Work continues, sporadically, on tacking the layers of Metamorphosis. I overestimated the size of the wool batting and ended up with about 8″ spare all round the edges of the 60″ pieced top. Working on the tacking, I’m noticing that bits of batting are rubbing off from the edges, and travelling to the most unexpected corners of the house. My husband is normally a very patient and understanding man, but when he finds a shred of wool batting in his dinner – well, even I know things have probably gone a little too far. To his credit, he didn’t actually say anything. Just held it up between thumb and forefinger and looked at me in accusatory silence.
So now I know I need to add a border to cover up the raw batting. Initially this cloth was going to be the same height as me, which would have meant adding a 3″ border to each side. But I figure that if I have at least 8-10″ spare batting and backing, then it makes sense for the border to be as wide as the spare space. The alternative is to cut four 4″ strips of batting off each side to make it smaller, but that just seems wrong and pointless. Leaving it as it is means that the cloth will turn out to be bigger than me. And that’s OK. That makes more sense. We grow to fill the available space.