Saturday, January 19, 2013

In with the New

I recently got interested in checking out the online quilting community that exists on Flickr.  I got accepted to a bee that asked us to do blocks that included some kind of hexagon.  Having done Amy Gibson's Block of the Month on Craftsy and with my local quilt guild, I had already experimented a little with English paper piecing and hand-sewing hexagons.  I looked for a way I could do this in an improv fashion and still get some hand-sewing in---great for doing while catching up on episodes of Mad Men...

Here is what I came up with:

We were given each person's color choices and then asked to make the same block in each palette.

This was my first block and I was a little bothered that the hexagons came out a little wonky, but then I decided to embrace the imperfections and run with it.  In the end, I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

What do you think?

Here is another little hexagon project that will become a baby quilt.

I look forward to sharing all the blocks I receive when I get them. Getting mail is such a rare treat these days!!

Out with the Old

I made a commitment at the end of 2012 to get some of my UFO's off my table---not all, mind you, but at least a couple!  How about you? Did you make any similar year-end resolutions?  I managed to get two quilts done and delivered!  

One, handed off to my sister as a house-warming gift for her new home as she hosted her first Thanksgiving (this is an un-bound pic!)

This quilt came out of a really awesome improv workshop I did with Denyse Schmidt in early 2012.  You can find a link to Denyse's workshops here.

The back:

And the second, a long time coming, a queen sized quilt I had finished ages ago and never could bring myself to quilt.  This one was for my mother and I was terribly intimidated by quilting something this big by myself, so I finally resigned myself to the fact that it was better to send it out!  And, I am so glad I did!  It came out gorgeous, and in time for the holidays!

Tell me about your completions!