Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The season of giving? After careful reflection, Hubby believes he has narrowed down the list of candidates in his office to one - the one who shared the germs and brought the flu bug into our home. We'd snarl and shake our fists at that one . . . if we had the strength. If only we both could get a full night's uninterrupted sleep, I think we would be well on our way to good health once again.
Because I don't trust myself to use things like a rotary cutter or big scissors when I have 'NyQuil-head,' I have turned to my basket of English paper piecing over the last several days. I believe that I began this project about 2 years ago - either late January or early February of '06. I do hope to finish before I move the the retirement home. Here are the pieces I've finished in the last week.
And the stacks of everything so far - 9 stars complete all the way with black, 5 stars with neutral but still need black, 16 stars that need neutral and black, and 7 diamonds.
I am using this photograph of an antique quilt in Gatherings: America's Quilt Heritage as my inspiration. I believe I have enough hexagons basted at this time to make 30 stars. I'll then lay them out and see if I need more and determine how many diamonds I'll need.
Okay, that's a lot of math and my head already hurts . . . back to the couch.

45 comments:

Vicki W said...

That is going to be a beautiful quilt! I hope you feel better soon.

Yvonne said...

I always thought I would like to do one of those. :) I hope you feel better soon!

Carole said...

WOW! You are so brave! Looks gorgeous! Let me share my all time cure with you! Champagne and Orange juice, works every time! Of course don't bother getting the expensive stuff if you're going to mix it with OJ. Hope you all feel better!

Joyce said...

You are so ambitious! All that hand sewing! I hope you are both feeling better soon.

Wendy said...

Awesome quilt you've taken on. It's going to be stunning when you're done. Have you counted the number of hexagons....oh wait that's too much math for someone not feeling well. Take care, I hope you feel much better soon.

Elaine Adair said...

Can't believe you are doing this gorgeous, but tedious work while recovering with the crud!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness that is so gorgeous! But you aren't getting me to do that one!

Deb Geyer said...

That is going to be a gorgeous quilt! Enjoy it.

Judy said...

Oh don't you just love it when some slob braves the flu to come to work because they don't want to miss anything and SHARES. I swear they never think about who they will infect!

here's hoping it mutates and they get another version back again!! LOL! *G*

You're coming right along on those itsy babies...good deal!

atet said...

Ouch, sorry to hear you've been sick. Lovely work on the hexagons (headache due to math or not). I'm sure you will finish this before you go off to the retirement home, since that is a loooong way away.

Lea said...

Oh, Gosh.... Libby, Your hexagons are so pretty.
I once tried the English paper piecing but gave up. *LOL* Although I want to try again one day.
Please keep update your progress. :-)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Libby, your blocks are great. WOW I dont think I'll be trying to tackle those anytime soon. But I love yours. Hope you guys feel better soon.

Cheryl said...

I absolutely LOVE your hexagon stars!! Stunning and motivating...Cannot wait to see your continued progress.

canquilt said...

That will be beautiful. It is one quilt that I don't think I will attempt in my lifetime. Congratulations

Lucy said...

Love your hexagons! what a great pattern. Is a a good book? (I love these kind of books)

Darlene said...

I love those hexagon stars and diamonds!

I'm so sorry you and your hubby aren't feeling well. Why do people insist on going to work sick? Rest and feel better soon.

Anne Ida said...

Oh, wow!!! This is some project! It looks like a time consumer, but it is going to be soo beautiful when you're done!!! Hope you have lots of fun!

CONNIE W said...

Oh such beautiful fabrics, what a great quilt that will be. Hope your bug soon is gone.

Screen Door said...

I'm so sorry your sick....I hope you feel better reall soon. Take it easy...The hand quilting is the perfect project. Snuggle up warm....

Bren said...

Libby those are GORGEOUS. I like the inspiration quilt, but yours will be stunning with the black...they will float. Stunning! You amaze me...You should write a quilt book. I would buy it!!
I hope you feel better soon. I had that thing for 3 weeks...1 bad...1 not so horrible...and 1 bad again. Maybe I got it twice, huh?

KCQuilter said...

Oh, bummer, flu bug---b-a-ad! Hope you're soon back to par.

Lisa D. said...

That is the most beautiful quilt ever! I've never really liked the hexagon quilts, but that one is stunning. Sorry you are feeling squirrelly. I hope you're better soon!

Juliann in WA said...

These are lovely. I have seen a few others making these little hexagons. Hope you feel better soon.

Julia said...

Libby, I am so sorry that you and your honey are sick. You need that Fever quilt to cuddle under.

I couldn't do this quilt with a clear head, let alone a Nyquil-head. lol
Great job, it is gorgeous!

Get better soon!!

McIrish Annie said...

I hate Nyquil head! I stopped taking it because although it knocked me out initially at bedtime, I never slept through the night. My doc says its the alcohol in it.

Anyway, I hope you are feeling better soon. I am shaking my fist at that flu bug person for you since you are too weak to do it! Bah!!

Karen said...

Love love the hexagons. Your fabrics look so pretty. How many quilts are pictured in that book? I've never seen that one. Hope you feel better soon, I just came down with the bug yesterday and am SUFFERING.

Knot Garden said...

Those hexagon units are so pretty.
Hope you're feeling better:)

Carol said...

Libby those blocks are just amazing...feel better soon.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Its good to see this project again! I just love the way your doing this! The colors and the pattern!

Stephanie said...

Goodness, when I'm sick all I want to do is veg. I can't think about putting 2 socks together, much less put two hexagons together. What did you add to your Nyquil anyway? lol Hope you both feel better soon.

Jane Ann said...

OMG, Libby, those hexies are gorgeous. I wish I had not looked at this post until I finish mine, because it's very tempting to go off in another direction with it. Your fabric choices are beautiful too. Oh, my. Keep us posted on this one.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You take care of yourself, I'm sorry to hear yo are sick. Slowing down doesn't even show by you- the hex stars are lovely.

Kathie said...

beautiful! not sure I will ever make a quilt like this.
thanks for the book recommendation....I went to amazon and ordered it!
can't wait to look thru the whole book!
Kathie

Guðrún said...

I hope you are getting better. I see that you will need a lot of diamonds.

Jeanne said...

Libby, I hope you are feeling better soon. I love the inspiration quilt and can't wait to see your pieces all together.

Colleen Eskridge said...

You always make me want to start another UFO.....I truly can't keep up with you.They are gorgeous...I have seen that quilt cover photo before...but yours are beautiful. If I ever finish Baltimore,Baby quilt,and the ten other quilts going, I will add this one to my list. Stunning! Colleen in South Africa....but soon to be in Tennessee!!!

Katie said...

Wish I could send over some chicken soup. Really love the quilt pattern and fabric selections.

Erin said...

Oh wow very nice! I hope you feel better soon! gentle hugs coming your way!

Colleen Eskridge almost formerly of South Africa said...

Ok, you may have talked me into it.I could sit at the hospital while dd is in labor...and piece a star....what size are your hexes? Could do with another UFO anyway. :o) Colleen about to leave South AFrica

Marilyn R said...

I love your English paper piecing projects. I too have an English paper piecing project sitting around just waiting to be worked on. Some day...

Darla said...

That is going to just beautiful! How big are those hexagons?

Shelina said...

I do hope you feel better soon Libby. Being sick is just no fun, although you are doing wonderfully by staying productive. This is going to be a great quilt - it looks wonderful.

Karen said...

What a great layout for hexagons. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Grazia said...

Your hexagons are gorgeous!!!!
It will be a wonderful quilt!!!

Malagueta said...

Those blocks have such a sense of time and place to them. They are lovely. Very impressed!!!