Sunday, 16 October 2016

And Now The End Is Near - The Happy Version

And now the end is near ....

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

Yes there were times I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew....

I've loved, I've laughed, I've cried....

The records show I took the blows
And did it my way.

With apologies to Frank Sinatra my end is near. Or rather the end of the #behemoth, the artist formerly known as the #coulterweddingquilt.

As of today the binding is on. All that remains now is to slip stitch the binding on the backside, bury my ends and maybe do a little more quilting. It is difficult to see when enough quilting was enough. I thought if I actually finished it and laid it on a bed, then I could tell. To be honest I am not actually sure that the quilting looks as it did in my head. Quilting is not my forte. I'm hoping I'll lay it out and go, yes, that's it.

As I used the dark blue spotty binding in the rear of  Snowflake Shimmer, I called in to the Paragon and to buy some more. Some things are meant to be. Not only did I get parked right at the door, but I saw a sea glass blue green spot in this Rose and Hubble fabric. This was waiting for me. It was meant to be. I'll have a metre of that, thanks very much.

I had toyed as well with the idea of scrappy binding. In retrospect that would be too fussy. This aqua marine blue green, blue is perfect.

Whilst I was there, I spotted another tiny blue star fabric. Tiny blue stars look a little like snowflakes on a shimmery night. My Snowflake Shimmer's backing is a little short top and bottom, rather like myself. A metre of it found its way into my bag too. And you never know, there might be enough left for the binding.

No there's not! I trimmed the top and bottom down, so it looked like a deliberate band top and bottom, not just that the fabric didn't reach. You see, I have done this before. I added in the aqua spot as well, I still need a little more. This Snowflake Shimmer is bigger than it looks. You know what? I don't think there is enough left for the binding. The ladies in the Paragon will be asking me to come to their Christmas Staff lunch.

So, that was my stash in and my stash out, all in the one weekend. My other totally selfish purchase was I downloaded Lucy, The Charm About You, stitchy pie needle case. It's really sweet, there have been some lovely versions appearing in blogland, both fabric and embroidered.

In the meantime, again back to Lucy. I have made a few more Liberty hexie circles. I tend to make these on a Saturday night, watching tv en duo and joining in with #Saturdaynightcraftalong with Lucy and The Charm About You.  I  think I have about 30 or so of these now. It must soon be time to start putting them together. I have my Liberty stash all stuffed in a small clear plastic bag, I know, sacrilege. I still have some fabrics I haven't hexied. (is that a word?)

It's a busy week between one thing and another, so probably not as much done as planned. I'm fairly sure now that the #behemoth won't be finished by Wednesday as planned. I wanted to show it off to my aunts and uncles on Wednesday. This little Miss Show Off will have to content herself.

All the best,
Helen x
linking up with Molli Sparkle's Sunday Stash


  1. Wow Helen, you are making great progress on the Behemoth and so you don't feel all lonely over there the quilting never turns out like the quilting in my head for me either. I just resign myself to being happy with whatever ends up on the quilt. You are probably paying for the Christmas staff lunch, so maybe you can crash it.

  2. well if hexied isn't a word it should be!! Love the quilt...I'm a green/blue person so its very pleasing to my eyes.
    I must have a proper look around Paragon I usually just dash in buy the toy stuffing and dash out again.

  3. Ooooh! Great job! I'm loving your color combo! XO

  4. Congrats on the almost finish. Good luck with finishing up the binding. Can't wait to see a final photo.

  5. So, so close to the finish! Congrats!

  6. What a productive weekend! I love that your purchases were put to such fast use. I hope that the slip stitching of the binding for Behemoth is a joyous process.

  7. Way to go closing in on a finish is so satisfying.

  8. Looks great! Remember the Queen of Sheba? Xx

  9. The behemoth has been a marathon but the finish line is in sight.

  10. I'm going to miss the #behemoth when it's gone. I feel like I've really got to know it over the past few months :) When people ask me what my favorite color is, I'm going to proudly say "Helen's binding for the behemoth." And when they look at me all confused I'll say read the post and you'll know.

  11. This has been such a fun project to follow. Love the colors and the different size blocks that work together so well.

  12. I just signed up to follow you via e-mail. I found you through Tish's Adventures in Wonderland. I love your sense of humor!

  13. What an effort, but it will be so worth it. I applaud you for quilting such a big quilt. I love the colours of it!

  14. You are so close to the finish now (fingers crossed the quilting looks fine when you lay it out). I absolutely love your binding fabric - best colour ever.


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