Let me just start by saying that this was so, so close to being a finish, as opposed to a work in progress. So close. Unfortunately, I have run out of white thread, and had to prematurely pause (... at 10:25 last night).
Anyway, here's where I've gotten to on my last WIP Wednesday project - my Dresden Plate meets flags of the world baby quilt.
As I said, my friend is American, her husband is German, and they live in Scotland. My rationale for the other plates was that she and her husband met in Ireland, got engaged in the Canary Islands (the white, blue, and yellow plate), and honeymooned in South Africa and Dubai. Trying to fit in all their other travel adventures would just be too much, but my guess is that Baby Girl will be quite the jet setter :)
Here's a close-up of two of the plates.
I fully acknowledge that I did not do a great job with the circles within the plates. That was kind of a learning experience for me, and I may go back and fix them. I probably could have done several things differently (hand appliqued, used a stabilizer, sewed them on the plates before sewing the plates to the backing fabric), but instead, I didn't really think about it, and I just did a raw edge applique. I'm not thrilled with how they came out, and it's definitely a lesson for the future.
I used the fabric above for my backing - an excellent Hobby Lobby find, if I do say so myself. I feel like it matches the theme, if not the colors, so I'm pretty happy with it. I'm planning to bind the quilt in metallic gold, which I think will work really well with the bold colors of the Dresden plates.
And finally, here's a picture of my cat Owen (Snuggles). He's a helper.
Completed quilt pictures can be found here.
As an interesting (read: mortifying) aside, I was really excited about how this quilt turned out, and (after some level of deliberation) I posted it on the Vexillology subreddit (the deliberation was because man, do they take their flags seriously). People were super positive, so I'm really glad that I did. But, one of the REALLY observant commenters noted that I flipped the colors on the Irish flag, instead making it the flag for the Ivory Coast. Super embarrassing, but at that point, the quilt was already on its way, so now I'm stuck betting on whether my friend also notices. My bet is no (because a LOT of people looked at this quilt and didn't), but who can say? Anyway, thanks to temujin64 for the catch.
Thanks for reading!