Waiting for Hermes

The F2F3 quilt is on its penultimate stretch.

You may remember that I had decided to send this big girl off to a longarm quilter as I’ve made it to fit our ginormous bed and couldn’t face such a mammoth quilting task.  This will actually fit our bed with borders hanging down either side instead of being more of a bed topper and I will never (as much as I ever say never) make such a big quilt again – I wouldn’t be able to afford it for a start. This will be our ‘forever quilt’.  In future there will be throws and baby quilts only – probably.

Firstly, I had to rid the back of loose threads.

This took quite a while although 27 of the 30 12 inch blocks were made by the community of very competent quilters who contributed to this quilt by way of Kate’s Footsquare Freestyle block swap so nearly all of the loose threads were due to fraying rather than untidy ends.

Once I got the back looking neat and tidy, I folded it up ready for mailing to Yorkshire for its ‘longarm experience’.

I chose this fabric for the backing

It also came in grey and I was torn between the two but I thought the cream would give a more gentle effect for the bedroom.

I chose a wool batting, which I’ve never used before so I’ll be interested to see how that feels and I chose a simple quilting design as I didn’t want to overpower all the beautiful blocks and also wanted a nice drape.

I’ve just been told that the courier company in the U.K. (the Hermes of the title) is in possession of my quilt so I’m hoping it will arrive here in France by early next week, if not before.  I am more excited about it than a grown woman has a right to be when it’s not even Christmas.

I’ve asked that the quilt be trimmed ready for binding as I quite like attaching binding and it will serve to ‘re-connect’ me with the quilt, especially as I always hand sew the binding down to the back.  This ‘re-connection’ airy fairyness of mine might prove to be less attractive than it sounds as it’s a bloomin’ big quilt and I might wish to be ‘disconnected’ sooner than I fondly anticipate at the moment.

I think my quilt might be the first ‘finish’ to appear in the 2018/2019 gallery which is only right and proper because my name was drawn first to receive blocks from the other participants when the swap started in Summer 2018.

Then I’ll be able to get on with this next project. If you remember,  I bought two panels with all the circular designs on them and asked you for your ideas about a different border and cornerstones a couple of months ago as I’m not overly keen on the border fabric in the pattern.

I have all the appropriate fabrics already to make a lovely border.

I’ve cut out the circles within squares and attached sashing between them.

Now, however, I’m in more of a dilemma because I really like it as it is and don’t know whether to continue planning a border or just to quilt and bind this for a wall hanging.

What do you think?

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on November 1, 2019 - 08:42

    Gosh – what amazing pieces. I can imagine how nervously excited you are to see your huge quilt return, it must have been a brave leap of faith to let it go in the first place.

    • #2 by tialys on November 1, 2019 - 10:17

      It was a bit of a leap of faith but, to be honest, I think it would be braver to try and quilt such a large quilt on a domestic machine with my not too amazing quilting skills.

  2. #3 by claire93 on November 1, 2019 - 11:22

    so exciting! I’m sure quilting people will do a wonderful job!
    As for your new panel . . . I think it looks lovely as it is, as a wall hanging, but then what will you do with all the fabric you bought for the borders if you don’t use it on this piece?

    • #4 by tialys on November 1, 2019 - 13:02

      I didn’t buy them for this Claire – I already had them in my stash which was partly why I bought the panels as I thought it would be a stash buster. If I can think of a good enough border design, I might still go for an actual quilt.

  3. #5 by Laurie Graves on November 1, 2019 - 13:08

    Love, love those circles with the animals, and I will leave suggestions to those who have experience with such things. As for the other quilt…wowsah! Must feel a little like finishing a book. No wonder you are excited.

    • #6 by tialys on November 1, 2019 - 13:13

      Thanks Laurie – I guess you could compare entrusting somebody else with the finishing touches to sending a book off for proof reading/editing/illustrating etc. Although a lot more people will see a book (hopefully) so more is at stake. Still exciting though.

      • #7 by Laurie Graves on November 1, 2019 - 13:36

        I think all types of creativity share a common bond, one of them being the excitement of finishing a project.

