I think I have said it a few times before, but I do not consider myself a quilter. And yet, I take on these projects… My husband has told me I must clear all insane ideas with him first. Like planning out HUNDREDS of hexagons, hand sewn, pressed and paper pieced. O M G.
When Thomas Knauer asked a few of us to get in on his Abecedarian Quilt a Long, I thought, sweet! A secret snarky message!? sounds brilliant. Using the braille alphabet for a decoder? Awesome. But I didn’t want to do squares, and I knew Jill was doing circles. so I thought, let’s do hexagons! maybe not so brilliant…
Thomas sent me some of his new fabric, Thesaurus, to create these hexies with. I started this back at the end of June, cutting out hexagon papers, when I plotted this out, I knew I was facing hundreds, so I thought, I’ll go small so I can actually accomplish this. I planned to graduate the size of the hexagons in the solid color beyond the message, so it wouldn’t take absolutely forever. I also knew that I wanted to feature more of Thomas’ fabric, so I did the backing in all the prints I didn’t use for the hexies, and used them to bind the edges with a fold over.
That, sounded great, but then my time shrunk to nothing, and my deadline passed, and I learned that you could machine piece these. I flubbed it up though. The message itself is all practically perfect, hand pieced, gorgeous. The extra space though is more of a crazy quilt. I figured I was in it now, just finish it, get it done. SO I DID.
What is the message? well, as much as I would love to say its something sweet, about seeing art through all senses, its not. I’ll let these guys clue you in: