Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hexie #5

Last year I blogged here, here and here about making a few hexagon blocks for the Mosaic Magic quilt shown on the Great Hexagon Quilt Along. If you'd like to see the original quilt, you can find it by taking a look at the posts above.

These are diamond-shaped blocks, and I am handpiecing them using the Inklingo software to generate the shapes. I love this method of printing the shapes right onto the fabric. When they come out of the printer, they're ready to cut and sew. I like handpiecing, but it is a slow enough process for me, and Inklingo lets me get to the fun stuff a lot faster.

The colors I'm using in the quilt are as close to the original colors as I can distinguish from the photograph, and they include tans, browns, creams, pink, red, and blue. I'm using mostly civil war prints, but I may throw in other fabrics if they appeal to me and suit my purpose.

There are 82 blocks in the quilt plus another 16 or so half blocks. I'm not in a hurry to get the quilt finished, and I won't work on it to the exclusion of everything else. So one of my goals for 2010 is to handpiece one hexagon block a week. I think that's doable for me; and if I can piece an extra one here and there, I expect I'll have about 60 by the end of the year.

I love looking at the backs of these blocks after they're pressed. I find those little hexagons at the intersections just fascinating.


Judy S. said...

Nice! I like seeing the hexagon in something different from Grandmother's Garden! Handpiecing, that's ambitious. Oh, I did get the mitten email; thanks so much!

Patchmaker said...

Your diamonds are beautiful, and I love using Civil War era prints. I enjoy handpiecing too; it takes a long time, but results can be worth it. Great idea setting a block a week goal!