I've been spending a lot of time on this latest square for my Spanish Quilt Project.
She's based on the Las Meninas painting by Velazquez.
I found a coloring book page that just had the little Infanta and used that to make a pattern.
My insane decision to fill in these designs instead of just going with an outline meant a lot of tiny long and short stitches to fill in her dress.
I had planned to just do the suggestion of a drape although I'm looking at it now and thinking that I might add some more "material" to the draoes just to balance it out a bit.
She fits right in with the other squares I've stitched so far -
These take a while and I was thinking to just end with this square and start putting them together with some pieced quilt squares and maybe some photo squares. But I'm thinking now that 5 squares is going to make a more even quilt. I'd also like to have a little homage to Queen Isabella in my collection of Spanish ladies, so I'm thinking of making a pattern based on this street sign:
I won't be starting this too soon as these squares seem to take me forever. This project has already been something I pick up and put down for the last couple of years so I figure there is no rush.
It feels good to have this completed and to be able to start a few other projects - hopefully a few that I can wrap up quickly!