Friday, March 26, 2010

Hexagon Progress

Hello Everyone,

I thought you might like to see my progress on my hexagons! My hand piecing is going slow as of late. Unfortunately, other things are getting in the way of me actually sitting down to relax. But since the last time I have posted this, I think I have managed two more new GFG blocks.



They really do look quite nice. I do enjoy the hand piecing. I just wish I had more time these days.


You can see the multitude of colors that I have. I love using the 1930s fabrics. I think it will make the quilt feel "old fashioned". My stash has no shortage of these either.


So my system for doing these is totally scrappy. But I like it to be a controlled scrappy. I am trying to keep an even amount of each color when making these blocks. Right now I have six different color categories green, orange, yellow, pink, blue, and purple. These are definitely the softer shades of the 1930s prints. No reds will go into this quilt. The look I am going for is more "feminine".


This is the way that I usually keep them, in a stack with their own color grouping. I find that it helps me to keep track of which color I should do next. The color groupings are done by using the outer ring as the primary color.

Right now I have 27 blocks made. By my calculation, I need a total of 96. So I have a long way to go. They will all have white hexagons separating them. Very traditional. That is what I like. So, having no illusions, this quilt will take me some time to complete.

Until Next Time...

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53 comments:

Quilts on Bastings said...

These look fabulous - the quilt will be worth the time in the long run.

Jenny said...

i love your tradtional approach with 1930s fabrics. my sister has a quilt just like this from our great grandmother. its my absolute favorite!!

Lesly said...

Those 30s fabrics will make your quilt a timeless favourite! I love the fresh colours! I'm staying away from those hexies, myself - from everything I hear about them, they are as addictive as crack!

Terry said...

Your hexagons are just beautiful! Someday I hope to make some of my own. I look forward to seeing your progress on these! :0)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Absolutely beautiful! I wish I had more time for mine, too.
I´m looking forward to see more nice flowers from you!

kimbuktu said...

This is so pretty Jackie. I love hand sewing too. Just haven't done much of it lately.

pratima said...

Your hexagons are dripping with sweetness, Jackie... very cute stack :)

Andi said...

Coming along beautifully.
I'm working on a rather similar quilt at the moment:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zZwIaqzPeyY/S4cuDnDGaFI/AAAAAAAADtE/GPkJ15bHHzY/s1600-h/My+hexes.jpg
We should compare notes as we go along!
Happy stitching.
Andi :-)

Stephanie said...

What a lovely stack of beauties.

alobsiger said...

Cheerful, cheerful, cheerful! Love your GFG blocks, Jackie! My favorites are the yellow on the outside. Hey, 27 is nothing to sneeze at -- you're almost 1/3 of the way there!

Melinda said...

I have a stack of hexagon flowers. I need to get them out and see how many I have done.

I like the look of yours. The 30's fabrics are so crisp and clean looking. They will look great with white.

Rumi said...

Your completed quilt will be beautiful and worth all the time and handwork required! I wish I had the patience to work on something like this!

Bunny said...

Jackie they are gorgeous I love them. It is much like eating an elephant one bite at a time. LOL. Love them.

Laurie said...

I like the way you've organized the colors - it's a great way to keep track and not make too many of a certain color range. I think that we are all allowed years to make a hexagon quilt - you're making great progress! At least you are working on yours - mine sit at the bottom of one of my storage buckets (for now :)

Vesuviusmama said...

What yummy fabrics! And I agree that it will look quite feminine. I should pull my hexagons back out some day. Mine is completely "un-controlled" scrappy, and sometimes they are so scrappy that it overwhelms me. I see someone else's and wish I had done it differently. But I know in my heart, that once it is done, I will love it just the same. Besides, my NEXT one can be controlled scrappy!

Thimbleanna said...

It's looking fantastic Jackie! I love your fabric choices. I've always wanted to make a GFG, but they take so long, I've been afraid that it would end up in my giant UFO pile!!!

kpaints said...

I love the beautiful blocks you are making, I don't know how it all goes together but can't wait to see it. Lots of work..but it will be worth it! I love the 30's too and found some more fabric for a 40'-50's one...guess I am hooked on them like you.

karenfae said...

I have a friend that is making that same quilt I believe using the same fabrics "Aunt Grace"? it looks really nice.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Nedra said...

My very first quilt was a GFG and all hand sewn with 30's fabrics. I even took it to a grandma who handquilted around each hexagon. Would you believe she only charged me $200? After I saw the finished quilt I went back and gave her more money. It's a treasured quilt and I have taught classes from it many a time.

Annette said...

