I could have easily pulled something from my inventory for the summer Farmer's Market... something like a purse or a casserole carrier... but my mind kept wandering to the train fabric I had in the closet - Thomas the Train and some fun novelty print train fabric...
I also had in mind a big block style pattern - one that I have used a few times before... but couldn't find because I had re-organized all of my pattern books and magazines a few months ago. I pulled my stack of magazines and searched - page by page - three times and finally gave up.
I remembered the basic dimensions so I drew up a quick sketch and started pulling some coordinating fabrics.
There was a lot going on with the flying geese!
I started searching for border fabric and felt like it needed some solids to calm everything down.
What a difference that made! Thank goodness! Because I was pretty disappointed and discouraged because it was not all that I had hoped for... I even considered tossing the whole thing aside because it drove me NUTS!
Once the borders did their magic and calmed it all down I sandwiched the quilt and was ready to use my handy-dandy new stippling template. I love it!
As I pieced and quilted this quilt I considered some creative options for a photo shoot. We have a train crossing just 1/4 mile down our road that I thought give a try. With quilt and camera in hand I headed down the road... a few people staring at me as I carried the quilt.
One idea I had, but could not make work very well was hanging it on the crossing pole. The wind was blowing, I wasn't quite tall enough to get it draped just right and I could have used a few clothes pins to hold it in place. But again, I had a good time trying some creative shots.
It is my hope that all in attendance of the fundraising dinner have fun in support of the youth.
When faced with a look that is not all that you had hoped for, what do you do?
Do you have another tip or suggestion to "fix" or calm down the busy look?
I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment and share your thoughts...
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