I have quite a lot to show you this time.
I’ve completed the top and bottom rows of dresdens and attached the top one. The assembly process is now well established and it doesn’t take me long to get the blocks ready for quilting and trimming out. Attaching the long rows is very fiddly, especially as I have to change the sashing colour partway along for these rows, but really, compared with quilting a big thing like this it’s a walk in the park.
Here are the final selections for the top and bottom outer borders. Once everything was up, I did quite a lot of tinkering, so it’s fairly different from my original take, and may still get tweaked a little more, depending on what comes in soon. My design wall isn’t quite large enough for the whole quilt to be laid out with the outer border blocks at their untrimmed size, so the bottom row is on the floor. Excuse the extraneous stuff in the photo, but I can’t quite get the whole thing into one picture without it!
So now there are only 10 more blocks needed. I know that my friend Nanette has posted me something, so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming. After that, I’ll know how many more to make.
But having got the whole thing up and seen how it looks, I have one burning question, and I’d value input on this. Is it getting too big? Currently the plan is to produce a quilt of finished size H100 x W88 inches (254 x 222 cm), more or less, which is fairly humungous. If you were buying a quilt at a charity auction, would you want one this big, or would you prefer a more lap-size quilt of 75 x 62 inches (190 x 158 cm)? If the latter, then I have to stop very soon! But if you’d love the larger one, I’ll carry on with the outer border. If we go with the smaller one, never fear, I will have absolutely no trouble using all the border blocks everyone has so kindly sent already, since there’s going to be a Teal quilt every year. I’ll be interested to hear what everyone thinks – votes for larger or smaller, please.
Even if you never usually comment, this is one time when I really need to hear what you think, so make an exception and let me know!