Did you think I’d have my strata quilt finished in a week? I did too. But as the expression goes, “Close, but no cigar.”
It became quickly apparent that my fall landscape idea was not going to work as I expected. The sky was all wrong. Ditto the green plaid cotton lamé. But, a strip of large-scale print just happened to be lying on the ironing board. Seriously! And it was perfect.
I like this better. My original layered landscape idea was too literal. I still added three yellow leaves. I struggled with how I was going to make the stems until I remembered a technique for couched thread stems Sue Nickels shared in The Quilt Show’s 2013 Block of the Month pattern. (If you are a member of TQS—and I hope you are—check out month 8 of Two of Us.) I’m afraid you’ll have to wait and see those when I show you the finished product.
After the top was completed, the gold tone-on-tone strip was too blah. Right now I’m adding some interest to that strip by quilting circles with black thread. Instead of marking, I’m quilting around self-stick dot labels. The dots are not intended to stick to fabric, so it helps to hold them in place with a stiletto…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life