This quilt serves as a caution against mindlessly window shopping at online fabric sites. I had no plans to make this quilt, but as I was clicking through SuperBuzzy’s website during Christmas break, I spotted a fabric…and in a glorious instant I saw this quilt in my mind’s eye. I quickly closed my web browser and ran away from temptation, telling myself that I had no time for making a quilt like that because I was committed to two other quilts for my children already, both seriously overdue.
But the fabric wouldn’t leave my brain. I stewed about the idea for two whole weeks, all the while reminding myself that I did not have the time to add another quilt to my to-do list.
But then my heart got involved and started pleading with my brain to reconsider. It was going to be a beautiful quilt, and it would be like creating art, and if I didn’t give my heart what it wanted, it refused to care about anything else.
There are three different fabrics used for the fussy cut hexagons, all of which are from Superbuzzy. The music-themed one is Trèfle by Kokka, and then there’s a November Books print by Kokka, and a folksy print by Cosmo Textile Company. My selvages are pretty sliced up on the last two, or I’d give you more information.
Everything else, besides the solid blue, came from the stash. I think the gray polka dot on the back is a Riley Blake print, and the roses print is years upon years old. (I’m tremendously helpful, aren’t I?)
The quilting is a mix between free motion and walking foot. I stippled the string blocks, outline quilted the hexagons, straight-line quilted the white stripes, and then did FMQ scallops around the white stripes and borders of the quilt, with some feather hearts in the corners.
I’m super happy with it. I still stand by the opinion that I did not have the time to make this, but it’s OK in the end. Sometimes you just have to give your heart what it wants, despite logic and logistics. My heart is pleased.
Pattern: “Cat Tails Quilts” from Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher.
January = Cutting and basting hexagons
February = Piecing hexagon blossoms
March = Piecing string blocks, appliqueing hexagon blossoms to string blocks
April = Assembling quilt top and back (I could have gone faster on this, but I burned out a bit at this point.)
May = Quilting & binding
And that’s how you make a fussy, fussy, my-heart-won’t-settle-for-anything-else quilt.
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