Thursday, July 10, 2008

Moving Along the Road to Anywhere

Good morning, dear readers.  I'm getting this project done more quickly than any other I've set out to do in this challenge.  I spent part of an evening earlier in the week cutting maps out of the hiking fabric I purchased.  I kept one map area with the compass intact and pieced in additional map parts until I was happy with the layout.  I was going to hand stitch the pieces onto the background, but decided to try out the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine.   The effect is interesting and I like it a lot, although it is impossible to see on the following photo.  The extra space on the left side of the page is to accommodate the book's anchoring posts.  I will mark the fabric and do a buttonhole edging around the post holes.

I decided to do a different design on the back of the page.  Since I generally develop patterns that are fairly symmetrical, I opted to experiment with an off-center layout.  I fussy-cut compasses and again played with the positioning until I liked the effect.  Here's the final product, also appliqued onto the background with zig-zag machine stitching.

I had to come home for an eye doctor appointment, so I raided my stash while I was in town and picked up some batting to sandwich between the two sides of the page.  The other pages I completed are fairly hefty, and if I don't add some additional fiber to the page, it will seem flimsy compared to the others.

I was also going to embellish the map page with beads or heaven-knows-what, but I haven't been able to come up with any ideas that I think will work at this point in the project.  I also haven't decided if I should quilt the page or just leave the batting loose.  Since this is an experiment, I am willing to take one step at a time, although adding beads or other embellishments will be a lot easier before I install the batting.  Maybe over the weekend I'll just think about what road I'll take.  Seems like I am at a circle/rotary/round-about.   Isn't that just what I should be expecting on this road to anywhere?

1 comment:

Miss 376 said...

I love the fabric you are using, can't wait to see what else you do with this