This is one of the hand-sewn chunks that will be added to the large Global Warming quilt — of course, I say “large”, but the last time I was designing a large Global Warming quilt, it ended up as two smaller quilts (or was it three?). This could happen with this one, too. Especially since I have laid out the top third of the quilt on one side of my table, leaving the lower two-thirds on the other side. Hard to relate them visually this way.
I have appliqued on top of pieced sections before, but never slowly and by hand like this. If each little section is a landscape or story unto itself, does it render the entirety, once re-inserted, richer? More interesting? I hope so. The temptation is to keep this aside, as its own thing.
But then, it may go where my foot is.
I can thank Jude Hill for introducing me to the idea of ‘slow cloth’… normally at this stage in a quilt’s life, I would want to gallop full tilt to the finish. As long as I can bear to tred on the fabric laid out now in two sections on the floor for weeks on end, it seems I will relish taking my time.