I finished preparing all twenty-five crone cloth blocks and laid them out on the floor to see what was the best arrangement. These are each 12″ square, made from fabrics layered onto a foundation of fine cotton lawn or muslin. After they’ve been joined and layered with the backing, I’ll quilt (roughly) one block at a time. I plan to let some of the quilting and applique overlap onto neighbouring squares so it won’t – I hope – look quite so ‘blocky’ at the end.
I’m surprised it’s turned out to be so colourful: not really what I planned, given my feeling of impending doom at the thought of growing older. It’s much more cheerful and vibrant than I expected, which turns out to be no bad thing. It suggests that maybe the process won’t be as bad as I fear. As a rite-of-passage cloth, it confronts endings and beginnings and the passage of time; the metamorphosis of youth into wisdom. ‘Metamorphosis’ actually might have been a better name than ‘the crone cloth’.
I’m now not sure about whether to give it batting. Originally that was the plan, but given that each block is made of at least two layers of fabric, I wonder if batting might make it too bulky and unwieldy, as well as difficult to quilt. This is not necessarily a cloth to sleep under, so it doesn’t have to be warm. I’ll think about this when I have the blocks stitched together.