Monday, August 19, 2013

Not Your Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt and Giveaways



When I use to think of Hexagons, I thought of the old timey quilts that might rest upon great grandma's rocker.


 Gorgeous hand-stitched masterpieces that covered the beds with wooden foot boards.  One of the things I wanted to accomplish in my life (as a quilter) was to make a quilt mostly by hand and with mostly solids. 


Well.....


After 8 weeks of working on one solitary sewing project this is what I finished.  A little less than 24 hours before the deadline. (Of course, I didn't mean to cut it so close.)

 WARNING: You have to expect a lot of pictures.  It did take 8 weeks  ;) 

I used large precut Hexies from the Happy -Go - Lucky line of fabric for the centers and the solids are all colors from Timeless Treasure. (Which were not precuts) The hexagon flowers measure at about 13" across.  There are almost 100 hexagons on my quilt.

For some added hexie fun, I added some to the corners.  All the hexagons, are hand pieced using
50 wt. Aurifil thread.  

The only parts of my quilt that were touched by a sewing machine is the pieced front that I hand appliqued the giant hexie flower to and


the back. (Which might have taken me 4 hours out of these weeks) Every other stitch was by my own hand.  (and Band-Aid fingers)

Can I say, I LOVE it.  It is unlike anything that I have designed and sewn.  I don't know that I will hand quilt another quilt this large (84 inches square), but you never know.  The only thing I regret is not keeping track of how many hours I spent working on my quilt.



And guess what in honor of my BIG finish.  There is a giveaway.  Well, actually Four.  Just head over HERE and HERE to check it out.


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108 comments:

  1. Really, really like it - love the way you did the corners - so unique!

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  2. Omg! It's beautiful, and amazing! I've never sewn a quilt, but I bought a cutting mat today. I'm going to try my first block soon. I'm in complete awe! I can't believe you made it by hand...that quilt will outlive us for sure. How neat to have as an heirloom!

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  3. Oh, I looooove your quilt! So pretty!

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  4. Incredible quilt, Amy! Love the design and fresh colours. Such a happy hexie quilt. You are definitely a Hexie Queen!

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  5. I love it, Amy! ... especially the corner hex ... and the stitching ... and the colors ... and the layout ... but especially the corner ... well ... I love everything about it! ... :) Pat

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  6. And you had time to hand quilt! Way to go, I love it.

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  7. Pretty cool! I like those corners.

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  8. I love your quilt! As a fervent hand quilter (machine fobia.... a bit) and an admirer of hexies (never done one, let alone hundreds) I can tell you that 8 weeks is nothing! To finish this whole quilt in that time is nothing short of amazing! Pat yourself on the shoulder, because you did a great job!

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  9. Your quilt is awesome. I love it. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  10. I love your quilt!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. The quilt is gorgeous! the hand quilting is admirable. You put so much effort and it's totally worth it! 8 weeks of happiness. :D

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  12. This is just wonderful and love that you hand quilted in the hexie motif.

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  13. Cute. Love the colors and the corners are very clever.

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  14. so lovely your flowers. They look beautiful on this quilt. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Amy. That is an AMAZING quilt! Bold, fresh, knock-your-socks-off personality. You did a fantastic job and to think you even hand quilted it - Yikes! But it's a true winner and I love what you did.

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  16. Love your quilt. The corner hexes are a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Oh wow Amy, it's stunning! I love the hexies in the corners and all that hand quilting... Just gorgeous.

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  18. What a fantastic quilt! I love the hexi-flowers in the corners and your quilting is amazing!

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  19. Love the quilt...the corners are a really cool addition and add a lot of character to your finished quilt. Spectacular.

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  20. interesting design, beautiful colors and lots of patience from your part for hand quilting- beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  21. That is a marvelous quilt, I love solids and you did a GREAT job!!!!
    Waouh!

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  22. Just beautiful! I love the solids too and the corner flowers are such a cute idea! Well done!

