Starry Hexagon Quilt by Jennifleur

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Constructing Top
Started:
2010-03-18T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

March 3, 2010: I started this quilt.  This is sort of one of those crazy projects.  These are all 1" hexi's and my intention is to make this a king size quilt.  I started this in 2010 and have worked on it pretty consistently.  It's larger now then the pictures show, I need to take a more recent photo.  I actually have two corners done at this point!  My only fear is that I didn't buy enough of the charcoal fabric.  I thought five yards would've been enough but maybe not.  I was hoping this would be for our bed but I might have to make it smaller unless I can find more of that specific batik (if you have some I could buy off you I'd be forever grateful!) Anyway, I'm in no rush to finish it, I really enjoy the process of hand work; it's very relaxing.  Though someday when it is done I'll be pleased as punch. 
This quilt was inspired by this post, same design, different types of fabric entirely: <a href="http://simplylibby.blogspot.com/2009/07/as-summer-days-heat-up-princess-has.html">Simply Libby Hexi Star</a>

November 7, 2012: I'd kinda put this project on the back burner because I'd been nervous that I didn't have enough of the charcoal fabric to finish it to the size I wanted.  I couldn't face getting to the end and not having enough and having to decide what to do with all that work.  I'd cut off the selvage and hadn't written down the name so I didn't know where to even begin looking.  But now, dear sweet Joanne-q left a message with a link to someone selling 8 yards of it on EBay.  How she found it? I don't know.  It's a happy quilting miracle though! OH JOY!  I could kiss her right now!
Thank you! Thank you! Joanne-q 

November 10, 2012: Guess what came in the mail today?!  My fabric! Whoop! Whoop!

January 5, 2013: Really cool! I was on Pinterest today and someone had pinned a link to the original pattern and history! Stars and Diamonds was made by Marina Jones Gregg from Charleston, SC in 1852. Click the link to read all the details and see the original silk quilt.

Pictures

Loves

16muddyfeet
Nexxus831
QueenofChaos
Jenniesthreads
Quilbee
Amyde
Joanne-q
Tinastitches
Deanna
Aizome
Maura
Purlewe
Kazkitty
Mrsdragon
Scientificquilter
Saruqa
Debquilt
Rebecca

Comments

Amanda

This is amazing. What a great project. Have you ever brought it to guild?

Jennifleur

I have. The picture with the gray floor? That was taken at guild. That was the last time though. =) I suppose I could bring it again - it would be more fun to bring if it was finished though! Ah someday.

True

Ok this blows me away...how beautiful and complex! Do you know name of the fabric you need more of?

Kirstenblake

1" hexies? Wow this is going to be gorgeous!

Jess

wow. just wow.

Caribousmom

Wow, you hexie people blow my mind LOL! This is truly amazing - so vibrant and interesting....and 1" hexies!?!?? Stunning!

Janquilter

One inch ANYTHING is amazing...but hexagons? Just blows my mind! I agree, having an ongoing hand work project is nice...easy to pick up when you want to relax and sew.

Jennifleur

True , I wish I did! That would make finding it a whole lot easier. Alas, I chopped it all up ages ago and ditched the selvages then so I have no idea.

Quilt455

This is beautiful but I am not sure if I could relax attempting to make 1inch hexagons. In fact, I know I couldn't.

Jennifleur

Hey Sewnsew , I took an updated picture of the quilt for you. Sorry it's kinda fuzzy - phone camera at night is a bad combo. But you get the idea!

Sewnsew

Jennifleur Thank you for the updated photo! It is absolutely stunning! You are doing a marvellous job on it. Stinks that you have run out of grey batik. I hope you find some again soon.

Alisonglass

You have got to be one of the most patient people in the world! It's amazing work!

True

This just gets more gorgeous...have you figured out a solution to fabric issue?

Aizome

Absolutely gorgeous! My thoughts on the batik you're running short on: do what quilters have done for decades--make do with something similar. It will looks just as amazing.

Maura

I love this. I'm forwarding off to a friend who collects batiks and is also working on a HUGE hexi.

Mrsquilt

This is an amazing project :) I love the colors!

For your fabric, if you do end up finding its name or designer, there are internet sites that can help you look for stores who may have your fabric in stock.

This site (www.sewn.net.au) saved my quilt once but it is no longer on the net... There is this one: http://www.findmyfabric.com/ , but I never tried it. They usually refer you to specific online fabric stores. Good luck!

http://www.findmyfabric.com/

Tenar

I can't find it, but I've found a couple of dark grey batiks that look similar enough that they may work: http://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/shop/Bali-Batik-Fabric-223.html http://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/shop/Bali-Batik-Fabric-224.html

Jennifleur

Joanne-q I LOVE YOU! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU FOUND IT! THANK YOU!
And sorry for shouting - I'm so excited! I'm going to go buy some right now. Thank you!

Jennifleur

Okay, I bought 'em out. If I can't finish this quilt with 8 yards of that grey it doesn't deserve get done! lol ...and now maybe I can make a big fat grey border like I'd like too.

Sblprl1

Very nice layout of your Hexagon quilt! Bright and cheerful.

Joanne-q

Jennifleur I tried a quick search with 'grey' and 'gray'; got nothing. Then I saw you'd called it 'charcoal' and thought, one more try and 'voila!' there it was. Happy to help.

Jennifleur

Joanne-q , who knew it was that easy?! My Google-Fu failed me completely. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help me find this critical fabric for this project. It made my day! smile

True

Jennifleur Ok this is way too exciting and I mean it...how cool to think this online community allowed you to find this fabric. Great wor Joanne-q I am so impressed. Cannot wait to see this done.

