So, I played around with the striped border for a bit. You can see I was trying to salvage the wings and measuring and thinking about proportion and size.
Here the striped is actually pieced and separated into a thick border for the bottom and a thin accent for the top.
And then I got an email from my friend Joanne who is an excellent critic. She was gentle and firm and encouraging. Then I sliced off Australia. Sorry, mates.
Then I started pulling new fabrics including sections from an old flight suit (the dark green). I crawled around on the floor, trying various configurations and came up with this.
Aren't these pictures with the feet ridiculous? You get the idea. I was liking this new design very much. It's similar to many other pieces I've done. I usually call it a shrine or altar composition. Check out my dandelion, water and blue/white/black 12x12 works.
I had to address some construction issues since the blue section with the map is already quilted to batting and the rest is not. I pieced batting together using both felt and warm and natural. (This could be risky.) Then I just began placing the fabric on top of the batting, pinning and sewing. I love to construct in this method because I like the true sense of layering that is provides and I like the raw edges.
Maybe I should have fused these new sections.
Then I re-fused my giant map stencil. I was hoping to add a bit of definition by using a slightly lighter green and I put Australia back in her place (and South America and all the other areas that were victims of the rotary cutter).
Now they are painted over the layered section at the bottom.
So, here's where it is at the moment.
The plane is not yet attached and we've got an issue with engine #3.
Are you surprised? Of course, I didn't do all this to surprise you. I did it because I had to.