I do have some progress to show, but it was not without it's challenges.
After daydreaming about this project all week, I woke up Saturday morning jazzed (chuffed...psyched...) to get started.
I had decided that plastic templates would be the way to go since I would be making 2-4 repeats of most of these designs.
But then I hit a point when I realized that my FMQ is so if-y that it was unlikely to follow those lines very well anyway.
As I was cutting them out I had a tragic realization. I ALWAYS have yards of black Kona Cotton hanging around the house. Um. Not today. $#^+! I'm willing to shift gears, but soon realized that of the 1000 yards of fabric in my stash, I don't have a single piece over 2 yards in a color that A) I will wear B) I can imagine in this design. And JoAnne's Fabric on Saturday morning is worse than a root-canal with no medication.
Turns out that I was right. Quilting cottons 50% off. As were zippers and Coats & Clark thread.
Instead of a stash buster project, I added 6 yards for this project and 9 yards of white-on-white - my standard quilting background. HOWEVER, I am using stash fabric and batting. (And if I make it to the red/black version, stash thread.)
And then there was the Marking Saga. I don't mean to be a drama queen...but really? I can't find anything that really works on a mid to dark fabric. I had an insanely expensive white Clover marking pen that I am totally hoping I can find the receipt so I can return it. I bought it last week for this project thinking I'd be marking on black, and it was an absolute piece of crap.
I pulled out the water soluble blue marker thinking it would work.
Kind of did as long as I had full day light, overhead light, desk lamp, focused LED lamp and the machine light. And reading glasses. Double normal strength.
I did outline stitching on this panel so I can wash them all and get the shrink and texture that I want before I cut out and attach the panels. I am using Bamboo batting (stash).
My current quilting dilemma is background. I am thinking that I need to add some sort of stippling so the design will stand out.
So, anyway, welcome to my new 3-D quilt project.