Jennifleur

True , quilters are good people I tell ya!

Sariecherries

This is amazing!! Wow!!!! Just Wow!!!

Amanda

So glad you found more of the fabric! That is incredible!!

True

yes!!! Now get sewing!!

Sewnsew

Huzzah! I can hear your needle and thread flying from here!

twistedandloose

That is truly amazing. I love it.

Terryt1955

And I can't even make 2 hexies to match up. This is amazing and way cool that you were able to get 8 yards of the charcoal batik. It's meant to be a king sized quilt!

Rebecca

Ok, I LOVE that you found the history on this. SO cool to read! Did you see the book too?

Jenniesthreads

This is inspirational - I look forward to following progress now I've found it!

True

How cool you found it...got to love pinterest! And I so look forward to seeing this one done it is simply amazing.

Magicalminiatures

I love it! Its the first hexi quilt which I have fallen in love with, too many remind me of my grandmother! I did love her.

Perhaps a perfect holiday project???

Jennifleur

Magicalminiatures I totally fell in love with this pattern too. Did you see I found a bit of history on it?! How cool is that? You should start one... though unless you gave up everything but eating and sleeping I don't know that you could get it done over a single holiday... wink

Jennifleur

True You're right! It's so awesome to see a bit of history behind this pattern. I feel lucky to have found it.

Jennifleur

Jenniesthreads I'm hoping to start working on it again more steadily now that I've also found some more of my missing fabric.

Jennifleur

Carolmarie I doesn't say but I'm guessing A WHOLE LOT! Heehee

Jennifleur

Rebecca I did see the book. I'm going to have to put that on my wish list. I love that I found the history of it too.

Jennifleur

Terryt1955 it is! I'm very excited to be working on this again.

Jennifleur

Seshlaman Thank you!

Jennifleur

Sewnsew I've got another star all put together... I should be further along but I've been distracted by some crochet. Oops! blush

Jennifleur

True Yes Ma'am!

Jennifleur

Sariecherries Thanks!!

Jennifleur

Amanda it was really all Joanne-q - I just coughed up the money to buy all eight yards. I'm so happy that when I finish it, it will be the size I intended.

Rebecca

Yes! Put that book on your wish list and let me know how you like it. smile This is one of my favorite hexie patterns and I got to thinking that it would be really cool with some Kate Spain Cuzco hexies I've been basting with no plan. I'm thinking lap/throw size. My hexies are small so it will be quite a project. I need to pick up some more Cuzco before it's HTF and decide on a dark "neutral" to go between everything. Any tips?

Magicalminiatures

Jennifleur Quilting. That is my kind of holiday, plus eating, sleeping and drinking! All in the sunshine on a beach.

Jennifleur

Magicalminiatures sounds fantastic - too bad they have to end!

Jennifleur

Rebecca Oh that would be cool! I would pick up the darkest navy and match it to a Kona solid navy and use the lightest patterned colors around the star shape. What size hexi's are you using?
I wanted to use more modern fabrics when making my quilt but I was afraid that they'd be dated by the time I actually finished it! lol... though I still wish I'd done the whole thing in Mendocino. cool

Rebecca

Oh Mendocino would have been so cool. I'm kind of sad you didn't do that too. I definitely want to incorporate some solids in the mid range, and was actually thinking a navy for the dark too. Not sure on the light, I'll have to pull everything out and maybe lay a few stars out and look. Definitely want to make sure I have a good light though so the stars pop. Also, I just realized your pieces are 1" hexies. That's what I'm working with - seems like most people use larger for quilts.

Jennifleur

Rebecca I'm just old skool like that, using 1" hexi's... wink It's really more about the process then the end result but a lot of new quilters just want the satisfaction of having projects done, so bigger hexi's! I figure by the time I'm done I'll have made over 3,000 of the little suckers. I don't mind, it's such relaxing work and I'm not in a hurry.
I think mixing solids into your quilt would be perfect. I like that they give the eye somewhere to rest. I hope you make a new project page and show your fabric bundle so we can chuck in our 2 cents on what to use. Heehee.

Magicalminiatures

Jennifleur Well you answered one of my questions here about how many I would need!

I have been rummaging through my fabrics and have found about 9 yards of 5 different palish blues which are all the same tone, do you think I could use them where you have used the grey? I am reluctant to go out and buy more fabric as I have acres here!

Jennifleur

Magicalminiatures The way I've chosen to make mine, none of the fabrics match exactly except the gray. Looking at it from a distance you can't really tell though. I totally get not wanting to buy more fabric when there's a perfectly good pile of it at home. If your blues are all nearly the same color and hue of blue and there's a strong enough contrast against the surrounding fabrics, I don't see why you'd have to go out and buy more. I say go for it, use up that stash!

Slicksister

This is crazy gorgeous!!!

Capetowngirl

This is stunning. Would love to see it finished. You must have the patience of a saint.

Nexxus831

I love this. How is it coming along? I haven't touched my hexi's in over six months.

Jennifleur

Nexxus831 , I've actually been working on it! I have been stitching together the whole stars and am on my last one. I still have two half-stars to do and a billion diamonds and then of course I have to stitch that all together but hey - progress! :D

Nexxus831

Jennifleur that is awesome. I need to work on mine. Its easier for me to work on it during the winter months.I would love to see updated pics if you have them.

ang3lsloan

Hi there im just wondering if the large quantity of charcol you needed was to back it as well or just for the black on the front? How many stars do you think you've used for a king size quilt? Thanks!! Ive started working on this as a fairly novice quilter hahaha!!

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