Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop 2018 – My Hexagon Colour Wheel
Today it’s my turn to talk about UFO’s, not the easiest task since I don’t have any. UFO’s in my opinion are projects that you don’t work on anymore, that exist in a drawer or corner or bin in your sewing room, and when you happen to come across them they make you feel guilty for abandoning them. When I started quilting 20 years ago, I only worked on one project at a time, and I finished everything within weeks. I ended up doing a lot of hand quilting and later on also hand appliqué, and since these projects always take a while, I started having two projects on the go at the same time. But I was still focused and had a plan and finished them all within a reasonable time frame.
Heute bin ich an der Reihe, über UFOs zu sprechen. Da ich keine UFOs habe, ist das keine einfache Aufgabe. Als UFOs qualifizieren sich meiner Meinung nach nur die Projekte, an denen nicht mehr gearbeitet wird, die irgendwo in dunklen Ecken oder Schubladen im Nähzimmer schlummern und die ein schlechtes Gewissen hervorrufen, wenn sie zufällig ans Tageslicht gelangen. Als ich vor 20 Jahren mit dem Quilten begonnen habe, habe ich immer nur an einem Projekt gearbeitet und alles innerhalb weniger Wochen fertiggestellt. Dann habe ich eine Weile viel mit der Hand gequiltet und später auch appliziert, was ziemlich zeitaufwendig war, und ich hatte meist zwei Projekte gleichzeitig in Arbeit. Aber ich war immer noch auf mein Ziel konzentriert und beendete alles kontinuierlich.
Und dann kam der erste Swap, an dem ich teilnahm. Und der war eine riesengroße Enttäuschung. Als Perfektionistin hatte ich tagelang sorgfältig an meinen Blöcken genäht, und was ich zurückbekam, war ganz offensichtlich innerhalb von 30 Minuten lieblos zusammengehauen worden. Danach habe ich mich von Swaps möglichst ferngehalten, aber nun hatte ich plötzlich ein unfertiges Projekt in einer Schublade, das mir nicht uneingeschränkt Spaß und gute Laune brachte. Nach einem Jahr des schlechten Gewissens hatte ich genug. Frei nach dem Motto „Wenn es nicht glücklich macht, muss es verschwinden“, habe ich sie alle entsorgt, die häßlichen, schiefen Blöcke. Und zu dieser Entscheidung stehe ich immer noch, und ich kann es nur empfehlen. Es hat keinen Sinn, sich mit Projekten zu belasten, die einem nicht (mehr) gefallen. Man muss sie ja nicht gleich wegwerfen, es findet sich meist ein Abnehmer für ungeliebte Blöcke.
And then there were swaps. I never participated in many because the first one I ever joined was such a disappointment. Being a perfectionist, I had laboured over my blocks for days, and the ones I got back had obviously been slapped together in just half an hour. This not only kept me away from many swaps, it was also my first experience of having something unfinished in a drawer that I didn’t wholeheartedly love. I have always been big on decluttering, and after a year or so of feeling guilty for not finishing the swap project, I decided that it was time to move on. If it doesn’t make you happy, it needs to go. I threw them all out, those crooked, ugly blocks that I couldn’t stand. And I still stand by that decision and highly recommend it. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Give it to a friend, put it on your guild’s “free” table. Just don’t let it drag you down.
So today I am going to show you my longterm WIP. It has been around since 2009, and I work on it on and off, I still love it, and there is no guilt involved, it will get finished whenever I am ready. A very long time ago, maybe in 2005, I had a few quilting friends over at my house, and one of them showed us a picture of a quilt that was made mostly with hexagons received as a birthday gift. Well, back then I carelessly said I would take hexagons as a birthday gift, too. And you all know you should be careful what you wish for, right? Of course my friends remembered what I had said, and when I turned 40 four years later they gave me a big box full of basted hexagons in all colours. I think there were around 800 1/2” hexagons in that box.
