Monday, February 23, 2009

All the best intentions were there for me to spend the afternoon in the cubby yesterday. But with Hubby and The Princess working away so diligently in the main part of the house, I felt isolated and lonely all by myself. So I turned off the machine and settled in my favorite chair with my hexagon stars project. I have been working on this since January of '06 and have shared some of my progress here, here, here, here, and here.
I been working on these stars a little each day for the last couple of weeks. As the stack that needs a round of cream gets smaller, the stack that needs a round of black gets bigger.
I'm going to have to stop soon to baste some more pieces for the cream round.
I have lots of pieces ready to become diamonds.
The stars are really fun to see all strewn around. I have a lot of stitching in my future to get that black round done on the stars.
Taking this picture provided a mountain of inspiration to keep working.
There will be four rows like this one and a final row of five stars to even it up. Then lots of diamonds and partial stars to fill in around the edges and 'square it off.' For more hexagon inspiration, tips and tutorials, visit The Great Hexagon Quilt-Along blog. I've been lurking there lately. On the side bar you'll see a picture of this quilt. Because I just can't leave well enough alone, I'm going to be starting one of my own very soon. It's a sickness - but one I'm very glad to have.

52 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

I've said it before...this is going to be one stunning quilt! I generally don't get much quilting in with my family home either...I'm always wanting to be around whatever they are doing.

Lorraine said...

wow......they are looking amazing...I will certainly be watching for more progress on this stunner!

Carole said...

Wow and double wow! That's going to be one sweet looking quilt! Love the new banner! Yes, it is inspirational! Cheers!

ranette said...

Oh my goodness, now you've done it. I can't stop thinking about your quilt and the Mosaic quilt. And that means that I'll probably have to start yet another project...lol

Your quilt is going to be just beautiful!

Candace said...

Neat project - I can see how you get drawn into it, Libby! I should have something like this to work on while our house is listed! I'm going to hop right over to her blog! Oh - and I love your "thread" basket!

Melinda said...

I love your hexes. My Y2K quilt is 2000 one inch hexagons in Christmas fabrics. I collected fabric in 1999 and finished the quilt in 2001. It is one of my favorite quilts.

Julie in the Barn said...

Whaaaat! Ya gotta be kidden. What an awesome yet somehow mind numbing project, Libby. I'm making a huge assumption here but this is NOT destined to be a full size quilt is it? I do love hand work as much as the next gal, but OMG, woman. It is truly gorgeous but waaayyy beyond my humble ambition.

Beth said...

That's going to be a very nice quilt Libby. I've *not* been working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt since about 2005. Yikes!

Joyce said...

They look fantastic! I would never, never have the patience to do all that hand work.

Holly said...

Those stars are stunning! It's funny to see your header, with the title "A Simple Girl" and a picture of one of the most complicated (and completely awesome) quilt designs I've ever seen.

Carol said...

Libby that is just the most amazing. That is going to be one awesome quilt!!!!!!!

Kathie said...

omgosh I can't believe your making that hexagon quilt!!!!
LOVE that picture. Good luck!!!!
Its going to be a beautiful quilt.

Kathie

Shelly said...

Leaving for vacation in a couple of weeks......was looking for a hand project. How perfect!! Hexagons! Started cutting tonight.

Jeanette said...

I love your hexagon quilt!! I've been wanting to make one and I think I love your star pattern the best.

Catherine said...

What a fabulous hexagon quilt you're making!!! I love it -- and love the effect with the black around the cream!!
Of course, I love hexagons in just about anything! Now I want to start another!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh Libby! I am so jealous! Your hexagon quilt is coming along nicely. My hexagons are in a bag sitting on the floor next to my feet in the car (I'm traveling across the country).

I guess that I sound try and work on some of them!

Have a good day and thanks for the inspiration!

dot said...

Oh Libby that is turning out so nice.

Vicki W said...

This is going to be a stunning quilt!

Dixie said...

Just fabulous, Libby! It just keeps looking more beautiful everytime you show some progress.

