I can’t really detail too much about my next project… but as I said a wee while ago, pick-up-put-down hand sewing suits my fragmented lifestyle at the moment! A minute here, 15 minutes there- not enough time to get the machine out, plugged in, threaded, project located, lost bits found, and so on. But enough time to edge a hexagon, or connect a rosette. I have long admired honeycomb, or hexagon quilts- their precise geometry, impressive to the onlooker, is actually pretty easily achieved by using paper backings, and the possibilities of colour, pattern and placement are endless. It’s not a technique I have ever tried before, but have found it satisfyingly simple to learn. Of course, I am using teeny mini hexagons, just to maximise swearing and faff potential. I used this website to print out hexagonal graph paper for free which I then cut out. You can adjust the sizes on the site, it’s a fantastic resource. If you ever feel the need for semi bisected trapezoid graph paper, that is. The fabric is folded over the paper and basted into place until the hexagons are all sewn together at which point the basting thread and papers are removed.
I was pondering the colour scheme (my colour blind husband is not much help in these matters) for this quilt, and decided to google colour theory. Mistake. Unforeseen issues of dark/light/yellow dominance, warm vs. cold colours, and questions of shade, pattern and tone made my mind reel. Sometimes I think these things are best left to feeling and intuition, and I have decided to group them in the order of the colour spectrum, reds at the top and purples at the bottom. It’s effectively another appliqué quilt like the elephant one, but the appliquéd pieces are themselves hexagonal patchwork rather than one piece of fabric. Here’s another little peek, pre sewing of the hexagons: