Remember a while back I started a hexagon quilt using a quilt as you go method that I thought I’d cleverly devised?
I worked out a way of machine piecing the individual hexagons units together.
Quilted them onto individual pieces of left over batting. This I loved doing.
Stitched a trio of quilted blocks together and popped a small red hexagon on the intersection of the seams.
All seemed good and so I made the rest of the blocks, decided on the layout and set about putting the individually quilted hexagons together. I was so smug to have come up with a method that was quick and easy! Then I hated the process – the quilt became unwieldy; seaming was cumbersome and the joins were too bulky. No amount of trimming, ironing or top-stitching was going to change it
In dismay I threw the quilt in the corner.
But I’ve been thinking about it. I really like the individual blocks……
And so I’m going to rescue the quilt by unpicking the seams between the blocks and trimming back the batting behind each block. Then I will have to resort to conventional methods – make a quilt top; layer it with batting and backing afterwards and quilt it in one whole piece (by hand – perhaps).
So much for my quick and easy method. Will it stop me from trying wacky ideas again in the future? Not at all - nothing new is discovered without giving things a go and I am not afraid of the odd failure (but I would love this quilt to work in the end).
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