I have been doing a lot of piecing this summer. I am wanting to learn more about using my mom's long arm machine this fall and winter so I have been preparing a lot of quilt tops to use for practice.
Last week I started cutting fabric for a quilt called Hexie Garden by Terry Atkinson. My mom bought me a kit for this quilt in the spring. She thought of me because there is a lot of orange fabric in the kit. I only changed one fabric. They had a solid grey fabric for the triangles inside the flowers and I changed it for a turquoise print. I am not a huge fan of solids and the fact that the background is a solid, well, that's enough solid for me in one quilt. I also thought the turquoise would brighten up the quilt, I thought the grey was a little dull.
I used my HexnMore ruler to cut out all the triangles and the hexagons. I finished cutting the fabric on Saturday.
I couldn't wait to start making blocks, so while I was doing the laundry on Sunday, I started piecing.
Isn't it pretty? It took me a couple of blocks before I got the hang of it and felt more comfortable piecing these diamond shaped blocks. Once I got going though, I was having so much fun!
I now have 7 blocks, only 11 to go! I am really happy I decided to change out the grey for the turquoise. I am looking forward to sharing more with you as I progress with this quilt.
I also found out last week that Rachel over at Stitched In Color is giving a class on piecing angles this September. I took a handpieced class from Rachel back in January 2013 and I absolutely loved it. Her classes are online and she offers you an eBook so you have all of your instructions at hand whenever you need them for future reference. Registration opens today and I am off to sign up now!
Maybe I should have taken the class before piecing my Hexie Garden quilt... oh well, I am having fun anyways!