  4. #8 by nanacathy2 on November 1, 2019 - 17:11

    I am sure Hermes will take good care of your quilt. I too like the circles just the way they are.

    • #9 by tialys on November 2, 2019 - 08:50

      Hmmm, I hope so, I have had several bad experiences with them in the past and now they’re saying the tracking number they gave me doesn’t exist!

  5. #10 by magpiesue on November 1, 2019 - 18:08

    I would be inclined to put some kind of border around your circles. Not as wide as shown in the original pattern, but enough to frame the overall design. Would that make it large enough for a lap quilt or would you still prefer a wall hanging? If I had the wall space I’d certainly enjoy it on the wall! Meanwhile, I completely understand how you’re feeling about receiving your F2F3 quilt. I hope it lives up to your expectations. 🙂

    • #11 by tialys on November 2, 2019 - 08:51

      Thanks for your thoughts Sue – I’ll think about what I actually want to do with it and then make a decision.

  6. #12 by katechiconi on November 2, 2019 - 07:00

    Oh gosh, how exciting! I think you’re right about being first completion in the gallery, too. With the binding, I’d suggest spreading the job of hand-stitching over 4 evenings, doing 1 side a night. That way, you don’t get frustrated with it, you have a session to look forward to each night, and it’s not overwhelming. Unless you get on a roll with it, of course, in which case, take full advantage! I love your animal circles piece, they look like Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates. I think I’m with Sue in saying another border is needed, but I’d be happy to see a small border, and keeping it wall-hanging size. The other fabrics can go back to your stash to be resurrected another day…

    • #13 by tialys on November 2, 2019 - 08:55

      I think you’re right about doing one side at a time – there’s no rush and I haven’t even thought about what fabric I’m going to use for the binding yet as I want to look at the quilt again before I decide.
      The circles do look like those plates don’t they? I have some wall space on the top floor which is where our bedroom and my workroom are located and the colours will go very well in the hallway there so I might keep it as a wall hanging. In which case I think a small border (no cornerstones) would be the way to go.

      • #14 by katechiconi on November 2, 2019 - 10:54

        Then I say go for a wall hanging, always so much prettier than a bare wall, and this is a perfect application.

  7. #15 by DawnGillDesigns on November 2, 2019 - 09:10

    for what it’s worth, I always start with ‘what do I want it to be’ with my projects, to try and keep them on track, so it would be the decision of if I wanted to dialysis or use it that would dictate the finish. Do you want to touch and feel it, or just look at it? I’d want to use it, because I love texture, so I’d make it the size for either a bonus winter bed topper, or a lap / sofa / desk quilt. I’m learning so much from you Scraphappy chaps 🙂

    • #16 by tialys on November 3, 2019 - 17:10

      A very sensible approach Dawn and one I sometimes employ but, with this one, it seems to be evolving organically (another way of saying I haven’t made my mind up yet). Trouble is, as I’m a knitter and crocheter as well, I have so many quilts, throws and blankets around the place already that a wall hanging seems more sensible at the moment and I do think the circles lend themselves to that. I can always have a feel of it as I walk past 😂

  8. #17 by kathyreeves on November 3, 2019 - 14:26

    I would be on pins and needles waiting to see the quilted quilt! As for this new project, I love both ideas. If you do a wall hanging I would still give is a narrow border as a frame, I think that would finish it nicely. If you opt for the quilt, it will be gorgeous!

    • #18 by tialys on November 3, 2019 - 17:12

      I am on pins and needles – especially as the parcel tracking doesn’t appear to be working 🤨

      For the other quilt, I’m thinking of a 5 inch border all round which is about half the size of each circle block so sort of in proportion. I don’t know what yet though. I’m sure something will come to me.

  9. #19 by Lynda on November 14, 2019 - 17:01

    I think clipping strings and threads is the most mundane part of quilting, no matter what size the quilt, it just takes too long! However, I am with you on sewing on the binding. It is meditative and gives you such a sense of accomplishment and completion. This is a wonderful quilt and I look forward to seeing it come back to you, and to your finish. ❤

    • #20 by tialys on November 14, 2019 - 18:48

      Just got to finish the current shirt and I’ll be all over that binding.

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