Update on New Hexagon Millefiore

I dragged pulled out that hexagon millefiore mess quilt and decided I had let it linger too long.  Waaaaay too long, and that it had lurked, like some amorphous creeping thing in the corner of my guest room (aka Sewing Room Overflow), haunting my dreams and certainly messing up any perky UFOs to Finish list that I may draw up.


This is the last composite photo I posted, back in August of 2016.  I’ve since put together most of the rosettes that are grayed out.  I decided to combine all the lower left rosettes, which gave me a new appreciation for Katja Merek’s work on the (what she has titled) The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along.  Here is my version of the corner:

Rosette #8_opquilt variationsmall.jpg

And I also changed up some parts of the outer edges, making these (in the last few weeks):

Teeny Upper Leftsm.jpg

Rosettes 9_11b small.jpg

Rosette 12b small.jpg

Rosette 10somethingsmall.jpg

So now my quilt top looks like this (digital version):

All Rosettes_OPQuiltJune2018.jpg

I’m now working on that last one, which has turned out to be exceedingly difficult, because it has to be just right.  But then other days, I’m quoting my motto to myself (The perfect is the enemy of the good.  Or in my case, the done) and keep trying to get on with it.

At this point I just want it to be like Laurel’s:


Yes, I want it to be DONE.

In other beginning-of-summer news, I planted my garden again, which then was invaded by fungus (a common problem here, apparently) so it looks quite wimpy.  We still harvest a few tomatoes here and there.  I sprayed last week, yanked two particularly sickly plants, and re-planted more in their place, so we’ll see what happens.

Optimism in the Garden.jpg

I found this on The Internet, which about expresses my attitude.  There’s just something about an empty garden box that sends me to the nursery to find something to plant in it. It feels kind of similar to entering a quilt shop, and thinking about all the possibilities I can find in there.

Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. (Nelson Mandela)

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. (Dr. Seuss)

So today it’s back into the sewing room, back into the garden…back to work.


14 thoughts on “Update on New Hexagon Millefiore

  1. Hi Elizabeth! Your blocks are about the most gorgeous I have ever seen! Keep up the beautiful work! You can do it! You can do it……

  2. You are SO close to the finish and your quilt looks fantastic. This will be an epic finish and well worth celebrating.

  3. OH, they are so lovely! And it gets more beautiful with each addition. I don’t see how you could go wrong with any choice for the final block!

  4. It is gorgeous, Elizabeth. I love your lower left corner and wish I’d done the same thing. One more large rosette is definitely better than several small pieces of rosettes, but I’ve moved on. 🙂

  5. So are you doing digital quilts or fabric ones? Digital looks way easier!
    Just a note to pass on, the Buddhist artist always makes a mistake on purpose because only God is perfect. I always remember that when I work on a project.
    Enjoy the process. Best wishes!

  6. You win! My new hexagon Millefiore quilt is in its hesy stage, lol. Yours looks fabulous too. How did you mock it up digitally? EQ??? Or another program?

    Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it and please keep up the great work, c’est beau!

  7. To be honest, yours is going to be better than Laurel’s, in my humble opinion. I love the depth you’ve created by using the limited colour palette of blue and yellow. It positively glows!

  8. With only one rosette to go, this is coming along nicely. My new hexagon project has been lurking in a cupboard somewhere. In fact, I haven’t worked on it in so long that I am not even sure which cupboard it is hiding in!

  9. It’s hard to have year round gardening when you also love sewing. Your blocks are absolutely gorgeous. I love the pops of yellow in there. It is almost as if there is a bright light shining on it.

  10. That quilt is so complicated that it makes my head hurt just to look at it. I can’t wait to see the finished product–another masterpiece.

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