Well today I sewed the sleeve onto a quilt that I started back in February. The inspiration was a photograph. I loved the fact that the only color in the quilt was the cardinal which makes him the focal point of the quilt. In order to get right shades of gray for the trees in the background I mostly had to use the backs of fabrics.
The overall size of the quilt is about 30 inches by 40 inches and since it has a lot of free motion quilting in it, it took quite a few days to do that. So you can imagine that the quilt had some distortion after that was done. So it had to be blocked which I did before adding the binding. I have blocked quilts before, but usually after the binding has been added. This worked much better. I am happy to say that the quilt is hanging very flat with no waves!!
I started this quilt in a two part online class given by Ellen Lindner called Design Your Own Nature Quilt. Ellen is a great teacher and gives wonderful feedback as you work on your project. She is going to be offering this class in the near future if you are interested. My cardinal quilt will be posted on her website very soon as well.
Thanks for reading.