Coming up to the Leap Day. I had a friend in grammar school who was born on Leap Day. It was exotic and wonderful to be so different. I just had Benjamin Franklin to be my birthday partner, and so close to Christmas was awful. Sigh.
I have the Ellies on my design wall this week. They are the UFO for February. I have long put off finishing the Elephants of Sri Lanka, since 2007 to be exact. I dabbled with them at a retreat about 2 years ago, but put them back into their bag after that. They have been on the UFO list for a while, always feared.
Now they are out in the open. But I had misplaced the issue of the magazine to see how they were laid out. I had to spend one night digging through my mag stash to find it. Last night I trimmed them down and tore the paper off the backs of the sashing blocks. There were a few loose areas but I fixed that and we are ready to get a top done. I finally have ideas for the quilting and I am no longer dreading that part.
The elephant blocks came from Sri Lanka through a dealer in New York. She was brokering the sale of work village women were doing trying to start a business to generate income. Their work is exquisite!
Tiny tiny stitches, perfect curves, all hand done. And the blocks were dirt cheap. I sent along a donation as well. The quilt will be a masterpiece when I get it done, but it may be into March before it is totally quilted. I want the elephants to be very detailed.
These are the blocks that will go in between the elephants and pull them together. Strong linear designs compliment the elephant's roundness. I guess this is the jungle the elephants emerge from as they march along the quilt's path.
I told a friend a few years back, I love it when someone opens a quilt out at meeting show and tell and there is an audible gasp from the audience. The quilt is spectacular. I am hoping this will be mine.