5.8.09

Monkeys, Hexes and more!

I've finally found my sewing groove and have been madly stitching away since Sunday. First up, was a simple tote bag I slap dashed together for my daughter. By "slap-dashed" I mean I was in a hurry to do some quilting, so the bag was about a 2 hour project.

ticky tacky tote for Elizabeth

She choose the fabrics, which put to use some rather tacky prints for which I had stashed away to make my son a quilt but had ended up using Bali Pops instead. I foundation pieced roughly cut strips onto my lining fabric (flannel) and sewed a separate lining as well. I experimented with external handles for the first time, which I think turned out well as they're sturdy and can take a moderate amount of weight.

She promptly stuck a Princess button on the front and hauled it off to day camp. It coordinated perfectly with her socks!

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About the time I was finishing the handles on the tote bag, my friend arrived to work on her monkey baby quilt. This is what we got done by the end of the day:

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My friend is new to quilting and sewing, and she struggled with stitching an accurate 1/4" seam, even with the 1/4" seam foot on my machine and her pinning of pieces was all wonky. I found I had to suppress all of my "perfectionist" tendencies and let her work it out. How else can you learn? Fortunately, the simple block pattern is a forgiving one and I'll show her how to trim down the finished blocks to consistent sizes once we get to that point.

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Aren't they cute?

Lastly, the hexagon quilt. It's been sitting around waiting for me to decide what to do with the back. I totally screwed up and not only bought insufficient fabric, but then proceeded to cut it up the wrong way. Eventually, I was able to re-piece, running a line of leftover hexes down the middle and it still was too small! Then I cut some borders out of the leftover front border print fabric. I literally had only tiny scraps left but it worked!

back, pinned basted

I pinned it together last night.

hexes, pinned

quilt top, pinned basted

Usually, I use baste spray, but I'm still hanging onto the notion that I'm going to hand quilt with perle cotton embroidery floss. I'm waffling though, as I hadn't intended to have a pieced back and am not sure how my pattern will look going across the hexes on the back.

Any ideas/opinions on what I should do?

4 comments:

comfortstitching said...

I am master of not buying enough fabric for the back and then cutting it the wrong way!!!!! Though I love how you pieced the back with the hexagons!
I always use 1 fabric for the back so I only consider the front of the quilt when deciding how to quilt. I think I would be the same if I pieced the back though.

larry7pokey said...

I like what I see! I agree with Aneela, quilt following the front design, and smile at what happens to the back. Enjoy the completing of a great looking quilt! : } pokey

Ann Champion said...

I love this quilt and I'm so happy to see you're to the point of quilting.
I generally just quilt according to the design on the front..just like the others that responded. Whatever happens on the back...happens. :)

Anonymous said...

love this quilt! i saw it on flickr and followed the link to comehere, i really like the look of the pieced back and the framed front. i am starting to make a hex quilt from a pattern i found on AllPeopleQuilt website, so these are going to be an inspiration for me.
liz.