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  23. Missy( bike) and I just returned from a tour, now coffee in hand and my oh my look what I see...lot's of hexies staring back at me... AMY ohhhh Amy, are you buried under that quilt....oh my AMYYYYYYYY lol
    this is amazing..those giant hexies in the corners wow....2 months...holy moly...you win...( for biggest) shhhhh that other lady cannot do it...no she can't possibly beat that wink

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  24. Wow! This is amazing! My favorite part is the corners :) Great job, Amy!

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  25. Oh, my! That is just an amazing piece of art. Amy, you always do such beautiful work and this hexie quilt is no exception. Love it!

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  26. LOVE this quilt- Have not tried hand quilting yet but this quilt is causing me to rethink that!

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  27. This is wonderful - love the colour selection and design :-)

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  28. Your quilting was worth ever moment!! Fantastic!!!!

    val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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  29. This is not your grandma's quilt! Love the boldness and those unique hexies in the corners. Great job!

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  30. WOW!! Awesome job on the whole project.

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  31. Wow that is a labor of love, well done!!
    http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.com/

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  32. The solids add a certain panache to your quilt, as does the hexie quilting but I think I *really* like the hexies hanging off the corners. Very clever!

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  33. Cool. I commend you on hand quilting it. Love the corner accents.

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  34. Great job on your quilt. Love that it is hand quilted.

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  35. OMG! That is gorgeous! Well worth the wait to see what you would come up with! Great color choice, and I love the hexies on the corners. What does their back look like?

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  36. absolutely beautiful and your quilting is divine and really makes it!

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  37. I cannot believe you hand quilted so much, its just amazing! But I must say that my favorite part are the corners with the hexie flowers.....just gorgeous! So happy to meet you on this blog hop - nicole @ modern handcraft

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  38. Gorgeous quilt! I love the added Hexie fun on the corners! Your hand quilting is fantastic! You are very talented! Thanks for inspiring us!

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  39. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love that you hand quilted it. Beautiful!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  40. What a fun quilt. Thanks for the fun blog.

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  41. Ooh so gorgeous and fun colors. I do love a hand quilted quilt and that's what I use to do but can't hold needle with these old arthritic hands so I will just enjoy others quilting. You did a beautiful job.

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  42. Its fabulous - well done on being in the top three!

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  43. All I can say is WOW! Beautiful job and wonderful colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. I totally get the band-aid fingers!! Well done!

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  45. It was worth the band aids, for sure. Beautiful work and I love the flower corners. I don't have enough band aids to hand quilt mine... lol. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  46. The amazing Amy does it again. Yes, this is amazing! Such great colors and the hexies--what can I say. Amazing.

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  47. Amy your quilt is just wonderful...I love the big hexies....

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  48. It's really beautiful! The quilting makes it extra-special :*)

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  49. Very lovely. I love the giant hexie flowers.

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  50. Lovely. Wonderful use of hexagons in the corners.

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  51. Absolutely love your quilt! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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  52. Wow Amy,
    you did a great job!!!
    Beautiful modern Grandmothers Flowergarden,
    and I'm so impressed that you handpieced it all.
    Thanks for beeing part of this hop!
    xo
    Bente

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  53. Amy, I am so impressed...It is just lovely. Unique and very creative. You should be so proud of it! Well done.!
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  54. Wow, excellent work. I know that was a lot to do. I haven't done any hand quilting yet. Stupendous!

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  55. How very pretty, I love the colors!

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  56. I like that you used large hexies...gives me some ideas :)

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  57. Beautiful quilt. I make quilt tops for my Yahoo group, World of Charity Stitching, but mine are very simple, not intricate like yours.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  58. You did an awesome job! Love it too!

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  59. Wonderful quilt and hand quilted too! Just beautiful.

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  60. What a really sweet quilt! I haven't done any hand quilting or piecing yet, but I just might after looking at your quilt.

