69" x 69"
The fabrics are amazing in themselves but the 'piece de resistance' is the added care taken by the maker to selectively cut the fabrics in basically every rosette lending an exceptional artistry to the piece.
The hexagons measure 1 1/4" on a side.
As always, click on any image to enlarge.
Here she placed a stripe 'just so' creating an interesting effect.
Here the 'sliver' of moon print creates movement.
The rosebuds are centered in the outer ring with a larger one at the center.
A pear motif is featured
among the roses.
The same pear takes center stage here.
|Just plain yummy!!|
Some of the small hexagons are pieced; this one twice!
Even this looks as if the maker worked out the piecing with care to maintain the motif.
Hand-piecing shows frequent use of the back-stitch for a stronger seam.
|Obvious challenge to be addressed - the edges|
As an appraiser, I have probably seen more hexagon/grandmother's flower garden/mosaic/ honeycomb quilts than any other design with the exception of crazy quilts. Yet as I studied this top and pondered whether I would 'finish' it and if so, how I would deal with the edges, I realized something; though not a block set in the usual sense ....those rosettes CAN be set differently. With square blocks we say a setting is 'straight' or 'on point'. In a way, this can be applied to the rosettes, too.
Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit this but I can't say I noticed that before in the literally hundreds of such finished quilts I've seen.
Side by side examples show the difference
|Collection of Charleston Museum|
My top is set like the one on the right, the earlier one, and I estimate it was made around the same time. Was that setting more 'popular' at the time or just a coincidence? Studying many more examples may shed light on that question.
I think because I've never made a hexagon quilt, I didn't really comprehend the necessity of a solution to the edges.
Truly studying any design or pattern seems to lead to more examples and variations than you could ever hope to see. Scrutinizing the details of a quilt through careful observation really enhances my enjoyment - and actually making a small example myself is the best teacher.
In the case of the hexagon quilts, variations such as the orientation or setting of the rosettes, the fabrics, colors, sizes of the hexagon and the many ways to handle that jagged edge resulting from working with a six sided shape - all lead to a great opportunity for creativity with countless possibilities in this 'one-patch' design.
|An unusual and effective edge treatment|
The exhibit booklet states the " design mistake began in the center of the quilt when she surrounded a double hexagon rosette with a single row of white hexagons and then six single hexagon rosettes. From there, the design went off-center when she was unable to place the hexagon rosettes symmetrically along the central vertical axis." Phew.
Did you follow that?
It goes on to show this close up of her solution to the "misaligned columns .....which "resulted in an irregular quilt edge."
Talk about close scrutiny! It shows that planning was essential - yet who can find fault with this masterpiece?
So, back to my top.
Someone, long after the top was made, decided that they should 'border' the edges in a tiny red and white micro-dot. It is a strip of fabric, not hexagons. It is hand applied so it will be easy to take off ( I have all I can do not to get out my ripper right now) but it will keep the edges secure until I decide my next move so I will leave it for now.
I've folded the edges back to see how it would look. I am thinking there may be enough red hexagons in what I take off to fill in the edge of the long straight sides.
|Final measurement would be |
57" W x 69" L
Click here and here to take a look at my two previous posts about hexagons and stay tuned - eventually I will make a decision and get back to you!
Two books specifically about hexagon mosaics you may enjoy:
Perhaps you will begin to pay closer attention to the many variations of hexagon quilts as you come across them - I know I will!
p.s. Just came across two wonderful blogs for more looks at hexagon projects
Hexagon Quilt-Along and Hexagon Quilt-Along too! They are described as 'sister' blogs. Take a look.