In addition to Project Life I also do a lot of different crafts including quilting, crocheting and knitting – all ‘very’ practical hobbies to have when you live in tropical northern Australia where it is lucky to ever get below 15 degrees celsius!
I did a short course at my local quilt shop about 6 years ago and then I was off and running. I have had a long fascination with handmade hexagon quilts, I enjoy making them a lot more than machine stitched quilts. To be honest I think it is all about the little bits, my crochet projects tend to be the same – lots of small pieces that then get joined together.
The first quilt that I ever made that was large enough to go on my bed was a non-traditional hexagon quilt that I made in about 6 weeks – this is a fairly short amount of time to complete such a large projects – I was procrastinating by not doing the study that I was supposed to be doing for my final year nursing exams. It all ended well – new quilt and a nursing degree!
This blue quilt had about 1500 hexagons (if I remember correctly) that were stitched together so quickly that I ended up with a repetitive strain injury in my thumb that took ages to get better.
My current obsession is this gorgeous quilt. It is called “Insanity” and was designed by Rhonda Pearce. I was lucky enough to find the pattern in a magazine – after a bit of searching I got a back issue off eBay.
The photo below I found on Flickr. The very generous photographer – Anne Brumley – has approved me to use it in this blog post. I think it shows the amazing texture of the quilt that is not seen on the magazine cover.
The most amazing statistic about this quilt is that it is made from 10339 half inch hexagons. I am hoping to make each of the flower and diamond shapes in a different colour. The ‘white’ background for my quilt will be made from about 20 different whites – white, snow, cream, ecru, creme, arctic, vanilla, ivory etc – who knew there were so many?
My progress so far is:
Diamonds: 61 /158 sets
Flowers: 44/64 sets
Solid Border: 0/1068
Mixed Border: 896 /2234
I am going to document my progress and hopefully it won’t take forever to finish. In my next post I will put up some more photos of what I have stitched so far and how I am organising them.
Wish me luck!! 🙂