Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 »
Type of item: Functional
Style: Funky, Casual, Whimsical, Mod
Cotton top - Shimmering Frost Fat Quarter sampler by Connecting Threads. Muslin backing, polyester batting.
What was your inspiration?
Amy Gibson's BOM for 2012. I was following along, making the blocks, and I really liked the hexagon block, so I thought that would make a great full size quilt. Also, there was another quilt with big hexi's on this site that I really liked, so I thought I would "permamently borrow" the idea and make a Quilt Dude version. :-) . I had bought the Shimmering Frost FQ sampler, and didn't know what to do with it, so the Hexi's were a perfect pattern to showcase the fabric. I also thought this would make a good "guy's quilt", since the colors were on the cooler, muted side. I used the gray fabric for the negative space to make the Hexis stand out more - and of course, to be able to practice and showcase some FMQ.
What are you most proud of?
I really like the overall effect - I like the way the hexi's are bordered by the white strip, so your eye is drawn to the hexagons. This was a bigger quilt than I normally make - aroun 90 X 80 (or so), but I was able to quilt it with no problems thanks to my brand spanking new, humongous, Janome Horizon 7700! The hexis and the white border were joined using the Y-seam method, so that was a new technique for me to try out. The swirl quiltng is my variation of, and inspired by, Leah Day's Spiral Ornaments quilt design.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This was a lot of fun to put together, but watch the dimensions/size of the Hexi's. They come together quickly and before you know it, you have a LOOONG row of Hexis. Also, I had to be patient and gentle with the Y-seams in order for them to lay flat and have the corners match up on all sides.