I started my new hexagon quilt in February 2015. It is now the end of March 2016 and it is completed all 1600+ pieces. I put a border on it, bound it and hand quilted it with Perle cotton. I used a #11 milliners needle and bottom line threads. The templates and papers were all from paperpieces.com. I used many, many glue sticks and sat on the couch sewing for many hours over the past year.
One of the best parts was definitely sharing my rosettes on Instagram and facebook. Getting lots of love and giving love back to others. It has been such a lovely project.
The above picture shows my quilt as a whole – it is really hard to photograph the colours! I am including a few close ups below to give you an idea of the quilting as well.
I have done a little research into the origins of this project… Millefiori is a glasswork technique from Italy that fuses multiple glass canes or rods together to make a kaleidoscope. In Italian – millie (thousand) Fiore (flower).
Katja Marek was inspired by Kaffe Fasset fabric and wanted to create a millefiore quilt, using the hexagons in her book. She cut and re-pieced fabrics and her hexagons to create millefiore.
A rosette is a stylised flower that is derived from a circular shape formed by the leaves radiating outwards. Katja wanted her rosettes to overlap reminiscent of throwing pebbles into a pond and watching the ripples. By drafting a basic grid she overlaid the circles and created the hexagon shaped rosettes. These were then divided into a 12-month quilt along program.
The above shot shows the binding colour and the background fabric.
I think once I had done the first rosette I knew which way I wanted to go with colours and kept my pebble puddles flowing through the quilt. I loved laying out the fabrics each month, cutting and basting the pieces together. Then watching the rosettes come together.
I love how it has turned out. I can’t wait to start my next project.