Sunday, March 28, 2010
Flower Garden Quilts
Unlike some people who cut their irregular scraps into squares and the like, I tend to cut mine into hexagons. I love working with them, and if I was to only be able to pick one shape, and one shape only, I would definitely want hexagons. So many patterns and quilts can be made from the lowly hexagon, and they are certainly not boring to piece together, they provide a bit of a challenge, but once you are used to sewing the hexie together, they are just as fast as any other shape.
I certainly love to piece them by hand, I can fly through them in no time at all, and I believe I was able to piece all the flower for this quilt with in a fortnight, and tonight I started joining the flowers into rows with four white hexagons between each flower, then every odd numbered row, gets surrounded by white hexies, while the even numbered rows only get the four white hexies between the flowers. Then the rows are sewn together, with half flowers inserted once the top is complete. Once that is done, I generally do one row of hexies of white around, then its ready to be quilted.
Don't be afraid of the hexagon, give it a try, and make your own hexagon quilt. And I don't use English paper piecing, I just cut my hexagons including seam allowance, and piece in a traditional manner.