Heute zeige ich daher mein Langzeit-WIP (Work in Progress, also ein Projekt, an dem noch gearbeitet wird). Begonnen habe ich es 2009, und ich arbeite in unregelmäßigen Abständen immer noch daran, ich liebe es noch genauso wie am Anfang, und ich habe kein schlechtes Gewissen, dass es noch nicht fertig ist. Wenn die Zeit reif ist, wird es beendet. Vor langer Zeit, ich glaube, es war 2005, hatte ich ein paar Quiltfreundinnen zum Kaffee eingeladen, und eine von ihnen zeigte uns ein Bild von einem Quilt, der vor allem aus Hexagons bestand, die die Näherin als Geburtstagsgeschenk erhalten hatte. Damals habe ich leichtfertig geäußert, als Geburtstagsgeschenk würde ich Hexagons auch nehmen. Man soll ja immer vorsichtig sein mit den Wünschen, die man so äußert, und das war auch hier der Fall. Meine Freundinnen vergaßen nicht, was ich da gesagt hatte, und vier Jahre später erhielt ich zu meinem 40. Geburtstag eine große Kiste voller gehefteter 1/2“ Hexagons in allen Farben. Es waren ca. 800 Stück, wenn ich mich richtig erinnere.
Und ich hatte wohl in der Zwischenzeit auch immer wieder daran gedacht, denn ich wusste genau, was ich machen wollte, der Entwurf war längst fertig. Ich wollte möglichst viele Farben verwenden und einen Farbkreis nähen. Noch am selben Abend habe ich die Hexagons sortiert (unter tatkräftiger Hilfe meiner beiden Quiltinspektoren, die sofort in der Kiste sitzen mussten). Und am nächsten Morgen habe ich die ersten Hexagons zusammengenäht. Danach habe ich immer mal wieder daran gearbeitet bis 2012. Wir verkauften unser Haus und bereiteten den Umzug nach Kanada vor. Damals verschwand das Projekt in einer Umzugskiste, und ich sah es erst zwei Jahre später wieder. Rückblickend betrachtet war das ein Fehler, in diesen zwei Jahren hätte ich viel Zeit zum Handnähen gehabt.
And I must have been thinking about it too, because I had a design all ready. I wanted to use as many colours as possible and turn them into a colour wheel. I remember that I sorted the hexagons the day I received them (with the help of my trusted quilt inspectors who had to sit in the box right away) and started sewing the very next morning. I worked on them on and off until 2012 when we sold our house and prepared for our move to Canada. I put them in a box and didn’t see them again until two years later. Looking back this was a mistake. They would have been a good project to have with me, I would have had a lot of time for hand sewing during those two years.
My goal now is to finish them before I turn 50. This gives me a little over a year, until May 2019. I hope that is a reasonable time frame. I have no idea yet how to quilt it but I know inspiration will come when the top is finished.
Thank you for visiting today, and if this is your first time on my site don’t forget to check out my free block of the month that you can find here.
Mein Ziel ist es, das Projekt bis zu meinem 50. Geburtstag zu beenden. Damit habe ich noch etwas mehr als ein Jahr Zeit, bis Mai 2019. Das erscheint mir machbar. Wie ich es quilten will, weiß ich noch nicht, aber normalerweise kommt die Inspiration von selbst, wenn das Top erst mal fertig ist.
Ich hoffe, Ihr habt Spaß an diesem Blog Hop, und wer zum ersten Mal hier ist, ist herzlich eingeladen, sich den freien Block des Monats hier anzusehen und bei Gefallen herunterzuladen.
Es gibt auch Preise zu gewinnen! Die Verlosung hat Marian organisiert, und sie stellt auch die Regeln auf, sie sind am Ende dieses Posts zu finden. Die heutigen Sponsoren sind Fat Quarter Shop mit einem $150-Einkaufsgutschein und Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design mit einem Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star Ruler im Wert von $25.50. Herzlichen Dank an beide Firmen für ihre Großzügigkeit. Hinweis: Der Hunter’s Star Ruler wird leider nur innerhalb der USA verschickt.
