I'm working on this because it's such a challenge to see what I do next. I now put some borders on it in order to have some line to lean on. I just couldn't resist putting the 4 ladies on one of them. The ribbed border is the bottom of a sweater. I also added a checked wool piece and an organza piece on top of it to change the structure.
I did some holes with buttonhole stitch and a kind of rib .
And these are the ladies I'm stitching on now.
I also did a circle around the sun using a kind of whipped spiders wheel stitch. I liked to do that and I'm going to use it more in the future.
I love the textures that arise and playing with possibilities. This is a huge sampler of "what ifs" like Jude says. It is going to be a keepsake.
I'm already struggling with the backing because I want it to have one. The bis question is:
at what time shall I begin with it?. There are many possibilities:
- to add smaller pieces of fabric as you go and let them be bonded with the stitching (disadvantage: there is much space between the stitching due to the appliqué)
- a big piece at the end and hand quilting (disadvantage: I don't like to handle big pieces, specially if it's hot)
- a big piece at the end and machine quilting/stitching between the lines and appliqués (advantage: a kind of trapunto - disadvantage: once more the space bethween the trapuntos, this would made a pattern in the pattern without a concept)