Recovery stitching

Wouldn’t you know that just when I felt like sewing again, I was forced to restrict my activities to let my poor back heal.  I tried to mostly read and watch Netflix but after a while I needed more variety.  So I picked up a hand piecing project that had been living in my suitcase to keep me occupied during my travels.  This project has a long history.  I started out wanting to do a Rose Star using a kite template.  But as you can see from my 12″ floor tiles, these were going to be huge hexagons

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So I looked at a layout with just two rounds of kite pieces instead of five and decided that was more feasible.  I cut some bright scraps to sew a test block.

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After making the bright block, I started down a different road and finished this little quilt last November.

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Then I picked up the purple/yellow pieces as my travel project.  I didn’t have many blocks left to sew when I recently pulled the baggie from my suitcase so the focus changed to joining them all together.  But after I got them on my design wall, I was not pleased with the look–a real de-motivator when it comes to hand piecing.  I had successfully “sashed”the bright quilt so I looked through my stash for something to make the new blocks more cohesive and I’m happy with my choice.  I don’t have a template for the side squaring triangles so I cut them bigger and will trim later.  The border strip is only laid on top in the last photo and only one side of the “sashing” is sewn.

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About quiltfever

I retired in 2004 and have never missed the 8-5 grind even for a minute. Now I spend my time reading, traveling, quilting and trying to learn new things like Spanish and blogging.
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5 Responses to Recovery stitching

  1. Linda says:

    Sashing was a brilliant move. I also have a long standing hand piecing project of hexagons. The need for individual hexagons to connect the big ones is endless! Wonder I f I will ever finish it.

  2. Lisa says:

    I like the borders too, wouldn’t have thought to do that. Love the purple and yellow together!

  3. That is looking really nice. It will be worth it in the end.

  4. Your recovery sewing? Seriously? I too love the sashing!

  5. I love the sashing fabric – it adds so much movement!

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