52 Fridays: January 26

When I first thought of doing a journal quilt as in the book, 52 Tuesdays: A Quilt Journal by Sandy Gilreath ,  my concern was that I might have difficulty finding  thoughts, ideas, or experiences to record each week.
Wrong!
I have been finding it difficult to choose only one idea for the weekly block journal entry.
This week alone is filled with possibilities…the Cowboy Breakfast, Pie Day, my birding experience, my daily reading from Gunilla Norris, Simple Ways… so many inspirations from which to choose.
For this week’s entry, I chose to create a Celebration of Life hexagon block.
According to Days of the Year calendar, today is a day set aside to celebrate life, focusing on our children and grandchildren.
I decided to create a tree out of felt and buttons. The large heart buttons represent my three sons.
The smaller red heart buttons represent my daughter-in-laws. The pink and the purple small heart buttons represent their children.

It still needs some more quilting on the sky portion, but this is what I have so far:
Friday, January 26

Celebration of Life

Background: Cotton memo; blue and green pieced
Technique: Embroidery, hand quilting
Batting: 100% Cotton
Embellishment: Buttons

Mascot for 2018…Joy

I added the finishing touches to Joy, my mascot for 2018.
One of the year long projects that I am planning to do is the 52 Fridays…A Quilt Journal.
There are 52 Fridays in 2018.
The quilt journal will be made of hexagon blocks.
The author of 52 Tuesdays- A Quilt Journal, Sandy Gilreath, encourages readers to freely use this idea of a quilt journal.
Keeping journals is something I have done for a long time.
I thought it would be fun to try my hand at this hexagon quilt journal.
Another reason I chose to do this project is that it will give me the opportunity to try new things, and practice techniques I want to improve.

I will follow some of the same procedures that Gilreath did for her project.
I will keep a paper journal of the different ideas, images, and scenes for each week.
Then I will choose one to make a block on each Friday.
Information about each block will be listed in the paper journal, along with story/inspiration for the block.

The Joy block does not count as my first block for the quilt.
It was just a practice block.
It is going to hang in my studio to remind me to choose Joy everyday.

Background: Linen memo that my brother gave me
Technique: applique, thread sketching, hand quilting
Batting: 100% cotton
Embellishents: Buttons for flowers

Hexagon-itis

Recently, I have come down with an interest in making hexagon blocks…hexagon-itis.
It all began when I read a book by Sandy Gilreath; 52 Tuesdays-A Quilt Journal.
Gilreath told the story of her year in 52 hexagon blocks. She uses many different techniques for each block; including raw edge and needleturn applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, etc..
I really liked the idea of making a journal with fabric, and the author encourages people to do the same.

Previously, Mary Puckett, from Zippy Quilts, had posted about One Block Wonder quilts.
I checked out the book she recommended, plus some others, and I am fascinated by the beauty of this kaleidoscope quilt made of hexagons. The books give great directions and have helpful photos, but I am a bit concerned about choosing the correct fabric and cutting it accurately.
I checked with the Mesquite Bean and also with my friend at Las Colchas.
My friend, Francine said to drop on by her shop and she would give me some guidance.
The Mesquite Bean is offering a one day class in OBW in January.
They also offer a free sewing time every Tuesday available for people to come work in the back room, and ask for guidance if needed.
I know I want to make a OBW, and I am thinking of making a 52 hexagon journal quilt.
I also viewed many tutorials online.
The problem I still have is with the quilting of the hexagon.
Do you quilt through the top fabric, the batting, and the backing; or, do you just quilt the top and batting?
I saw a video on You Tube by CraftyAttic. In this video, the top layer, a layer of sheeting were quilted.
After these two top layers were quilted, they were embellished with embroidery, beads, and other things. After the decorative stitches and things were done, a backing was added.

Today, I used one of my wonky blocks that I had in my “What Do I Do With This?” box.
I practiced with free motion on a practice block.
This is the first time the threads did not loop or pucker. I had read a tutorial on how to fix this problem.
My meandoring is not the best, but it looks okay on a 6.5 ” hexagon. I embellished it with ribbon-thread embroidery and some buttons.
I also chose to follow the directions from CraftyAttic, and just free motioned the top and sheeting; but I placed the batting between the two.


I stitched in the ditch.

But this is what concerns me.
Is this too loose, and will it separate?
I am planning to visit Las Colchas on Saturday, on Support Local Business Day.
I think I will take this hexagon and ask the experts in the shop.
What do you think?
Would you quilt all layers?
Would you quilt only the top, batting, and sheeting?

Anyway, this is all for the rest of the weekend.
I plan to enjoy the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my blogging friends!