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  61. Beautiful job. I love the hexie corners. I am surprised that you got it finished in 8 weeks. That's great time.

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  62. Fabulous! I am impressed with your decision to do all that hand stitching. You did a wonderful job and the quilt is gorgeous.

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  63. Aww Amy ! It turned out gorgeous, just gorgeous ! I love how you did the corners. Quilting this must have taken several hundred hours. Give yourself a pat on the back, I REALLY love it !

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  64. Gorgeous colours and worth every needle prick, say I.

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  65. Lovely quilt !! I like the way you have arranged the colors :) stopping by from HOHD link party.

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  66. How pretty, Amy! I love those hexagon corners, too!

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  67. The hexie corners are fabulous! And the quilting...too wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  68. Love those Hexie flowers corners!! Such a great idea!!

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  69. Beautiful! Congrats on being one of the chosen!

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  70. Amy, it is wonderful! I bet you have such a sense of satisfaction completing this, by hand, with your spin on the quilts of yesteryear. There is merit in slowing down and enjoying the process, don't you think? Well done!

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  71. It looks terrific and well worth your time making it.

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  72. Amy that is truely a work of art. Great job, each and every stitch a joy.

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  73. Very pretty. Love the colors. thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. Very unusual, very modern, and very hexie! Great quilt. Love the hand quilting on it.

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  75. I love your quilt--and am impressed with all the hand stitching. I can't imagine hand quilting a whole quilt, but who knows, maybe someday... Thanks for sharing!

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  76. I LOVE hexis and you quilt is just amazing!! I love the bright colours gorgeous!

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  77. Wow, that is a really awesome quilt! I am just stunned!

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  78. Hiya Amy!!! What a great quilt---a bit modern and a bit traditional. Just the right mix. Hope your fingers are feeling better now. Thanks for sharing and having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  79. worth every minute!! it is amazing!!!

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  80. Wow that is amazing. The block colors in the back ground are so creative. Not sure I would be willing to use it, afraid it would get hurt. It needs a nice quilt hanger to hang it on.

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  81. It really is beautiful. Congrats!!

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  82. Terrific color choices. Love you hexie quilt.

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  83. Even though I feel overdosed on hexies, I love your quilt; the modern look to the traditional block is wonderful.

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  84. Wonderful quilt with great combo of color!

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  85. The colors just pop! What a beautiful quilt.

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  86. How beautiful Amy, you did a wonderful job on this big project!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  87. Your quilt is gorgeous! It's so colorful!

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  88. What a wonderful quilt, Amy!! Love it!

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  89. Beautiful, when hand quilting the hexies, I know you said you used a wooden hoop, but did you draw them out, how did you make such perfect stitches?

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  90. BEAUTIFUL and congratulations ...I know that hand quilting is very time consuming and hard on the fingers too! :)

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  91. WOW!!! Just beautiful! There is nothing as special as hand quilting. Thanks for sharing.

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  92. It looks amazing - well done! Some things are worth taking the time to do.

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  93. AMAZING!! WOW!! It is beautiful. I love it. It is not your grandmother flower garden. You put a lot of love into that quilt.

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  94. Love Love Love.
    I am so behind in commenting on everyone's projects because I was so busy making my quilt. I cut it too close this time too....and didn't get the binding on. I love how you added hexies to the corners. The quilting on this is absolutely stunning !

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  95. I love this quilt, such a modern approach to using hexies. I love the pieced backing!

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  96. 8 weeks may have been a while but it paid off! Congrats on making the "A" list on madame Samms blog!

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  97. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra and linking up your great post! Stop by again next week and link up some more awesome projects!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http;//bowdabrablog.com

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  98. Wow, Amy! That is Sew Incredible! Hexies are awesome. I love the colors and the quilting (hand quilting, no less; there is a special place for you in heaven) and the design. Way to stick to it until it was done! Congrats on a beautiful finish and thank you for linking up!

    xo -E

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