As you may know Missie asked if I would be willing to test the pattern for her and I agreed. While I'm still working on my quilt I've done enough that I was able to send her my notes. The pattern is now available in her shop, Traditional Primitives, and the cost is $36US. If you are interested you will find the pattern here. Below is a picture of Missie's finished quilt. The centre block and the fruits and flowers in the outer border are done in wool applique buy I am making mine with quilting cottons. Just so you know, I have no financial or other interest in the pattern or Missie's company. She asked me to test her pattern. I thought it would be a fun thing to do and it was!
I continue to work on the floral and fruit appliques for the next border. The cherries were so much fun to make. I decided to make each one a different red and I think it worked out well! I also used a variety of small brown scraps for the branches and stems. I think the cherries are one of my favourite blocks so far!
The next block is hazelnuts. They resemble acorns in the pattern but I had no idea what real hazelnuts look like so I searched for pictures and all showed green nuts so who am I to argue! Green nuts it is!
Both blocks were made using back basting applique. I really enjoy this method because I always get good results!
I also completed one more Lozagons hexagon block. The fabric in the first round of hexagons is from he bag of old scraps and partial Dresden plates that I bought at a church white elephant sale. The turquoise looks goofy but when you see the quilt you will understand why it is in my blocks!
The inspiration for this quilt is an old quilt that I saw on Lorraine's blog, Granny Loz. It is also the source of the name, Loz + Hexagons = Lozagons! Lorraine posted a picture of some hexagon quilt tops that her friend got at an auction. This one caught my eye! I still have to figure out a design for the border but there's time yet!
Lorraine had a great post yesterday about a workshop she took with Marg Sampson George. It looks like they spent a lot of time drafting blocks. It is amazing how a hexagon block can be broken down so many ways and then depending on the fabric used, interesting designs can be created. I wrote a little tutorial about constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing hexagons! In the following block you can see a hexagon divided into twelve diamonds. I chose to create a star but depending on the placement of the light, medium and dark fabrics you could also create tumbling blocks!
Close-up of Hexagreens by Karen H
I'll give some thought to expanding that tutorial in the future!
I think that's enough blogging for today, Until I post again, happy sewing!
Your Gardens of a King quilt is looking really good so far! They are a beautiful set of blocks. And I love the little appliques too! It's going to be wonderful.ReplyDelete
Okay you ladies are killing me. I have to finish up my other hexagon quilts now I have to start this one and the other one that you posted 81. Such beautiful work, this cannot be denied.ReplyDelete
You for all the hard work you're putting into this. This let our imaginations sore.
Q so much.
Oh my word! Your Gardens of a King is just amazing, and I can't believe how quickly you've been getting it built.ReplyDelete
I can't believe how fast you making this quilt. It sure is haunting me!ReplyDelete
Karen - WOW! Just Wow - Your Gardens of King is simply amazing. Taking this quilt on while working on your own has got me shaking my head wondering where my time goes. Congrats on getting so far along with it. Your fruit blocks are so pretty -- the colors your chose are marvelous. Thanks for sharing with us -- always inspiring! KarenReplyDelete
Your quilts are always so fabulous karen...i keep on admiring your beautiful work made so quickly !!ReplyDelete
Wonderful work! I love your hazlenuts, you can pick them wild here in England :-)ReplyDelete
the results are wonderful, you do great work. The pattern is a real beauty!ReplyDelete
Thanks Susan! Glad you like it!Delete
lovin' your applique for the quilt. the top looks fantastic so far.ReplyDelete
I reckon Missie and yourself have done cracking jobs all round : )ReplyDelete
Lovely! Warm greetings from Montreal!ReplyDelete
Wow! I have been in touch here and there with Missie as we both have EPP circles on our minds; she shared with me her progress on her quilt, but I hadn't seen it all completed. I love your quilt and look forward to the appliqué blocks taking their place all around. This really is fun to look at!ReplyDelete
Your quilt is just awesome Karen! And I love the cherries too! I just finished the last Value Proposition block just in time before my family arrives from Canada for our thanksgiving! I haven't taken a pic yet but will get it posted today.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is looking beautiful, love the colours and tones you've chosen.ReplyDelete
Lovely as always. Sure like the scraps you used for the red one. Maybe I can come play in your stash....:)ReplyDelete