My sister, when asked for her preference, said she wanted a nice neat binding on this piece. Cleaning up the edges sure turned this experiment into a "quilt".
This squaring things up changed the whole idiom to me, the compositional issues, everything. Plus, it has been awhile since I sewed on a little binding!
I added some stitching around the central elements to define them a little better...also filled in my "lace" with some more ribbonwork, too.
Here is is finished. It measures 15" X 15".
If I were to do this again, I would try to integrate the central square with it's frame better. To me the one just sits atop the other, and the techniques used on each--machine applique and felting--seem separate too. Or maybe the proportion of the center to the frame isn't quite right. I hope Mary will like it anyway....as for me, I definitely see this as a rough go at the concept, one that could be improved.
And I have to say, I liked the ragged edges better....