What's that phrase, "Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes."
Well, I'm now going to include quilting in that phrase! Toyland Tree is just sooooo close to the finish line. Just six more yo-yo's and this will officially be called a finished flimsy.
The Toyland Tree journey started three years ago....but who's counting? It started out with a lime green background. No swags, yo-yo's or borders were in the original design. The quilt kept talking to me, and morphed itself (with a little help from me) into this final version. If this quilt could talk, I would have to bleep a few of the words out! This quilt and I had a few heated arguments over the past three years. It was sent to the back of the UFO closet on more than one occassion!
Over the past few days, I finished up some of the final touches. The doll needed a face and a ribbon for her bonnet.
The marionette needed little birds so he could move his arms.
The elephant needed big grey eyes and little pink toes peeking out of the stocking.
Last, but not least, the giraffe needed a smile while it hitched a ride in the train, riding the rails.
Who said you can never return to Toyland. I've been wallowing in it for the last three years! Now that I'm almost finished, I don't want to leave. This quilt kept me awake at night with many unintelligible notes scribbled on a note pad on the nightstand. I drew, redrew and changed almost every single block. I have finished blocks that never made the final cut. Don't worry, I've saved them for Toyland #2......NOT. No way, no how.
Next week, I'll work on the pattern directions some more and get this one on the quilting machine after Labor Day. I don't want to rush into this. I still have to figure out how I'm going to quilt it.
Now where's my glass of wine so I can propose a toast to Toyland!
P.S. When I'm finished basking in the glow of a finished quilt, I'll be offering this quilt as a BOM through In Between Stitches. I'll keep you posted when we will start taking signups.