Saturday, February 21, 2015

Working on the final medallion pieces for my Birds in the Loft hexagon quilt

The beast (Jinxie) is sleeping but not on my sewing table so I was finally able to cut the strips of caramel fabric for the next sets of hexagons on my Birds in the Loft hexagon quilt. This is the diagram of the quilt with the caramel hexagons.

If you look closely at the diagram you can see I will need twelve strips made of four hexagons and eight curved units made of three hexagons. This is what they will look like. I've given careful consideration to the placement of the hexagons so that there is some flow to the red vines. For the post part they move horizontally. Taking this extra time has produced better results.

I will sew these units and then I plan to add to them. They will eventually become the final  border but I am making it off the quilt. Once it is constructed I will sew it to the medallion. This final round will include some of the hexagon rosettes I've made. I'll need ten pairs of rosettes and they are ready and waiting!

I've stitched more hexagon rosettes for the area that surrounds the medallion. Many of those I've already made are reds and here is yet another. I adore this Malvern Hill print because it allows me to create stars so easily. It is the same fabric that I used for the olive border in the medallion.

I had mentioned that there are a lot of red rosettes in the pile and I'm trying to expand the colour palette to give more variety. This one still has some reds and pinks but the aqua will be a nice addition. I love fussy cuts, even if they are just the middle of the rosette. They add pizzazz!

In the next few days I will have to work on the overall design of the quilt and break it down into manageable sewing sections. I've also got the beginnings of a border design in mind and will have to work on those ideas to be able to finalize the plan for this quilt. That's lots of work for me but so much fun.

Time to get going so until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. This is going to be so cool when you finish. You've got a really great mix of fabrics playing together with interesting prints. Nice fussy cutting, by the way. :)

  2. Your rosettes are just so pretty. I love that you are using red. That is one of my favorite colors. I love the medallion. It is going to be a stunning quilt.

  3. Your attention to detail (the vines) really adds to your design, Karen. Looking forward to the next installment.

  4. must feel good to be almost finished wit the blocks--stay warm and cozy

  5. I am learning so much. You are like a true sister sharing and encouraging. Thanks so much. Do stay warm.