Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Flowers Needed


You can get yourself into a lot of trouble if you don't have a plan, so instead of building on my flower garden I have been painstakingly removing one side of the border and random hexagons on the other three sides. 

My border was taking on a funny shape and what I discovered was I should have ended my last row of flowers with the same number of flowers as the first row in order to have a uniform border.  A silly mistake that cost a great deal of time.


On the upside, without too much adjustment, I should be able to reattach the section of border that was removed, but not before I have added the extra row of flowers, which are basted and ready to go. 

My first flower looks a little funny because my templates are all different colours and you can see the orange ones right through the fabric.  How I will finish off the border is still a mystery, I can't seem to get my head around it.  One thing I must keep in mind is that fabric is limited, so I am going to have to be clever.

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

15 comments:

Sue said...

Your flower sure is pretty! What are those gorgeous fabrics?

Hilachas said...

Pretty flower. I can't wait to see your finished hexie quilt. It's nice to know that somewhere, sometime, some people actually finish their hexie quilt. Thanks for the tip about the border. I'll probably forget it by the time I ever start my border.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

There is nothing more annoying than having to take apart our hard work but I know if it isn't right, it just isn't right....I love the colors in your flower....it looks really pretty in that plate!

Kathinca said...

Ooops removing hexagons sewn together is painstaking indeed. You have my sympathies!

Raewyn said...

What a shame about the unpicking - but needs must! Love your latest hexie - it looks great in it's setting. Your fabric range is just gorgeous - your quilt will be beautiful.

Roxanne said...

Karen I came across this tutorial on finishing your hexagon quilt. Maybe this will help. http://badskirt.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/tutorial-finishing-you-hexie-quilts.html

sunny said...

I can't wait to see your finish. I don't have a clue what I'll do with mine when it gets to that point.

Anthea said...

Karen, you are amazingly patient to unpick then restitch. You'll be happier with the outcome of it, I'm sure. May The Hexy Force Be With You!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Pretty Flower! I had to take out this weekend because the stepping stones and leaves between flowers were out of order...NOT fun! I think I should be putting my garden together in rows, not just adding here and there.

Judy said...

I was just thinking of how to put together my hexies now that I have a stack of them. Sorry to hear that you had to backtrack and resew them. How did you decide how to sew them together?

Just Ducky said...

Check out this post for a way to finish your hexagon quilt.
http://quiltedlstudios.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/grandmothers-flower-garden-binding-options/

Mary

Karen said...

Thank you Mary, I have added the Binding Options link to the One Flower Wednesday home page for all Garden Party members to see. That is Just Ducky!!!!

Lin said...

Shame you have had to unpick but I am sure it will be worth it. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. My first ever quilt was a large double hexagon quilt which took me two years - luckily it didn't put me off quilting as thirty odd years on I am still here!

Calico_Quilter0321 said...

Karen, I love your style! Feels like I stepped into the world of a kindred spirit :)

Carol said...

Unsewing is never any fun, but it seems like it is a part of quilting. Always a good feeling when the mistake is corrected. You will have a gorgeous quilt when you are done. Have a great weekend, Karen. Carol