I have spent the last two days in a fever haze, fighting off a mystery ailment. The main thing on my mind was “crap, I’m getting behind on my quilting schedule!”
When I got home from work on Saturday I was beginning to feel sick, but was mostly just super tired. I put off working on a project in favor of organizing my project stuff. “I can just do double tomorrow,” I thought. Then Sunday morning came. The best way to describe how I felt Sunday morning is heavy. My whole body felt heavy and the smallest thing took so much effort. My head was so fuzzy that I didn’t dare to any sewing for fear of making a stupid mistake. Instead I opted to sort through my stash of 1930’s fabric to prep the Hexagon Quilt that I am starting.
When I woke up today I was feeling a bit better, but still not ready for intensive needlework. So I began prepping the hexagons. Hexagon quilts use a method called English Paper Piecing where you baste your shapes onto paper then whip stitch the pieces together to create more complex geometric shapes. I have never tried it before, but it is supposed to be a nice, portable project. I spent about 3 hours today prepping fabric and basting the pieces to the paper.
I purchased my paper hexagons from “My Sunshine Cottage” on ebay, and she recommended that you use 2.5″ charms instead of spending a lot of time cutting the fabric into hexagons. I couldn’t agree more. Once I had the paper pinned to the back of the square I just had to clip the corners to make the fabric lay nicely. Even though I am a terrible cutter, I can cut a 2.5″ square.
I now have six “flowers” ready to pieced. Here’s one of them:
This is going to be one of my biggest projects. According to the chart that came with the paper pieces, I need to piece over 2,000 hexagons to make a queen size quilt. That’s a long time to be hexed.