In the home stretch now!
I've completed (I think....) the final detailing and embroidering on the bog quilt. Here's the scoop:
I did, indeed, make another kayak, so that it is long enough to extend across the border. This is the third and hopefully, hopefully final attempt at the kayak! I managed to salvage the grey bits this time, and reattach them to the new kayak body. But I did need to embroider the detailing on them again. I also, added a black cord and attachments.
My philosophy on such re-dos is this. They take some time, for sure, but the few hours they take are short compared to the whole lifetime of the quilt. Having no regrets is "priceless".
I embroidered vein lines on the water lily leaves.
I made little French knot berries. I had considered doing them with 1/8" ribbon, but it was too large.
I made cattails with a brown yarn adding the fuzzy texture of the heads.
I made arrowhead leaf plants. These, too, I attempted with ribbon, but settled on using floss in the end.
Now it is ready to quilt!