Monday, January 23, 2012

H is for hexagons. Oh . . . . you knew that was coming.
It has been almost three years since I started Martha Washington's Flower Garden. Three years, four addresses, over 6,000 miles on the roads across country and back, and I don't know how many yards of thread or individual pieces in the quilt. Quite a journey.
The stated goal remains for this quilt to be on my bed this winter. With just over 24 diamonds left to be quilted and the remaining edges to be finished, this is a goal this is attainable. And I am EXCITED!
But that will not be the end of the hexagon journey. If you have been with me for a l-o-n-g time, you may remember this project.
Last shared in 2009, I began this quilt in early 2006. Not only has it traveled to all the places that Martha Washington has visited, it has been to Arizona, NYC, Europe and up and down the California coast more times than I can remember. A well traveled quilt, to be sure. I had planned on adding two more rows (14) stars. A more realistic assessment is to call it good, make the filler pieces to finish the edges and gitterdun.
Instead of being a lap quilt for my dotage, I think it will be just delightful on our dining room table.

43 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I am in awe, for two reasons:
1. For the obvious beauty of these phenomenal masterpieces
2. For your stick-to-itiveness

You amaze and inspire me. WOW! Well done.

Diane said...

I always look forward to your hexi posts! I remember the star one--they are both so fantastic. That you are going to be finishing them both is quite an achievement.

Candace said...

This is better than a Sue Grafton novel, Libby! I was so hoping H would be hexagons!! No mystery here (as in a Kinsey Milhone novel), just absolutely incredible quilting and perseverance! Two masterpieces with interesting "provenance" to cherish forever!
Cheers!

susis quilts said...

love both of them,really gorgeous,susi

Wieke van Keulen said...

Woh, Libby, it's so beautiful. You are amazing good. Thanks for sharing and inspiration.

Loris said...

These are amazing works of art! I especially love Martha and the color you chose for bordering. It just looks so rich and inspiring.

Jan said...

Wow, fantastic! They are both so beautiful; what an accomplishment. I'll bet you are feeling pretty darn good right now!!

Carolyn said...

These truly are beautiful quilts. Congratulations on getting this far, can't wait for the "finished" post!

Beth said...

Wow, you have the patience of a saint! I could never do that many hexies. They are both absolutely amazing!

WoolenSails said...

I love both of your pieces and can't imagine making a bed sized hexagon, lol. I need to get back to mine and get to finishing it for next christmas.

Debbie

Milah said...

H is for hip-hip-hooray!

Congratulations! I give you an P for perseverance!

Sharon said...

These are both fabulous. Can you please show pictues close up of how you finished the edges on these?

Karen said...

Which of the two hexagon quilts do you like the best?

Rose Marie said...

I remember your older hexie project when you first started it .... it got me looking at hexagons and the start on my own journey. Love both of your H projects!

KC Quilter said...

As always, your projects are STUNNING!

Brandie said...

Wow! Gorgeous! Quite a journey. Beautiful

Dawn said...

Can hardly find the words!
DD and hovered around the computer screen with dropped jaws ;-) WOW!
Your progress is exciting - as is your beautiful work.
Thank you for sharing!

Sue said...

These are beautiful quilts! Oh I love them a lot. Love a good hexagon quilt:) And you have done great work!

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow...amazing! I love them both so much. What beautiful quilts!

Angie said...

Both of these are true works of art---just gorgeous and what HUGE achievements. :D I applaud you, girl, and I'm still in awe of you. :D

Cathi said...

They are both gorgeous! I am so impressed that you've stuck with both of them and are so close to a finish!

Paula TheQuilter said...

Hexagons are one of my favorites. Must be since I've made 2 quilts and the third is in the wings for 'someday'. Both of these quilts of yours are stunning.

Maureen said...

The first quilt is the one that drew me to your blog. They are both so beautiful! Exciting that you are almost done - looks like you will meet your goal!

quiltmom said...

Libby,
This is totally stunning- I admire that you created this beauty by hand - I love the beautiful colors and the fabulous design.
It is going to look fantastic on your bed.
Congratulations on being almost finished.
Regards,
Anna

AnnieO said...

The star one that nearly became a throwaway is my fave--and what a great dining room decoration it will be! Congrats on getting so close to having MW on your bed this winter. I think the time you have lavished on both of these projects is stunning and soooo worth it!

Lori said...

Woo-Hoo! It must feel fantastic to being so close to finishing Martha W quilt!!
I don't recall seeing the other quilt. Wow! You are ambitious!

Julie in the Barn said...

What a mindboggling achievement! They are both stunning but the little table cover is my favorite.

Quilter Kathy said...

WOW! TWO amazing masterpieces in one lifetime?!? You are truly a quilt master!

McIrish Annie said...

Awesome, awesome! I was showing this to gals on quilt retreat. We have a yo-yo mama in our group. She was quite impressed.

would not use this as a tablecloth at my house! My DH is far too sloppy!

Julia said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I am just getting the hexie bug, are there patterns out there for either one of these? I am not sure where to start. Thanks, Julia

Reme said...

Te ha quedado fantástico, me encanta. Saludos

Nancy in MT said...

Libby, both are stunning!!!!

Barb said...

Remarkable! Both of your hexie quilts are absolutely gorgeous.
You must be thrilled!

LuAnn said...

WOW Both quilts are just gorgeous. Well done.

Sarah said...

Hi Libby - one of my friends sent me a link to your blog knowing that I am obsessed with hexies. It's amazing how different the same quilt looks in different fabrics. I'm using a black batik for my sashing.

Peddlecar Quilts said...

These quilts are beautiful, but anything but simple! Kudos!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

And you should be excited - this is fabulous.

Helen said...

Just love this quilt. It is stunning. Hope to make a hexagon quilt one day. Keep up the tedious work :) Are you handpiecing all the hexies?

mummybear said...

Oh wow!!! Seriously amazing quilts!!!!

Julierose said...

These hexagon quilts are absolutelu A-MAZ-ing!! I have a messy hexie garden blob and cannot figure out how to get it to a reasonable shape....am going to take it out again and re-visit my efforts...you have inspired me...Julierose

Jenni said...

Very impressive as usual. I'll be interested to see how you finish the edges.

Nancy said...

This quilt definitely deserves a place where it will be seen and appreciated. Your work is trully amazing!!

Grit said...

Wow, what a beautiful work. I love hexagons so much.
Your quilts are amazing!!!
Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany