Sunday, February 7, 2010

Doll Quilt Swap 8 - almost done . . .

I'm so excited about this swap. I'm almost done my quilt, which is at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline, and that's a rare occurence.

I have been wanting to try my hand at hexes for ages now. Paper piecing by hand really appeals to me, since you can grab a handful of fabric and do a few whenever you get a free moment. It's portable (great for during my daughter's dance class and a few stolen moments over coffee break!), and I can do it in front the tv (finally. .getting caught up on the backlog of pvr'd shows!)
Christina has a huge long post about her adventures in hexagons that is super helpful and shows many of the tricks she's learned along the way. Armed with a few printed 1" hex sheets for which she provided the pdf, I got out my rotary cutter and cut out a bunch of 2.5" squares.




I was thinking ROYGIBIV . . the colour spectrun (red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, violet) but in the end I kinda merged the blue and indigo and went a bit aqua . . .I'm super happy with the results and now it's on to binding choices . .I'm thinking a darkish grey to frame the piece. I didn't totally stitck to the rules of swap and mine is a bit non-regulation size, but I think it'll be ok . . .

For the quilting I zipped around the hex formation about a 1/2" from the edge, and then in the ditch around each middle hex of each flower . . then I added some random hexes in two sizes to the white space for a little somethin' somethin'.

I couldn't resist another little hex flower on the back . . .some of this caramel town fabric by lecien had shown up on my doorstep while I was working on the paper piecing and these darn monkeys are CUTE.


I reached in to my scrap bin and did a little patchwork row to finish off the back. I see more hexes in my future . ..




Is anyone else taking part in this fun swap?

- Donna

18 comments:

Christina said...

I love it! And I love the size/shape of it! Since I have to rethink mine, maybe I should think outside of the "box". :)

Sara said...

Who wouldn't want this hanging somewhere in their home? So cheery! You're doing a fantastic job of it, Donna! What will you use for binding?

I must get started! Finished Roman Blind #2 today, so now I can get to the doll quilt guilt free!

Tina said...

I am and I love your little quilt. I just finished up my quilt, I tried a dresden plate. I hope I'm the lucky recipient of your hexes!

Purple Paisley Patch said...

Love your rainbow of hexes! I wish I was in this swap and this was coming to me. Oh well, will have to add it to my list of "to do" projects.
Kelly :-)

karen said...

love your monkey hex rainbow quilt!! I have to do the label for my dqs8 quilt - also a rare occurrence to be ahead of schedule - hope I have not jinked myself. I would be so pleased if your quilt was on its way to me!!

wishes, true and kind said...

I just love your hexagons, and they make up into a pretty little quilt!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Your hexagons look fantastic and I love the color flow.

Isa said...

Oh my!
It's gorgeous Donna! I hope this will be in my mailbox :-)

Lina said...

This is just beautiful. Love the shock of colour against the white. Seriously, what's not to love about hexes?!

Barb said...

What a beautiful little quilt - I love the colours and of course the hexes. I'm just getting started on mine so I'm a bit behind you. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Love the hexes!

Capital Mom said...

That is so lovely!

Holly said...

Loveliness!! Can't wait to see it with the binding on. I must say that it would look lovely hanging in my home...

;)

Beth said...

I love it! I think it turned out super fab, and I love the way you quilted! and such a lovely surprise on the back!

Linda G. Parsons said...

I love the small quilt. I've 'inherited' my mother and sister's scraps -- bags and bags -- and much of it is 50's, 60's and 70's stuff. I'm looking for projects and last week I ironed off pieces big enough for 2.5 in hexagons. This piece of yours is the best one I have seen yet. I want to make one as a runner for my dining room table. Thank you for sharing.

yawkar618 said...

I'm not a part of this fun swap but I LOVE yours! It will take me a little while before I swap anything with anyone... gotta get the hang of sewing first! Great job... I LOVE the ROYGBIV concept too.

Mistea said...

Beautiful doll quilt - I admire anything that small with that much detail but your use of colour is fab against that crisp background. Enjoy - I hope your surprise is just as amazing.

Dee said...

Just won my quilt of the day award! Just too sweet and clever!