Saturday, May 3, 2014

BFF Month 3 Finished


Here's the last motif for Month 3 of Rosalie Quinlan's Best Friends Forever. I am continuing to "Canadianize" the motifs where I can, so it seemed clear that the girl with the pigtails should be a redhead like Anne of Green Gables.

But I didn't know what to do with the character on the right. Shades of purple, perhaps? Then I remembered this illustration from Frances Tyrrell. If you look closely you can see one of the fairies in a very similar hat and tunic. Maybe it is a standard fairy outfit? Anyway, I went with green and I'm quite pleased with the result.

I also tried to do the flowers in light purple, but it made the piece too cold, and I wanted it to be sunny. So once again, there is no purple here. I'll try again in Month 4! Although, Month 3 was not completely purple-free:


Regular readers may have noticed that is it just three days since I said I would be packing this project away. But, after several days of doing nothing but Texas Star in the evenings, my hands were complaining. So I added BFF back in the mix so I don't strain one particular set of muscles. There will be one other change too -- the Trick or Treat baskets were not as "ready to start" as I thought. I may need more background fabric. So, I think I'll go back to Home Sweet Home, which at least is all blocked out, and the fabric choices are done.

The next post, though, will probably be some snowmen, because that's my plan for tomorrow!

8 comments:

  1. I reckon these are common fairy work outfits, and green would be standard because of camouflage and the fact that green would be easy to come by as a dye. They look authentic and very harmonious. I like the Anne of Green Gables touch. Great decision to alter your choices to fit your hands. Home Sweet Home really interests me.

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    1. Yes, that seems logical, Jillian. :D Thank you!

      I am waffling quite a bit on this applique project question, which is exactly what the random choice was supposed to avoid! But Home Sweet Home is ready to go, and the baskets aren't, so I think that's the way it should be for now.

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  2. I am so enjoping these blocks you are doing, wonder if there is a link anywhere as I would like to have a go at them, please let me know if they are still available

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! I am happy to recommend Mulberry Hill in Australia as the best source for these patterns. I shopped around, and Mulberry Hill's free international shipping deal is hard to beat.

      http://www.mulberryhillquilts.com/

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  3. Yes, she definitely looks like Anne of Green Gables. It's good you are working several projects to not concentrate on one set of muscles. I need to do that more. The quilt will be lovely.

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  4. A very nice motif and stitched beautifully. I especially like the green stockings :)

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  5. Lists are, after all, made to help us be more efficient, and if they need a re-prioritization, (I doubt that's a word!), it is our prerogative to do so. Isn't it great that we have so many options to always keep us interested and motivated?

    Great idea adding the Canadiana aspect to your BFF blocks. Your little red headed Anne is delightful.

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    1. Even with the changes the process has been a big help. I guess you have to set a course before you can fine tune it! Thanks very much!

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