my quilt top is done
it's a bit of a crazy quilt
(in more ways than one)
It is completely hand stitched.
I used photo transfers of my gulf spill watercolors,
tea stained muslin and tea bag paper.
I've been working on it since the end of September.
Doing the slow sew.
shown above are the shells:
sea star, cold water coral, lightning whelk
junonia, eastern oyster and horse conch
these are the birds:
red knot, snowy plover
roseate spoonbill, seaside sparrow and brown pelican
and these are:
the title, the loggerhead sea turtle, west indies manatee
ornate chorus frog, bottlenose dolphin and kemp's ridley sea turtle
now it's on to the next phase:
153 days outdoors,
tied to sticks,
and left to the whims of nature (and "la nina") in my weathering chair.
I will give photographic updates
and plan to unwrap it on April 20th (the one year anniversary of the explosion).
I shall see at that time if there is anything left to work with.
If so, I'll batt and quilt the thing.
If not, well, I don't know.
Trusting it will come back nicely stained and weathered,
but not completely ruined.
Do you remember why 153 days is significant?
It's not a test, just curious.