Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's a start

It's a start on a complex quilt. At the last guild meeting we had a members' flea market. Someone was selling the paper piecing pattern with printed papers for this unusual spiral, hexagonal quilt. I purchased it thinking, How on earth...? But I like a challenge so I got some scrap fabric and made a sample.

It's difficult to handle the spiral. No two pieces in the quilt (there are 39 in each hexagone) are the same size and shape. They are not cut out, one takes strips of the fabrics, works from the back and when done zigzags the spiral together, then covers the zigzagged seam with rick rack -- by hand is the only way to do it satisfactorily. Phew! But it's also kind of fun.

I pulled out a lot of pieces from a years-long collection of metallic prints and decided to make a sizable quilt -- what size exactly remains to be seen. But this is a start. As you see I reverse the light-dark of the fabrics in different hexagons. Two hexagons requires nearly all of two fat quarters -- paper piecing always makes quite a bit of waste. It will be a quilt of many colors but all in deeper tones contrasted with complex light fabrics. This is a start, I think it's going to take quite a while.

1 comment :

ellen kirkendall said...

Beautiful patches - I'll be interested to see how it looks put together