Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Hexagon Progress

My daughter encouraged (read: nagged incessantly) me to work on her quilt a lot this week and thus I got a lot done.  Also because of her insistence it was the only thing I worked on this week and thus encompasses the whole of my WIP Wednesday post.  The pattern is called Hexagon Park and I found it over at Moda Bake Shop (LOVE!).  I knew I had to make it and when I found this fabric Cape Ann by Oliver + S I knew I HAD to have it for my little girl.  The fabric fits her to a T and I love each and every print in the line, which is rare.

Anyway, here are my photos from my work this week.  To read about the beginning of this quilt check out the post from last week.

I've discovered a love for chain piecing.  I've done it a few times before, not really though.  I was moved to change while working on some recent quilt blocks and now I can't get enough and do it all the time.  I'm amazed at the thread it saves if nothing else.  You really can't tell the scale from this picture but each piece is about five inches along the shortest side.  The whole chain is over twice as tall as I am and I'm six feet tall (amazon, I know).  My thread was on its last round on the spool and I was certain I couldn't finish the chain but I did and then sewed the trim to the other side of the chain too before the thread ran out.  AMAZING!  I'm sure it's faster too but for me this time it was all about the thread.

Here's the layout of the quilt, it's so stinkin' cute!  This is just the main center part.  There is are two white boarders and one pieced boarder I have to add still.  My three year-old is just going to love this thing to death.  I had to play around with the blocks to get just the right arrangement and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It's more or less balanced while still looking random.  You'll notice that the hexagons are cut in half for this quilt.  I've done a regular hexagon quilt before see this post and this way is SO much easier!  I kind of feel like I'm cheating though.  I worry about the strangest things!

I sewed together 6 of 12 rows for the center of the quilt top.  It's coming together so nicely and after I figured it out in the first row my seams are lining up great.  I'm just so happy with how well it's turning out!  I finished all this by Saturday and I only started cutting on Wednesday.  Not bad for four days work I'd say.  I haven't worked on it since what with Easter and then other crazy things around the house.  It's calling my name though and I hope to finish the top this week.
No progress:
• A Walk in the Woods Quilt
• Skill Builder Sampler
• Never-ending Afghan

This week's stats:
Completed projects - 0
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 5

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Looks great! You do such good work!

  2. Don't you just love chain piecing?!?! My friend taught me to do that when I was doing my star quilt. I love how much thread and time it saves.


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