Okay, I spent three days on it, and now . . . I hate it! The good news is, it can be counted as a test piece, and I learned a lot. The lessons, some painful and a few not-so-painful, include:
1. Don't fuse too many layers together, as they get hard to quilt through. For future fusing, I must limit myself to two or three layers only.
2. Know in advance the FMQ pattern that will be used. Every unpicked stitch shows, as the cotton does not close back over stitch holes once it has been fused.
3. When working on a black background, use black batting. The white is very obvious if you do have to unpick some FMQ.
4. When properly fused, you can FMQ your butt off, and the fused pieces will not lift. Yippee!
5. Don't try to couch three different bulky novelty yarns down at the same time - take the time to work them in separately, it's worth the effort.
6. Doing an advance sketch is good. Using a design overlay for placing is good. Stopping your design construction half way through because you're bored is bad, and can result in a finished piece that looks like a kindergarten class projectile vomitted crayons onto the design wall.
7. Three days lost to idiocy is not as bad as it could be. I could have made it bigger!
8. The "sketch it on freezer paper, trace it on wax paper, use the freezer paper pieces as templates on the applique shapes, and re-construct it using the wax paper as an overlay guide" method of construction is definately a keeper.
9. Can't think of anything else. Stop the "Lessons learned" segment here.
10. Nope, got one more. Spritzing and quick pressing batting totally works well at getting the wrinkles out - much better than hanging it.
So, in conclusion, I had a fun time wasting three days, so can't really call them wasted. And, if I'm ever in need of a 14" x 16" piece of brightly coloured schlock, I've got one in storage. Now, back to the border of Chris and Rhea's wedding quilt. And knitting a poncho. Because they're "out" now, so I may as well make one. Sigh.
WOMBAT - Waste of materials, brains and time.
Kind of looks like an octopus playing with a puppy, doesn't it?