corn rows is perle cotton. All the other quilting is 50-wt Aurifil threads, and I used Aurifil monofiliment thread for the invisible aplique. I am very happy with it! It measures about 11.5" x 11.5". (It shrank up quite a bit when I was quilting it! I had cut it to 12.5" x 12.5" before quilting, as the regulation for the contest was it had to be a 12.5" block.)
I had had two other ombres that I had intended to use when I made the top, but they had been misplaced and then I forgot about them. Well, in straightening up one day, I found them. I used them for the binding and the backing instead.
I took Lynn's advice and quilted lines in the sky, like I did for the rays. I used this blue variegated Aurifil thread and decided to use it in the purple fabric, too. I thought it might help tie it all together nicely. I am pleased with the effect, overall.
The only thing I wish I had done better on is the arcs in the sun. They got kind of oblong at the top. Not sure how that happened. Wasn't of the mind to unpick it all, so I left it. Nature isn't perfect, right?
I still like all the text I added, and the corn rows. Papa Pea asked me why I used such big stitches here. I said, "Because I wanted it to emulate corn fields." He replied, "Oh! Of course! I like it, and it looks just like corn rows." Good! Accomplished what I had hoped to. To bad I had to 'splain it to him!
Since I took these photos, I washed it. If it looks much different after washing it, I may show it again, if you don't mind!
When I posted this in its earlier stages of completion, my mom and dad commented on how much they liked it. I think I'll take it to Florida with me at Christmas to show them in person.
We are having beautiful weather here, but it's supposed to get down to highs in the 50's by Friday. I'm not ready for that yet!
Until next time,