Yay! The hardest part is done.
I have got through all the hand stitching and quilting in one piece, a bit sore in the hands but hugely satisfied at how my internal vision of this quilt is being realised. So often my imagination outstrips my skills and results are clumsy or dull. This one is making me very happy – so far!
The next step is to cut all the squares for the panels that surround the central square. The colour scheme is going to be expanding, to incorporate eggplant, burgundy, dark cerise and purple into the existing green and blue colourway. The colours of the squares will be randomly distributed, but will tend to get darker towards the outer edge. On the outer edge of each surround panel will be the yoyo/suffolk puff borders. Quilting for these outer sections is going to be simple and quite plain. There is no image to enhance with the texture of hand quilting, and I don’t want it to distract from the colour work and image in the centre, so I’ll probably go with my favourite machine stitched cross hatching, or something equally plain.
Making the yoyos is going to be quite a labour. I have to make some samples to work out their coverage before I’ll know how many will be wanted, but the border is 6 inches wide all the way round, and I’m thinking that’s equivalent to 3 yoyos deep. I do have a clever plastic thingy made by Clover which is designed to make yoyo manufacturing a lot easier, so I look forward to testing it out.
Right, time to go and get pressing. I may even need a couple more fabrics – oh no! what a tragedy: I’ll have to go shopping!