When I was preparing to go to Rae Ann's cabin, I knew making the decision of which quilt project to take would be my biggest challenge.
Anticipating an entire blissful week of uninterrupted sewing, how would I choose which quilt should get the most attention?
It was like asking to pick a favorite child.
I wanted to take them all.
Having only one suitcase to take on the airplane, I tried to narrow my choices down to a small pile.
Recently, Victoria Findlay (Bumble Beans) showed pictures on her blog of a hexagon quilt she had designed.
You can see more HERE.
Festive Cheer went right to the top of the list!
I see Christmas with bright red and green!
I have an entire bin of green scraps that were just waiting to play together in this quilt.
As you know, I am on a mission to use up as many of my scraps as I can this year, and Festive Cheer is helping me reach my goal.
Victoria's pattern has been published in the latest Quilt Almanac 2012.
I found my copy at a local Joann's store, but it can also be ordered on line from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works.
Victoria and Jackie are good friends, and they meet often for creative endeavors at Victoria's studio in Manhattan, New York.
One of the things I love about this design is that it gives instructions for traditional cutting and sewing, plus it gives the option to paper piece.
Seeing all the bias edges, I went with the paper piecing technique, to keep all the sections even and free from stretching.
Every time I go on a retreat, I always overestimate how much I can really accomplish.
The pattern calls for 270 red wedges and 270 green wedges, that are sewn into 180 arcs.
I probably got around 1/2 of the sections completed.
It was fun to lay them out on the floor and see the hexagon pattern start to emerge.
Now that I'm back home, I'm prowling through my green scraps, seeing which ones can still be added to my quilt.
I love every quilt Victoria makes, and am so impressed with her charitable contributions.
She heads an organization that gathers quilts for the homeless in New York City, and contributes so much to the quilting world.
I am really enjoying working on Festive Cheer.
I think of you Victoria every time I pull out a section to work on.
Thanks for a great design!