The unnamed Kona wall hanging.

Honeycomb quiltAnd the Honeycomb quilt size has been determined.

95″w x 101″l. That’s a queen for a 20″ deep mattress, when it tucks under the pillow, not over it. Well, that is what I came up with, anyway.

And as huge as it is… It is still one row short. Meaning while it still needs its center seam stitched, the bottom row has to be removed. Because it is a special row. With half hexies. Then the extra row added and the *special* row returned to its rightful place. Me, who always makes *everything* too big, because bigger is somehow better, cut this one short. Bah, at least I cut too many hexies, that’s all I can say….

Remember this? From Amy’s Show Me Your Mess Challenge?

I’m back at it. It has been my focus this week. The design came to me during a meditative/dream session back in February. Really. I pondered it all of March, while traveling, and put most of it together in April. I am just now getting back to it. Still working on the name.

It is made up of Kona cotton solids from leftover projects. I am machine quilting it.

After attempting to hand quilt it.

I tried. I tried hard.

I couldn’t get the density, of quilting, I was looking for with a needle and thread. I’ve used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 for years and years and never thought about using something else until it came up in for discussion at Celebrate Hand Quilting. Well, Hobbs Heirloom is lovely for machine quilting, but for hand? It takes me back to about 4 stitches per inch and it’s not pretty! But I am loving the looks of it with machine quilting. If I was a more proficient free motion quilter it would be a whole lot faster than using an even feed foot and constantly turning the quilt, sometimes as often as every 1/4″ back and forth, back and forth. But I like the intentional movement I am creating using the even feed. Not sure that is possible any other way. I will persevere. This one is about 49″ square.

Hopefully I’ll have it finished by this time next week. Need to decide on, and make the binding, on top of actually finishing the quilting. And weaving in all those pesky threads… Can’t forget all the tails…

What are you up to this week?

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10 Responses to The unnamed Kona wall hanging.

  1. Cindy @ In A Stitch says:

    The Kona quilt is looking very nice!

  2. Sara says:

    oooooOOOOh I like that Kona Show Me Your Mess top quite a bit=)

  3. That honeycomb quilt is fabulous :) Silly question, but could you not insert the extra row in the middle, instead of taking the bottom row off?

    • sewfrench says:

      Thanks, Captain StitchyPants! Love your blog name, by the way. Very clever!
      And not a silly question, I should have more clearly explained. The seam that needs stitched up is up and down the length because I was concerned about the width, that’s were I left it for adding more. (The sides have fussy cut pieces, too.)
      I could still open the center up, right to left, to put the extra length in without having to remove the fussy cut bottom, but I still have the center seam to stitch up, too. I’ll get there… Just when you think it’s right and then it isn’t…. LOL!

  4. Lynette says:

    What a bummer to have to take off the bottom row to add another one in there! It’s going to be so cool, though.

  5. Your solids quilt is going to be great for fall! The colors are perfect. I love the look of hand quilting, but I’m not sure I’d have the patience for it! I’ve never tried though, so I can’t say for sure. :) I bought some Quilter’s Dream batting but I haven’t tried it yet. It’s REALLY soft compared to the Warm and White I usually use!

    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you, Bethany, I am a fall colored kind of girl! I can’t wait to see it in place. I hand quilt in front of the TV and on car trips, I think I must have ADD I have to be doing several things at once. And Quilters Dream is dreamy, way better than other battings as far as drape and feel goes. My favorite for hand quilting is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. It’s also fabulous for machine quilting, if you haven’t tried it.

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