Having come back to quilting in June after a break of several years, I find myself with only one completed quilt and a rapidly growing pile of quilt tops. So my entry for the quilt festival is the half hexagon quilt I made as part of comfortstitching's half hexagon quiltalong on flickr. Please click on any of the images below for a closer look, and my apologies to my regular followers for re-posting this quilt so soon.
The quilt has a bit of a story. I decided it would be a “make do” quilt, using only fabrics I had on hand. I started by gathering primarily scraps leftover from the making of this quilt top for my daughter a few years ago.
I cut my strips and half hexies and started playing with them on a makeshift design wall (flannel sheet) hanging over the French doors separating the family room from the living room.
My daughter walked into the house, expressed interest, and we agreed that the quilt would be for her college dorm room when she moved back to school in the fall. However, although she had picked out most of the fabrics from the earlier quilt, her tastes have changed a little, and she wanted to use more Amy Butler fabrics and take out some of the stronger, brighter colors. I agreed and started cutting more fabric. As I played around with this new direction, I found myself changing more and more of the fabrics and using more and more from my long cherished Amy Butler stash. If I didn’t have enough fabrics to complete a row in the layout, I just added other similar fabric, which was a look that both my daughter and I agreed upon. If you look closely at the picture of the finished quilt above, you will notice that in several "rows" there are actually two or three different fabrics.
The half hexies were then sewn into strips...
...with a little "help" from Bonnie and Samantha.
We did purchase new fabric for the borders and the back. We both quickly agreed upon this fabulous Kaffe Fassett for the backing that seemed to tie in all the fabrics. It was quilted on a long arm by my friend, Karen Walker.
I used leftover fabric and strips to make two pillowcases and four pillows…
…to create Dorm Room Chic.
Sweet Dreams, Molly!
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With wishes, true and kind -- Joan