Friday, December 19, 2014

THE NEW HEXAGON--MILLEFIORE QUILT ALONG

It's just about time!  Are you getting excited like me? On January 1st the Millefiore Quilt Along will get started designed and hosted by Katja. Using the hexie patterns from her new book, we will be creating rosettes using the english paper piecing method. This is my 'thing'. I have done hexagons since I started quilting years ago, and have never lost my love of hand work.


These are the fabrics I'm starting with.  Lots of bright prints and a couple of large prints perfect for fussy cutting.  I went through my supply of papers and pulled a few I thought we might be using.
If not, I will copy the patterns from the book onto card stock and cut them up myself.


Something else new to me -- this time I am going to glue baste.  I have always thread basted but sometimes removing those threads takes a long time.  It's faster to glue I'm sure........


Also, Paper Pieces is going to be offering Rosette packages monthly for each of the rosettes if you don't want to copy and cut your own.  How great is that!

Here is a sampling of what Katja has done so far


Isn't it fabulous???  My fingers are getting itchy.  Over Christmas I plan to go through my stash and pull all kinds of fabrics that I think might work for this quilt. What a great way to use up stash   : )

The quilt will be 78 x 78 and you can find all the details on Katja's website.  The link is up at the top of her web page by the green bow  : )    You can click here to have a look 

I hope you will join in. It's going to be fun!


26 comments:

quiltmania said...

Love the fabrics you have picked. It's going to be soooo much fun!

mle said...

Yes, I'm excited and ready for Christmas! I just went the the grocery store this morning for "hopefully" the last time (I think I've gone to the store every day this week, it's always something) LOL! ridiculous.
That quilt will be fabulous! so fun to get ready for a new start.

Karyn said...

Katja's photo looks very nice. I wouldn't go back to tacking after glue basting! I look forward to following your progress. I think my handsewing project will be some handquilting!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm so excited about this. Your fabric stack looks amazing! I plan on going through mine as well. I have lots of Paula Nadelstern fabric with lots of repeat motifs--perfect for kaleidoscope blocks, so I'm thinking I might start there. These are going to be gorgeous!

Live a Colorful Life said...

P.S. I have Katja's ebook. There are times when I think ebooks are the way to go in terms of space saving, but I really think I need to order the actual book, don't you? :)

Kim said...

Ooh....all that hexi-ing looks way too much fun!! Love your fabrics. I must investigate this fun 'party'!

Caroline said...

Oh the fabrics you pulled are wickedly perfect - I'll enjoy watching this one!

Nat at Made in Home said...

It is going to be fabulous to read about your progress.

Dasha said...

That's going to be a huge quilt, and an awful lot of hexies. Love the colours you have picked.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Carla! Your photo looks so inviting! I'm looking for to follow your process (unfortunately no time to join). This is going to be so beautiful and exciting. I wish you wonderful Christmas time! x Teje

Lynne said...

Wow, those hexie blocks look amazing!
That book is calling my name.
Just might try this out :)
Have a wonderful Christmas Carla.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Your seriously tempting me here! I've gone as far as checking out the book, but I'm starting the la passacaglia quilt in 2015 so I think I better stick to one thing at a time. This looks like a lot of fun though, and i hope you really enjoy making it.

Fran said...

Oh, that does look beautiful! I will enjoy watching, but must finish my hexagons first - it's only been six years since I started... Merry Christmas to you x

Christine said...

oh my goodness... those are GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see what you do with this quilt along! (And I hope you share more about glue basting. I'm very curious!)

Kevin the Quilter said...

The quilt is stunning thus far! I will enjoy watching your progress, but, will leave all of the hand work for you to do! LOL

Kathinca said...

Unfortunately i can't join in but will be following your progress.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oh gosh, that's going to be amazing!

Anne said...

While I won't be joining in, it will be quite fun to see how your quilt comes together. The fabrics are lovely.

Janine said...

Wow! This is going to be stunning :)

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh yes! I fell in love at first sight! I really didn't have room for another BOM project in 2015, but guess what - I made room for this! My book is arriving any day and I'll call Paper Pieces to order my templates tomorrow. I'm so excited!!!!!

Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year to you and yours my friend!!!

Sarah said...

I'm very excited!!! I picked up a starter yard to plan colors for the first rosette and I'll be ordering the paper pack from paperpieces.com this week thanks to the coupon they emailed me :) I can't wait for this to start!!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I still have Katja's book on my wish list! It looks like a fun sew-along ... if only I didn't have too much on the go already!

FlourishingPalms said...

I sure love seeing what's been done with these hexagons. I know they'll all be lovely... and a lot of work. So, I won't be joining either, but will first-hand watching two of my best quilting buds participating. Katja is very talented! Enjoy.

Karen H said...

I haven't pulled fabrics yet but I'm thinking about them! I'm naturally drawn to the more muddy colours so I expect that there will be some of them in my quilt! Like you I have a great love of EPP so I'm really looking forward to this QAL!

Karen H said...

I haven't pulled fabrics yet but I'm thinking about them! I'm naturally drawn to the more muddy colours so I expect that there will be some of them in my quilt! Like you I have a great love of EPP so I'm really looking forward to this QAL!

liniecat said...

I love your fabrics, so bright and cheerful, will have to rethink some of mine now lol
Am so looking forwards to making up these rosettes up.
I tend towards subtle colour ways and suspect this time I really need to think outside 'my' colour choices!