Garden Path - Jacket - Part XXXVII
One More Rabbit Trail . . .
I was all set to assemble the flower border this morning and then sat down to the computer to go through my reader and catch up on blog posts. What does Allie post today, but another one of her crazy quilt squares (this one is #17 and they're all different!) that has not only the flower centerpiece but also a spider! A spider!!! Of course, now I want a spider, too! Complete with a web, of course.
Allie was kind enough to send me a few more pictures for ideas and in less than 30 minutes, I had figured out where I was going to put that web and had pulled out some threads and beads to try.
The web placement was a bit tricky, as there really isn't enough open space to do a web in the border. I did find some in the corner of one of the fronts. It will be partially hidden by flower petals, but I think that's all the better - you'll have to look to find it. In order to find the right spot, I made a little tool to check placement options. I took a small ziplock bag and cut open the sides so it would lay flat and then drew a web on it in the right proportions with a Sharpie marker.
I then placed the bag over the border to check for places where the web might fit. As you can see, I've found this spot below and I've already pinned the petals out of the way so that I can start stitching the web in place by machine.
I auditioned three different threads for the web, and I think I'm going to go with the one in the middle (bottom right in the stitch out). I thought I'd like the bold, thick lines of the one on the left (upper right in the stitch out), but it has too much metallic gold in it and the lines are not as delicate as a real spider web. The other two have pink/blue/purple metallics in them which blend better with all the other flowers and can be stitched over twice to get a little more thickness. I have to think about it a little more.
Either tonight or tomorrow I'll get the web quilted in and then I can go back to assembly. I'll add that spider later - look for it next week sometime.
Parting Shot: Sunflower. We really have a sunflower now! It finally bloomed. I took several photos; one of them is my desktop background now.