Thursday, May 31, 2018

Stolen Moments for Stitch & Play

Vintage Log Cabin...Again

I am still plugging away at this quilt. I have to be in a special frame of mind to work for long periods, but I've determined to finish it this summer. A little bit each day brings good progress, and maybe I'll have it done before I've had it a whole year.

When my husband needed to do some work far out in the country, I grabbed my project gear, and off we went. Cell phone service is good in town, but once you get into the hills around here it's hit or miss--mostly miss. I was the safety in case there was an accident. Poor me! I had to just sit there and quilt.

I swept the little porch, set out a chair, and switched between quilting and reading about quilts. 

A walk to the pond found the iris in full bloom.

Magnificent. Restorative. Peaceful.

One of the books I had taken along had a really interesting one patch quilt in it. I stewed over possible ways to create something like it while we drove, and dug out a template as soon as we arrived home. This is the 10" half hexie from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

60 Degree Tessellating Shapes

That afternoon I took time to play with the scraps across my cutting table. I liked where this was going. Big, bold, and reminiscent of the kite quilt I'd just done with the Y seams. The pieces were first sewn into triangles and then hexies. Hmm. I needed to think about this one more. 

Then I had time I didn't want to waste. What to do? Because I know we're all a lot alike, and you'll understand a quilter's easily distracted mind, I found a template for a double wedding ring pattern I'd discovered on my previous search for the hexie, and thought, "Why not now?" I didn't have to make a whole double wedding ring quilt, of course, but I could see how it would be to cut out and put together a block.

One melon connected to the center. Not perfect, but the first try, and an interesting process. I need to see color scheme ideas before I take this one much farther, but it is actually fun. I can see doing this pattern. One more quilt on my bucket list.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.


Barb Neiwert said...

Fun projects! Your half hexie project reminds me of Tiny Dancer by Jaybird Quilts. Except she has setting triangles in the edges to make it easier to sew together. Fun playtime :)

Tu-Na Quilts said...

You "read" quilt books like I do. I haven't commented much but I look forward to every blog post. Very interesting and fun to get some insight into your thought processes on your various projects. And your humor...thinking of the last pic on this post.

Angie in SoCal said...

Like all three projects!

KaHolly said...

Playtime is the best! Unlike you, though, I don’t stick with it and instead of interesting quilts, I just have rogue blocks kicking around.

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Love half-hexie project and your bold, colorful DWR block. Suggestion: Press the seam joining the melon to the DWR center toward the melon. That way when you join the adjacent melons you won't have bulky seam allowances stacking up on one another. I learned this the hard way with my pickle dish project.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What a shame to have to quilt ha ha ha ha Your blocks look great. Didn't realize half hexagons could make that shape.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Well, I just love all of the quilts and the outdoor photos. I could use some relaxing and just trying things out. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Panagos said...

I saw the face as soon as I looked at the photo. What a fun piece to play with. An unplanned surprise!

audrey said...

Ahh... LOVE this quilt so much! It looks like pure heaven to stitch on.:)