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Back in October, with just a week left to the submission deadline, I finally dove in on my idea for the American Patchwork & Quilting Hexagon Quilting Challenge for QuiltCon. The moment I saw the challenge theme I'd had the idea of these "half and half" mismatch hexagons (which my daughter points out don't really count since they are actually octagons 😆).

The challenge rules stated "Eligible quilts must use a hexagon shape as a primary element in the design. A hexagon is defined as a six-sided polygon. The total of the internal angles of any simple hexagon is 720°." There was no size requirement for the challenge. In previous months I had done some work with green solids and was really excited about that palette. I love the play of values and contrast.

photo by Roberta Pabst

I'm very excited to have my first quilt hang at QuiltCon. I didn't make it to the show this year, but friends shared photos of my quilt hanging in the show with me. Also shown here, Hextraordinary by Isabelle Selak and Double Hex by Nancy Lambert.

Hexie Halves is 28" x 28" and finished with a faced binding.

The quilting is two-color walking foot quilting. I used an off kilter plaid as the backing fabric and quilted the quilt upside down, using the lines in the plaid as my guide.

photo by Roberta Pabst

"I came to quilting nearly 20 years ago through a love of the geometry of patchwork. As my personal style has shifted into improv piecing, I have enjoyed finding new and different geometric shapes to feature, purposefully or accidentally. When I first heard of the hexagon challenge, I was both excited to see what the category would bring and inspired by the idea of these “half and half” hexagons. My choice of monochromatic green solids gave me an opportunity to play with the interaction of color and value."

See all the Hexagon quilts in the show in Heather's walkthrough video and check out all the winners from the show. You'll see Sarah Ruiz's quilt that I contributed to in the group category.

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The MQG Michael Miller fabric challenge for QuiltCon 2018 featured the Our Yard collection by Sarah Campbell. I love peacocks and knew from the beginning that I wanted to feature the peacock from the animal print.

I’ve been playing with Planned Improv and chose my All About Angles technique for this project, adding in fussy cutting to feature the animals. I visited Golden State Quilting, my LQS, to choose solids to coordinate with the line. I settled on Stone, Charcoal, Seafoam, Girl, and Watermelon, in addition to the Gold included in the challenge pack. Here's a peek at my design wall in the middle of my process.

I settled on a long, narrow layout for my quilt. It solved the problem I was having with the distribution of the animals and I liked how my eye traveled over the quilt.

For the quilting, I chose three motifs that each had horizontal movement and switched between the three for each row. On the animal prints I combined that row's motif with outline quilting around the feature animals and other elements. I enjoyed the challenge of free motion quilting around the animals as well as working with a palette outside of my norm. It's quilted with Aurifil Beige (#5010) in 50 wt. I liked that the beige had a nice contrast without being too dramatic. I think I need to invest in more neutral colored thread.

I love a striped binding and was happy use the stripe from the challenge pack for my binding. I got some help from my friend Mel for how to baste my binding with Elmer's glue. It was a hot mess last time I tried, but this time it worked out so well! Then no binding clips needed to hand stitch it.

 

All About Angles and Animals finished at 16" x 40.5". It was one of my two submissions for consideration to hang at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA. Notifications are due out by the end of the month.

 

Coming in 2018!!

I will begin teaching my All About Angles workshop in 2018. This 6-hour workshop includes cutting techniques to build sections featuring complementary angles with no measuring and no math. Students bring a selection of solids, batiks or hand-dyed fabrics and leave with a  completed slab (larger than you see below) suitable for finishing as a mini quilt or building upon for a larger project.

 

I've linked up to the 2017 Q4 Finish Along link up. See my whole Q4 list here.

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In 2005 I participated in my first Challenge Quilt for the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association quilt show.  The theme of the show and the challenge was "East Meets West." For five dollars I purchased the challenge package which included two fabrics -- one eastern and one western.

The requirements were:

Must use both fabrics, with a minimum of 12 square inches of each.

Length of all sides added together cannot exceed 100 inches.

Only five additional fabrics may be added -- one must be white or cream.

A heart must be included somewhere.

East Meets West challenge quilt

I wish I had a taken photos of the original fabrics. You get a pretty good idea of the eastern fabric in my finished project, the floral print with gold accent. The western print, however, was VERY western. It was all blue/dark blue/black with bucking broncos all over it. Let's just say that the broncos really didn't speak to me, so I carefully fussy cut my background pieces to not include any broncos. I chose to do a very small wall hanging sized quilt. The finished size is 12" by 12". The pattern came from 101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders. At the time (and probably now) I couldn't see myself doing something so fussy for a whole quilt worth of blocks, but I enjoyed making one. I met the heart part of the challenge by adding heart buttons. This was long before I free motion quilted, so the quilting is minimal, just along the border of the dress.

as featured in my scrapbook :-)
as featured in my scrapbook :-)

Edit: I am currently looking for any (small) amount of either of these fabrics as I want to make a memory quilt with scraps from all my quilts and this is the only one I don't have scraps from. :-/

I'm linking up to Quilty Flashback Friday.