Saturday, February 26, 2011

All Aboard! Now departing - The Finish Line Train.
Well, finish-line such as it is. I am dangerously close to completing the top of Martha Washington's Flower Garden. It was in a post exactly two years ago where I first mentioned starting this quilt and I have been sharing plenty of progress updates in the interim.
A few weeks back, I thought I had pieced my last diamond and had a little celebration. Now I have found that due to a terrible counting error on my part, I was actually 5 diamonds short of a top. One down and four to go with all the pieces cut and ready to baste.
Another lesson learned along the way is to be flexible. No mention on the inspiration website of the size of the hexagon pieces, only the finished quilt dimensions. So I did what I do best - gathered up what seemed like a TON of fabric and got to work. It was easy to add in another plaid or two or three or four or . . . along the way and work them in throughout the entire top. What didn't work out quite so well was the fabric I had chosen for the path or connector pieces. It is from an older line of fabric and not readily available. When I first decided to use it, I bought all that was available at my LQS. Fearing that it may not be enough to finish, I began an online search and order campaign that resulted in more than enough fabric to make the back of the quilt but none that was an exact match for the top.
If you look carefully -
you can see that I am now using the nearest match to the original to finish up my last row of diamonds. I am not at all put off by the look. If it were an antique quilt, we would think that perhaps the dyes had faded in that area for some reason or that the maker was a clever, make-do pioneer woman. We would applaud her artistic and frugal choice. While I hope it looks like a casual change over, I put a lot of thought and planning into just where the new fabric would make it's appearance.
If I keep my nose to the grindstone and my eyes on the prize, I believe that I could put the last stitches in while watching the Oscar ceremony tomorrow night. I will then have to put it aside while I order batting. The batting I have on hand is a 90" queen-size. The top measures 90" x 107", so I need to order a king. In the meantime I can put together the backing and there is always this waiting in the wings.

42 comments:

alda said...

oh my gosh! you can be proud of your work, it's fantastic! ;-)

Jeanette said...

Wow! I actually thought you had only one hexagon quilt going! You must really like making those little hexagons! You are so close to be finished, good for you. Sorry you ran out of fabric, that must have been disappointing, but I think it looks amazing anyway and you will never notice it once it is done and quilted. Isn't that the kind of thing that Cheri always seems to do in her quilts, that we all copy, anyway? :-) Congratulations on almost being done!

Star Quilt Company said...

Would you REALLY make another hexagon quilt? any chance of you coming to Primitives of the Midwest in June?
Linda B.

Carolyn said...

Both quilts are beautiful and inspiring. I've been watching your progress over the last 2 years and I'm in awe of your accomplishment. Well done!

QuiltingFitzy said...

OMG, I've died and gone to lust heaven. The one you're just finishing..you already KNOW I think is awesome. But please...the one waiting in the wings? It's to DIE for!

Go! Libby, GO!

Gail said...

I really like the Martha Washington quilt, those aren't my colors at all but I love the way they look together. The one waiting it's turn will be magnificent as well, having a house on the market is very good for making hexies it seems!

sewprimitive karen said...

Hol-ee Cow, it is magnificent!! That is really an achievement, Libby.

AnnieO said...

Right on! I can hear the train's whistle already :) Congrats on getting so close to the big finish!

WoolenSails said...

The quilt is coming out so beautifully.
I found some gold christmas fabric to go with mine, so tonight I will try some of mine with the gold border and hopefully it will work like I thought.

Debbie

Sew Unique Creations said...

Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous!

Lori said...

Very very nice! I like the subtle color change in fabrics too.

Rhonda said...

Libby, that quilt, even unfinished, is outstanding....I love everything about it....the connecting parts really make the quilt stand out.

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Stunning!!!! Even if I look very closely I can't see a difference in the background color. But I am with you, it was probably a happy accident that the world ran out of that same fabric, because now your quilt will be even MORE unique.
I forgot all about your other hexagon quilt with the black background...OMGosh you are soooo lucky to have both of those beautiful quilts so near completion.
What would a girl have to do to get one of those quilts? Probably she would have had to come out of your womb (lucky, lucky Princess) LOL

Quilter Kathy said...

It's so wonderful! You must be so excited to be so close to the finish line! I will think of you working on your hexagons, while I am working on my stitchery when the Oscars are on :)

Kim said...

