I had a name chosen, but the closer I got to the finish, the less it seemed appropriate.
As with a lot of my quilts, it has taken on a life & direction of it's own, as it evolved.
When I began the sewing, I knew who it was for, & how I wanted it to proceed- more or less.
As it has grown, & come together it has dictated some of the design.
I was unsure about the quilting, but then I had the sudden idea for the stars in the centre of the larger blocks.
I initially thought a meander in the large blocks would be nice, but I am somewhat hopeless at meander quilting on my domestic machine. I was looking for something closer to 'neat'.
My Janome is dear to my heart, but every now & then it sh*ts itself, & apparently goes on a sort of strike.
I am not sure why, but the tension just refuses to behave. An expert could not understand it, & he spent days trying to solve the mystery.
I also wish it had an automatic needle threading facility! I am getting tired eyes, & can be heard muttering blue things at the thread & needle!!
However, I seemed to overcome the sulky tension problems, & this is the finish line!
The binding has been completed, & now there is some hand detailing & all will be finished.
I do have a query, & plea for help.
I used a marking pen, for some of the stars. It is a purple pen, brand name ADGER*TM.
It also says, "Please try with a piece of wasted cloth before use.
Please take off cap with hands, not with a mouth."
I used this pen on the lighter coloured fabrics, to trace the star outline.
I understood it would fade with light over 24 hours.
It has not.
Do I need to panic, or will it fade on washing in cold water?
I intend washing the quilt, & drying it in the clothes dryer, to make the quilting effective.
Some of the darker colours involved the use of Korbond Taylor's Chalk marker pencils, & they are proving hard to banish also.
Will these wash away?
The upside of all this is, I do believe in the power of colour. I feel happy when I work with bright colours, & find my thoughts are happy.
I find the Ming Blue reminds me of an Asian Lady- I think she is either Chinese or Japanese. She is very beautiful, & but has a somewhat cold demeanor.
Red, is too hot & hectic for me, but I do love to use it.. flirting with strong feelings?
Yellow makes me feel happy... Buttercup flowers, & sunshine, & golden days.
Green, the wonderful foliage of grasses, trees, & all living plants..
Blues.. deep seas, wild skies...blue eyes, ...