It's never too late to change your mind. Here's an example:
This is the original retreat project. The navy border, while perfectly mitered, made the left and bottom edges disappear. The tree? Not a deal breaker yet.
Dissatisfied, I removed the tree, which took almost as long as appliqueing it on! I still didn't like the border, so off it came too. I replaced it with a woody looking fabric, which looks more like a window or picture frame. (The colors in the above photo are closer to real.) I am much happier with this version. I will admit that if I had basted and started the quilting I might not have ripped it back. But I have been known to do exactly that.
Remember the smaller version that several of the students did? Here's mine. The white lines you see in the border are for quilting. I am using Quilters Dream Cotton Request unwashed for the first time--and I like it a lot. Mostly ditch quilting, except in the sky and in the water.
A close-up. I started with the sky and water fabrics and filled in the rest. I just love this piece. I'll share more of it when it's finished.
And to end the retreat retrospective, here are a few photos I hope you enjoy.
Blissful hugs to all,