Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#1 Done! Giant Puffballs and Marilyn and ?

Morris Hexathon was #1 on my '17 in 2017' UFO list to quilt and it is now done! 

I started making it over a year ago when Barbara Brackman announced her Morris Hexathon quiltalong. The designs focused on English textile designer, William Morris. One hexie a week for 26-weeks was certainly doable--and fun!  

My pieced hexies ended up being 7" across instead of 8". I didn't discover this until I began cutting the 8" setting blocks and laying them out on my wall. So I had to make a new template and re-cut.

I had yards of both the floral and bird fabrics to play with so I fussy cut those. 

The entire quilt with the exception of a couple of hexies was hand-pieced. I quilted in the ditch on all the pieced blocks and around each hexie . . .

. . . and quilted three concentric hexies in the setting blocks and chevrons in the edge triangles. I used Quilters Dream Request batting.

The back.

A detail. 

I fussy cut the binding and fused the flower on the label. The finished quilt is 63-1/2" wide by 56" long. Yes, wider than it is long.


On another note, it seems every year these Giant Puffball Mushrooms appear in our backyard. The pictures don't do them justice. They are the size of beach balls! 

Over the past few months I've been watching this mural materialize on the side of a building on one of the busy roads in town. It looks like the scaffolding is still up on the far right so assume it's not yet finished. But--who is the guy?? I feel like I should know who he is . . .  Do you?

Make sure you check out Barbara B's blog to see what she's donating to the AQSG auction next month :) 

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Wow - your finished quilt is beautiful. I like that it's wider than long.
    Your binding and label are the perfect finishing touch.
    funny about those mushrooms! makes you wonder what is under the ground there....
    Is it Buddy Holly?

  2. This quilt is stunning! Right down to the label!! Great job! And, did you know you can eat those puffballs? They are actually quite tasty. My mom used to dip them in egg and fry them up. Yum! And, I think Barb V. is right, it looks like Buddy Holly.

  3. Congratulations on this beautiful finish and being able to check it off on 17 in 2017. It is a good system isn't it...took me awhile to get going but it works.
    Love the depth & color palette you used in your hexies and the floral is wonderful.

  4. I thought it was a young Kennedy! LOL Great quilt!!

  5. Your quilt is lovely! I like how you used the light, medium, and dark fabrics to create the medallion in the center. Great job! ---"Love"

  6. What a wonderful finish. The hexies are beautiful and look like a tapestry. I can't believe the size of the puffballs. Do they explode? I was thinking Buddy Holly too.

  7. Fabulous finish! It really draws you in to examine all the fabrics. I love the mix of large florals and feature birds.