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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Create a patchwork quilt using large hexagons. Part 3

Create a patchwork quilt using large hexagons. Part 3

Part 3 - Sorting hexagons.   

After creating and covering with fabric as many hexagons as you can from the spare curtain its now time to sort and but into some kind of order.   There is only one way to do this and that is to put all the hexagons on a floor space that will not be disturbed.    Gosford Cranberry has a bold pattern with a large repeat.   I focussed on using as much of the flora as possible. Bearing in mind this design is being planned as I go along.   

Fabric covered hexagons from the spare curtain.

In this instance it became obvious that many of the hexagons were aubergine and yellow.   I put those aside and concentrated with what was left.    Soon little groups formed of hexagons with similar colourings and content.   Once a subgroup or rosettes had been formed I was then able to concentrate on finding almost replicas.   

Form similar hexagons into rosettes.

When I was a child we used to play "The Memory Game" which comprised of about 100 cards with images on.....the hexagon process reminded me of my childhood.   An easy way to quickly find replicas is to lay a line from a subgroup and replicas will become evident.   When you have six almost replicas form a seven hexagon rosette with a solid colour for each centre.

Identify similar hexagons by creating lines.
Strange how the 'red' does not work

The plan is to create as many seven hexagons as possible from the curtain.    Its strange how colours that initially seem to work well suddenly appear very "wrong" indeed.  I was convinced the red centre hexagon would be perfect.  It is not perfect and I will not be using it.   The same applies to the beige centre hexagon above.  It is not quite the right colour so I will not be using it.  Fortunately I have a slightly lighter cream which works really well.

Once happy with seven hexagons, stab together with a pin and place in sewing basket for sewing together later.   Its a good idea to take photos of your rosettes for reference when you sew together.

Leave remainder hexagons on floor until they are slowly eliminated into seven hexagon rosettes.   There will be odd ones left.   Be assured they will all be used.

Part 4 will continue this design process.  

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