Yes that’s right my new project is from Linda Franz’s collection called “Inklingo” I have added a button on my side bar that leads to her shop and blog. The quilt I am making is called “Lucy Boston’s – Patchwork Of The Crosses” or (POTC for short) . It is made with long hexagons. I am hand piecing the quilt top which I hope to make queen size – final size depends on if I get bored with it. This quilt top is a good one for fussy cut – but I’m not fussy and I am just doing plan old scrappy!! At the link above Linda tells you all about the history of Lucy Boston who is rather famous in England for a set of children’s books that she wrote. She started to quilt and hand piece when she got into her 60’s – lived to the ripe old age of 98. The Patchwork of Crosses was made sometime in the 1950’s.
My book arrived today although I already had the pdf file downloaded last Wednesday. You can make the quilt without the book if you want as all is explained on the pdf file but I wanted the book too there is the history written up in it of Lucy Boston and photos.
This is what the quilt looks like completed as Lucy did it. Hers finished at 88 x 99 inches – mine might be slightly bigger as I like my quilts to fit a deep mattress with plenty of overhang. Maybe I will make it one row longer and one row wider? Not sure.
The little storage box that I showed last week was for this project and I have been busy printing my templates out on fabric and getting them cut – you can cut with a rotary cutter and/or scissors. I tend to do both, I cut most with the rotary cutter and then when I sit down to watch tv or outside to enjoy the air I get the scissors out and snip some of the corners off.
Some of the colors I am using.
Some of the fabric that has been printed out but not totally prepped yet. You can see how it all prints out – a seam line already there for you to hand piece on or if you wish English paper piecing can be done with a different template I believe (I am not positive about what template you use as I didn’t choose to do that method)
My little sewing kit. I have my little applique pins in here and I haven’t even used a pin yet! The hexagons have 1 inch sides and I haven’t felt the need to use a pin.
Everyone has their own method of doing hand piecing and working with these little hexagons – I find I really like to use my felt covered sand paper board with the plastic storage box and 12 1/2 ruler that fits over it and I will use it for this project as well. I really like to lay my blocks out to see them – I find if I don’t I tend to get placement wrong – I will go with what works for me. Also by using my project box this little sewing kit fits in it snuggly holding the sandpaper board, felt and ruler all in place and nothing shifts out of place!
Of course I have been working on my first block the last couple days in between quilting on Joseph’s Coat and binding Pineapple Square (which I will show another day). My practice block is almost finished. It has been going so smoothly! I just need to get that row of white all the way around it and then on to another block. I will be joining all the blocks together as pictured on the back of the book after they are all done so I can put up the design wall and decide on color placement. I’m not sure what the square pieces that join them will be - color I mean, I will decide that later.
Yes I know some of you will think I am nuts for starting another hand piecing project but it is the method I prefer over all. I do not like to be tied to the sewing machine – I dislike the noise for one thing and I just feel more comfortable taking my time and stitching by hand. I have done it for years and years.
I know I will need some breaks from this quilt top from time to time and so my applique project for the Red and Green Traditional Applique quilt will be going on at the same time. I need to start prepping some pieces and get busy on that as well. I will be working on three projects for the rest of the year I believe. I really hope to get Joseph’s Coat done by the end of the year and get another quilt top on the frame. I have some catching up to do so I think it will be just hand work for some time to come – I will be making less tops and hopefully eventually get caught up on the quilting.