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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hexagon progress

My hexagon quilt had been on hold while I attended to Christmas projects.Although I have three more Christmas projects to post to the blog, I thought I'd post an update on the quilt first..

I worked out was that there was a better way of working than my original conception of a patterned hexagon 'flower' surrounded by black, which I then joined using either a red or a purple hexagon, into a block. Conceiving it this way makes joining them more complicated than it need be.

If I think of the quilt as rows of patterned motifs joined by a single black hexagon, with in-between rows of black motifs similarly joined, I can join rows rather than blocks - and achieve the same effect more simply.

I dare say any piecer could have told me this had I discussed it with anyone!

I spent a little time evening up the piece I had already joined so it reflected the rows approach. I haven't decided yet what I will do with the edges, so currently have a row of half black hexagons.

I have left the tacking on the back - can't see any reason to remove it at this stage. I have removed the papers as I go - leaving papers in hexagons that will be joined to another but removing any fully surrounded.

I'm feeling organised and enthusiastic about this project.


katherine said...

Looks fantastic and yes it is easier to work in rows. I would leave the tacking in too as it will make pressing much easier before quilting. Well hopefully anyway.

Jillian said...

Thanks Katherine. I hadn't thought about the pressing Thanks for the tip. I'm on a steep learning curve here.

Monica said...

It looks fantastic, Jillian! I like your jewel-toned filler hexagons. Somehow the whole thing looks like jewels to me!

I agree with Katherine -- the idea with keeping the basting on the back is that you can leave it in.

It also doesn't hurt to look ahead to the quilting in case you want to adjust your approach. EPP quilts end up quite heavy, so you may like to have it long arm quilted by a professional. If you are planning to quilt it yourself, you may want to trim some of the seam allowances to reduce the bulk. Some food for thought as you are stitching away!

margaret said...

good tip about working in rows, love the black contrast you have here

Jillian said...

Thanks Monica. I like the jewels analogy - it is the effect I'm after. I've been thinking about the quilting. I have a few ideas that keep changing (you'll be surprised to know!) and that I'll discuss soon.

Jillian said...

Thanks Margaret. I wondered if the black would be too severe and deadening, but it seems to be working.