A few years ago, Bonnie Hunter shared a hexagon project. Here's the link. I didn't want to use her picture without her permission and I know how crazy busy she is. And I started cutting hexies in blues and browns and creams:
I liked having a portable hand stitching project and worked on it in spurts:
This is where I left off early last year:
And there it sat, abandoned on the back of a shelf. Now the hand stitching bug has hit me once again, but I've lost my passion for this one so I think I'll find a stopping point and finish it off.
When I was visiting my Mom back in February, we visited with friends of hers and the wife is a quilter. She took me upstairs and showed me some of her quilts. I'll share some at a later date, but she shared this one particular quilt top that I fell in love with:
This was pieced by her grandfather's first wife who passed away during childbirth in 1899. It was passed down to June and I was simply charmed by it. Old quilts like this are truly a testament to 'making due'. Not only are some of the stars made up of different fabrics:
But some of the points are even pieced using impossibly tiny scraps:
June is at a loss as to how to finish it, or even if she SHOULD finish it. Parts of it are so fragile where fabrics have deteriorated.
I was so touched that she shared it and the story behind it with me and I am now on a mission to make one.
I am using a package of these Quilt Patis templates that I bought 2 or 3 years ago
and pulling fabrics:
One down. Umpteen more to go, but this is a project I intend to savor one stitch at a time.