I’m so close to finishing Pretty in Pink it is tempting to just keep going. Who needs sleep, food or time with family, right? Love that energy that comes as the current project is drawing to a close. Remember the bumper stickers that read “I’d rather be…”? Pastimes such as fishing or as many of you reading this might say, quilting, are used to complete this phrase. That is how I feel when an artwork, such as Pretty in Pink is so close to being realized I would rather work on it.
It all started with Ariana’s eyes. Aren’t they stunning? OK, I’m prejudice, but I think she’s gorgeous. And those eyes! It is as if she is looking right at you, which is of course what she was doing when this picture was taken. It is a close-up of her “sneaking” a pair of my shoes.
Remember the teen rebellion of last week? I was ready to give up. The face was not coming together. It wasn’t even close to coming together. Ouch!
Sometimes I just have to take a deeper breath, continue and hope for the best. I worked on blending/softening areas by layering more threads. By the time I started thread painting Ariana’s arm my confidence grew.
Shocker! I’m nearly done. All that is left to do is add Ariana’s sunbonnet. After that there is some finish work, such as cutting away the Whisperlite. I traced the position of various elements of the image on the Whisperlite to aid with assembly. One finicky part of thread painting is it finishes close to, but not to size. Ditto for pillowcase turned appliqué. The good news is that the slight difference in size doesn’t affect the final quilt.
My 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt is finished. So now what? Between now and next January I should have quite a collection of possible RSCQs to choose from. I have five images saved in my 2024 RSCQ album. This is a pattern for tessellated cats that I stumbled on. I had fun drafting it in EQ8. Now I can print out foundations for piecing if I opt to make this one.
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