Do you remember how on a whim I started a new quilt project? I mentioned it in my -ing post that I wrote before I went to Kopenhagen.
Well, it is an addictive way to keep busy. I have been basting hexagons every day since my return and I am still loving it. I know glueing the fabric to the paper template would be far quicker but I very much love the gentle pace of hand basting. I enjoy the tiny resistance the needle meets before pushing through the card. I love folding in crisp corners with my left hand as I move around the hexagon, counterclockwise. It slows me right down, I have time to reflect on what makes my happy and what not so much. I enjoy listening to a story, or to a podcast or two or three while my hands are working steadily. It is almost hypnotic.
I can't tell you how happy my box full of rainbow coloured hexagons makes me. I struggle a bit with the meaning of life and all just now and having this rainbow of cheerfulness to look at goes a long way to brighten up the tedium.
So far, I have not explored the myriads of possibilities of arranging my little rainbows into patterns or random sequences of colour. I have no idea how each will fall into the right place, when the time is right and when I have enough for a quilt. I am thinking of creating some sort of design wall. I imagine a sheet onto which I can pin the finished hexagons. Maybe I'll blue tack them straight onto the single bare wall in my sewing room.
I have been counting the hexagons today, I have 375. Using a calculator I found online, I worked out that I need 677 hexies and 32 half hexies for a reasonably sized throw. I might make it longer and narrower and use it as a bedcover for our day bed, in which case I need 688 full hexies and 35 half hexies. There is not much between them and I'll decide nearer the time. The hexagons are not tiny as you can gather from the numbers but not huge either: each side measure 1.5 inches, 3 inches corner to corner.
I have bought three fat quarters for this masterpiece in the making because I wanted some brown tones in the finished quilt and I do not have a single piece of brown fabric. I remember buying a charm pack for my crazy quilt for the same reasons. I also have very little red fabric, but enough shades close to red to make me happy. This is my third quilt made from stash and there are at least four more quilts in my fat quarter boxes.... I'll end up having to make a quilt with my least favourite pieces of fabric at some point in the future. That, or give these away. What may be my least favourite may be someone else's most favourite.
I am looking forward to start the process of hand stitching the hexies together.
P.S. I can also baste hexagons while moderating online evening tutorials, which sweetens up evening work. I have a lot of those tutorial in the next two weeks. Today, tomorrow, Wednesday, Friday, next Sunday and finally, Wednesday week. Forgive me for not keeping up with blogs during this time :-)