Thursday, October 4, 2012

Green Hexagons

The green hexagon quilt is finished.  It started with the leftover 2 inch squares.  Putting those together into 4 patches and then laying them out on the design wall in a pleasing pattern.
 Here is a close up of the free motion machine quilting.  I couldn't decide on 1 pattern, so I took the advice of Leah Day in her FMQ project and freehand drew different designs for the center hexagons.  What a fun project.
 I used the new marking pens that I got from Jill Schumackers web site.  One of my quilting thereapist friends was talking about how good they were at the last meeting and I had to try.  To get rid of the marking lines, I threw the quilt in the washing machine and soaked it.  The blue lines disappeared.
 This is the edge of the quilt with just straight line quilting.  I know that I have to improve my straight lines.  That was one of the comments that I received from a judge.  I think she said "Straight lines should be straight."  Criticism hurts, but she was right.  It's something I need to improve on.  These were done with a walking foot, so the tension on the quilt is pretty good.
I think I'm going to make another quilt with this pattern.  I enjoy making hexagons.  Before I start on the next quilt though, I've got to be sure to have good templates before I get too far.