Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Sunday - my quilt for the bloggers quilt show

 Happy Sunday! How are you all doing? We are good. We went to the base chapel for church this morning and it was very nice. The sermon was the one where Jesus walks on water and Peter wants to too, but his lack of faith makes his sink. The gist of the sermon was that at least Peter tried, all the other disciples stayed in the boat and never even tried. Peter didn't fail, he just got another opportunity to succeed. I had heaps of plans for yesterday, but my husband went in to work so all the plans were scrapped and I just worked on some projects I had laying around the house. One of which is this quilt that I totally LOVE! The hexagon pattern is based on the one in Material Obsession 2, but I changed it up to make it bigger. There is a great deal of Denyse Schmidt's fabrics in the quilt. The gray boarder is fabric that I hand dyed a couple years ago, I did not do a great job with the dying since there are tiny spots of purple, but the purple and pink go perfectly with all the color in this quilt...almost like it was meant to be. See...I didn't fail...I just couldn't see how georgous it would be when I found the ideal project for it to be used in. Neat how that works, isn't it?

 This quilt is still a work in progress....but the lion's share of the work is finished. I have this plan for the vine boarder that requires a bit more applique. That is the thing with quilts, you can always add to your work. I have never had a problem with that. I just sit them aside until I have the time to dedicate to them.

 I have already appliqued some of the leaves on this side, but I will be quilting the rest of the leaves on. In my mind it is going to be awesome, I hope it really is in real life!

 When I started this quilt I wanted to us only my Flea Market Fancy that has been sitting on my shelves for years, but I ended up adding all other sorts of Denyse Schmidt's fabric to it too. I think it all works so very well together.
 Each of the hexagons are quilted differently, for a bit more interest. It got a bit tricky thinking of different designs for each hexagon without repeating. I don't know if you can tell, but the background is also quilted with my swirly meandering.
The checkered boarder is quilted with overlapping arches. I saw one of Gwen Marston's quilts quilted like this and I fell in instant love. I have a tutorial to make the tiny squares pretty easily if I do say so myself. You can find it here.

OK, so that is this great quilt. I love it and I can't wait to finish it and toss it in the wash...then to sleep under it! It is really big, so it will go nicely on our big bed.


I am working on the last boarder of this smaller quilt too....when I find a moment for sitting. I htink I am going to bring it to the BBQ this afternoon and work on it over there...woudl that be rude? I can still chat up a storm but my hands will be busy. But it is Sunday and I am not supposed to sew today, right?

OK, have a great rest of your weekend  and go look at the other quilts in the blog quilt show!

9 comments:

Kwilt Noob said...

Love this! I especially love the vine border. Very whimsical! :)

Vicki said...

It's so pretty, Tia. I just got my own copy of Material Obsession 2 last week and it's such a great book, I totally recognized your quilt from that book. I love all the different quilting that you've done.

As far as sewing on Sunday... I was taught not to growing up, but now sometimes I do. And my friends whose moms didn't sew don't feel badly about sewing on Sunday. My MIL says that every stitch you sew on Sunday, you'll have to pick out with your nose in heaven!

traceyjay said...

so much detail in this... I love the shape, and those little tiny squares in the border too! :)

twin fibers said...

Gorgeous, Tia!
I love the color and process and pictures you share. :)

Jessica said...

Beautiful! I love hexagons and purple so how could I resist!

Claudia said...

Gorgeous work! I love how creative you are by taking an already great pattern and making it your own.

Miri said...

Fabulous hexy quilt! I just love what you did in the borders! Super!

stitchinpenny said...

Love it The border is amazing.

Katie B. said...

I love this! So pretty.

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