Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Finish and a Frustration

The Finish
I have finally finished my Hexagon Park quilt in Giddy fabrics. I love this quilt. The instructions were so easy to follow. I am so glad I made this quilt because it helped me to find Lynne's blog. Not only is Lynne an amazingly talented quilt artist but she is also incredibly funny.
I am giving this quilt to my friend Darlene, whose husband passed away last June. Darlene was one of the first people I met when Mr. Romance and I moved to Chicago in 1972. Recently her health has not been good (she has beginning Alzheimer's). It breaks my heart every time I think of this happening to my friend, who is only 64 years old!  I hope every time she sees this quilt it will be a reminder of what her friendship has meant to me over the last nearly 40 years. I need to make a really great label and then it will be shipped off to Florida, where she lives now, in assisted living,  to be near one of her daughters.




I pieced the little rectangles on the back using the leftover  triangles cut off the corner of the layer cake squares. There was hardly any wasted fabric on this quilt. I even used some of Denyse Schmidt's new line of fabrics for JoAnn's Fabrics on the back, too.


If I do say so myself, this is my very best ever binding! The only thing I did different was to use a 3/8" seam allowance, when sewing on the binding, instead of a 1/4" seam allowance.  Note to self remember to do that on your next quilt!


A Frustration
I made another two blocks for the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt. The frustration comes in the fact that I am not good with templates and the squares are not coming out to be the correct size. Is anyone else having this problem? Today I made square #10. I was so excited because I have never had more perfect points. I mean seriously, check out these points

but the darned square was the wrong size. I have been cropping my squares to 6 1/2". So I made it again, a little bigger and then cropped it to a 6 1/2" square. Looks pretty good.

I also made square #6.
Now I have 5 squares finished, only 106 more to go!
I'm linking up with Lee's blog 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I'm also linking up with creative spaces blog too!

48 comments:

Geri Centonze said...

Quilters definitely must have a special "attention to detail" gene, because this all looks so hard to me! Darlene's quilt is beautiful!

Helen in Switzerland said...

You're right - those points really are perfect!!

Leanne said...

Your blocks are lovely. I sure hope your friend enjoys the quilt.

noga quilts said...

Your squares are lovely, and the points are perfect. I wouldn't worry even if they weren't...

The quilt is beautiful!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your quilt is beautiful! yeh for perfect binding! i believe from other blogs i've read that the templates sizes are causing angst. i am not participating but maybe one day!?

Marg said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and isn't it great when binding turns out perfectly.
The points are perfect, how frustrating that it didn't come out the right size initially. I have heard too that there are some problems with some of the templates. I hope you sort it out, because your blocks are really lovely.

MJ said...

Your quilt is beautiful. What a special gift for a special friend.

Your squares look perfect to me!

Elizabeth D. said...

Your Hexagon Park quilt is lovely, I'm sure your friend will love it dearly. I like your Farmer's Wife blocks - I think they look great!

Annabella said...

Another beautiful and very special quilt. What a great friend you are. Kudos for the points!

Becky said...

love your hexagon park - it's gorgeous! great work! And I've heard some other people mention they've had problems with the templates on that QAL. You aren't alone!

Melinda said...

What a beautiful quilt, and what a beautiful heart you have for making it. You're doing great on the FW quilt along as well. Love the fabrics you've chosen!

CosmoQuilts said...

Your hexagon quilt is absolutely beautiful.

CosmoQuilts said...

Your hexagon quilt is absolutely beautiful.

Cindy said...

Your finished quilt is so pretty! I love the colors, the prints, the pattern, the back...everything!

LynCC said...

Wonderful points on both blocks!

Debbie said...

Oh my, your hexie quilt is just beautiful!! Every detail is so nice!

Live a Colorful Life said...

The hexagon quilt is beautiful and I'm sure it will be meaningful to your friend. And your Farmer's Wife blocks look great. I just got my book and am anxious to get started.

Bree said...

What a beautiful quilt! I'm sure Darlene will love and cherish it - my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in December of 2009, and his bed quilt has been a source of comfort for him in the nursing home.

Katie B. said...

Such a thoughtful--and gorgeous--quilt for your friend. I know she will find comfort in it. I love the flowery quilting too!

