As I worked yesterday it became apparent that the upper rock ledge was actually distracting,
drawing attention away from the babies, so I lopped off three and a half inches. Good! Now there is even less to work on! I thought the right upper brush border was too dark but I liked the idea of it so I re cut another from a lighter section of fabric and sewed it in.
By the end of the day, I had completed the units and sewn together the sections of the upper portion as well as the lower ledge.
This required some un sewing which is time consuming but necessary. Since I had to take apart the rock area below the back kid’s face I took the opportunity to add a smidgen of white to define his chin. Unfortunately while I was in there I forgot that I also wanted to enlarge his eye. I pinned up a bit of fabric to his eye and I really do think it is worth doing. I could go in with a Pigma pen and make it a little bigger but then there would be a seam line right across his eye. Not good. I will most likely take it apart again and fix it.
For the lower right border that was questionable – dark foliage, fern?- I ended up with neither, using instead some of the flower fabric that is in the hillside, with a bit more on the right edge of the rock ledge.
I sketched noses on vellum and pinned those in place on the two closest goats for an idea of how they might look.
At this point the piece measures about 40 x 46″. Quilting will take it up probably a couple of inches. I had intended for it to finish at least 40″ so I’m not sure what happened. I think I had planned to cut the edge pieces bigger and forgot!
Tomorrow I will start to address all the little bits I have pinned up and do my tweaks. It is nearly done! But I know from experience it will take longer than I think.