Hope you had a lovely weekend. I sure did. I was playing around with my diamonds - laying them all out to see how big a piece I could make (a VERY satisfying exercise, I must say)!
In the process, I realized that I need to start making edge pieces.
I included these hexagons when calculating the number of required for this quilt, but I have to add one edge piece to my weekly quota of 5 diamonds.
By the way, some of you asked me why on earth I decided to torture myself with figuring out how much work this quilt will be and why bother with a deadline. I understand where you're coming from - beLIEVE me, I do. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. But I know how I think and how I like to work. So here is my four-part answer ...
First, calculating: I've started so many quilts with the "just making it up as I go along" philosophy, only to run out of a certain fabric and then end up with ridiculously oversized borders to make the quilt big enough, or end up with a quilt that's just too small to be useful. I know the heartbreak that could have been spared with just a little planning at the beginning of a project. (Although sometimes I don't care what the end result will be, I'm just happy to be creating something with my hands.) I'd like to say that I've learned my lesson and for this quilt with so much handwork, I want to be prepared and make sure I have everything I need. Luckily, I've started with Kona White, which is a basic and I'll be able to get more. (Better do that sooner than later.)
Second, deadline: I already have a hexagon project that's been languishing in my cupboard for 7 years now ... and many more unfinished projects. I don't want to end up with another one. And I really enjoyed the "2 blocks per week" schedule of the Farmer's Wife Quilt-A-Long I did a few years ago. It was very motivating - for me - to have weekly goals.
Third: I'm always looking for pretty & fun & interesting things to make. You guys have been so super encouraging about this major project of mine and I've gotten lots of requests to share my progress - which I love and will be most happy to oblige ... 'cause let's be honest here, every blogger is part exhibitionist.
Fourth: (Probably should have been first) I can buy chocolate covered almonds in bulk.