|Still auditioning fabrics|
Just when I think I have it figured out, I go second guessing my decisions. With all my interfacing pieces cut and ready for fabric to be fused, I began to waffle over which of those two dark fabrics should go in the middle, which on top. The batik was always the one fabric I was so sure of and now I wondered if it should be on top. I finally stopped myself, just go with what you originally felt strongly about. It never occurred to me that I didn't have enough fabric to cover that spot! Well - that made things a bit easier. As I studied the other Stonehenge fabric, I noticed that in some places the mottling definitely moves at an angle, much like the quilting I plan to do over it, so fate must be on my side here. I chose a spot where that showed up the most.
I'd wanted to make all the rest of the fabric choices now so I could do all the fusing at once, then do all the quilting at once, then do all the satin stitching at once. But I was still struggling to find the right piece to go in the lower right and bottom sections. I did end up purchasing more fabric but it occurred to me that I'd know better which was right once the quilting was on that center section. I could feel myself resisting working "out of order" but because of my out of the ordinary construction method, I can actually do this quite easily. I started marking the quilting lines, trying out a new product as my usual marking tools weren't showing. This chalk pencil by Roxanne seems to work well. I don't know what the binder is, but it does not brush off like other chalk-marking products I've used. I was a little concerned that the lines might disappear as I maneuvered the piece through the machine so perhaps this is good. Just so I can remove any visible marks after stitching, which I should be able to since it says it's water soluble. Yes, I should have tested first but I have a certain trust in Roxanne products. Fingers crossed that this does not become an issue somewhere down the line. By the way, these come in a 4 pack - 2 white, 2 grey. Does anyone have experience with these?
As I studied my sample as I worked, I suddenly remembered that this stitching I was marking would be emulating water flowing down over the stonework and I needed to satin stitch the grout lines first. After trying several settings, I settled on a 6 width and .8 length - it looks great!