Well, we are still in the wonderful summer time in South Texas. The heat high will just not move….. We are experiencing 100’s by 4 PM and in the morning it is 77 with high humidity. The pretty green grass is slowing turning to a light green and without rain will, of course die off again. But we are lucky – at least the hot summer days did not start until the 10th or so of July rather than the 1st of June!
Brinton Hall and I have been the best of buddies since last week. I have finished all of the “flowers” for the Medallion and am just thrilled with the outcome. As I worked on the 7 blocks – I found that by spraying the center fabric with some sizing and pinning the “crowns” onto the fabric that it was a little easier to applique. The fabric was easier to control (no wrinkles) by using the sizing and pressing the freezer paper to the back side of the fabric.
Here is another trick that I found to be a time saver – mainly because the Hexies have to be in the correct placement or one may mess up (OK this step was a necessity for me once I messed up 2 and had to “rip” them out and re-sew). Not fun with those tiny stitches! I used the template that I made to “fussy cut” the 10 1/2″ blocks. This worked great by placing the Hexie’s on the outside. I used non-stick tape so the hexies would stay put.
Then I used the clips to hold each Hexie in place before sewing the crown.
Here they are – enjoy! I know I am a tired, but happy camper this afternoon. To be able to complete this in a week is great. The rest of the work will be done at night and tomorrow I will be cutting out the remaining 300 + hexagons to complete the Medallion – Boy I certainly hope Quiltmania #108 doesn’t get here until August…. (LOL). Here are the finished blocks on the design wall with a few of the “white” hexies around the Green Crown.
And here are pictures of the individual blocks.
This quilt will not be one to just “breeze” through. It is a wonderful challenge quilt that my Carpel Tunnel and Dorsal Wrist will remember for a long time! (LOL). It will definitely be entered into Quilt Shows starting in 2016. Cutting the fabric was not a time consumer, but preparing and sewing the Hexagons and Hexie Crowns were slow and time-consuming — at least I thought they were until I started appliqueing the Crowns to the block! Just to applique the Hexie Crown on to the 10 1/2″ square took 1 (one) hour per block. I did not count all the hours, but I have not stopped working on this project since last Thursday to finish the remaining 6 blocks.
PS – Of course while looking at Karen’s blog yesterday (http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca) she showed a quilt called Gardens of a King, a pattern that she tested for Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives. The pattern is now available from her shop. (http://traditionalprimitives.com/). I think I may really be nuts if I decide to order this pattern, but the quilt really caught my eye. Missie is very easy to contact if you have any questions regarding the quilt. So pretty!
8 Replies to “Brinton Hall – a Labor of Love – from a Quilting Nut!”
Your work is beautiful. I told you I get carried away when I talk to humans. I’m just taking time getting used to being alone. Please keep in touch. I love reading your posts. Sharon
Thank you Sharon. This quilt pattern really grabbed me and it is the first time I have done any English Paper Piecing. I started gathering my Reproduction stash last year and wanted to make Di Ford’s Quiltmania Mystery Quilt last year but life got in the way. Things are now back to normal. Take care.
I like that your blocks have an Asian flavour and I’m looking forward to following your progress. What I did was sew my hexagons together into a ring. I make a paper template with a window that is the exact size of the inside edge of the hexagons. I traced inside the opening with a fabric safe marking tool. I then was able to line up the ring of hexagons on the lines I drew. I pinned the ring in place with applique pins and then stitched the ring to the picture fabric. The added bonus was that I could move the template around on the fabric to centre the portion of the print I wanted to use. This method was fast and easy! I did a little tutorial on my blog so I’ll send you the link so you can see pictures of what I did. I’ve made several quilts using this method and it works perfectly every time.
In my previous Blog I mentioned you. It was through LuAnn (Loose Threads) that I found your site and you REALLY helped me. LuAnn had problems with her first block and I could see that I might have the same issue, so the light blub went on and what I did really helped me. Thx for all the help that you provided on your Blog.
Those blocks are beautiful. I’ve seen Brinton Hall on other blogs and it is simply a lovely design. The Gardens of a King is another lovely quilt. You aren’t crazy if you buy the pattern.
I love your Dear Jane in Blue quilt Gretchen. What the heck – one more pattern on its way here. I think I am getting hooked on EPP, Reproduction Quilts, and Australian Designers and do like Missie Carpenters Gardens of a King pattern.
Very Pretty! I love your floral centre fabric
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