Preserving the Green

As I still wait for the arrival of my new fabric, I have taken time to record some of the shapes and colors around me. The autumn transition has set in and all the colors are beginning to change. The soybeans and corn are turning yellow and the mums are beginning to bloom.

It is ironic that my designing time is in winter when all the inspiration is covered in snow. So these photos are my memory for the designing days ahead. As you can see,  green still rules in the garden.

On the quilting scene, I have finally taken the time to prepare some fabric for a portable project. I hate to sit idle and am always happier when I have some hand work. So I spent a day cutting 5″ hexagons from freezer paper and fusing them to the backs of the Exotic colorway of the Iris and Bleeding Heart fabric from the Garden Divas collection.

Then I treated the seam allowances with Mary Ellen’s Best Press starch alternative and ironed them to the back. In the following evenings, I basted the seams in place and then began to whipstitch them together.

Here are some of the kaleidoscopic results.

Pretty exciting and a bit addictive. The color contrast and the variety of scale make some interesting effects. The next step is deciding how to put them into a composition.

Cross your fingers for new fabric this week.

8 Responses to “Preserving the Green”

  1. Melissa P says:

    I love these large hexagons! And this print has to be my favorite so far for kaleidoscopic effects.

  2. kateuk says:

    Something about the change from Summer to Autumn that just makes me want to do handwork- the feel of the fabric warm in the fingers perhaps! Lovely hexagons- and greenery.You seem to still have more Summer than we do- leaves starting to fall already and my mums are almost over- but then, we've had a miserable Summer this year.

  3. The flowers look like they are holding hands around the center hexigon. It takes a strong grip to contain all that color! Can't wait to see you final composition!

  4. Letterpress says:

    Ah–you always inspire me!

    Like Laura, can hardly wait to see the final product (although I have to admit I'm pretty satisfied with the interim).

  5. Jeanne says:

    The hexagons are beautiful… and so is your garden!

  6. Fall is such a beautiful time of year when gardens change and leaves start turning … as we countdown to the 'official' first day of Autumn …

    All the best, Katie

  7. Hi,
    I am a bit addicted to those big hexagons. They are easily done with 2 1/2″ papers and a glue stick and I'll be showing off your fabrics in my next batch! Perfect size images for big hexagon flowers. Glad I stopped by. Kathy Doughty

  8. Sandra says:

    Love the bearded iris. perfect fabric for fussy cut hexs.

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