I've finally finished the Memory Panel, and it’s been a technically demanding project. The squares aren’t stitched directly to each other (as a pieced quilt might be made) but rather each one is stitched separately onto the large piece of backing fabric
Work in progress. The top row of squares has the edges frayed, the second row is stitched but not frayed, and the third row isn't quite complete yet
My first thought was to make all the “squares” exactly the same size and shape. This would have made it very easy to arrange them into a nice symmetrical frame, but it would also make the final arrangement very boring. So I made all the “squares” different widths, which then condemned me to spending a lot of time juggling them all into some arrangement which would make them all fit smoothly into a large rectangle. I also decided to finish off the edges of the “squares” by fraying the fabric they were embroidered on. I’ve used this approach before with good results, but I also thought that in this case the soft, wavy edges of the frayed fabric might disguise any places where the squares didn’t quite line up.
The finished Memory Panel
Well, it’s not bad, and I will enjoy looking at the images and mulling over the memories they inspire. All the same I wish it didn’t remind me quite so much of a lot of little table mats. But as a first version of an idea that I might expand later, it does its job