okay, I'm back, iron is cleaned, here is an update of the larger Egress quilt-
I think the weakest part of the composition is in the upper right hand corner but overall I really love it. It gets the best of me couching all the threads...my muscles in my neck, back, arms ache and burn, plus the thick sari threads get caught in my couching foot and then my F foot (Janome 6500) makes it hard to direct the threads and hold the quilt down....I'm glad I didn't go ahead and put on the stablizer because it would have been a monster to work under the machine. The stablizer helps it lay completely flat and I'll add it when I have about 1/3 of couching left to do...which I'll use as quilting stitches also...but I think I'm going to do some decorative quilting stitches (maybe). I think the large sections of fabric need it. I'm also thinking about dangling some large fabric beads, or something off the bottom at various lengths. Don't know yet. It measures about 36"x36". I would like to try this with dyed, painted, and stamped silks if I decide I can attempt even a larger one.
I added a new album to my Deep Grooves in my sidebar, Stevie Wonder's A Time To Love. I tend to listen to the same cd for a very long time before I get a new vibe going and I'll be digging this one for awhile. It is quaintessential Stevie and although it still doesn't top Hotter Than July or Songs In the Key of Life albums, this is one of his best! A Time To Love. So far, the cuts, If Your Love Cannot Be Moved and Positivity are my personal favorite. Its wonderful, get it, Wonderful that he has maintained his artists status by being devoted to his musical heart instead of bling bling producing every year. Something that many young artist could learn from, but maybe Wonder is too classic to appeal to the get rich or die trying mindset.