NOT!!.. but I just can’t stop myself! I have come to understand how my grandmother, after gifting many, died with an attic stuffed with finished quilts. They are sooo darned fun to make!
I’m taking a little break from the sewing machine (making shirts gets boring after a while) to enjoy some hand piecing. I spent a few days researching which pattern I wanted to make when I came upon this one called ‘Inner City’. It’s made with half-hexagons of colors in light, medium and dark values. It spoke to me in more ways than one.
First off, I like the 3D effect of the pattern. Secondly, I enjoy English Paper Piecing (the assembly method of these units), but mostly, the pattern speaks to my frugality. I already have unused cut hexagons left from assembling my ‘Grandmother’s Flower Garden’ quilt top.
I pulled out the box of leftovers and after careful measuring, I decided the size of these hexi’s is perfect when trimmed for the new project.
I drew new papers (for paper piecing), copied them and cut them from last year’s drug insurance handbook. Used paper is ideal for this project.
I dug around the leftovers and was able to match 3 values of many fabric colors. Some units will require I cut new half-hexi’s for one of the color values. Most of little half-hexi’s will come from my small bits-n-crumbs bin.
I put together the pictured units last night. I ♥ the addictive quality of labor intensive English Paper Piecing. It’s mindless busy-work for my hands as I watch movies or visit with family. I’m also attracted to expending what is essentially trash to become a useful thing of beauty.
Hmmmm, think I’ll call this quilt ‘Urban Renewal’.
We enjoyed a wonderful, extended weekend with Jacob and (as always) hated to see him leave. We look forward to his next visit.