Back to sewing matters. This is the third row made of my Easier Than Pie & Beyond quilt made with hexagon rosettes from my booklets. For those who are interested the patterns are available in my Craftsy Store.
The first three rows are stitched together and I think that the effect is quite pleasing and there was a little unexpected surprise! More on that it a minute. You will notice that there are voids on the sides. My plan is to fill those with half rosettes and I will use the same rosette pattern and fabrics for each of them. What those fabrics will be will be decided after the rows are all stitched together. I will want to use something subtle to keep the eye in the body of the quilt. If I use a dramatic fabric/design my worry would be that the eye would be drawn to the edges.
So what was the little surprise that I mentioned? When I was cutting my two fabrics for the hexagons that surround the pieced blocks I used the print to line up my paper hexagons. This rosette is called Barn Swallows and it is from Book 5. If you look at the hexagons in the 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 o'clock positions you will notice that there are little brown circles at the outside edges. When I was cutting I was more focused on the brown "crowns" that are along the inside edges so I didn't realize that those little brown dots would create a secondary design when they were stitched to the beige triangles in the path.
Below is a picture of what happened. It isn't a big deal but it is a little detail that adds some extra visual interest as well as another design feature. The point I want to make here is that no matter how much you plan you never really know what a quilt will look like until you start stitching it together! There are always little surprises that emerge as you stitch it all together.
Thank you for all of the positive feedback on the sneak peek of my 2016 Quilt Along. I showed you the head of one of the applique birds in the quilt. Want to see what the birdie looks like? Well here she is, my little strawberry thief! I showed her to someone and he his comment was "a strawberry tree?" Listen buddy, it is my quilt, my bird, my strawberries and I'll do them my way! If I want a strawberry tree or strawberries clustered like grapes, that is what I will have. It is artistic license!
Time to make a nice warm drink and settle down for some cold weather sewing on my QAL quilt top. Until I post again keep warm, happy sewing and listen for those frost quakes!
I sooooo love your hexagons. So much work, fantastic.ReplyDelete
Brrr, so cold. Than you need a quilt to warm your body. The Rosettes and donuts are nice together. I like the way you used the fabrics. Wonderfull. Groetjes, DientjeReplyDelete
Man, what absolutely gorgeous hexagons!! they look very complicated--but beautiful!! I LOVE that bird's eye button--and of course, in quiltland there ARE strawberry trees. ;--))) hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
I've never heard of frost quakes. We are expecting wind chills of -30F/-20C tomorrow so maybe we will have them too!ReplyDelete
Wow! Love how the hexagons look together like that. And your Strawberry Thief is wonderful! Artistic license -- perfect!ReplyDelete
what an interesting post about all that can happen in a quilt. And you are so right, never know how a block lookes like until it is sewn together. The applique is gorgeous.
love your easier than pie design, so clever!ReplyDelete
Ciao Karen, scusami se ti disturbo ma vorrei delle informazioni. Avrei intenzione di ordinare tutti e 5 i libretti degli esagoni. Vorrei capire se inviare email con i PDF o se direttamente all'indirizzo di casa. In più io potrei pagare solo con una prepagata. E' possibile? Grazie Karen attendo una tua risposta e poi faccio ordine.ReplyDelete
A presto Silvana
I do love the secondary designs that the pathways have created. It is looking fantastic. I do love the bird too. I think there are many of us waiting to create a strawberry tree of our own. Lovely! Enjoy your sewing and I hope there are no quakes - you learn something every day.ReplyDelete
I have a hard time even imagining what simple squares will look like when combined so when joining patterned fabrics into hexagons, I always get surprised! But so far it has always been in a good way.ReplyDelete
It's so fun when those little surprises appear. A strawberry tree seems perfectly logical to me--lol! That sounds exactly like what my hubby would point out!ReplyDelete
Loving your birdie. That is absolutely gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
Wow, your Easier Than Pie & Beyond quilt is gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Beyond beautiful! Got a raft of Sue Daley templates for Christmas. All your work is inspiration to get them out and experiment. Gorgeous bird too!ReplyDelete
LOL love that - of course you are entitled to have a Strawberry Tree, unicorns love them to rub their backs against them when they have an itch!ReplyDelete
Wonderful - just wonderful : )
waouhhh it's really cold in your country!,, we have no real winter in France actually but it's very windy and rainy!ReplyDelete
it's always a pleasure to discover your fabulous hexagons
have a nice creative sunday
This one is really coming together. Pretty. The bird is interesting.ReplyDelete
I absolutely love the way this quilt is coming along. It's gorgeous. Now I'm even more intrigued by your 2016 QAL.ReplyDelete