Back in 2015, I started to see smitten quilts and hexagons appearing all over Instagram. I was so in love – so smitten.
Smitten means overwhelmed or struck by something, usually love. The way you light up every time the waiter comes over to your table, it’s obvious you’re smitten with him. In this case, I was “smitten” with this quilt ღ
I could not wait to get started. I bought the pattern and some fabric that I loved and I waited till now to get started.
Those of you who follow me know that I was working for the past year on my rosettes and I was deeply engrossed in them. I could not commit to another project. So now that I have finished that I am starting Smitten.
I am using my Sue Daley #11 milliners needles, my glue pen, my clover binding clips and, of course, my bottom line threads. There is an endless opportunity to play with colours and patterns with this quilt so I am excited.
I am basing my choices on a few fabrics that I have picked up that I am in love with and then I am building from there. I am trying to group my fabrics into colour bundles – green, blue, neutral, grey, yellow and solids. The hexagons will also need to have a variety of shades light, medium and dark to make the pattern work. By grouping the fabrics it makes deciding on the colour grouping easier for each hexagon.
I have created myself a schedule, basically, because I knew that a block a month programme works well for keeping me focused and motivated. I had a look at sewlux and her quilt along for ideas. I have kept it similar but changed the order a little as I can’t decide what I am doing for the large centre in the first hexagon.
- Organise paper pieces into bags, organise fabrics into colour groups
- Large #2 hexagon (5)
- Large #3 hexagon (2) Small #3 (7)
- Large #4 (2) + Small #2 (6)
- Large #5 (2) + Small #1 (5)
- Large #1 (5)
- Small #4 (4) + Small #5(8)
- Small #6 (7) + joining all small hexagons into large hexagons (approx 12)
- make 6 half hexagons and assemble the quilt top
- Quilting and Binding
I have sorted my papers, my colours are sorted, my glue stick is ready and here I go on my next quilt!