Here's a close up of that spiral quilting (as you can see it leaves much to be desired) but no sooner did I finish up the background, than I saw an article in Quilting Arts about how to make them. By that time I had already started needle felting my branches, so it was too late to pick out my spirals and begin again.
The other reason - learning to make fiber feathers? I felt was quite successful!
Next week, I'm taking on something new again for another sketch/journal piece - I want to try two new-to-me things: one involving encaustic wax (yup, I'm gonna give it another shot!) and the piece actually involves ::shudder:: hand quilting (!). And you know how I feel about that.
But the experiments are necessary because I have a piece in mind that's beautiful and scary and meaningful - and I before I try working with encaustic wax for that piece, I need to make sure that my idea works!
P.S. Hooking up with Tracy for Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! Have a great weekend everyone!