Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Hexagon Project: Blocks 18-20

I can hardly believe that it’s been four weeks since my last update on The Hexagon Project. This month, I hand stitched three more English paper piecing hexagon flower blocks for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, bringing my total up to 20. I feel good about how far this project has come over the course of the past six months or so.

Three multi-colored EPP hexagon flower blocks overlapping in a horizontal row

I’ve started laying out the blocks to get an idea of how I might want them in the final quilt. The colors are working well together, and I’ll likely use the pink sparkly fabric between the flower blocks as I originally planned.

Eight multi-colored EPP hexagon flower blocks with a dark middle ring and light outer ring arranged in two horizontal rows
Eight blocks with a dark middle ring and light outer ring.

Last I checked, I had en equal number of blocks with a light middle ring/dark outer ring, and a dark middle ring/light outer ring. At this point, there are definitely more blocks with a dark outer ring.

Twelve multi-colored EPP hexagon flower blocks with a light middle ring and dark outer ring arranged in two horizontal rows
Twelve blocks with a light middle ring and dark outer ring.

While the quantities were even, I had been thinking of arranging the light and dark blocks in alternating rows to create stripes. Now I’m considering other options — maybe a pattern of light blocks surrounded by dark blocks, or maybe a random mix. Of course, with so many blocks yet to be sewn, the balance could still change considerably.

Stack of 20 multi-colored EPP hexagon flower blocks on a white background

Yes, I could look ahead at the hexies I’ve already grouped together to become blocks and create whatever light/dark balance I want. But where would the adventure be in that? Part of the fun for me in working on a scrap project is seeing where those scraps take me. It will be exciting to see where this project stands after the next six months.

What long-term projects, or partial projects, are you feeling good about?

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