Amazing what can happen when you make a block here, a block there. One day you realize the pile is done, and it’s time to start playing on the design wall.
In this case, the entire design wall and a few inches of wall space surrounding it. The far right-hand blocks are taped to the wall beside the flannel design cloth, and the bottom row are pinned to and dangling from the bottom inch of flannel.
Mr de H’s reaction: “Wow, that’s big.”
It will shrink a bit with final seaming of course, but yes, it’s a big one at 8×8 12″ blocks (yup, that’s 64 of ‘em, for a 96″x96″ finished size). There’s a chance I’ll slim it down and only do 7 columns of blocks, but it’s for our bed, and the hubs is a cover hog so I want ample overhang on the sides.
These are the same type of blocks, following the same Quiltville tutorial, as this flickr sew-along, which I just discovered today. I’ve decided to go non-traditional with my layout, so instead of “trips around the world” I’m calling this one “World Traveler.” Or maybe “the state of my stash, 2012,” or “Pixelated Petri-Dish,” although that doesn’t sound like anything I’d want to sleep under.
I’ll likely stare at this for a week or so and move a few things around before calling the layout “done”. I’ve got two extra blocks that may rotate in (three, if I fix the one I sewed together wrong). The plan is to quilt this in sections, which makes it possible on my home machine. It will be my first try at that method, and a trial run for the aqua New York Beauty quilt when it gets to this stage. Which won’t be anytime soon, as there are a few things ahead of it on the “next ups” list.