Thursday, March 19, 2009

What is it About Hexagons?

I'm beginning to become obsessed. My goal at the beginning of the year was to make at least one block, hand pieced of Grandmother's Flower Garden.I did it and am still going. This one has 1 1/2 inch sides.
I'm making either a hand pieced baby quilt or table runner (we'll see when I decide I'm done). The problem? I don't think I can bring myself to hand quilt it. I tried hand quilting once. I ended up unpicking it and machine quilting the project.
Yesterday I made my first machine pieced flower.

I plan to do another layer of petals, but I haven't decided what color to do yet. I may need some new fabric since most of my 30's is scraps now. I want to make at least a throw size, but hopefully a bed size. I figure this may be one of those quilts that takes awhile. It was so fast to machine stitch. Makes me wonder why I've been avoiding it all these years. It took me about 20 minutes to do this much. By hand it took me two hours do do this much. I can't wait to make more!

I think I've showed this quilt before. It's from quilts, Quilts, QUILTS (but the first edition)it says it was made between 1930-1940 with an unknown maker. Wouldn't her posterity love to have this quilt? I love this arrangement of the hexagons. The ones used in this quilt measure 1/2 inch! It doesn't say how big it is and I'm too lazy to figure it out, but I would like to know!


Sherri said...

I love hexagons! One of my goals this year is to make a hand-pieced hexagon quilt of some size (haven't decided on a project yet). Did you see the hexagon tote bag over at Freda's Hive today? I might have to make that my project!

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Have you seen the grandmothers flower garden pattern that Cheryl Phillips does. It is so easy and looks so great. You can see it at It is called Granny Lu's Flower Garden. It is really a cheater's way of getting good results. I loved doing it. Yours looks great, but I'm too lazy to do one!

Nedra said...

My GFG was my first quilt and I hired a sweet grandma to do the hand quilting. She didn't charge me much, and after I saw what a great job she did I went back and gave her more money. It was worth it!

GARI said...

Could you explain how you machine stitched that block. I have done one by hand (phew) but would love to do them by machine.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your hexagon fabrics are lovely and your work is so even and nice.