It was possible to leisurely hand stitch 8 seams together for Gravity’s background in an hour. As with other tasks I don’t much enjoy, a lot more time was spent staring at the pieces rather than just getting it done. Intellectually, it is so much better to just get the work done rather than staring at it, but emotionally? Well, generating the excitement for all that drabness was close to impossible. Please don’t misunderstand – I like grey, but I’d rather work with colours that are not grey. Or brown. And that was a lot of hand-stitching. With grey. If it had been interspersed with other colours things might have been different. Or perhaps if it was machine sewn it would not have been as odious. To get as much of it out of the way as possible, I interpreted this step in the QAL such that the block strips for the background were assembled as much as reasonable without stepping into complete assembly of the top. Forgive me. While this all could have been machine stitched, there is a noticeable difference in the look between the hand stitching and machine stitching that made me carry on with the stitching by hand nonsense.
There were a number of missteps with the grey in putting the blocks together in their strips, mostly due to not caring that much about all that grey, and that was clearly a mistake on my part. It was a real pain, but they were all resolved. Many swear words were spoken and quite loudly too. Have I learned a lesson there? Probably not.
Here's my pile of grey.
The background was expanded by a diamond on each side widthwise. Peter and I continuously struggle for blankets in the winter, and we have a king sized bed. Since the size of this bedroom bound quilt was in my control, making it wider made sense and was easy. An extra diamond was inserted along the sides and the edge filler blocks were shifted slightly in colour where necessary. It would have been nice to go 2 blocks wider, but I’m feeling a bit lazy about the whole thing. It’s actually more about not wanting to carry on with more grey. Oh yeah – some of the expansion bits were Kona Snow.
Thank you very much Myra for hosting the Gravity Quilt-Along.