I like your way of thinking. This is a stunner and a great way to mark this point in time. Will this one go on your own frame or to a quilter friend?

Bren said...

Oh Libby, I remember that post from 2 years ago and everyone since where this quilt is concerned. It is stunning from day one! So happy for you that it is so close to being a completed top!

Mimi said...

That quilt is absolutely beautiful!

Maureen said...

I absolutely love both these quilts! You are the Hexagon Queen! Hope all is going well with your plans to move back to CA.

Sharon said...

Goodness, where has my head been? I did not realize (although you have told your readers)that there was th diamond AND the star hexi in the works. I've made one star, realized that a lot of pre planning (buying enough pathway) has to happen. Oh well. I hope to put the last few stitches in my hexi table cloth tonight, I'm appliquing it to the border strips.

mamifleur said...

This quilt is wonderful ! Make do .
Friendship Mamifleur (France)

Gari said...

I am so impressed with your hexi diamond quilt. That is just beautiful and looks like an antique quilt. I took a pattern for one out of a magazine a couple of years ago but that is as far as I got. But I love yours. Inspiration? Maybe so.

ranette said...

You are, without a doubt, THE hexagon queen!!!
Oh how I adore both of your quilts!

Karen said...

Why you little hexagon making fool, you (can you see the green jealousy monster rearing its head over here?!). Your Martha Washington is gorgeous and one needs to really search to find the diffence in the gold fabric. Beautiful job!!
And then of course I "had to"see what is waiting in the wings...omg!!!
If only there were many more hours in a day, and all the time in the world....you are my inspiration!

Carole said...

WOW! What an accomplishment! I do like your make do attitude. I think we stress too much about everything matching. I'm slowly getting ride of that attitude. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Dixie said...

Wow, awesome - you have gotten so much accomplished. The fabric transition looks wonderful - love your story of kinship with our quilting ancestors!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

A stunning quilt! This is an heirloom.

Angie said...

Oh....My....Goodness....I am so in awe of you, girl!! It is absolutely fabulous...and it's a KING size---in addition to the one you made with the black 'path'....Oh WOW, Libby, there are really no words to express the admiration I have for you. They are BEAUTIFUL!!!

Barb said...

Stunning, incredible, beautiful, amazing!!
I love this quilt and the 2 colors adds interest.
I can't believe you have another one to finish, it's beautiful too

Carol said...

Libby it is absolutely AMAZING!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Libby,

I totally love your quilt!!! And your stick to itivness... not a word, no it's an action. And how wonderful to have to "make do" on your antique pattern. What is the actual color of your pathway fabric, sometime it look gold-green, dark-yellow, bright green. It really sparkles, your quilt makes me want to make one too!! If you start another one, I will with you.....yikes, did I say that!
And if you go to PMW let me know, my mother and I are talking about going, this could put me over the top.

McIrish Annie said...

It looks awesome! would never have noticed the change in fabric if you hadn't pointed it out!

Candace said...

Absolutely stunning, Libby! And so many wise words to live by in the making of it! You'll certainly have quite a piece to help remember your past two-year journey!
Cheers!

julieQ said...

Ok...just gorgeous!! You know wow much I love this quilt...it has been great fun to see it grow!

Jamie said...

Your quilt has turned into the most beautiful labor of love! Just stunning!!

Jenny McH said...

Wow, what a stunner! Congratulations on be so close to the finish line.

suz said...

This quilt is so amazing! I can't see where the change is, so I suspect if you don't say anything people will think its just the light.

Cathi said...

Wow! It is stunning! You have really made an absolutely gorgeous heirloom!

MARCIE said...

Oh Libby, you are too much! Both those quilts are fabulous! I like your attitude about thinking like a pioneer woman. What else is to be done? And it is in your nature to not be matchy-matchy anyway!

Shasta said...

This is wonderful - you should indeed be proud, what a great accomplishment, what great perseverance.

Lucy said...

Hi Libby, I've never seen such a beautiful quilt as yours made by hexagons! wow

Jo said...

This quilt is SUCH a beauty. I can't believe you mastered it in TWO years!! A year and a half ago I found your blog and was inspired to start your other star paper pieced project. I am making progress SLOWLY. I only work on it when we travel so it's really SLOW but I have so enjoyed it. Hope you are enjoying your new home.

Guðrún said...

This is just a masterpiece although there may be a slight change of color if you look closely!