|They look so innocent, don't they?|
I put the back together pretty quickly - the quilt top is small enough so that a single cut of fabric was wide enough to cover the entire back. I had quite a few strips of colored fabric cut and abandoned from the original block design, so I appliqued a couple here and there with a few elephants parading along.
It was at this point that my first major "oh crap" moment presented itself - when I realized what I should have done with the quilt in the first place. I loved the solo elephants on the back much more than a whole line of them on the front. If I had just been patient and let the fabric marinate in my mind a little more, maybe I would have thought of fussy cutting elephants into the center of a few blocks and randomly placing those here and there on the front along with the confetti. That would have accomplished the more sparing look that I was going for. Too little, too late.
With the back and the front completed, I just had to settle on a quilting design. "Oh crap" moment #2 - should have just gone the easy route and done a simple crosshatch pattern with simple, clean lines on a quilt that I was already feeling kind of "meh" about. Instead, I got it in my head that it would be cute to do echo quilting around one or two elephants in each row. Some spray basting plus a couple extra pins here and there and I was ready to go. It started out okay...and then hours (or what felt like it) later, I had made little progress. And I was still in the first row. Break out the wine!
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Not to mention that at this point I was really regretting the design in general. I thought it would highlight the elephants in a cute way. Instead, now that I'm hours and hours in, I think they look like giant bullseyes. This could be the bitterness talking though.
So I'm giving myself a time out on this project. It's getting put away for a week or two until I can look at it without wanting to take my rotary cutter to the whole thing. Does this ever happen to you too?
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