In my defense, the plan was for this to be a fairly simple project. Although I committed to making something for the competition last year and had been ruminating over possibilities since summer, I was quite confident when I started several weeks ago that I would have plenty of time to finish this to submit before the deadline.
I've shared a few small glimpses of progress, but at those times, only had a vague idea of where this was going. To start, I appliqued the hexies, the strawberries, the itty-bitty-kitty to the large piece of black fabric.
A photo of my work table several days ago ~ a frenzy of possibilities. I told you that in making this project, I was trying out some ideas I had for future projects. Did you know when you read that, that my competitive nature would take over and compel me to invest many more hours than intended?
Can you see what this will be? A Christmas stocking. Unconventional, on black, but it will be entered in a local competition which last year drew many unusual, wonderful entries. A fun event where 'different' is celebrated, a local holiday tradition which has benefited some wonderful causes.
You know my tendency is to plan things out carefully. But this time, I chose a looser approach. For the most part, I'm happy with the result. In a few spots, my critical eye tells me something different would have worked better. But I wanted folky, and these observations will inform future pieces.
I appliqued. I embroidered. I quilted with perle cotton.
I stepped away. I returned, squinting, and drew in a few more motifs where the design looked a little bare. Last night, deeming the embellishment finished, I appliqued the red, dog-tooth border along the top edge. This morning, while muffins baked, I sewed up a lining to insert and basted it in.
I took some quick photos, then added a black loop for hanging, with plans to drop it off tomorrow morning after I make the ricotta pie but before I pack our bags. It was a relief to get it finished and be able to contribute something I'm happy with to be part of a local tradition. I'll share more about that when it happens, in early December.
Tonight while he was wrapping some Christmas gifts we'll deliver while visiting family this week, I showed M my finished work. Ta-da! Finally finished! "Did you sign it somewhere?" he asked. Hmmm...guess I could set the alarm a little earlier tomorrow.
As is our usual tradition, we'll be spending Thanksgiving at my sister's home. This year, Molly & Chito and K&H will join us, the first time in quite a few years that both of our kids are here in the states for the holidays ~ should be extra fun! Wishing all of my American friends a happy Thanksgiving, and, if applicable, safe travels!