The central band is nearly done.
As you can see, the part on the right of the centrepiece is now complete. On the left, I have a block of 15 or so more flowers to make and attach, and then the whole left side strip will be finished and I can attach both side panels to the centrepiece. At that point, the front will be halfway done. The next stage will be strips for the top and bottom, probably three flowers deep. I have plenty of fabric left, and it’s going pretty well; not quite a production line, but I think I have identified the quickest way of making and assembling the pieces – or at least, a way that works well for me.
Yesterday, I received another package of Friendship Fabrics for this quilt. The lovely Esther at ipatchandquilt has sent me these pretty pieces, which I will be able to use on the front. Esther has a gorgeous, colourful blog, and her machine quilting is just phenomenal, so do yourself a favour and go over there and browse extensively. It also shows what a small world we bloggers inhabit; she’s the other side of the world, but teaches art at the same high school in the Netherlands where my brother-in-law was a teacher many years ago!
I’m still surprised at how motivated I am to work on this quilt. Normally, by this stage of a large hand-pieced quilt I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’ about it, and am casting around for something else to get excited about. Not this time. I have the lovely scraps and pieces of fabric which arrive in the mail, and the participation and comments of others to keep me on track. Not to mention that everyone else will lose interest unless I show good progress on a regular basis!
I have one of my UFO/unstarted projects in hand as well, something I can sew quickly on the machine as a break from hand stitching. It’s a job which is easy to pick up and put down, and I’m sort of making it up as I go along. Too early to show progress yet, but I hope to have something to post about soon.
Onwards. There’s a box of squares waiting to be turned into hexies.