I went to a 3-day retreat with my Vagabonds group in February and needed something to work on! Believe it or not, I had nothing in progress, except for some clothing. So, I had to scramble and put together some fabric and a plan for what to sew.
I remembered an elongated hexagon quilt that Ricky Tims demonstrated on The Quilt Show, and looked through my paperwork to find the template that was a free download from their website. It is a pattern where you sew strips together, kind of wonky. Then cut out the elongated hexie. Some of the hexies were made of solid fabric. He called it Double Tumbler/Lantern.
Anyway, here is what I did, with some of the steps shown. I started with a fabulous print fabric made by Marcia Derse.
I pulled fabric from my stash that was either more of her coordinating fabrics, or other fabrics that had similar colors in them. I didn't do anything else before the retreat. After I got there, I just free cut strips from my fabrics and put them all into a big brown grocery bag. (Yes, we still can get those at the grocery stores for free in Washington State.) The strips varied from 1" to 2-1/2" and I didn't pay attention at all to whether they were straight or ironed. I mixed up the strips in the bag. And then just sewed for the 3 days until I had all the fabrics sewn into strips sets. Here is what I ended up with:
I didn't have a plan on how to cut out the hexagons from the strip sets. So, I pulled out my handy design book, and sketched up some ideas. Here they are:
I think I like the one where the stripes are going neither vertical or horizontal, but on the angle.
Stay tuned for more posts when I start cutting and piecing the quilt together. Who knows how big it will be when I'm done? I love the spontaneity of this free cut and sewn quilt.
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