These are really large hexagons (6" across at widest point) so any top made with them is bound to grow pretty quickly. But mine have put on a real growth spurt in a short time, just proving (to me as much as anyone else) that hand-stiched hexagons do not have to take forever to coalesce into a quilt.
I seem to set myself some old-fashioned task around Christmastime such as needlepoint or patchwork which sounds madly time-consuming but turns out to be very manageable. Cutting out the paper templates then the fabric hexagons, tacking the fabric onto the templates, arranging them, then hand-stitching strips of hexagons before hand-stitching the strips together sounds likes the sort of thing ladies in Jane Austen novels might do to while away a year or so, but in fact this has all been done in exactly four weeks. And considering how much I love using thick threads and big stitches when quilting, even I am impressed with my tiny stitches.
It's been picked up, put down, carried around with me, sat through Whisky Galore! and The Dam Busters, several editions of Desert Island Discs, lots of conversations and a day at Persephone Books. I've now finished the hexagon part which I'm leaving as a large fragment, and am going to make it into a quilt. I'm quite reluctant to remove the papers which make it so enjoyable to handle - they rustle and creak, and make the top firm and stiff. I also like the back as it is with the fabric-edged white hexagons that look like a reverse honeycomb.
So the moral of this story is that hexagons can grow quickly if you think big in the first place.
PS I now have a Facebook page, set up to coincide with the forthcoming e-book publication of The Gentle Art of Domesticity.