I decided to piece the left hand side of the background in larger pieces to mimic the big pieces in the right side of the hemisphere. I was a little nervous abut piecing the semi-circle into the background, but I've done a lot of curved piecing in my day and this was a big gentle curve. Even so, I did a ton of pinning and clipping and sewed very slowly and carefully. I was hoping to enter it into Houston as a two person quilt, but I missed that deadline, so I will try for another show that will accept a two-person quilt and try for Houston next year.
Now for the quilting. But first I am going to cut it (gasp!) into three unequal sections and quilt each one separately and make it a triptych. I want to do a lot of fancy quilting on it and since it now measures 91" x 43" there is no way that I can do it justice on my Bernina. I don't know how other people shove a big quilt thru their small machines, but I know that I can't. I won't start the quilting right away. I need to take a break from it and I have another quilt (much smaller, thankfully) that needs to be started and that has a deadline.
Now I can put away the extra table that I brought into my studio and put away all those brown and neutral fabrics.
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