The front is complete.
I’ve spent a few peaceful hours adding to the quilt front the names of all the generous contributors who’ve given me fabric, encouragement, poetry and moral support when my enthusiasm flagged. Ladies, thank you! I couldn’t have done it without you.
Not only is it fully stitched together, with all the paper hexies removed except the ones at the outer edge, but the names of my collaborators, co-authors, conspirators, and contributors (ooh look, alliteration, my favourite!) are there, carefully hand-painted on in gold resist ink. In the interests of not ending up with an unattractive clump of names, I’ve spread them out evenly, so they don’t necessarily appear on the fabrics the named one has contributed. But the contributors know which are yours, don’t you?
We’re an international lot:
Australia: Me (QLD), Nanette, Dale and Tracey (NSW), Carla (WA)
France: Lynn and Viv
Germany: Jule and Annett
Netherlands: Emmely and Esther
UK: Jan, Carole, Kirsten
US: Cath and Sue
The most exciting part is the empty design wall, waiting for the back layout. I’m still not entirely sure what’s going to happen there, but I do know it isn’t going to be hand pieced. My right hand, which has borne the brunt of the work over the last few months with all the hand stitching, is starting to complain very loudly in the arthritic thumb and tattered long finger department. So whatever I do in the next couple of weeks, I need to give it a rest. The hand quilting is going to be major trial, and even there, I’m starting to wonder…
I have three months left to finish. I should just about make it.