Linz said...

I LOVE the hexagon park quilt!! ANd Giddy is one of my very favorite lines, so... yeah, that's pretty much my favorite quilt in blogland right now!! The binding does look awesome!

Your farmers wife blocks look great!!

Carla said...

What a beautiful quilt! Your friend is really going to love it. I think we all go through those frustrating blocks. But you did it. :o)

My prayers go out to your friend.

littlemissmk said...

beautiful hexagon quilt! love it!

Melissa said...

Oh, I love the Giddy quilt! I bought a charm pack of that at Christmas, and haven't decided how to use it. You quilt is just beautiful. Really, really beautiful. And your binding is perfect! :)

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

The quilt is beautiful! Such a sweet gift for you friend!

Karen said...

You've made a great job of the quilt! the fabric choices are so pretty. My Mother-in-law passed away having battled with alzheimers at just 60 yrs old. Big hugs... it's such a cruel illness x x x

tusen said...

Great to see the quilt finished. I love the back, too.

Kirsten N said...

The quilt is gorgeous Diane!

Amy said...

what a gorgeous quilt for your friend.I am sure it will wrap her in many hugs.

Rachel said...

What a beautiful and special hexagon quilt!

Tami said...

Wow, that quilt looks amazing. Great Job! I am also joining up with the farmers wife quilt, I am still waiting for my book to arive from Amazon. I went for the free shipping it seems to take for ever.

Andrea said...

I love the quilt hexagonos !

Kelly said...

with frustration comes new skills! those points are perfect! And beautiful hexagon quilt, from fabric to quilting, nicely done.

Kate S. said...

Your hexagon quilt is beautiful, and what a lovely gift for your friend.

Lee said...

The Hexagon Park quilt is beautiful! That pattern is totally on my to-do list.

For your Farmer's Wife blocks, I would double-check that your templates are printing out at exact size. Look for a "Page Scaling" option in your print window and make sure it's at 100% (or not checked at all). Also, any time you're using a square or rectangle, make sure it's an even size. All the ones I've used so far have been 3.5" square, 1.5" rectangles, etc. My guess is, if it's not in a quarter-inch increment, it's a printing problem.

Hope that helps. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday! : )

Kerstin said...

What a beautiful quilt to give to a special friend!

suzanne said...

Such a beautiful quilt. What a wonderful way to express your gratitude for such a good friendship and what a comfort it will be for your friend to know how much you care.

Miss Milla's said...

This quilt is gorgeous!!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just love your hexagon quilt and quilted with wonderful texture. Love pieced backs and this really compliments the quilt. Wonderful!

Sue Daurio said...

I love the hexagon quilt and the story behind it. So sweet!! I'm certain it will comfort her and remind her of the special people in her life.

Karen said...

I love the hexagon quilt. What a treasure for your friend. The blocks are great.

Sarah Craig said...

The quilt for your friend is wonderful and I'm sure it will be a great comfort to her! And I love your Farmer's Wife blocks - I wish I had time to quilt along, but I'll just have to enjoy vicariously!! Whoop whoop!!

Brita said...

What a sweet quilt, I'm sure your friend will love it. I'm so sorry about her having Alzheimer's. The sad part with that disease is that the person is gone long before the body goes. Just remember the great years when you knew her.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Darlene will love the quilt. Beautiful!

greelyrita said...

Your friend may not remember you soon but she'll definitely feel the love in that quilt. That's what makes it such a special thing to do for her. Whoop! Whoop!

I would love to make a farmer's wife quilt. No time right now though. I love your fabric choices!!

Lotti said...

Beautiful quilt, what a lovely gift. I'm doing the FWQAL as well but I cant be bothered to print out the templates so so far I have just been doing the math, they have turned out fine so far, don't know if it will work for all of them

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Do you still live in Chicago? I love your quilt. I keep wanting to make this pattern, and yours is the prettiest version I have seen! I am so sorry about your friend's illness :-(

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oh wow what a wonderful post - thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of that. It made me happy and sad too but the quilt and the binding are wonderful and I love how you even used those little spare triangles on the back!

Megan said...

What a beautiful quilt, and even better story behind it! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!