I participate in a quilt retreat which meets yearly in the spring at a peaceful, wooded camp in the West Virginia foothills. In addition to our incredible weekend together, we often choose to do a special project during the intervening year. This year we were randomly given a quilt type and two colors and told to make a small quilt (no larger than 36″ square) but something that is ‘outside the box’ for each of us.
I received art as the type quilt and my colors must include aqua and yellow.
I decided to create a landscape, not a very unique idea, except I am creating mine with hexagons. In my mind, it will be suggestive rather than explicit in its depiction of a landscape. We’ll see how close I can come to the picture in my mind’s eye!
I made a rough sketch: a stream, trees, flowers, sky, and perhaps a few rocks. I began by cutting out the hexagons and basting them around cardboard templates which will be removed later.
I’m using 2″ hexagons. Smaller ones would have allowed much more detail, but would have required many more hexagons and lots more hand stitching. I don’t want this to be the only project I complete in the coming year!
I calculated that I will need approximately 88 hexagons but made 100 since I’m sure I’ll toss some out and add others. But this is a start.
Here is my plan. I’m going to use a large table, spread these out, and treat this like a puzzle. I’ll arrange and rearrange until I have the landscape I want.
Then, of course, comes the stitching. I’ll connect them by hand with a whip stitch from the back. I’m going to be very disappointed if this doesn’t work, but its been fun planning it. And it’s very much ‘outside the box’ for me. I’m a machine quilter.
I’ll keep you informed along the way.
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