I just finished #3 in my 4 Elements quilt series.
- Doing a large piece entirely by trapplique-ing quilted elements may be overkill. It certainly used a lot of fabric and batting – twice as much batting as the same size on one layer would use.
- Next time I may try to combine more flat piecing with trapplique, so the trapplique bits stand out more.
- A good thing about trapplique is it allows me to move around and edit design elements as I go along, which I prefer to committing to a final design before I even start sewing.
- “Quilter’s Dream” polyester batting is better for this than the “Warm & Natural” cotton batting I used (because it’s what I had on hand), which is much flatter.
- I’m still learning. I’m also still wondering why I’m doing this insane, time-consuming hobby. Maybe that’s just the PMS talking. I now have an apartment-ful of fabric and thread and batting and supplies, so I’m reluctant to just quit before they’re used up…but the more I use, the more I buy to replace. Oh, you are a cruel mistress, quilting hobby!
The back side of this one isn’t beautiful, but it could be worse. Sewing down the various floppy parts down before binding helped a lot. Also: this was possibly my best binding job yet. It still takes hours though.
I still intend to re-do “Water.” I’ll do that next, actually, before “Air.” I might not even do “Air,” depending on how long my patience holds out. This hobby is insanely time-consuming. Did I say that already?
These are the hands of a feminine (because of the mehendi) Agni receiving the fire – in this case the burnt remains of a human wafting upwards. There are eyes in the palms looking down toward the burnt skeleton at the bottom (this photo is “upside-down”). I couldn’t help thinking of my friend Manish Acharya, who died suddenly and was cremated last year. It’s weird that the idea of the piece came out all cartoony and cuddly.