Labor intensive! Yes, indeed. But I haven't been working on this Maxine Rosenthal quilt nonstop. It sat for weeks at a time while I did other quilting. However, as the second one is, as of yesterday and today, being sewn together, I wanted to finish this first, which I did early this week.
I've shown this before but it was not quilted. I've been doing that since Thanksgiving. Each hexagram in the body of the quilt has a spiral sewn free hand [by machine]. And then there were the borders. Now it's bound and labeled. The title is "Fireworks over the Forest." I thought of that almost as soon as I saw how it was forming on my design wall. Nice to have it done. I wish I had something like a large foyer in which to display it.
The next one, as shown just a few posts back [on design wall]. is light whereas this is dark. Finishing it will also take quite some time but meanwhile I can't help thinking that I very much want to do a third with a lot of bright colors. I'm starting to keep my eye open for the right fabric. I browsed through the nearby Heartbeat Quilts which has such a wonderful selection of fabrics I swoon when I go in there. At $9 to 12 a yard I can usually tell myself I don't have to buy anything right now. Really, most are such fine quilting cottons, they are worth the price. But my frugalista leanings usually win out, I get a little woozy when FQs are $2.75 each. Meanwhile I've got plenty of quilting to keep me occupied and it's certainly not time to start another hexagon quilt.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!