Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Flaunt - Candied Hexagons

This is an unfinished flaunt, but a milestone nonetheless. All the hexies for my traveling Candied Hexagon quilt (from an out-of-print 2005 issue of Australian Quilters Companion, designed by Kerry Dear) are pieced... by hand, I might add. Mind you, they're not yet sewn to one another, but this is the intended layout, following the pattern diagram.
I'm not sure I like it very much. But I'm hopeful that after adding the small inset pieces that fit along the edge, and a restful border, its appearance will improve.

So it's much more hand piecing, and much more traveling before there's much more progress!

In the meantime, to keep the rows in the arrangement I settled on, I needed something to separate the rows. I came across an old Quilt Art calendar that I thought to throw away, but decided to put the pages to use.
I labeled each row of hexies, layering them between calendar pages, and stacked all 11 rows in a shoebox...
...with clearly marked instructions for the next step.
So, the traveling hexies are at a rest stop for now..
Photo taken in Victoria, Australia, 2009

...until my next trip, wherever that may be.

Each Friday, bloggers who belong to Quilting Down Under chat group post a flaunt of their productivity. Visit Cinzia's blog to find links to all 24 Friday Flaunt-ers.

13 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks like a quilt with a lot of time into it! I find with that type of project that I lose steam somewhere in the middle and then get re-energized. Great job on being organized!

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  2. I know it's a lot scrappier than you're used to, but truly I think it's looking spectacular! Much better than my efforts. Probably because you used a much, much more limited palette and planned more thoroughly. Great work!!

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  3. What's not to like -- it's beautiful! I love the vibrant colors and the layout. Your organization idea is great. I love the Merrell shoe box as well as I'm a big fan of those. I've got a pair of boot-type Merrell's and they've been great during our snowy winter.

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  4. Linda its gorgeous - you need someone to drive you up and back the freeway whilst you sew. Wish I could use such wonderful colours - Id have to buy a whole new mountain of fabric.... now there is a thought

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  5. I think it's rather lovely. I can understand what you're staying about the borders. It's quite a busy layout.

    I'm wondering, if you really decide you don't like it, whether you could try a different layout. I'm thinking of the last scrappy quilt I made. It had 6 different blocks, and they were placed in a random manner, but at the same time I used 'runs' of the same block to create 'eye lines' (lines of eyes to follow).

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  6. Heavens, what's not to like? It's going to be beautiful! I can't even imagine doing hexagons. At the quilt shop last week I was looking at a hexagon template without realizing what I had in my hand. I quickly put it back! blessings, marlene

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  7. Lynda, I think it looks great! Love the colours and the fact that there is so much to explore. :)

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  8. Oh, Linda this is such a fine piece of art, as I knew it would be! You are well on your way to a great finish for 2010. Hand stitched, too! Wow, I cannot even imagine.

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  9. Just beautiful Linda! I love the colour mix and I am flabbergasted to see so much hand pieceing already completed!

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  10. Oh I love those. My favorite colors are purple and green. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  11. Those Hexagons are fabulous! I hope you come to like it once it is finished. So much work.

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  12. Hi Linda
    Gee I love your travelling hexagons. I'm off on a trip for 6 weeks in August and I'm thinking what a wonderful project to make. - not that I need a new one!!
    I love your layout, so keep on with it, and don't be discouraged. Sometimes when we are with a project too long, we go off it, but yours is lovely.
    Cheers
    Sue

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  13. I love the hexagon top and it's a great project for when you travel. I plan to take something similar when I travel to Houston this year. I hope you're having a fun visit with your Aussie family.
    Hugs Jan Mac

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