Last November, I told you about a long-term project I was working on, made of pieced hexagons. I am happy to report that the quilt is done. And I mean really DONE - quilted, bound, with a label and a sleeve. It made its first public appearance at the Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild show last week.
|Hooked on Hexies - it's done!
It represents countless hours of hand-stitching to make the blocks and assemble the top, and hand applique (yuk – the A-word!) to attach the borders. Then some outstanding machine quilting by my friend Maureen Blanchard, and finally a piped binding at the edge. This finishing touch was a new technique for me. Challenging and totally worth it for the polish it lends to the overall look.
|Working on the piped binding. Isn't the quilting fantastic?
I'm proud of the end result, but it's also sort of bittersweet. I have spent over a year with this creation, and now that it's done, well, what do I do with my hands? I have another English Paper Piecing project started, and while it has its charm, I don't anticipate the same extended relationship with it.
|My new EPP project - Lucy Boston blocks
So I guess I'll just have to do some quick projects in the months ahead. But if I am patient and quiet, I'll bet that a new long-term project will reveal itself, and I'll embark on a new year-long adventure!
Are you working on a long-term project? I'd love to hear about it!