And now it’s time for the giveaway! This is organized by Marian and she makes the rules, you can find them at the bottom of this post. Our sponsors today are Fat Quarter Shop with a $150 gift certificate and Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design with a Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star Ruler with a value of $25.50. A big thank you to both companies for their generosity. Note: The ruler is US Shipping Only!
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Ich habe die Moderation von Kommentaren für den heutigen Tag abgeschaltet, um die Teilnahme an den Verlosungen einfacher zu machen. Die Anti-Spam-Software ist aber weiter aktiv, daher bitte ich, keine email-Adressen in den Kommentaren anzugeben. Das ist für die Teilnahme an den Verlosungen nicht nötig und führt dazu, dass der Kommentar als Spam eingestuft und nicht veröffentlicht wird. Ich werde solche Kommentare selbstverständlich genehmigen und manuell veröffentlichen, aber ich bitte um Verständnis, dass das nicht unbedingt zeitnah geschieht. Ich befinde mich in der pazifischen Zeitzone und werde noch schlafen, wenn dieser Post automatisch veröffentlich wird.
Und zum Abschluss kommt hier noch die Übersicht über die teilnehmenden Blogs, es lohnt sich, dort vorbeizuschauen.
And last but not least, here is the full schedule, be sure to visit all the participating bloggers to see their fun projects.
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CATEGORIES: Blog Hop
TAGS: Paper Piecing
Your Hexagon Colour Wheel quilt is going to be stunning. Well done on how much you have done so far. No doubt you’ll be able to finish it before May 2019.
Thank you for sharing your progress with us.
Thank you for your confidence in me, Ronelle. I agree it’s certainly possible to finish it within a year but it will take some discipline, there are still a lot of hexies missing.
I can remember when I thought that a double wedding ring was the most difficult quilt to make, but I believe hexy’s totally has that beat. A lot of respect and admiration goes to you for sticking with it. I can’t imagine a project that would take me that long to finish… well I can, I definitely have UFOs that I started and haven’t finished but plan to finish… but since yours isn’t really a UFO… it still takes true dedication to keep working on it. It is stunning tho, absolutely beautiful. I do hope you finish it on time and it will be interesting to see how you quilt it. I’m so happy you participated, this is a beautiful project.
I don’t really consider hexies to be difficult, they are just time consuming, especially when they are small. I am mostly a machine quilter, and I don’t mean just (longarm) quilting, I mean piecing and appliqué too, so I am quite happy that I never gave up on this project. Thank you for organizing the hop!
Love, love, love your EPP quilt! Doing a rainbow themed quilt is on my to-do list. I really enjoy doing EPP and have a tablerunner as well as a quilt in the process. Thanks for sharing! Great job!
Thanks for stopping by, usairdoll, I am glad you like my project.
Wow, your hexie project is amazing!
Thank you, Lisa Marie, I am glad you like it.
You sound like a kindred spirit; as I explained in my post last Friday, I can’t stand unfinished projects either. You hexagon quilt is absolutely stunning already, and will be even more so when it’s complete.
Yes, I was quite happy when I read your post… most people just look at me when I say I have no UFO’s, and I can see they don’t really believe me. I on the other hand can’t believe that someone has dozens of unfinished projects stashed away 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.
Thanks for sharing your awesome quilt with us!
Thank you for stopping by, Sherry.
This is an amazing project. Thank you so much for sharing
Thank you for your nice words, Jayne.
What a great idea for a color wheel.
Thank you, Laura. It was pretty much the only way to use all the colours in an organized way (scrap quilts often drive me crazy, too much chaos). Of course I have to figure out what to do with all the white and cream hexies I received when I am done with this project.
Very pretty quilt. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Darlene.
I like your approach to UFO’s. It makes sense. I hate UFOs. O like to get all my projects done asap.
I love your hexie quilts. They are so beautiful.
I believe it’s the only approach that makes sense, Sharon. This is a hobby and supposed to be fun. If you don’t like a project anymore, don’t feel guilty, don’t beat yourself up, try to find a new home for it instead. Thanks for stopping by today.
Your quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by, Nancy.
Wow…that EPP project is amazing. I love the different shades of colors throughout. Stunning work.
