With the strange weather we've been having (again), I have spent quite a few days at home and I've been pretty productive!
A few months ago I bought a layer cake of Janet Clare's Nocturne (Moda) plus a yard each of a cream and a navy (same collection). They aged, though not as long as some of my stash! (And, yes, I did wash the layer cake!)
On Sunday I cut the honeycomb shapes and started arranging them. On Monday I pieced the top. It was okay, but it was a bit big for what I had in mind. (I actually didn't have much of a plan, which is why I did more work than I needed to.) I decided to sleep on it and see what I wanted to do.
On Tuesday morning I decided to fix the problem. I folded back the short ends until I had what I thought was a more reasonable length. You can see the line I drew in chalk (at the number 25 on the mat). There is another line at the other end.
Because this was hand pieced, I wanted to be sure the ends would not fray where I was cutting. (If you have ever tried to take out hand stitching, you know it's pretty difficult; but you also know me--The Belt-and-Suspenders-Girl.) So I stitched by machine 1/8 inch inside the drawn lines.
Then I used a ruler and cutter and cut on the drawn line. Voila! It is so much prettier and more in keeping with what I had in mind. Compare this pic with the first one.
I basted for hand quilting and...
quilted the entire piece on Tuesday.
Triple lines of quilting. I just love the texture. The thread is a variegated cream to tan in a 30 wt. I used a Hera Marker and a ruler to draw the lines; no marks to remove.
A shot of the back.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where you will get to see the final piece and what I made it for. I think you will be surprised!
P.S. I am listening to Back of Beyond by C.J. Box. Seriously, if you haven't read or listened to any of his work, you are really missing out.