I can see the light at the end of the hexagon tunnel and at the suggestion of my Tech Support & World’s Greatest Husband, I thought I’d review the steps it took to get there. Lucky you get to go along for the ride.
I started by composing the shapes and blocking in the basic color on the computer:
Then I basted the appropriate fabrics to the cut out hexagons and taped them to an un-cut version of the printout on my hallway wall.
As I sewed groups of hexagons together I removed the paper templates and stuck the groups on my design wall.
Yippee, the hexagons are all sewn together! Along the way I embroidered some “wild flowers” in the bottom, green section. I sewed carefully measured and pinned twill tape to the edges to square everything up.
Then I auditioned border fabrics. This went through many variations before I got to this point.
After I sewed on the border and added a little more embroidery, I fused the top to my batting and pin-basted it to the backing. Then I machine quilted parallel undulating lines with my walking foot and a few cotton threads.
Now the self doubt sets in. It’s not as square as it was before I added the border. The parallel lines are not quilt-police parallel. Should I have made them closer? Should I have used different thread? There’s a lot of hexagons, but not enough to make it all about the hexagons like so many Japanese quilts. Although there’s no puckers and little distortion, it does have that puffy, quilty look… OK. This is the point at which I catch myself and say, “but it IS a quilt!” Anyways, I’m quite happy with this quilt, but I always doubt myself and my abilities as I near the end of a project.
So, on to things I don’t worry about. The first is a crafty apron for my son’s best girl-buddy at school’s birthday. Luckily, she’s quite a bit taller than Katja and should be able to reach the pockets.
And while I was at it, I made another one for one of our neighbor’s birthday next month. (The last apron I posted was for the other 6 year old girl in our row.)
Oh, Katja’s face looks dirty because she was painted like a kitty today.