A Happy Quilt!

How much time and energy do you put into a quilt?  Well, this past week I was absolutely consumed by my hexie quilt.  I hit a bit of a snag…I ran out of background fabric and didn’t have enough fabric to fill in the top corner.  What to do…..what to do?

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Like most quilters, I have a stash that I am trying to work through.  So when I first started my hexie quilt I challenged myself to use up every inch of the beige background (about 4.5 meters) I purchased long ago.  I started in the middle and worked my way to  the top half of the quilt.  I wanted the bottom half of the quilt to be an exact mirror image of the top half.  Notice there are 3 complete rows of hexies at the very top of the quilt.

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When I started to work the exact same design on the bottom half of the quilt, I started to get this nagging feeling that I didn’t have enough background fabric to finish it.  So instead of adding those three rows of hexies to the bottom, I decided to add some rosettes, so that would free up quite a few biege hexies.  (I still had a lot of filling in to do.)

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However, I still ran out of fabric (I was so darn close!)  So I started looking at those top three rows of hexies and went to find my stitch ripper.  Yes, I could have just ripped off one complete row and filled in the corner, but I had another idea!  (And to be perfectly honest, it was not sitting well with me that the top and bottom were different.  I didn’t think it looked balanced.)  I ripped out the hexies in the shape of a rosette and reinforced some of the stitching that had come undone in this process.

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Next, I transplanted some new rosettes.  Best of all, I could now go back and finish that top corner!!

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My plan was to finish the brown border I had started and to keep adding hexies.  But I changed my mind!  I trimmed of the excess of the hexies…….

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….added an inner border….

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…and an outer border.  Both the inner border and outer border are from my stash and I used up every inch of them!  The quilt is happy and so am I!!

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Til next time….

Kerry

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12 thoughts on “A Happy Quilt!

  1. Great problem solving, Kerry. It looks fabulous the way you changed it. I invite you to show this lovely at WIPs Be Gone because you destashed and made progress!

  2. Your hexagon quilt is beautiful Kerry! I’m a firm believer that if something really bothers you it should be fixed but if you can live with it, then leave it be. I love the borders that you added – a perfect finish!

  3. Beautiful quilt. I love hearing your “process” and decisions you made. Congratulations on using up fabrics!!! It is a great feeling. :-))

  4. I guess I get over involved in the process. Sometimes it’s as thrilling as a novel to see the design progress toward a happy ending. I had watched your hexi quilt grow and I knew it would end up amazing but I confess the brown outer row had me worried. When you said you had thrown it out and put borders instead I was glad to hear it. But when I scrolled down to the photo I literally gasped; it is so beautiful it brought me to tears. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an emotional response to someone else’s quilt. I know…I need to get out more. Lol.

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