Tuesday, July 7, 2015

All Together!!!

There it is!! The very last 1" seam to finish setting together my reproduction mosaic quilt.
And here's it is -- ready for borders!!
This adventure began quite a few years ago with an antique quilt that was displayed at a local show.
Two and a half years ago, I made a start on it working out of my stash of reproduction prints and making a half dozen hexagon motifs while demonstrating at some local quilt shows.
Those became the centers of the largest motifs and the central star.
At one point, I decided I needed to draft it out in my Electric Quilt program to make it easier to plan and choose fabrics as I built more and more motifs.
Once I started drafting the layout from the photographs I have, I started tweaking the design a bit to fill in empty spaces that I didn't like in the original quilt. 
It's completely machine pieced using the chain-piecing technique from my DVD, Set-in Piecing Simplified.  I don't recommend one learn the technique using the 1" hexagons in this quilt.
But I had already made several tumbling block quilts and a hexagon quilt with 2" hexagons when I started it.  I used Marti Michell's Grandmother's Flower Garden template set to do the cutting and marking. 
I've started to organize a layout guide for this quilt and will make that available as a FREE download in my Craftsy shop later this month.  There's math that needs to be checked before I do that, but I am so excited to reach this point, I wanted everyone to see it right away. 
I still have a few hours of pressing the seams before I add the border fabric.  I think that might turn out to be the most challenging part of making this quilt?!? 
Now I have to start thinking of a name for it??
Mary Huey


  1. Good luck with the seam pressing! I don't envy that job! The quilt looks wonderful and I'm sure it's stunning in real life.

  2. It's beautiful! I need to finish a project or two, then I can embark on the "hexagons by machine" adventure. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carole S.

  3. Gorgeous! You make it look so easy. I've made 1/2" hexagon flowers, so 1" sounds doable. What size do you estimate it will be when you add the borders? An inspiring piece, Mary

  4. I absolutely love it! The repro fabrics shine in this quilt. The border made with assorted greens is really nice. I like it when different fabrics of the same value and colour are used because it adds so much depth and interest. What size is your quilt top?

  5. Well done. It looks great. I particularly love the centre star, but name ideas elude me.
    Yes, if I ever sew hexies on a machine, I promise to start nice and big!

  6. I just can't get over how beautiful it is. It is even in my favorite color scheme. I really want a grandmother's flower garden type of quilt, but I don't really enjoy making them. Other hand work I love, but not these for some reason.