As I was trimming my blocks and re-pinning them up on the design wall, I happened to pin one of the center blocks upside down.
It was one of those accidents that changed the direction of the quilt in a fairly big way! I decided to make the center into a circle, truly representing our seemingly absent sun.
I began by sewing the blocks together, but leaving the seams open where the appliqued little quarter circle shapes would go in. I knew I had to line them up perfectly, and wanted to have as much control as I could.
Not too bad.
But I still needed some sun. We all know it's there, behind the clouds....
And then I dove right off the deep end.
A long time ago, I saw a quilt by Terrie Hancock Mangat where she painted all over it after the whole quilt was done. I thought that was so gutsy of her to do that. So what the heck, I decided to fuse some Angelina fiber over my finished and assembled center blocks.
SoftFuse. I got it at Quilt Market.
Could this have actually worked?
...like the trees do at the end of the day when the sun slips in under the clouds, sideways, and lights everything up.
I took quite a flyer at this stage of my quilt, and could have crashed in disaster. But it was very fun to take the risk! Now maybe I can finally sew the rest of those blocks together...