Monday, March 2, 2015

Progress!

I have really been working hard on my hexagon quilt and wanted to show you an updated photo. Because this is a SLOW project, there isn't much progress to show from day to day. I work on this piece all the time--this quilt goes with me everywhere. It has gone with me on every trip/vacation for the past two years. I think I have enough done, now, that you (and I) can see a bit of progress. The top picture is my progress to date; the bottom picture was posted on November 22, 2014.

I know it is hard to tell from the picture, but the width of the quilt is 70+ inches. It will be a large piece when I finish it. (Notice I said WHEN and not IF!)

I am no longer adding the hexies to the piece in entire rows. (I WAS piecing an entire row of hexies together and then adding that long row to the big piece.) I have found it is easier for me to add around eight to ten hexies at a time. I have found there is less chance of making an error. I'm following the pattern I drew up almost like you would a cross stitch pattern. I also am no longer using silk thread. I LOVE how the silk thread was almost invisible, but I kept unintentionally unthreading my needle because the silk thread is so slippery. I am now using a 50-weight So Fine thread and/or a 60-weight Bottom Line thread (both made by Superior) in neutral colors. I like both of these--they, too, are almost invisible, and I have no trouble keeping my needle threaded. I'll continue to pass along what I'm learning as I'm making this piece. If there is any progress to show, I'm going to try to post every week.

Just for fun, I got an app that can be used to keep track of how much time I spend working on this piece. It allows me to clock in and clock out, and it calculates the accumulated time for me. I have been faithful about keeping accurate records for this piece since February 5th; and since that date, I have spent 58.54 hours on it!

 

8 comments:

Lisa Greenbow said...

It is beginning to look like a quilt. This should be encouraging to you. I am sure that dropping that thread was maddening. I have seen others talk about the app that helps you keep track of time spent on a project. It sounds good. My gosh if you charged for every hour it took to make a quilt no one would be able to afford to purchase it. Of course every hour is worth it's pay but mercy, this shows it is a labor of love.

Unknown said...

You are making progress! I would love to know more about that app that tracks your time!

Dana Kroeger said...

You have definately been working hard on this and it shows! It is going to be a masterpiece you can be proud of when finished.

Quilter Beth said...

The app I use to track my hours is called "Billing Hours - Time Tracking and Inv..." from Birdsoft LLC. It is available in the app store. (I use it on my iPhone.) If you search for "billing hours" it will come up.

Robbie said...

You know I'm still just amazed at this piece!! Just working on small pieces (20" x 24" the largest - which is my current project) I can't imagine sewing hex pieces and arranging them as you're doing!!! This is amazing, Beth!!!! Nice comparison with pictures!!!

desertskyquilts said...

Definitely not a fast project, but it's beautiful! You might enjoy some of the posts on Hexagon Alley, too. =)

A Nudge said...

Oh me oh my - that is a stunner. I can see why you want to keep tabs on the time spent. The pieces you have already stand for a lot of time on this project. Great progress. I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone - a linky party for progress and cheering one on.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Just amazing! Sounds like you are a "can do " kind of person!