Well, I didn’t get them all sewn down, before I left for Quilt Canada, but I was happy with what I had done. I knew, that I only had a few more pieces of fabric to sew down, once I got back home. The plan is to get these guy done by mid- June, for my solo exhibition, so I have to concentrate and work hard!
The kids were cut out of the backing that I had used – in this case stabilizer. I will never use this again as it is too stiff, and wrinkles badly. Lesson learned! I was able to cut some of it away, but left the rest in place.
The kids were then placed on the background that I had started.
I found a lovely fabric, at a local quilt shop, that looked to me a lot like falling snow. Wonderful for the sky! The trees were painted and appliqued on. Some time was spent determining their final positions. I wanted them to frame the kids on the sleigh.
Then on to sewing everything down. It always surprises me how long it takes. Why I don’t know, as I have done this many times. Maybe wishful thinking that it will be faster this time!
Here they are with more snow added and additional detail on the faces.
The next step is the quilting. First, detail quilting the boys, and then on to the background.
I always have a hard time coming up with names for my art. Is this a problem for you too?
I am trying to think of a name for this quilt. Perhaps the Four Musketeers. What do you think? What name would you give this piece? Can you help me out? I would love it if you would!
Last minute changes
Based on a comment by a reader – Thanks Marg – I added further detail to the eyes of the boy at the front of the sleigh. My husband says “he is now looking at you, rather than staring”. Check it out below:
I like the change!