Two weeks ago, I showed you a little sneak peek of my newest lap quilt, Santa’s BIG gift. I’ve finally finished the top and have something a little more complete to show you!
It is much bigger than I anticipated even though I knew exactly what the measurements where before the first cut. I guess it is one of those mental things – gotta see it to really get it. This is honestly the best picture I can get in the house because there isn’t enough room to get it in the frame!
I’ll be honest – I’m totally digging it! Somewhere around the middle of working on the top, I just couldn’t see it. It looked like my design was going to be a disaster and I had run off the rails a bit. I put it away and worked on something else for a bit. Surprise surprise, when I came back to it, I loved it again! I’ve got big plans for the quilting and I think this is going to be pretty darn cool when it is all said and done.
Here’s the trouble – and what has completely halted my progress – I can’t settle on what to do for the back. I have a few drawings to show you and would like to know what you think. When I started this project, I was pretty sure I was going to do something really silly and over the top. I was leaning towards the worlds biggest applique of a big grinning reindeer, something like this:
Once I saw the black based Christmas themed fabric, I knew it was something I wanted to use. Black and pink and Christmas?? Way better the kitschy present with big silver bow I had originally thought of. So if I’m going to be a little more grown up, what could Santa’s gift be? Thinking in shapes, I went down this odd path – A fancy new belt and cowboy boots! Wait, what? That’s so not Suedre. I thought it would be fun to do a belt buckle similar to the gift tag with fun filigree. Santa really does need a new belt right? Filigree belt = western. Western = new boots with more filigree. So something like this:
Truth be told, I didn’t think the Western theme went with the style of the gift fabric any better than the kitschy reindeer did. So back to the drawing board. I decided that maybe what I needed to do was go smaller. I thought if I did a series of wonky stars (torn wrapping paper) and a small gift applique might work. The best I’ve been able to come up with is Sled Oil, A little something like this:
The complete truth is, I’m not particularly happy with any of the choices. If I had to pick one right now, it would be the last (or the belt and boots….. ). I wonder, what do you think? If you like the last one, what gift could work? Am I right, is the sled oil lame or am I being too hard on myself?
I swear – I hate it when I run into this kind of decision making trouble. It really stops me in my tracks and is the exact thing that can create UFOs! I want to finish it up before Christmas (this year), so I’m picking something by the end of next week!