Spring Weather = plenty of Hand Stitching Time in the yard while the kids play.
So much time, in fact, that I have all 56 hexagons attached to the quilt (some are not sewn all the way on yet). It certainly went faster than expected. I think it needs just three more hexagons on the left side to balance it out properly.
I tried out some new things while putting together my Hexy Kit and working on this project. I tried these because of the talented Katy’s recommendations and they worked so well, I wanted to pass it on.
- Grey thread blends far better than white or ivory on this eclectically colored quilt.
- Beeswax* – Running the thread through the beeswax does help it not tangle quite as badly. It’s not perfect, but it seems to do a little better.
- Clover’s Black Gold needles* are the shiz. Seriously. Sharp, smooth, strong (I didn’t bend these while sewing like other needles). I am sold. (Although, I just realized I was using “Quilting needles” instead of “Applique” needles. hunh. They worked great though!)
Now that I have gotten to this point, I am wondering how I will finish off this quilt. I have two ideas.
- Applique it to a solid blue background then finish it off like a regular quilt (quilting, binding).
- Add solid blue hexagons (in various shades) around the edge of the quilt for a sort of border. Then, figure out how to keep the edge hexagon shaped.
What say you? How would you finish this quilt?
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