Sidenote:In Amanda Jean's Sunday Morning Quilts book, she and coauthor Cheryl suggest always trimming the selvages off first so you get nice long pieces for use in selvage projects, but I'm a geek in that I love to know the manufacturer, line and designer, so I always leave them on. When I buy fat quarters, I always try to get the side with the selvage information on! I've been that way since pretty much the beginning of my quilting life. Anywho.
So when I saw Cynthia's quilt, "Quick Half Hexie Baby Quilt", even though I hadn't set eyes on this bundle of fabric for a while, I just knew her pattern was the one for this fabric! I used her measurements, drafted up my half hexie as I don't have any of the Jaybird rulers and went to town. I might have overcut by half a dozen the half hexies, but oh well. I was so excited to sew this up! It went together in a snap, and when I looked back at Cynthia's quilt Tuesday morning, I realized in my enthusiasm, I kind of missed the point of her quilt: separating a whole hexie with the strips of focal fabric. I emailed Cynthia, asking if she thought I should do some ripping and rearranging or go with it as it is, and you know? Before I read her reply, I decided it's okay. It's, um, improv, really. I didn't pay attention to keeping the colours in the same order, nor did I pay attention to symmetry. It sings to me of the colours I see around me at this lovely slowly changing time of year.
|Me amongst the bananas this morning|
Last year I gathered several leaves, pressed them, and then I pulled batiks that reflected their vibrant colours in preparation for making a quilt to reflect Fall's glory.
|The leaves have faded over a year...I'll have to gather some fresh ones over the next few weeks!|
...and then we went to Florida. This is where the quilt sits nearly a year later. Yet I knew I had the other Fall fabrics for the half hexie quilt stowed away. So the squirrel scurried downstairs, and within minutes had located the stowed fabric, pulled it out and got to work!
I just knew another stash of fabrics would work into a smaller version of this quilt for a wheelchair quilt. So yesterday I made this! I paid full attention to symmetry and colour order in this one.
Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts. Lots of