Back in May, the center section was completed. The pieces were fused down & looking good.
Note to self: When using commercial solids, you need to stitch down the raw edges. The solids are NOT the same as hand dyed fabrics that fused hard & fast. Do the edge stitching BEFORE you layer the quilt. DO NOT get cocky & ahead of yourself!
The first round was to add the required flying geese.
It went fairly well and I was pleased.
The on to the second round - applique was required and it needed to reflect the sun.
I actually did this the hard way - I appliqued each of the four sides and then attached them. What I should have done was to attached the black border strips all the way around and then laid down the sun & the rays. The alignment would have been easier, with smoother transitions. SMH.
It was like I was looking to make this harder than it needed to be or else half my brain was somewhere else on this project day.
Last round was all about squares & rectangles!
|Parts lined up and ready for stitching|
I wanted something big & bold to balance the sun sections. Which meant I was thisclose on some of the fabrics and had to run out and buy a bit more.
Of course, I discovered the shortage (one yellow rectangle, 2.5 x 6 inches) while I was up in Michigan so I couldn't get the last round on & the quilt layered while I was up there. Talk about frustrating! But that was nowhere near as frustrating as what I did when attaching the first section of the final border.
Had to laugh at my mistake! And bust out the seam ripper. Last but not least - the corners. I couldn't just have plain corners, now could I? Nope - all seven of the warm colors needed to make an appearance to tie everything together. The only way to do this was square in a square in a square. And the only way to do that was to paper piece them.
The extra fabric I purchased was to also cover the corners. Each corner has 25 pieces in an 8 inch square. Feels like you are going round and round and round forever.
The final quilt top of Phoenix Rising.
I like the back shot, too.
The sandwiching was done using the board method and the quilting has commenced. I'll share that in the near future.