It's been a beautiful weekend here in NC and between working on a slightly secret project (more details later this month) and hanging out with James and Josh, I haven't had much time to work on The Duchess Reigns design this week.
But that doesn't mean I haven't been working on it. It's always in the back of my mind and I'm always thinking about the areas of this quilt that bother me.
One major question I've been thinking about is the inner sun / star designed for the quilt. It's gone through several versions already:
See the landscape fit into the bottom portion of the sun? That's basically Landscape Stitch, and with a bit of thread play it will hopefully stand out beautifully in that area
The landscape instantly fit and looked terrific. In the alternate sharp inner point, I was planning to fill the space with a freeform tree (think Infinity Tree) which would be slightly different in each point.
While I might not have been working on the design every single day, it's definitely stayed on my mind. I knew the cording was out, and I really didn't want to just slap a filler in the area with no rhyme or reason.
Then I remembered a tree design I played with several weeks ago.
This tree was originally designed to create an inner border within the quilt, but I ended up scrapping it in favor of the sun / star. A bit of deleting, adjusting, and fiddling came up with this:
This has all been a lesson to never delete anything when you're working on a design. You might decided to drop an element in one section, but that doesn't mean it won't be needed somewhere else, or even in another quilt.
So with this section finally fixed, I'm really feeling very happy with the overall design. Next step: thread color!
Let's go quilt,