I have not been entirely idle over Christmas.
The top left corner is now assembled and ready to add to the centrepiece. And another corner is ready to start piecing together. So now we can see just how wide this fun quilt is going to be. A massive 76″! I have yet to determine how long it will be, but it’ll be a bit more than the width, simply because of the way the hexies fit together.
My thinking about the back has changed a bit, too. Originally I was going to go for a plain red back. Then the fabrics started flocking in thick and fast, too many for the front alone, and the haiku and a tanka made their appearance. The back is going to feature these poems, plus many more hexies, and I’ve decided that the quilt will have a hexie border rather than a straight edge, so round the edge hexies will be pieced back to back, making a frame on the reverse too. That’s this week’s thinking, anyway. As always, it’s subject to change if I come up with a better idea!
The more I consider the quilting, the more drawn I am to a sashiko design. It’s in keeping with the origins of the fabrics, it’s simple and it would work on both sides of the quilt. I doubt if I’ll actually do it in white sashiko thread, since I don’t want it to stand out so strongly against the dark background, and the thread is quite thick and hard to work with on these tightly woven quilting fabrics. Also, the scale will be fairly large, so I’ll finish the quilting some time this millennium!
The Husband wants me to submit this quilt to the Mackay Show in July. Should be ready by then, so long as I don’t change my mind too often! The only thing I had some concern about is how to hang the thing – I want it to be double sided, and a hanging pocket would spoil the look of the back. However, the Husband has come up with a truly brilliant idea for dealing with this, which is to embed a hanging pocket between the front and back layers of the quilt, inside the quilt itself. The channel would be held in place within the quilt by the quilting. The outer edges of the channel would be stitched to the edges of the outer hexies, and you’d just thread the pole through the edge of the quilt itself. Am I not fortunate in my Husband? Not only enthusiastic about my quilting, but also providing intelligent solutions when required!
Finally, in the mail today I received more lovely fabric, this time from Kirsten, who blogs at The Pink Rose Bakery, and produces all kinds of gluten free fabulousness – go and take a look. It’s going to be great to have more red to increase the variety, and I can always use indigo to darken hexie flowers which would otherwise be a bit on the light side. I love the Christmas card, too!
What’s on your To Do list for 2015?