I am still in the “cabin fever” mood! Darn Fall cannot get her soon enough – I was hoping that the latest disturbance in the Gulf would at least bring rain and some cooler weather, but no here we are in the 99’s forever (at least it seems like).
In my last post about Brinton Hall, I was going to take the “easy way out” and just make one corner of the hexagons and then use the same colors on each of the corners. After looking at the middle hexagons (top and bottom) I realized that I did not think saving time (and creative energy) would be the best thing to do. So here is what I have come up with.
I surrounded each large hexagon with the main colors of the flowers and first row of hexagons for each large hexagon! From there I tried to incorporate colors that blended, ending with the green as a “final border”. It took some time but I am so glad I did it because I really like the results. Because I have changed the design of the outer hexagons, I have changed the pattern. Rather than having a space between the center medallion and the last row of hexagons I will sew them all together and then sew them on a background.
I had wondered if there would be anyway I could have just fixed a “border” for the outer hexagons to be sewn to, but realized that the middle would not be stable while doing that and more than likely I would have “bubble” problems. I had contacted Karen of Faeries and Fibres on problems that I might encounter with that idea, when the light bulb went on in my head! I would use a piece of muslin, and ONLY baste it to the border that would show! Then I will not have to cut out the fabric, just rip the basting stitches. So here is where I am now, the quilt is on the design board and I need to sew each corner together. I will start by taking each row and sewing them into strips, label each row for placement, and then work on them in the evening. I have taken a picture of each corner as a precautionary measure for insurance of the mind! LOTS OF HAND WORK IN THE FUTURE!
I also realized that by changing the pattern I had to add two rows of hexagons on the top and bottom or it would not look right – Duh! I may still have to do some more re-designing, hopefully not. The bottom row is ready but I still need to place colors for the top row. That will wait until I can get the hexagons stabilized because I fell into a reactionary mode by not leaving enough room at the top for additional top rows. (Guess too many years working for the government – LOL) Wish me luck – any heavy breathing might start a free fall of hexagons and that would not be fun to redo this project!
Have a great day and do some stitching and quilting!