Monday, April 10, 2006

Garden Party


I had great plans while I was vacationing to work on my Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt. But this didn’t happen. I never thought I would ever be interested in making a hexagon quilt. In all honesty I have never been attracted to them and it seemed like a whole bunch of endless hand work. But here I am working away on mine.
Our guild has a fabulous retreat each year with a ton of classes that are based on that year’s theme. Last years theme was “Garden Party”. One of the classes offered was English paper piecing. I don’t know what possessed me to even go into the classroom, I think it was because they had been supplied free kits from a shop for a paper pieced pin cushion and I wanted to get the kit. I went back to my sewing machine where I was working on my batik mystery quilt and cut the hexagons from one of my batiks and before I knew it I had a flower hand pieced. I actually enjoyed the process and liked how it turned out with the batik fabric.
I am not big on batiks or bright fabrics. I had taken a class last year from Jan Krentz and had purchased a lot of different batiks for this class. I had decided to use up the leftovers in the mystery quilt but that didn’t even begin to dwindle my stash. So with that in mind I started cutting the hexagons from my batiks and basting them to the papers. It has been a relaxing project. I don’t assume I will ever finish this quilt. I don’t work on it all that often, but when I do work on it I enjoy it. They are nice to carry along to ballgames or in the car because you can fit so much into a small baggie. I think it will be more a summertime project then a winter project. I have included a photo of a few of the flowers. I think they are a lot of fun!

7 comments:

Sharon said...

Ah yes, this is what I would call a "box quilt". You know, carrying it along in a box and keeping your hands busy? LOL! That's what my springtime quilt was all about too. The batiks should make this one a beauty!

Joanne said...

They look great. Are the batiks hard to needle? I've made a couple of Hawaiian quilts with batiks and even after washing the fabrics many times, they were still a bit stiff to needle.

Tonya R said...

Hmm, unsurprisingly I'm LOVING the batiks and the colors here. English paper piecing tho? Not a chance. I did try it, but nah... Glad you've found a carry-along project tho.

Dawn said...

They are very fun! You should just plan a wall hanging out of them - or table runner! They would be so fun for that!

Samantha said...

these are simply gorgeous- take your time and enjoy yourself!

cher said...

I think these look wonderful...and as long as you are enjoying the process...who needs a deadline? or a finish even?

Darcie said...

Love, love, love your use of batiks, Laura! They look good enough to eat! Very contemporary!