I have tentatively named this quilt "A flower for Mary, Around the World with Love"...but that seems so long! What do you think? Here's the story:
Mary is 18 y/o and lives in a small remote village in Kisoro, Uganda in extreme poverty. I have been her educational sponsor for 5 years and she just finished her senior studies and is hopeful of getting a government scholarship so she can attend the University in Kampala in the fall. Mary sleeps on a straw mat at home. If she goes to the University she'll sleep in a REAL bed for the first time. I thought it would be neat if she had a lightweight cover for her bed. The climate is tropical so that's the reason for no batting. I chose this pattern because I care for her dearly even though she is around the world from me. For the TATW...I modified it a bit to give the impression that this is a flower. Then on the back...I'm going to use flannel but incorporate the flower basket in the design. It's my way of sending her flowers for her wonderful accomplishments.
So my questions:
1) Is the name okay? How would you shorten it?
2) How to quilt this considering there's no batting? I want it to be nice and soft. (I've only done SID on my first quilt so quilting seems a bit scary. But I'm ready to jump in and learn!) ;-)
3) I'm concerned that the seams on the front will show through the flower basket since it's background is tone on tone white. Should I put some kind of fusible fabric on the back of the block? (I will be machine quilting this)
4)Lastly, what's your favorite way of making a label. The 2 labels I've made so far haven't been great so I want to improve on this one and make it really nice!
Thanks so much for all your help! blessings, Karen