Oh, my heavens, I can't believe this day is finally here! I finished the quilt I hoped would help me design a cover for my next book!
"Heart Strings" the book is the fictitious story of an adoption inspired by a few real-life events. Heart Strings the quilt is a compilation of teal and turquoise scraps rough-edge appliquéd via free-motion quilting.
My free-motion quilting skills are not that great. Many of my works in progress (WIPs) would be done if I wasn't so terrified of ruining them. Last year I tried to adopt the attitude of "They don't need to be perfect; they need to be done." I finished a couple of my 13 completions of last year with simple free-motion quilting and gained a bit of self-confidence.
The free-motion quilting for Heart Strings the quilt is way out of my comfort zone but probably exactly what I need to actually begin improving my skills.
A lot of my Heart Strings hearts are far from perfect. Some of them are pretty obnoxious. I would pluck out the threads and do them over for the first couple of days each time I wasn't happy with a completed heart appliqué, but after two days, I realized I would never get done if I didn't quit ripping out and just keep stitching forward.
I had to set the quilt aside during the fourth quarter of 2015 so I could finish niece and nephew quilts I planned to gift in time for Christmas. After Christmas, I was free to be selfish again.
On January 4th, Heart Strings the quilt was done! Finally!
As I said, some of the hearts are fairly ugly, but some turned out pretty well, too. Two of the free-motion hearts in the quilt are perfect!!! I think that means I'm improving!
Now I need the book and the quilt to go hand-in-hand so I finally can get the book across the finish line, too. And that, Dear Reader, is where you come in...
Please help me pick a cover so I can publish this baby on February 14! How's that for an appropriate release date for a book called "Heart Strings" and a story about love conquering all?
Which potential book cover do you like best???
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.