Thank you, Mary. I am quite happy too with the way it looks so far.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects!
You are welcome, Susan, thanks for stopping by.
wow you really seem to be organized. I really try. I am sorry you became so disappointed in swaps. I love your idea of decluttering. will have to give this idea a try. wow, that is a lot of hexagons to receive for your birthday. I love what you are doing with it and know that someday it will be lovely. thanks for sharing.
Hi Lori, yes, I think I am *very* organized… most of the time 😀 I have participated in a few more swaps but only with people that I actually knew. That first one was a long time ago in an online group. Good learning experience.
You do such beautiful work. I am so impressed with your hexie quilt. I have never attempted one. Would love to see the finished quilt.
Thank you, Charlene. I don’t know if I would have attempted one without the thoughtful gift of my friends. But when you suddenly end up with 800 already basted hexies, you gotta make it work somehow.
Your quilt is going to be gorgeous! Please finish it.
Thank you, Janet, I definitely will. I might not get it done until next May but I am not giving up on it.
WOW. Wow,Wow…That is absolutely stunning. I could sure take a lesson from you, on not starting anything new til the old was done. 🙂
You do beautiful work!
Thank you, Joan. It takes some discipline not to start a new project all the time, I admit that. But on the other hand I know that my OCD wouldn’t be able to handle a pile of UFO’s, and I’d be completely stressed out by the chaos, so I stick to my plan most of the time.
Awesome hexagon quilt and a definite wow factor.
Thank you, Rosalind.
Oh so Gorgeous!!! Took my breath away. I started one 3 years ago with 1″ rainbow hexagons. I am 75% done. I work on it while taking my mom to doctor and lab visits…no deadline but it does make progress. Yours is super happy and is certainly in the home stretch. You will get it done, please share the celebration of its completion!!!
Thank you, Melody. Yes, it’s a great project to take along, I have done my share of stitching while waiting for appointments and treatments. I will certainly show the finished quilt here whenever I get it done.
Pretty quilt, love the rainbow look. Good cat, that she didn’t play with the hexagons on the table.
That cat had a serious box fetish. Much more so than other cats. She would have eventually moved on to playing with the hexies, she used to pull pins out of the pincushion all the time, drop them on the floor and then look up at me with those big innocent eyes. I miss her… she was a little crazy but very sweet.
What a fabulous birthday gift and the quilt they create is going to be AMAZING!!! Come on…hurry up and get this beauty finished as I can’t wait to see your finished quilt!!!
LOL, I am trying, Susan. Somehow the day never seems to have enough hours. Thanks for stopping by.
Your quilt will be amazing when it is done. Good luck!
Thank you, Karen.
I can’t imagine working with hexies that small, but love what you are doing.
Thank you, Nancy. If you think 1/2″ is small for hexies, you should see some of my friends who are working with 1/4″ hexies. I have no idea how they do it. I draw the line at 1/2″, that’s small enough for me.
Beautiful Hexies. I tried doing hexies once and it didn’t go too well. No patience I guess. I am in awe of those who can finish!
Thank you, Pam. If you knew me you’d know that I am not a patient person at all. But my motto is “If others can do it, then I can do it too, I just have to figure out how.” There have been many days that I was so frustrated with a project that I threw it on the floor and swore to get rid of it and never work on it again. But I would always pick it up the next day and start over. Just because I am stubborn and hate failure.
WOW AMAZING 😱😱😱
Thank you 🙂
Love your hexagons! Best of luck completing your goal … 🙂 Pat
Thank you, Pat!
Amazing, thanks for the givewawy
Thanks for stopping by, Martha.
I love your rainbows! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!
You are welcome, Pam, thanks for stopping by.
WOW! You have awesome friends. I love your hexi color wheel.
Yes, I do… quilters make great friends.
What a great project. My hat is off to you for your patience. I recently purged some projects from my sewing because they no longer inspired me….didn’t lose a bit of sleep over it either!!!
Good for you, Mary Ann! It makes no sense to me to hang on to those projects, they just drag you down.