I think I may be cutting 4″ squares in my sleep tonight.
On the left, the range of colours for the sea in the bottom half. On the right, sky colours for the top half
I have pressed and trimmed the selected fabrics and cut out all 324 background squares for this quilt. It’s just a teeny bit repetitive… I have spares, odd ones, outsiders and jokers in the pack, just in case a particular section of the quilt background tells me it needs something a little… different. My design wall flannelette sheet is up again, hanging from its pole across the top of my bookshelves.It’s not a hard surface, but it has the overwhelming advantage of being washable and folding up into a small bundle to be stowed away in the top of my fabric cupboard when it’s not in use. Since I like to lay out a whole quilt at a time rather than block by block, this queen size pale taupe sheet is just about large enough (it’s not quite tall enough to take the full height, but then I’m not quite tall enough to reach the top of a full height one anyway!). I’m going to assemble the background in blocks of 9, 32 of them. It keeps everything stable and in manageable bite size chunks, and there’s not too much unpicking if I change my mind about something.
Sky and sea at the top, and below the fabrics for flowers, fruit, tree, leaves and at the bottom, the fish
The fabrics for the other elements have been auditioned and selected too, but I’m not even going to think about them until I have the background completed. Now that there’s a small amount of visible progress, my subconscious is sending all sorts of ideas to the surface, mainly to do with how I’m going to quilt it. Talk about being a bit previous… So I’m making notes. And I think I’d better do a lot of FMQ practice too. I can’t quilt too densely or the thing will become as stiff as a board, and the original idea was for a lap quilt to tuck up under in the winter, so stiff is not good.
Creating the templates for the enormous amount of applique is something to scare myself with another day. I’m trying not to think about the applique itself. Can I face doing it by hand, needleturned? Or is it going to be fused and stitched down by machine? Either task is large, but the hand sewing will be monumental…
Anyway, the Husband is off to work on night shift, and for the next 4 nights, so I’m going to treat myself to some TV and hand sewing hexagons. I assembled the hexies for another 10 flowers last night while watching a DVD, so they’ve got to be sewn together tonight. Beautifully mindless automatic handwork.
And I might just make a cup of tea and have another slice of my freshly baked pineapple upside-down cake…