This is a continuation of the blog I wrote about the design and idea for a blue and light quilt for my sister, Colleen Wilson.
I dove right in and cut all the background pieces as 13" squares. Over-sizing the background allowed me to applique the paisley pieces or do trapunto quilting and then trim the squares to the hexagon shapes. I like to do the trimming after I do the applique, just to make sure the blocks haven't shrunk during all of the stitching (which always happens for me). For this hexagon quilt especially, I want to preserve the edges that are on the bias until just before I sew them together.
I've appliqued 6 navy blue paisley pieces onto the background, using my machine applique method with the dissolving foundation. I pulled out all my embroidery supplies, which had been pining away for attention, and got to work. I've usd blues and tans and whites, plus some embellishment supplies. I even snuck in a little bit of purple, and plan to sneak in a tiny bit of lime green. It wouldn't be a quilt from me if it didn't have a little of my personality showing through.
Here are they are:
I hope you are like where this quilt is heading. I know that I do. Just not that sure I'm totally on board with making a queen-sized quilt after all my fun small ones. Nevertheless, it feels really good to make something that someone special in your life wants. And a fellow quilter and sister is just the best combination.
I hope you have friends and relatives that like your quilts too!