Monday, April 6, 2015

Back on the wall again

This is a very long term WIP. It's a project I'm doing with CSQ Piecing Group, all hand stitching.
Rows on the design wall 4/6/2015

We've been working on it for several go-rounds, first to make triangles out of tiny kite shapes. It's all batik fabrics, and all hand pieced (not EPP).

Pieced triangles
The short sides of the kite shapes measure 1" and the triangles will finish about 3-1/2" tall.

Partial assembly
The triangles have been pieced together into rows.
Triangles pieced into rows

Next up will be borders of more of the black triangles. The existing rows you see on the wall will get black triangles and half-triangles on the ends to create side borders. There will also be two rows of black triangles at the top and at the bottom for borders. 

I'm getting kits ready to hand out in May. I don't know if I have enough of the black batik left, so I'm cutting triangles and if I need more, I'll pick up more black batik in Paducah and alternate the old dye lot with the new dye lot.

It will be a couple more go-rounds of Piecing Group before the top is done, though, and then some final row seams which I'll finish up. When the top is finally done, I'm hoping to have it hand quilted by CSQ Monday Quilters.  So it'll be quite awhile longer as a WIP.

This quilt will be named How Many. Unofficial count so far:
- kite pieces - 2070
- pieced triangles - 690
- hexagons - 115
- black triangles - ???
- different batik fabrics - 164 so far
- people worked on this - still counting
- years in the making - started in 2008 and still counting

Estimated final size will be a generous queen size, probably somewhere around 96 x96" or so.

Linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts. Check them out for more quilty inspiration!


  1. I really like how the quilt is coming together on your design wall. The grouping of the lighter colors looks like a nice spotlight and really makes the black star pattern pop out. What a nice long term project; I hope it has been a joy to work on over the years.

  2. What a gorgeous quilt, Jan. It looks like stained glass. I'm impressed that it is hand done! Your blocks look perfectly pieced. Beautiful.

  3. Your quilt is beautiful! I'm a huge fan of black with batiks

  4. So pretty! I have been working on my hand sewing as well. I like to call it a WISP-work in slow progress.

  5. Wow! It looks great. And all done by hand--what a treasure!