AMH Hexie Garden by Ilikeorange

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Grandmother's flower garden
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2010-12-26T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

I started this at Christmas break of 2010, hoping to at least finish the top by Christmas of 2011.  Fail.  It's become my "in-between-er" and "Road Trip" companion.  It's still not even close...  I work on it when I have time.  I've got grand plans to make the entire quilt hand pieced and hand quilted.  (grand plans.  we'll see about that)
 
English Paper Piecing.  All fabrics are a collection of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks, Garden Party, and Innocent Crush.  I've mixed in a rainbow of polka-dots to break it up.  All the centers of the flowers are solid colored.  There won't be any "pathways" or "borders" in this garden.


Latest: i'm still stitching the centers into the flowers.  Just uploaded a pic of how big it'll be...  so far about 58" across.  good for a lap I suppose?

Pictures

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Comments

Amanda

These are beautiful ... and also wow, you are so organized!

Ilikeorange

hahahaaa! I promise that's not true! If anything, it's only for this project and I sort of have to be, or the pieces and parts would end up all over the place. You should see my sewing room right now! Complete disaster. Explosion. Needs help. :-)

Amanda

Whew! That's my sewing room too... and the more projects I start, the worse it gets! smiley

This is so nicely put together though, it's probably good motivation to work on it.

Emedoodle

ooooh! So beautiful!!

Ilikeorange

I don't even know how big it's going to be? I should lay out the ones I have done and see if I need more?

Ilikeorange

just updated the photos with a size trial... 58" so far.

True

Pretty and wow!!

Caribousmom

Wow, this is going to be one gorgeous quilt. I love AMH fabrics and hexies are such a good fit for it!

Barb

These are really gorgeous!! What lovely work you do! I'm not fond of hand-sewing anything so this is very impressive to me. Will enjoy seeing it finished, but love to see the in-between stages as well!

Butrfly2200

Wow, they all look great. I have one question. Why do you do the centres last? I start with the centre and work around it. Is it difficult to sew the centres in last?

Ilikeorange

For me, the centers going last made more sense because I like to work in stages and the stitching seemed to fliw better. First, baste all the hexies (done), next, sew all the rings of petals (done), then sew all the centers (almost done)... Last, sew all the flowers together. I made all the rings and left one edge open to make the centers sew in evenly. I also did it because at the time I started the project, I didn't know what I wanted to put in the centers. When I work in stages like that, it's easier for me to accomlish. I don't get distracted by "I've made 20, that's good I'll stop there.". Nope, doing it this way is a commitment from the beginning; start with 145, finish with 145.. I like that.

One more reason... I'm completely anal retentive about threads showing from all the different colors. I'm using matching thread or as close as I can get for each flower, rather than a neutral. When the flowers get sewn together, I'll pick the dominant color to stitch. If I had used this method and done it the "regular" way, my stitches would be more pronounced. Not my favorite thing at all.

People ask me all the time, so I guess my answer is that I'm just doing it off the beaten path :-)

FiveWombats

Love it! Gorgeous work.

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