Friday, April 18, 2014
I've become slightly obsessed with hexagon designs lately. What I really want to make is a giant English paper pieced, Grandma's Flower Garden quilt, but because I don't want to devote that much time to hand sewing, I've settled on larger scale hexagon patterns. This particular quilt used the Rosalie pattern card from Valori Wells. I made the larger version, 78" x 86".
I usually start my quilts by putting together a palette of fabrics I like. Then, I search for a pattern to use. Once I'm about halfway through a quilt, a potential recipient comes to mind. While I was sewing the top for this one, it kept reminding me of my youngest sister, Rachel. She usually gravitates toward these colors and has even tried to steal a few fabrics from my stash that ended up in this quilt.
The large hexagons produced a lot of "waste" fabric, so I used the extra scrap strips to create a pieced back. My sister, Rachel, always house sits for us when we go away, so this was part of her gift for taking such good care of Koko, Nuku Nuku and our house.