Kikus and Hexies

I spent last night fussy cutting hexagons, not for English Paper Piecing, but for the Candied Hexagons Quilt I’m finally starting!  No doubt Janet (my inspiration) and Lorraine (my benefactor) have both given up on me!  Never fear, I always get around to my projects, eventually!  I’m cutting these with templates lent to me by another generous quilting friend, Linda.  Much slicker than my paper templates I was planning to use!

Monday night I started yet another project, sewing a new Summer dress for myself:

It feels good to sew clothing again, I need to find more time to devote to it!
And I finally have finished pics to share with you of the Chrysanthemum Quilt.  Made for my best friend’s birthday, as the Chrysanthemum is a traditional symbol of friendship.  In Japan chrysanthemums, called “kikus”, are exchanged between friends as a symbol of the virtue and incomparable value of their friendship.  The quilt is of my own design, in Michael Miller’s Espresso brown solid, Kona Stone, Meadowsweet green scroll and greens from my stash:

My photos are not great, next time I’m at her home I will need to retake!  This one shows the truest colors:

My meander/stipple quilting continues to improve:
Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even master feathers! A girl can dream, can’t she?!
What are you working on this week?  

9 thoughts on “Kikus and Hexies

  1. I'm tickled to see you've started your Candied Hexagons. Your fabs are gorgeous!

    Very nice Vogue dress pattern. I like it. You and I are on the same page about sewing clothing. I'll be starting a Route 66 skirt (Marie Madeline Studios pattern) very soon.

    A great quilt finish too! Looks like you're making a good effort to break in that new Janome Horizon.

  2. I look forward to seeing your progress on the Candied Hex quilt. I adore that quilt — a friend pointed it out back when the issue came out and I snatched up a copy then. Have done nothing but dream and track down some of that “trellis” Kaffe fabric used in the original. Your Kikus quilt is gorgeous! Lovely job!!

  3. This quilt is beautiful already! Fabulous fabrics and since I have a soft spot in my heart of hexies – your lovely fabrics cut into hexies makes my eyes happy already.

    So glad to find you! Thanks for posting the link to you blog in the classmate listing in Diane's class.

  4. Hey Doris, Have fun with your hexies and the dress. Luv the finished quilt. Your quilting looks good. Keep on quilting and your feathers will be flying in no time. Have a great 4th of July weekend! Happy sewing!

  5. Doris, your quilting is fabulous! Your friend will love it. Those Candied Hexagons looks amazing. Can't wait to see the progress on this one. Have fun with the dress making. Happy 4th of July weekend.

  6. That Chrysanthemum quilt looks so cool! I love how your quilting really makes the center blocks pop off the quilt. Well done! I have been so envious of everyone in blogland working on hexagons. Wish I had the time to try those cuz I really need an on-the-go sewing project!

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