I feel this way about some strips I sewed together after my strip paper piecing marathon. It seemed too much trouble to sort and return the strips to their bins so I joined them in groups of red, blue, and sort of magenta. For now it’s called “Primarily Color.”
I fused the units with Wonder Under to dark gray felt. From here my plan is to hand stitch, then trim the felt edges, and sew the whole thing to red felt with machine quilting.
That’s right – no batting. There will also be no binding as the edges of felt don’t need to be finished. I may do decorative edge stitching, depending on my mood. I saw an episode of Quilting Arts TV where Jamie Fingal showed how she uses felt instead of the usual stuff. I needed no convincing to adopt this short cut and hurried off to Joann’s to purchase wool blend felt that was on sale. Sorry, the craft felt won’t do.
Where does Topsy fit in? According to the Longman English Dictionary Online, Topsy is:
a small black girl character in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851-52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe. When somebody asks her whether she knows who made her (that is, whether she has heard of God), she replies “I expect I grow’d” (=grew). People say something “just grew, like Topsy” when they are talking about something whose real origin is not known or about something that has gradually become very large.
I can’t say this project is very large (I think it will finish at about 30 by 38 inches) but I can attest that its real origin isn’t known. Possibly my subconscious knows.