When local artist Lynn Krawczyk asked if I wanted to make a little quilt from her new fabrics on spoon flower I practically jumped out of my seat. I have been a fan of Lynn's work since I first saw some of her pieces about two years ago.
She sent a lovely selection of prints. First I tried a scaled up quilt block but that didn't have enough interaction between the fabrics.Then I tried something similar to the Zinnias quilt but that didn't really give the look I wanted either.Then I saw these hexies on my sewing table and thought I'd try some paper piecing with Lynn's fabrics. I was thrilled with the look of this and kept going.When basting the edges to the back of the paper pieces I only stitched through the fabric instead of all the way through both layers of fabric and the paper. This was easier on my hands and also made it easier to remove the paper after the were stitched together and I had spray starched the back.
I wanted a "clean" edge with no extra binding fabric for this quilt. After hand basting in preparation for hand quilting I trimmed the batting even with the turned edge of the front of the quilt. Then I folded the backing over the batting and hand stitched the front to the back giving a crisp finished edge.
I don't know the exact size of the hexagons. I made my own template by tracing a circle and folding it into sixths like you would to cut out a paper snowflake. I trimmed the rounded edge straight from corner to corner to get the hexagon template.
The finished quilt is 20 by 17.25 inches. It is hand quilted with perle cotton thread.
Aren't these fabrics great?