Huge news I couldn't wait until my typical weekend to post - Atoche is finished!! I really am tickled with it, even if I do say so myself. What do you think?
Let me explain some of the details, because as has always been my way with this piece, one change usually brought up others that fell in line with it. First of all, at the top....
After scratching my head and thinking about it for awhile (thanks so much to those who made suggestions!) I decided the date of the shipwreck really needed to be there in full, not just the year. Jim had the idea of stitching it in Spanish, since Atoche and its fleet were all Spanish ships. As luck would have it, the spacing for that fit perfectly on the line above the year. That left what to put above it? The original Prairie Schooler design had those cool waves on either side of the lower text line, but the Spanish date was quite a bit longer than the original wording. I really did want to keep those waves - somehow, it just wouldn't say "Florida" without them. Fortunately, there was enough room for them between the little stone crab and the letters of the date. And best of all, the blue shades really do make them look like the surf off Key West. I love it!
Next comes the guardians of the treasure....
...and the serpent. When Atoche sank, it was carrying a cargo hold full of emeralds and gold and silver bars out of Havana. I was really hoping to capture that somehow, but wasn't sure how I could do it until after the date and the waves went in. That little space at the end of those rows was just enough room for a bit of shiny sunken treasure. And how fitting is it that the space happened just in front of the guardians?
The poor cow nosed ray began his life as a gray seal, then morphed into a light brown ray. That original tan color just wasn't sitting right with all the other blues and grays, so it came out one more time. The final ray is now the palest silvery gray, which actually isn't too far off from what they really are out in the Gulf.. I couldn't resist adding my finish date in Spanish as well.
Full sail, out of Havana. Notice the waves are picking up? Anyway, I had soooo much fun with this piece. It really captured my imagination as well as all that inspires my stitching.
I do want to give a shout out to those of you who left such wonderful comments about my Mom and her quilting in my last post. Reading them was so nice and she appreciated them very much. What fun, I came home from work this week to find she'd sent me a little surprise - new place mats! In the exact shades of my kitchen.
I really do have the coolest Mom in the world!
Thanks again for taking time out of your week to stop by for a look. I think I'll spend a few more nights on Ann Grimshaw, and then settle in to something else new and fun on Sunday.. Here's hoping the rest of thw week finishes as well as the begining started out!