I finished piecing a back for my quilt made of old shirts cut into hexagons.
Look at all those wrinkles! I ironed the back right after this, but the daylight disappeared on me (pressing takes so long), so later photos were dark.
I pieced this thing with abandon. I started with rows of half hexes left over from the front. A wide band of those was joined to a swath of gorgeous yabane-print cotton I bought on a trip to Japan. It was my souvenir from the famed Tomato fabric store. I even loved the selvage, so I left a bit of it in and visible on one of the panels. The Cotton + Steel Tokyo Train Ride print left over from cutting a single hexagon for the front jumped in, and pretty soon I had the pieces all together. I really should have ended that squared-off Cotton + Steel section with a point. Oh well. This is definitely not a show quilt; it’s a scrapbook!
The quilt back is quite a bit busier than the front.
I basted the quilt sandwich over the weekend. I used a 1/8″ batting made from a blend of bamboo and cotton. I haven’t tried the bamboo before. The thinness of the batting appealed for a summertime bed cover. I am a bit concerned that it’s so thin it will show bumps at the seams, but that may disappear during quilting.
So what should I call this thing? Originally I named the quilt after Violet Newstead, Lily Tomlin’s character in 9 to 5. The men’s shirts cut to suit a woman’s purposes seemed to make that fit. But now that I see all these Japanese fabrics together with the wabi sabi of the front, I think that the quilt should be named something evocative of Japan, or traveling. What would you call it?