I pulled my quilt out again about a week ago, and I've been tackling all those difficult edge pieces. Suddenly making nice round rosettes seems easy. This current stage involves a fair bit of crawling around on the floor, checking back to the pattern, and realigning tape measures.
Some people haven't wanted to cut a straight line on the edges, so they have appliqued their rosettes onto a wide border and retained all the star points. Other people have attached a row of the biggest pentagons (all in the same colour) all the way around the quilt, and then appliqued it to a wide border.
I'm going to use the method Willyne used when she designed the quilt. I'm going to be brave and cut the edges. Then I'll attach a skinny border in a bright vibrant colour (I know, what a surprise), and then a wider border in a special fabric I've already bought. I'll actually attach the skinny border before I cut the quilt because I don't want the pieces to start unraveling on me.
So for the last 3 days I've been crawling around the floor trying to ensure that I have a straight edge where I can cut, and putting together weird filler pieces like this one above.
I'm going to Auckland on Christmas Eve, so I'm packing lots of pieces to take with me. I always take this quilt in my hand luggage on planes - I would be devastated if it was in a suitcase that got lost.
I'm looking forward to seeing my mum's la passacaglia because she's almost finished too. I'll post a photo of them both together. Here's what hers looked like about 6 weeks ago:
Of course I haven't mentioned the quilting yet. That's a whole other story that can be tackled once I've got the top finished.
This will be my last blog post before Christmas, so Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have an enjoyable Christmas with friends and family. Thank you all for your kind comments and encouragement during the year. I have got to know some wonderful people from all over the world through this blog. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. love from Wendy.