Over the July Fourth weekend, sweetie and I traveled to his family home in the Twin Cities for a visit with his Dad, in hospice care, and a family BBQ at his brother’s home. I made good use of the car time of our little pilgrimage by working on my hexagons.
This is my first hand-pieced sewing project, if you don’t count English Paper Piecing or any of those doll clothes I tried to create with my chubby seven-year-old fingers and a clumsily wielded needle and thread many years ago… (I might be hooked, now!)
I’m making a Candied Hexagon Quilt, the original version was published in Australian Quilters Companion Vol.5.2 No 18, (2005) designed by Kerry Dear. Kerry’s version was based on a 1830s quilt made by Frederica Josephson, featured in The Fabric of Society. The original can be seen here, fourth photo in the post
There have been several Candied Hexagons made and shared in blogland, some of my favorites are:
- Kim McLean’s remake of the original
- Janet of Quilstalott made her version using Kerry Dear’s APQ pattern
- Liz of broderie who does gorgeous handwork!
- Linda of Flourishing Palms (who lives just a few miles from me and shared her templates!)
- Christine’s quilt in progress
- Glynis, the PatchworkManiac
- a unique take on the color scheme by Kellie of Don’t Look Now!
- Susan’s quilt progress on Flickr
- Heather’s shown here (scroll to end of the post) uses fabrics and colors similar to mine
- and there is one more that I have a lovely print-out of, in mostly blues, Asian fabrics, but sadly I lost the information on its maker, but you should see it!!! Fabulous use of color, fussy-cut prints, and a unique style of fabric. (Bonus points to anyone who can tell me where to find this link again!)
I’d be happy to share the pattern with you, since it is from an out of print magazine issue, which I happen to have thanks to a grand friend…but I should warn you… you might get hooked on hexagons and hand-piecing, too!