I've had an idea rolling around in my head for a quilt for some time. I had no idea what I was doing- which was probably good - since I just jumped right in a let it flow. I started fooling around with this August 2014, and then let it rest for the past 4 months - until last week when I pulled it out again. Here is what I have so far:
I have NO IDEA what is happening here, I just kept going on intuition.
At this point, I was ready to throw in the towel. Many areas of the dog were just not coming out how I saw it in my mind. AND, I realized too late that I should have made templates for each section, then pieced the fabric to fit that section. OOPS!
So, I went back a few steps - generated some manageable size areas to piece and cut out pattern pieces to fit those areas. Now I felt like I was getting somewhere.
As you can see, I left the crucial area - the face for last - LOL. Talk about avoidance. I am a stickler for details, and with these dogs (Bernese Mountain Dogs) the face is so important and distinctive - I just wanted to get it right.
I was pleased with how the "fur" area was coming out in the black, and happy with the various greens for the background. I had a heck of a time with the nose and muzzle area. I must have made 5 noses - finally I cut it off and started over. Ouch. The next time was the charm, and it infused me with enough excitement to carry on to reach this stage:
So this is where I stand today. I am so proud of this accomplishment. I have never tried anything like this before and I found it to be a very exciting, frustrating and fun process. My hope is to use this as a center "medallion" to a throw sized quilt. I have many friends involved with this breed and I know they would die to have a beautiful quilt styled in this fashion. Current measurements are aprox 20" x 26".
I would welcome any suggestions on how to proceed from here. I've auditioned over 1/2 my stash, created tons of various blocks to audition around this center and - arghhhhhhh....nothing seems just right! I could really use some help.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for visiting my new blog.
Have a great day
now to try and link up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...I wonder if this worked???