A visit to the doctor last Friday confirmed that I was feeling punk due to a sinus infection and an ear infection. Antibiotics are making me better, but have the side effect of sleepiness. Still, I'm forging on. I have things to do and quilts to make!
Since purchasing a Hex 'n More ruler in May, I've wanted to use it, knowing I'm giving a November program on hexagons at our Central Florida MQG meeting! I also need a baby quilt to gift in August, and a quilt on which to demonstrate how to sew binding, so this project fulfills all my needs.
From my favorite modern prints, including numerous pieces of Technicolor by Emily Herrick, I cut 4-1/2" hexagons.
I also cut 222 - 2-1/2" triangles (no picture) from a pink Kona solid, but later scrapped those to cut white Kona triangles. After sewing triangles to the top and bottom of each hexagon, I joined units, and sewed columns together on the diagonal.
I pinned at every intersection to ensure that those challenging diagonal points met, but I still didn't achieve 100 percent perfection.
I'm happy with the bright cheeriness of this quilt. This photo was taken before I trimmed the right and left sides to make them straight. The quilt top is 36" X 52", a nice baby size for a new grand-niece.
|36" X 52"|
It's now layered - the backing is V&Co. Simply Color (far left) - pin-basted, with binding at the ready, and awaiting quilting. If all goes as planned, free motion quilting will happen over the next three days and the quilt will be ready for Thursday morning's First Time Quiltmaking binding class.
This week marks lesson four (of five), and thus far there's been perfect attendance! That's never happened before. I was surprised to learn last week that of 18 students, only four of them are tying their quilts. The rest are giving free motion quilting a try! Everyone seems enthused about learning to make a quilt, and that just makes it even more fun to share my love of it with them. Linda