I have decided that having made it this far without the use of a sewing machine on this quilt, that it sort of deserves to be finished by hand, too. Perhaps I just fancy being able to say that I have made one entire quilt (albeit not terribly large) by hand in my lifetime - and no, I cannot imagine there ever being another!
Finishing a quilt by hand, especially when I've decided not to square it off but keep the hexagon shaping around the edges, is not something I am familiar with. So I'm sort of winging it a little. First of all, I've added the back border of hexagons, right side down on top of the front border and whip stitched in place around the quilt.
Next, I basted the top to the wadding and yes, I took a lot of time to cut the wadding into shape, basted the backing on and cut it to shape also. (Tedious springs to mind, but I'm sure it'll be worth it.)
|Basted front and back|
Having removed the papers, I turned the hexie border over gently, pushing out the points with my trusty crochet hook and enclosing the wadding and backing fabric underneath it. It's all pinned safely down and I'm currently stitching it in place with an invisible applique stitch just as I would finish binding on any other quilt.
Eventually, I hope to be able to use these perle cottons to finish the quilt with some handquilting.
Many, many times I have been tempted to just whip this through the sewing machine to get it finished, but I think I would regret it if I did that. So, I'm trying to remain patient and move towards the quilt finish just one stage at a time. This quilt is becoming the elephant I'm trying to eat, I think!