Wednesday I shared a bunch of my WIP and finished quilts with the kids in The Boy's class. I brought two quilt tops, one completed and one WIP. The work in progress quilt top is a quilt I'm making for The Girl.
We moved into our house when she was one month old. So, needless to say, with a nearly two year old and a newborn, The Girl's room didn't get decorated and she didn't have a completed quilt waiting for her arrival. It took a long time to even decide on a theme I liked for her room. The Boy's room is decorated in Very Hungry Caterpillar. I really liked the idea of decorating in the theme of a children's book, but I couldn't find one that I was super excited about AND there was a fabric line for. ;-) If only Frog and Toad (a childhood favorite of mine) had a fabric line! So I settled on The Rainbow Fish (though it has no fabric line) though I'm honestly not super excited about a literal interpretation of it and I've moved more toward the general theme of ocean.
In January 2013 I was buying fabrics for her quilt. The Jelly Roll Race quilts were just starting to be big them (I think), so I did a variation of a Jelly Roll Race with four batik fabrics (at the top of the photo above) that I purchased yardage of and cut myself. That was the easy part.
And my quilt top got stuck at that step... over a year ago. It's pretty. In fact, I love it. If only that was my vision. It's just not done. I want to put some life in my ocean. So those other colorful batiks... imagine that they are fish, jellies, perhaps some seaweed.
Oh, did I mention that I don't really do applique? Basically I don't have the time or patience for hand work and I've only done hand-stitched applique. Clearly I need to learn a new, fast, machine applique technique. (I think I want to use fusible something-or-other and stitch over raw edges or just be zen with raw edges on my fishies. Pointers appreciated.) So that's why I'm stuck. I'm also unsure how detailed I want these fish to be, though since learning some new free motion quilting skills with Leah Day's Building Blocks Quilt Along I'm feeling confident that I'd be happy with fish and stuff out of a single fabric and then doing free motion quilting on them for detail. I think.
I'm declaring this project to be back on the forefront of my sewing focus. It isn't my main goal for June, but I snuck it onto my Bonus Goal list. (Yeah, that's right, the Bonus Goal list seems to be a work in progress of it's own.) Perhaps if I get this quilt done it will inspire me to finally paint The Girl's room.