My hexagon flowers are multiplying, and at a faster rate than I'd originally thought. Three years ago, when I first began cutting and basting small scraps of fabric into hexies, I had no idea what the end result would be.
As time went on, single hexies became flowers, with the thought that if I lived to be 100, I just might end up with a quilt. Turns out I won't have to wait till I'm 100 years old!
According to an online calculator, I need 1313 hexies, to make a quilt the same size as my Scrappy Blocks Quilt. If I factor in borders, that means even less hexies.
As of last night, I have 115 hexagon flowers, which makes a grand total of 805 hexies, and that's not counting the bone coloured hexies that I've begun to sew around some of the flowers.
It's time for me to start planning the overall design of the quilt. If I keep sewing flowers, I may just have too many, or even a larger quilt than anticipated.
I've seen lots of Grandmother Flower Garden quilts, with the majority having two rows of hexies, in addition to the centre. I'm keeping mine at one row.
As in the photo above, if I butt the flowers next to each other, I think the end result will be too busy.
Adding a neutral colour on the outside of each flower would look nice, but I know I don't have enough of the fabric I've started with. It has tiny blue and white flecks throughout, and if I do choose this option, I'd like to be consistent.
Another thought is to only surround alternate flowers with the neutral. Ignore the bottom row in the photo above, and just look at the top. Ha, ha... I get confused easily with anything that's remotely like a jigsaw. I'd still need to fill in the gaps with the neutral, but there would be less needed than the option before.
I would really value your thoughts on ways to sew the flowers into a quilt.
I don't think it's an old line of fabric, so I'm sure I'd be able to source more fabric if needed.
Most of my hand sewing is done at night in front of the TV. If you enjoy hand sewing, making hexies can be addictive. I find it quite therapeutic. Mr TMW thinks I'm mad... LOL!!! He may be right.
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