I was doing a happy dance on the inside after we finished assembling the petunias last night. When we first laid out the six blocks on the cutting table around 7:00 pm, we were not really sure what in the world we had done. We spent a couple hours fussing and fiddling and making seams and edges line up, and Jo finally got all the pieces put together.
She went into the next room to hang it on the wall, while the rest of us stood back. One by one everybody said, "Wow! That's amazing! Wow! It really looks GOOD." I think we were all stunned and thrilled with how well it came together. It was obviously done by six people, and we never wanted it to look all the same. Part of what we love is how different everyone's interpretations were, and yet how much it hung together.
The other thing I was even more thrilled about was that my piece, though it was not perfect, seemed to fit in well with all the others. It needed some adjusting and tweaking, but they all did a little bit. So I was hugely relieved not to have a big messy thing right smack in the center of their beautiful work.
I would love to show it here, but will wait and see if we have any plans to enter it anywhere that would prohibit that, and of course not unless everyone agrees to "publishing" it.
And no, I still have no plans to ever do another appliqued pictorial quilt. I am totally excited to get back to my abstract strip piecing!