We did it!: We got the tops done from Christine Barnes's Black Opals & Ribbon Candy class that we took last week at ThimbleCreek. And look, we used some blue fabrics; we've been reformed! ;)
My Dad says these wall-hangings are "eye poppers"... I'm not sure if that's a good thing, but I really like them. The center "opals" glow warmly, surrounded by the cooler colors -- which was the goal of this exercise in color usage. My Mom decided to go with a thin frame from the stripe fabric cut on the bias that I think adds a wonderful bit of whimsy that's very suggestive of ribbon candy. I decided to go more sedate, and let the opals stand out on their own.
Now for the sandwiching and quilting ... my least favorite part of the quilt-making process. But, these will provide us with a good opportunity for some free motion practice.