before xmas, I was commisioned to do 2 lap size quilts. One was to be a cat quilt, and one was to be a red hat quilt. I had some fat quarters for the cat quilt so I made sort of a scrappy cat quilt, got it finished, found a little lapel pin of a cat and added it on to the label. Then I started the red Hat quilt, looked for fabric everywhere, but could not find any, so again, I improvised. I found a catalogue that had ladies with hats in it, so I decided to make templates of some of the different styles by tracing them and enlarging them on my computer. Not to bad so far, so then I traced them on template plastic, and cut them out. I had already purchased fat quarters of different red, and different purple fabrics, and cut out the pieces. I them appliqued them on some background fabric that was a light beige with a light beige rose embossed on the fabric. I thought this would really be pretty and I could quilt around the roses in the background. I was thinking grand, but I looked at it after I had sandwhiched it, I decided it would be more work than I wanted to do, so I meandered on it, and it turned out really nice. Now all I had to do was embellish the hats, one hat was to have a lot of feathers on it, so I started going back and forth in different directions to get that feathery look, my thread kept breaking on me, and I thought I would never get past the first hat. I did get that one done, but told myself that I would not do that to the rest of the hats that were that same style. I was getting exausted just thinking about all the other hats I had to do. So............. I'm still working on it, and have almost all the red ones done, then I will work on the purple ones. I'm using red thread to embellish the purple hats, and purple to embellish the red ones. It's actually starting to look pretty good. I also have a lapel pin I found with a hat with a red brim, and top of just glass stones, that I will put on the label. You know, the idea was really good, and I wanted it to be outstanding, I guess in theory, I had thoughts of granduer, but in reality I toned it down a bit. I know that It will be just as nice as the cat quilt, except I don't like all the different colors of thread on the back as much as I thought I would, because it's kind of like looking at an embroidery piece before you put a backing on it. If I do this kind of thing again, any suggestions on how I might do that type of quilting so that you don't see it all on the back? Maybe I should have quilted it before I sandwhiched it all together, just the hats, and then gone around the hats after I sandwhiched it. I've never done that type of quilting before, so this was a first try at it. It looks really good, but I'd still like to see if there is another way to go about doing it. Everyone have a great day or night, wherever you may reside.