Greenmare said...

that is just wonderful! it looks like it belongs in a quilt magazine! with you getting a big paycheck no less!

Quilts And Pieces said...

OMG - it is so GORGEOUS! I have 3 hexagons done, does that count!!!

Wendy said...

I can see you are addicted to the hexagons for sure. I love the quilt and it looks better and better every time I see it.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Oh Libby! Why did you link to that quilt and blog? My hexagon disease is rampant again, but I have been doing it in secret. Now I see there is no need to hide - I might have to join...

Fiona said...

Just gorgeous - the colours and design remind me of a Persian Carpet.

loulee said...

Your hexagons are fantastic, truly inspirational.

Debby said...

Wauw! That is going to be a beuatyful quilt. I love it very much. I don't like the grandmother flower, but the mosaic i like very much!
Greetings from Debby,
the Netherlands

Mary said...

Now this will be a great quilt! Keep going!

Chocolate Cat said...

Oh Libby these are stunning! I will just enjoy looking at yours though - don't think I am anywhere near ready to attempt them myself.

Alba said...

I love your hexagons Libby. You should definitely de-lurk on the Great Hexagon website as the girls would just die over this one. I think that sitting doing hexes by hand is like meditating and is very good for the stress levels!

The Calico Cat said...

I can see why you are inspired! (I am too.)

Julia said...

Oh my goodness! This is going to absolutely stunning! I am in awe!

Guðrún said...

This quilt will be a heirloom, it is just awesome.

Cathi said...

I know how you feel. Before DD#2 took over the sewing room, and Dear Hubby was somewhere in the house, I felt like I had abandoned him. So I didn't stay in there much when he was home. But now that the sewing room is in the dining room, I feel like part of the family again if I can even HEAR the same tv program that they are watching. Weird, huh? That quilt will look great when it's finished!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, Libby!! It's completely wonderful... I hope your sickness is contagious... I ready and willing be be exposed to these hexagon germs.

Sweet P said...

The hexagons are adorable. Your basket is so much neater than mine. Did hubby and DD enjoy your company?

kjquilts said...

Those are wonderful! I love your stitching basket too.

Darlene said...

Deep, deep heavy sigh and you know why! :-)

Finn said...

Hi Libby, just popping in to say "hi" and thank you for stopping by with encouraging words during my absence *VBS* Love, love, love the hexs! You are doing a wonderful job with them, it will be a stunning quilt. Big hugs, Finn

Judy said...

This is one of my favorites of your projects. It's so yummy and warm. Are you sticking with tiny for the new one or going bigger. I love that antique quilt...very wonderful!

Cheryl said...

OMW.....this is going to be some wonderful quilt!!!!

Rosemary said...

Libby!What a yummy quilt! can't wait to see it done :)

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Wow those hexes look great. DId you glue baste the hexs to the paper....or just use freezer paper. I can hardly wait to see it done... and know you will quilt it wonderfully on your machine.

The Jen said...

Great pieces! It looks awesome as your blog banner too.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

WOW! holy wow!
Its beautiful!!! Gosh I wish I could get mine finished! its only been, like, hmmm, two years....
LOVE love love yours.

Kim said...

I love that basket handle- where would one find something like that???

Kathy Wagner said...

Ooohhh how pretty!
I love the photos of your pieces stacked up and in bags in the basket.

Rose Marie said...

My word .... this quilt will be stunning when it is finished. It looks awesome now and I just can't imagine what the final look will be like!

MARCIE said...

That picture makes a beautiful header photo you know! It is fabuloso!

Caron said...

I want your basket!!! That is so fantastic! (Love the quilt you are making, too, but the basket caught my eye right away.)

Did you make it or buy it?

LOVE IT!

Jennifer said...

What an amazing quilt! You should be most proud of yourself! You are creating a most precious heirloom!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

You know I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Hexagon quilt!!! It is simply gorgeous!!! I love seeing photos of any part of it!!

I am terribly behind on blog reading ... this post just made me smile girly!!

ale balanzario said...

great work, this quilt will be awesome