after hundreds of meters of thread,
5 quilting needles,
several trips to the quilt shop to buy more fabric,
Some chocolate, tomato sauce, (and some unknown) stains,
Countless joyful hours of handstitching,
and 768 hand cut hexagons,
My hexie quilt is done!
Finished in time for the Finish it up! deadline!
After finishing it up early Saturday morning, we all spent the day at the beach to celebrate my niece's birthday. As all the adults sat by the water to watch the kids play...withdrawal set in. I have been so accustomed to keeping my hands busy on such occasions that I suddenly felt so anxious. So when we got back home, I pulled out another project that's been sitting in my basket since May of 2010. I'll post more about it in the days to come.
In the meantime, here's what i learned from the experience of making this quilt:
1)Plan better next time!I didn't have a clear idea of how big this quilt was going to be from the start. The shop where I had initially bought the fabric had shut down and I had to scramble around town to find what I needed. I also had to make do without one of the colored fabrics for the border hexies on the back.
2)I work well under pressure! As soon as I heard about the Finish It Up! challenge deadline, I was more focussed than ever to get it done.
3)I LOVE doing handwork! As much as I enjoy the fast paced work I do on my machine, handstitching provides me a certain palatable sense of calm. It is how I like to relax at the end of a long day.