Well, I have finished with them - and I really enjoyed it (which completely surprised me!)
This is how the quilt 'Hexagonal Pavement' looks. It is a bit complicated, so there are several views.....
Several people have told me how nice it is, then gently asked "what is it?"
Well, it is a small quilt, although some may doubt it's 'quilt' credentials as it doesn't exactly look like look like a 'typical' quilt. As it is a textile, made from layers (created by many folds) which have been stitched, it is a quilt - allbeit an unusual one.
When I set out with this piece I had 3 main objectives:
In an earlier blog post I describe the beginning of this project which you can read by clicking on the link below:
In that post you can see I was also playing about with the idea of including clay tiles of the same size and design - I even added some beads. In the end I decided I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, so I took them apart (the first of many!) However, it was a lot of fun and I used some as Christmas ornaments and gave some to friends,
As part of the process I tried many different stitch combinations with the hexagons and I had not realised there were so many options. Because the print design has rotational symmetry that gave me even more opportunities to create patterns within patterns. By stitching different edges together that gave me further chances to create new patterns and dimension by introducing new folds, as you can see below.
Once I had got to this stage I was able to understand better the possibilities and then create a new pattern with the next 'ring' of hexagons. I decided to completely abandon the use of beads, but that is another avenue that may be worth exploring in the future.
As the piece grew it became obvious that the 'hinges' that the seams were creating were also very intresting. It was extremely fiddly to stitch - especially as all the folds on the reverse side needed to be kept neat, and not inadvertently stitched into the seams. All in all it took about a month of contemplation, stitching, unstitching and playing about.
It is such a diffenent thing for me to make - and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process. Whilst I don't want to stop making my other kind of quilts I do want to follow on with this work too. I'm not sure where it is going yet, but, as 'they' say, a change is as good as a rest!
Thanks for reading.