Judy of Patchwork Times has chosen #4 as the UFO for September, but I have several still unfinished choices from previous months, some this close to finishes. One of them is Sunbonnet Sue Goes to the Orient. After thread sketching the edges of all the applique, I wanted to try adding some detail to the background with hanging Chinese lanterns. My sister suggested I draw them on white paper and preview my ideas that way. Clever girl.
Try #3. Balancing the two smaller lanterns on the opposite corner looked better to me, though I would likely flip the image in the left upper corner to peek out behind Sue's hat. Some further adjustments to the scale and details of the Chinese lanterns will be made. I discussed using the thread sketching as quilting with my sister, but we agreed that it would put too much emphasis on the lanterns and not on Sue, so I'll sketch them only on the background fabric. There will be some free-motion practice sessions to accomplish the kind of detail the lanterns deserve before attempting on the real thing. I'll still have to find a backing, sandwich and quilt, then bind this little quilt, but Sue deserves a finish after lingering in limbo all these years!