Oh Jackie, they are just gorgeous!! I love the 30's fabrics.

Jandi said...

They are beautiful! I love the 30's prints!

Jewel said...

Girl! I do not know how you do it. You must get up really early in the morning to get as much done as you do. Love the GFGs they are so precious.

Melanie said...

What a beautiful project, Jackie! It will be worth the time and effort when it's all finished!

Mary Beth said...

I find these totally inspirational! This may be my next hand quilting project after the Lollypops. And in the same 30s fabrics too. (See? Inspirational!) They are eye candy! I hope PA is fun fun fun!

Busty LaRue said...

WOW! 96 blocks? That is awesome. You do beautiful work!

Joan said...

Beautiful Jackie, a great hand sewing project to take with you when you are out and about. I love your colours - those 1930's fabrics are great - something I wish I had more of. Not many hexagons to go :)

em's scrapbag said...

OH my these are just yummy!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I am cheering for you! This will be SO BEAUTIFUL when it's done. You are brave to do a whole hex quilt. I think I'd burn out after making a pillow :)

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

man those are pretty!

Elizabeth said...

Jackie, those are amazing. The work involved is incredible. I'd love to try that sometime (as soon as I make a dent in my ever-growing list of WIP's). You have definitely achieved a more 'feminie' look with these blocks and I love your scrappy organizational process!

Poppyprint said...

I've never tried hexes, but everyone seems to love the process of piecing them together...it may take a long time, but it sounds like a great project to have around and pick up when that ever-elusive time allows.

Andrea said...

I have THREE big quilts made with hexies in progress but after seeing these I am seriously tempted to start another. Bad quilter - lol ! They are beautiful Jackie xx

Cathi said...

Hexagons are fun. Those are going to make a wonderful classic GFG!!

CJ said...

I just love your hexagons---and the '30s fabric. I have a hexagon baby quilt that my grandmother made for me when a baby, I used it for my two babies, 30 yrs ago and now it adorns my little table in my bedroom!

Ginger Patches said...

What a cute little stack! It will be so worth it when you finish--26 is a lot, it's over a quarter of the way there!!!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

You are doing well, and the fabric stack looks divine!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I like to control my scrappiness too....great job, these must take a lot of work.

Selvage Quilter said...

What a classic this will be! Your blocks are beautiful. I love the scrappy look. As for the time spent, it takes whatever it takes!

Anne Heidi said...

Your blocks are just so pretty! I love those 30's prints!

MichelleB said...

Jackie, these are beautiful! I love the fabrics.

wishes, true and kind said...

Well, that doesn't look like slow progress to me! But I guess it must feel like a drop in the bucket compared to how many you need in total. The important thing is you are enjoying the process. And someday you will enjoy your masterpiece of a quilt and be in total awe that you ever sewed so many hexagons by hand. I really need to start something like this so that I have portable hand work. Some projects I just love to speech through, but the longer ones can be sooooooo satisfying. Your flowers are so fresh and pretty!

joan

Anina said...

I know exactly what you mean! I wish I could just sit down and finish my GFG but I'm always so short on time.
Your blocks look wonderful!

Vivian said...

They're beautiful, Jackie. I think there's no better project for welcoming spring than bright, whimsical, cheery 1930s fabrics. I like your scrappy-yet-organized approach to your blocks.

As a beginning quilter a few years ago, I always thought a GFG would the one quilt I would NEVER make. But I was introduced to English paper piecing by friends, and I'm enjoying the variety and change of pace with hand sewing now and then.

Jackie said...

Your hexagons are gorgeous!

Janet said...

Wonderful quilts take time and I'm sure you have no time linmits to the quilt. It's going to be stunning.

paulette said...

Hi Jackie!!
Love these little guys!! I know they all take time but they are SOOOO worth it! Your quilt is going to be stunning!
Paulette

ArtGirl/California/United States said...

thats a ton of hexagons - lovely colors. and i like your photos below of long island sound.

i'm passing along the 'sunshine award' to you for your positive contribution to blogging. thanks for all you do!!

Sherri said...

Love these Jackie...it's great motivation to get working on my hexagons too!

Rose Marie said...

Love your flowers and your approach to making them is a great idea as you will get a balanced look throughout!

Sarah said...

Jackie, these blocks are simply stunning! You put my little GFG quilt to shame!

vintageBMW said...

Jackie-

Now you've got my wife sewing these things.

Bro-

http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org

vintageBMW said...

Jackie-

Now you've got my wife sewing these things.

Bro-

http://www.flyingpigeonproject.org

SueR said...

We will be working on hexagon blocks until we are old ladies, but I do love my handpiecing!

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