Another batch of hexies and fillers completed.
Now that these are done and pinned in position, I begin to have an idea of just how large this quilt is going to be. On the basis of what is here, it’s going to be 75″ wide and probably 81″ long (190 x 205cm). That’s before any border or binding.
So I think I can safely say that some of these beautiful fabrics are going to get used on the back too. Normally, I’m a fan of plain backs, just because it’s easier, but with so much extra fabric and the haiku too, a picture is beginning to form in my mind of what it might look like. Nearly as interesting as the front! A double sided quilt. Of course, this means the quilting will have to work on both sides, so I will have to be super-careful and missed stitches will show. I think it will have to be a hand quilted job, after spending so much time hand stitching all the hexies. Rather than do some sort of complicated pattern which will fight with all the different fabrics, I’m going to go for an overall repeat design, like I have on my heirloom quilt. That one has clamshells. I’ll have to ask this quilt what it wants a bit closer to the time. It can’t be anything that follows the hexie shapes, since I can’t absolutely guarantee that things will line up between front and back. Maybe a gentle wavy line on the diagonal, or something similar.
I’ve also had another nice squishy envelope arrive, this one from Nanette, who blogs at Stitch and Sow. She’s sent me some really lovely prints which will enhance the beauty and variety of this quilt.
My Christmas handwork is all sorted. Putting this lot together… (and, as the Husband points out, eating lots of Christmas cake. I suppose that counts as handwork!)