Sunday, July 24, 2011

Do. Good Stitches Hexy Top

Remember this block? June was my month as quilter for the Love Circle of the Do. Good Stitches charity quilting bee. I asked each of the ladies to make two Hexing Around blocks for this quilt. Check out the results—even cuter than I was expecting!

I asked for bright, summery colors, and the Love Circle ladies really did it up in that department. These blocks are so fresh and fun. And even though I didn't specifically ask for blocks with fussy-cut centers, almost everybody did fussy-cut theirs, adding another whole level of coolness to this quilt top. Among the blocks, there is a duck, a fish, an octopus (squid?), a sleeping princess, a cat, a giraffe, kitchen utensils, flowers, and—appropriately, on a couple of levels—several bees. So it's almost turned into an I-spy quilt. What an unexpected bonus!

When laying out the top, I staggered the blocks—I like the honeycomb appearance that gives. Although, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have asked the Love Circle ladies to attach the strips to the top and bottom of the blocks. The whole point of that was to make the block square—I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me that the block doesn't need to be square. It would have been much easier (and fewer seams) for me to attach one piece of sashing between each block. Well, lesson learned.

My little assistant was concerned about the quilt flying away in the breeze

Thank you, Love Circle ladies! And FYI, there are two more hexy blocks that I'm putting on the back, so if one of your blocks appears to be missing, you'll see it on the back soon enough.

Hexalong

Updated to add: I'm jumping on board with the Hex-Along at Lily's Quilts! This looks like a really fun, loose, no-rules kind of quilt-along (which is the only kind I'm capable of joining at the moment). Basically, you're welcome to join with any project that includes hexagons in any form. So I'm in! Yay for dual-purpose projects!

32 comments:

diane said...

this is so pretty and love the hexies

felicity said...

Very, very pretty!! Can't wait to see it all quilted up!

Debbie said...

Unusual - and really, really nice!

Kylie Lloyd said...

Lee, the quilt is just amazing. I love the hexing around block.

Laura Jane said...

Gorgeous. Pure brilliance! Love love love it!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Lovely lovely lovely. The honeycomb look is great and the blocks are just beautiful.

Elizabeth D. said...

Gorgeous!! It looks super fantastic! Love the colors, they're so fresh and cheerful, and I love your Hexing Around block tute, too, it's so different and fun!

Michele said...

What a stunning finish! I love that block. Everyone did such a great job.

KristyLou said...

Wow, that turned out really neat! I like how you staggered the blocks. It really makes the quilt.

Thearica said...

That quilt is awesome! Love how each side is a different fabric!

Kati said...

Love the blocks and the way you arranged them. What a great quilt!

Samelia's Mum said...

This quilt is spectacular! Love the staggered hexies. Looking forward to seeing it when it's all done.

Erica said...

very pretty! what a beautiful quilt. thanks for the tutorial for the block.

Mitzi said...

Love the arrangement of the blocks - the honeycomb effect is perfect for those blocks. Beautiful!

Pieces to Love said...

I love it!

Melanie said...

Gorgeous! Love it!

Svetlana said...

Looks great, what a wonderful idea.

Judith said...

Beautiful! Lovely fresh colours too! Jxo

Allegory said...

I need a quilt like this in my life. Thank you again for that block tute. I will certainly be working on it soon.

Bree said...

Beautiful! I'm really loving the great summer colors.

Katie B. said...

It looks fantastic, Lee! I love how you staggered the rows.

Linz said...

Wow!! That looks amazing!!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Yay!!!

Barbara said...

What a great looking quilt top!

Poppyprint said...

What a wonderful result. This quilt is super sweet. Love the photo of your assistant attempting to prevent a fly away quilt!

pasqueflower said...

What a fun quilt! I just love your sense of color.

Suz said...

Now I'm really in trouble. I have never really liked hexagon quilts. Now there are three that I have sort of fallen in love with - damn it.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful blocks and beautiful setting. It will be well loved.

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Gorgeous! It suits your blog name perfectly too!

Angie said...

love, love, love this quilt... and I'm going to have to join in that hexie quilt along, too. Thanks for the link!

Kelli said...

Wow! I love this quilt so much. And another quilt added to the to-do list. Would you stop inspiring me so much, I can't keep up! ;)

Natalie said...

I love it, Lee! It's so great to see how you decided to lay the blocks out, it looks amazing!

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