After experimenting with brown paper for the first few templates, I moved to freezer paper which is more pliable. I also thought it would stick to the background so I didn't get any wrinkles attaching the hexagons. It's not sticking as well as I thought, so I just use lots of pins. Freezer paper does make nicer edges on the hexagons themselves though.
I have pre-sewn the hexagons together and am hand sewing them to the white background. That sounds like a mammoth task - but it's not. It only takes about 40 minutes to sew each block of hexies.
Think I will quilt it in red because I like the quilting to be obvious-ish. I don't plan to do too much quilting though. Perhaps just some straight lines through each block.
I am working on this one as and when I feel like it. I have a bit of school work on at the moment. I had my term planned for my Yr 9 classes, but then we (50 learners and four Learning Leaders - Sci, Maths, Soc and English) had a day together to immerse ourselves in this term's Whanau and learning value (character), and they developed big ideas about heroes - that heroes make sacrifices, are committed, caring/loving, take risks and value relationships/family - so I am thinking To Kill a Mockingbird (the film) and using Scout, Boo and Atticus (and maybe Tom Robinson?) as heroes. I have ordered a few $8 copies of the book from Book Depository for my more able readers. I look forward to them reading it.