This week, I've been thinking that it's not too soon to think about the quilt binding. Grandmother's flower garden quilts can be finished in a number of ways, but I'm planning to straighten the edges of my hexagon quilt. This means that some of my hexagons will be trimmed and some will actually need to be cut in half.
Why think about this now? Because if you are working on a charm quilt, you'll probably want to avoid using your favorite prints in one of those positions that will be trimmed in half. After binding, those little hexagons will be almost hidden on my quilt. If I decide to sew my hexagons together as I go, I'll want to place my least favorite prints in those positions.
I'm still undecided about the layout for my charm quilt. Part of me just wants to continue what I started with the totally random and scrappy layout, but part of me thinks I would be happier in the end with a color spectrum layout. There's also the little voice I'm trying to ignore that says just do the random layout this time and do the color spectrum layout next time. Next time!?!
I asked my daughter what she thought and I didn't really like her no-nonsense answer. It went something like, "Keep making hexagons, but don't sew them together yet. Then, when you finish the first quilt you started hand quilting [referring to the Color Wheel Quilt], you can sew the hexagons together in a rainbow." She just had to go there. Ouch.