Or in slightly less posh terms, Fish. They’re done, all 4 of them.
In a week where I’ve also done some fairly heavy lifting in the garden, laid a load of new patio paving (see my previous post), bought, written and posted the Christmas cards for both of our very extended families, baked pies, made cheesecake, soup and bread, and hung the solar fairy lights in the patio, I’m congratulating myself at getting any more work done on this quilt at all. It was fiddly, and now it’s done.
Next step is to start strip piecing various shades of brown, beige, rust and olive for the trunk of the tree and branches, which is going to look much, much nicer than a flat solid colour. Once that’s done, I have to (important drum roll, please) make the tree template. Oh help… I’ve got a dreadful feeling I’m going to end up cutting up my design drawing into squares which represent the background 9 blocks, and literally drawing onto each square of the background the lines of the tree branches. Then I’d have to trace off that to make a paper template to lay over the strip pieced tree trunk fabric. Anyone out there got any better suggestions, bearing in mind that I don’t have an enlarging photocopier?
At this point I’m feeling so intimidated by the sheer amount of work which still needs to be done that I can’t get enough distance on the problem to search logically and intelligently for a solution.
Anyway, enough whimpering. I sound like some wet creature who can’t cope with problems she created for herself! I’m off to the kitchen to make fish laksa with a nice fresh Basa fillet. The fish theme continues, apparently…