This has been one of the most fun projects ever!
I love handwork, but I don't love projects that take years to produce results. This quilt was a perfect blend of scrappy piecing and spurts of handwork...and better yet, it didn't take forever!
I started a few months ago making the background designed by Bonnie Hunter (one of my favorites, as you all know). This was finished before I went on a retreat and took a class with Mickey Dupre for the pieced Hexie portion. The original pattern did not include the 2 borders, but I wanted to make it at least a lap-sized throw quilt.
|Ring Around the Hexies (background)|
Then, I added the pieced hexies fleurettes I made during Mickey's class. Man, were they fun to do!
|Ring Around the Hexies|
Then, came the quilting...no one told me I wasn't supposed to quilt over top of the fleurettes once they were appliqued down (until the first time I showed it in public). Ooops! Well, the quilting went smoothly and I like the results, so I'm guessing no harm done.
|Ring Around the Hexies (quilting on back)|
|Ring Around the Hexies (back)|
Ring Around The Hexies65x65"
Pattern Designers: Bonnie K. Hunter & Mickey Dupre
Panto: Fire Lily (Patricia Ritter)