I confess, I have a bit of an obsession. It all started years ago, when I realized we were going to spend many months each year on the road. We drive a lot in our travels, and we often drive the same roads over and over again. It helps to have something to do with my hands.
I’m addicted to hexagons.
I generally work with small ones – the biggest so far is 1/2″, because they take less room and take a long time to put together. I’ve just completed my second of these. They become wall hangings. If I do another, maybe I can have a little mini-show of them all together. It will be impressive – and represent many, many hours of hand work. Many miles travelled. I have made a smaller quilt of 1/4″ hexes – 3000 of them – I’m not sure I’ll do another of that size, but it did get into the Houston quilt festival last year!
So: here’s my Show and Tell for today. 15 months of work, 1387 half inch hexagons in a snowflake pattern. The quilt measures 38 1/2″ x 33 1/2″. Made with Cherrywood fabric hand-dyed cotton in a blue colour way, and white Fairy Frost by Michael Miller. Yes, it sparkles!!! I started it in August 2011, and put the last two pieces on this week.
I will be adding borders and then quilting. Maybe crystals, too, to increase the sparkle factor.
I’m feeling a bit bereft, now that it’s finished, and am working on a new design for the next project. I’ve just bought myself 2400 paper templates of 3/8″ hexagons from Paper Pieces, which I’m itching to get started. I’ve seen a couple of quilts made with this size, and they are gorgeous. Something about this size is very appealing to me. The next one will be scrappier and brighter than the ones I’ve made to date. After that, I don’t know what the quilt will look like. Perhaps a modern looking mosaic-type quilt? I should have something new to show you in a year or two!