A lovely hello to all you lovely lovelies♥ 'Tis late Sunday afternoon here and later this evening I am going to settle down and enjoy a little hand quilting while I watch TV. My Sweet Sunday quilt top is finished. Yay! This week I have been stitching little hexies to the border. I decided these sweet little six-sided polygons (this I do remember from my school days) would skip around the edge in a straight line. Because I am mathematically challenged and could not, would not, did not calculate precisely between each hexie; I just butted them up to each other and crossed my fingers and toes that the space at the end of each row was of a smilar distance. Quite incredibly, believe it or not, it worked! I simply found the centre (back in the day, the concept of symmetry sunk into my brainpan) and just worked outwards to the end. I suppose the moral to this tale is to work out all those detailed, impossible mathematical measurements to the nth degree before one embarks on a quilting adventure; or indeed follow the pattern; but truly, where is the fun in that. =) As always I merrily dived head first into my sweet Liberty fabrics and kinda made it up as I went along. That's how I roll.
I found the embroidered flounce to have a lot of little puckers as I stitched the hexies to it and I know these will not disappear as I quilt, but I guess I will just have to live with it. I suppose, I will yet again have to adopt the attitude of satisfactionism and not perfectionism. Oh, the botheration of quilting!
For the backing I couldn't find a fabric that would play happily with my Liberty hexies. I could've bought metres and metres of Liberty fabric but at $50 per metre this was not an option. Instead I bought a blue bed sheet. I know a tad boring, but as this quilt is for me and no-one really looks at the back (except you of course) it will just have to do. I hunted for an all-over Liberty-like fabric dancing with flowers but could not find any. So 'plain Jane' it is. I would have preferred a busy, ditsy floral so that all those imperfect quilting stitches that I know will appear more often than not, would be hidden in the busy print. Now ALL my quilting imperfections and sins will be laid bare for all to see. I deliberated muchly over how to quilt this pretty, deciding upon simply quilting around each large hexie. With all my embroideries I am of the thought that this would look best. Again, the KISS method of quilting is to be the order of my day.
My Liberty stash has been decimated to a messy jumble of smidgens of scraps. 'Tis a bit sad really as they did look rather lovely in all their togetherness. I will save these itty bitty, slivers of fabrics for a sunny day when I fashion another Liberty inspired pretty.
But for now, I will sandwich the quilt together, place it in my quilting frame and begin the begin..... a little imperfect handquilting. Yes indeedy, a rather pleasant evening of slow stitching. Ain't life grand! Thank you for popping by my little place. I do hope you are all keeping well. May your day be a cheery one, sprinkled with sunshine and snippets of beauty♥
Until the next time............
Until the next time............
Frederique's Quilting Patchwork Applique