Yes, Still a Glutton…

17 01 2015

So, even after realizing I have a whopping TWENTY projects in various stages of completion, I went and started a new project.

An EPP (English paper piecing) project, even. I’ve started The New Hexagon Millefiore 2015 Quilt Along. I bought the book for my Kindle, to see how I’d like having a quilt book in e-format. I think it works well for this particular book, as I was able to download a PDF of the blocks from the publisher. My only gripe is that I wish I weren’t wasting so much cardstock in printing. The blocks come one to a page, and I feel like it might have been possible to get two to a page…

Anyway, I blame Carla over at Grace and Favour. She posted her progress on Rosette 1 in her 2015 Finish Along Q1 goals. I was immediately taken by the fussy cut birds and how well her fabrics worked together. Go see it – it’s awesome.

I also blame recuperating from the surgery. Sitting up at the sewing machine has not really been possible since having surgery on 07 January (I had my gallbladder removed). Reclining was really the only way my abdomen was comfortable, and I was itching for something to do. Lo! Hand-sewing presented itself as the perfect solution.

My first attempt was all right:

TNH Millefiore 2015 QAL - Attempt 1

I’d ended up sewing a couple pieces on upside down, and just wasn’t feeling this particular fabric combination. I especially wasn’t thrilled with the beaded curtain print in the Marilyn Block.

However, I did find the process soothing, and exactly the speed I needed, so I re-grouped, and decided to call Attempt 1 a wash. Attempt 2 was hot on its heels.

This time, I was more judicious in how I selected my fabrics. I printed an extra sheet of each block, and created ‘windows’ to preview fabrics. This helped me better visualize what the final hexagon would look like. Much more effective than grabbing a fabric at random and hoping, as I’d been doing with Attempt 1.

I’m working at digging through my fabric stash for those prints that I’m actually less likely to use in normal block piecing, because they’re more intricate than my tastes run… I usually buy a lot of blenders and tone on tone. Fancier or focal prints, if purchased, end up in my stash, ignored, because I just didn’t know what to do with them.

TNH Millefiore 2015 QAL - Auditioning Fabrics I

TNH Millefiore 2015 QAL - Auditioning Fabrics II

You’ll note that I wrote which block the window coordinates to right along the edges. I think I might have these laminated, in case I decide that I want to do something like this again. It’s sort of a perfect take-along project.

Rosette 1 - Block 9 Doris

The first hexagon for Rosette 1 went together much more easily than I anticipated, probably due to being more comfortable with this method of piecing. Am I weird, though? I’m using a ladder stitch, instead of whip stitch, to put these together.

Fabric used (per selvage) is:

  • Pattern # STELLA-192, for Dear Stella

Similarly, the six Block 32 hexagons went together smoothly, though I only photographed one.

Rosette 1 - Block 32 Marilyn

Fabrics used are:

  • Simply Fashionista, 4140205 by Camelot Cotton (black, white and grey damask motif)
  • Veranda Screenprint D# 11500 by Amanda Murphy for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (magenta, orange, and green print)
  • Pattern # DC-5589 Mini Tulip, Heaven & Helsinski by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabric

Today, at some point, I’ll work on joining the hexagons together, and take a photograph of them all together. Then I get to audition fabrics for the next round of the Rosette.

For right now, though, I’ve a backing to put together. My big goal for today is to get a couple of tops quilted up.




2 responses

17 01 2015

When I was going to start mine, It was a whole new reason to go through my stash and I had fun! Enjoy the process . Happy I inspired you ; )

18 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I’m really enjoying digging through my stash with fresh eyes for Millefiore. There’s always some prints that I just wonder what I was thinking when I bought them… Millefiore is giving me a chance to actually use them.

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