These last two weekends have been a whirlwind of quilt (top)-making for me. Here is the strip quilt I pieced last weekend waiting to be backed, quilted and bound.
it ended up measuring 60 X 73 and I will hopefully have it done in the next two weeks. My husbands parents are coming to visit this week, so hopefully I will be able to carve out some time to work on it.
THIS weekend I did something I never thought I would ever do. I made a hexagon quilt top (out of 5 inch hexagons which are pretty big, but still!) I never wanted to make one because I thought I would have to hand sew it together. And that just wasn't going to happen. I love to sew, but i like to go fast! When I found this link via Kathy at Pink Chalk Studio, my dilemma had been solved. I could in fact machine piece hexagons with the info given there. Hurray! I do love a good hexagon quilt and I am totally in love with this process.
I'm not usually one to plan a project too much, I usually just start cutting and sewing and see what I end up with. I decided to go a different route with this quilt top though. It's a birthday gift for my dearest friend (who has been banned from reading my blog until I complete and give it to her) who is very intentional with most everything she does. So in honor of being intentional (but still random) and honing my ability to be patient and actually plan, I picked up all the hexes I had haphazardly arranged on the floor and started laying them out in flowers. The next part nearly killed me. I had to leave out half of the hexes I had cut out and cut more of a background color. (I tried to get a really good photo, but there's some weird shadowing at the top right corner, along with the ends of the clothespins)
I'm calling this quilt "the Storyteller". Each piece of fabric in this quilt has a story. The fabrics were either given to me or is a fabric that Glynis has mentioned she likes. For instance, do you see that orange and blue floral fabric in the center of the "Polly goes to Paris" flower? Glynis gave that fabric to me in the form of a dress that was cut out, darted, and ready to be sewn together. It belonged to her grandmother. And do you see the sweet little hexes from the flights of fancy line and the orange Amy Butler polka dots? Those were from some scraps Sheree sent to me with an order a while back. I could go on and on about each and every fabric in this quilt top. I love quilting like that! I'm still thinking about what the back will be, but I also hope to have it finished in the next week or two.
Have a great week everyone!
p.s. I made a loaf of this oatmeal banana bread this weekend and it's my all time favorite banana bread. The oats add a lot of texture and make it substantial. One tip, use the walnut oil. It's real good. Oh, and I did not whip the egg whites and it turned out fabulous. Next time I'll follow the directions better, I promise!