At last, all 1,024 squares sewn together.
Mostly, this went together painlessly. I did take out two squares which stood out too much, and replaced them with less bright or solid colours. Fiddly, but to my mind, extremely worth it. My eye no longer catches on them. Here and there are squares which don’t line up exactly, but I’m OK with that too, as none of the mismatches are extreme and you really don’t see them unless you look hard. And who does that unless they’re trying to find fault?
I have now got backing fabric in a lovely warm red. It’s a sort of foxy red, no pink in it at all, heading towards orange, but still clearly red. No pattern to it, but it’s hard to find exactly what you want when your options are so limited. I also have quite a lot of the warm reddish fabrics I used for the highlight squares, so I’m considering a strip of those down the middle. I have to join the fabric pieces anyway, so why not make a virtue of a necessity? I’m still working on ideas for how to hand quilt this, but I’m not going to rush into anything unless I’m happy it’ll complement the concept behind this quilt.
I’m taking a short break from Bonnard for a bit. There are a couple of other things I need to work on. Next month I’ll be starting the quilting on ST&D once the final blocks are in, and I have some hand stitching, hand quilting and embroidery to concentrate on. And in February, we go on leave! Something I’m looking forward to enormously, and a break we both badly need.
Don’t worry, though, Bonnard will be back soon.