Following the head-clearing of the most recent post, I hitched up my belt and decided to just start somewhere; this is the test piece after all, and if it's not perfect, that's okay. And since I am pretty clear on what's going on with the body pieces at least, that seemed like a good place to start.
|Marking the quilting lines on the|
|if you think these lines look cock-|
eyed, you are entirely correct
Unfortunately I did not take lessons from my wiser and more experienced friends; and I woke up to an Earth-Shattering Kaboom and learned that although this cat hammock could take one cat, it couldn't take both of them.
That said, I did get some medieval head-feeding going on! I went up to my sister's outside Boston for Thanksgiving, and she thoughtfully provided for my entertainment with a trip to the Peabody-Essex Museum, an institution I had been entirely unfamiliar with. They are notable for having one of the best collections of Asian art in the US (including an entire Chinese house); but our trip was for an exhibition on shoes, put together by the V&A, with some local additions--the Peabody Essex also has a huge shoe collection (who knew?). So I would have enjoyed the heck out of it to begin with; but imagine my surprise and delight to find some period shoon I hadn't seen before:
|14th-century poulaine. That is one narrow-looking|
sole if you ask me
|Tudor shoe. Note the nice big toe box. No bunions|
for these guys.
 Does the fabric grain cease to matter (in a structural sense) in a case like this, because of all the padding & quilting holding everything in alignment?
 Marking on the ironing board was a horrible choice for a host of reasons, including "squishy board cover", "not being able to have the whole piece flat at the same time", and "insufficient light". I should have done it on the floor, or possibly once the piece was stretched on the frame (which is where I ended up re-doing it).
 NB: I did not make any changes in the pattern pieces to account for the quilting. On the test swatch, there was no difference side-to-side, and less than a half-inch top-to-bottom; and I expect to quilt the piece less fully than the swatch. Let's see what happens!