This morning I finished quilting around the 300+ little circles on this largish quilt. Phew.
Much to my delight, the process of layering (polyester batting) and quilting around each leather circle has produced pleasingly dimensional circles – much more interesting than the flat effect of the applique – which I liked well enough, but even so this is heaps better!
So far, this lengthy project has allowed me to listen to audio recordings of Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park; Relentless by Mark Greaney; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; and the first few chapters of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – which I read maybe 60 years ago. So heavily laced with sentimental goodness is it that it’s a wonder that one of the sisters isn’t named Pollyanna. Interesting. It’s the first in a collection of classics from audible.com – 10 Masterpieces You Have To Read Before You Die, part I (I also downloaded part II) Some Dickens will be next, and Jane A will appear again, and though I never tire of her writing, having so recently listened to all her major works I might skip those and go to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain and Marcus Aurelius, none of whom I’ve read. Part II has authors I’ve never heard of. All that should see me through to the other side of this other large untitled large work I put aside while I went ahead with PP4: