In this piece my main focus has been on Betts, the hog who travelled 500 miles from Georgia to Virginia (according to Powers' recorded descriptions). And I've chosen to shorten the nose on Betts from the original quilt block.
This is the original quilt block and you can see I tried to shorten the hogs nose a little but still wanted to keep it naive and primitive.
Normally I choose my background color first, which makes it easier to find suitable wool colors for the motifs. Sadly this time I decided to hook the motifs the way I envisioned them and to heck with background. Well now it seems I've painted myself into a corner.
My intentions are to put a row or two of different values around the motifs and ease a neutral background. Well, to do a background sorta like the one I did in Big Dog Hollow (shown below). You might remember that Kathy (Briarwood Folk Art) and I traded patterns; I chose this one of hers and she picked my Frost Sheep w/Birds and Flowers rug which she is presently hooking. Hmmmm, she called it something else. Anyway, she is doing a magnificent job hooking it and I like her rendition better than mine.
Hope you are staying inside and warm. It is frigid here in Delaware and it is very uncomfortable walking a dog in these temperatures. Sure wish I could litter box train my Rottweiler Ben.