And I just thought I was done! Taking a new look at my pictures, which always reveal more than seeing a quilt "in person," somehow, made me realize I was not happy with the shadows on the boys' necks. Too, a sharp-eyed friend noticed a problem with Locke's profile. She was so right! He has a distinct profile, a strong chin, high cheek bones, etc. I made his forehead come forward too much and his cheek bones recede. How could that have happened? Was my tracing at fault? No, it turned out that I erred in my cutting out, as the tracing was correct. So I did a lot of picking out of threads, taking off of tulle, recutting tulle and refusing it, etc. etc. For Locke I made a new partial pattern and re-cut the front of his face.
Here are the results, and hopefully now I'll be content:
|The quilt as a whole|
|Close-up of Locke. I reshaped his profile in rather|
subtle, but to me important, ways.
Added a darker shadow under his chin.
This is pinned at this point; not yet
|The shadows on Dawson at left and Malcolm at|
right are also subtly different. Still
not "perfect," but better!