Wow, it seems like such a long time since I posted something, ANYTHING, here on "Having New Eyes"! It's not all because of the holidays...It's been a really difficult fall/winter so far for my husband, healthwise, with lots of trips to doctors, hospitals, and ERs. The upside is that, though finishing the AK quilt at home took longer than expected, I have had lots of handwork time in waiting rooms! Can't wait to start sharing some of that with you.
The big news, though, is that I finished the Alaska quilt the night before Christmas, when all through the house.... well, you know the lyrics. Chuck was touched beyond any gift he received this year, and there were quite a few that touched him. This quilt contains all the wildlife and scenery that he enjoyed on his month long travels in Alaska, and while it ended up being bigger than I'd planned, it fits perfectly on the wall in front of his leatherworking workbench and he often stops tooling to sit and look.
This last picture is of the one patch border I decided to finish with, using pieces from all the fat quarters Chuck brought back for me from his trip. The imagery in the quilt comes from multiple sources. Some are actual photographs from his trip, printed on fabric and fused into the scenery. Others are stock photos, similarly printed and fused. Two images are my own paintings on fabric that I cut out and fused. The water of the river was such fun, so abstract! Lots of applique, plus plenty of decorative threads and lace.