I spend most of my evenings doing handwork and watching either television or dvds. This year, my focus is more on sewing than crocheting.
Each week I am working on a different project trying to make headway on all of the ones I've stalled on.
This last week I spent on the Millefiore Quilt Along I started this year. In a nutshell, I will be creating hexagons and sewing them together into rosettes. All by hand. the end result is a quilt that looks like a kaleidoscope (or one of those Venetian glass paperweights known as millefiori [which means Thousand Flowers in Italian]
The patterns come from Katje Marek's book New Hexagon and she also hosts the
It's made in smaller sections - rosettes. I've decided for each rosette - to choose a floral pattern in a similar color scheme as that in the instructions. Hampered a little by choosing from my stash only! This will be a "free" quilt made from leftovers or fabric unused for some reason...
So - for the first one, I chose a floral that I love... it's bright! I've used it in a Lovers Knot (sandwiched but not quilted) and in the Sister's Choice quilt I made for my sister.
The hot pink was used in my granddaughter's dresses.. and the green came in a bag of scraps somebody gave me.
By the end of the week I got to the third round of four:
..and have the next round all prepped and ready to sew! See the little sandwich bags? Those are the prepared pieces for the next round of hexagons!
Fabrics: Let's see.... the outer round.... center peach is a solid of an uncertain age :-) (I have no idea where it came from!), the darker peach I bought once when trying to add this color to my stash, the darker orange I bought for my grandson's quilt I made in 2015, and the fuschia is a recent purchase for Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery - En Provence. I did it when it was a free mystery quilt and now it is available as a paid pattern! (still working on it! I will share another day)
I also have - ready for basting... the bags of pieces for the Rosette # 2 -
I keep forgetting to mention the WHY of so much handwork this year.... travelling! I expect that we will be doing a good bit of travelling this year so I want to make sure that - at any given time - I have sandwich bags of things to work on. As you can see from the note above - ONE week of dedicated work got me ALMOST through the first rosette.
Anyway - Handwork Progress! Next week - the Hawaiian quilt project :-)
What are you up to?