Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Liberty Hexagon Mandala

I adore Liberty fabrics.
I have a bit of a penchant for hexagons.
I have long admired Mandala's.

So  I guess putting the three together was always going to happen at some point!! (Click on the photo's to see clearer details).


This mini quilt was a lot of fun to make. I made up 5 different sized card hexagon templates from size 1/2 inch up to 2 1/2 inches. Then I tacked my liberty fabric onto my card, ensuring my stitches were only in my fabric, not through the card.


Then I pulled out the card leaving the tacking stitches to help hold the hexi in shape. I think if I did this again I would use a hole punch to punch a hole in the centre of each hexi template which would make it easier to flip my card hexies out, the 1/2 inch hexies were a little tricky to remove.


Next, I laid my hexies out until I was happy with the placement (I didn't rule anything, just did it by eye, I wanted it to look organic, also I couldn't be bothered ruling it up!!). Once happy, I put a few dots of Roxanne's Baste-it glue (fabulous stuff!) on the back of each hexie and glued them into place.


Here are my hexies all glued onto their background, ready to be quilted in place. Don't they look pretty on the clothesline?


My Liberty Hexie Mandala is around 24inches square. This is going to a friend in the Down Under Doll Quilt Swap. I will use a liberty fabric for the binding. Fun! xo



73 comments:

Donna~~ said...

You come up with the cleverest ideas, Cathy! All those Liberty prints=too much fun and one lucky swap partner!

Quiltjane said...

Ahhhh Cathy. I am in love with this quilt. You are so talented. Simply stunning x

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oh my gosh Cathy, this is just incredible - I adore it.

Schulz Family said...

This is so amazingly gorgeous. I love it

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Your hexies look fantastic! The idea of hand piecing them has always turned me off, but I could see your process working on a larger quilt too.

meli B said...

The possibilities are endless. Great idea for getting the most out of precious fabrics.

Anita said...

Absolutely love it! I want it :)

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, this is SO lovely! I am really sorry I said 'no' to this swap! You will have one lucky, lucky partner!

Annabella said...

This is just amazing - you clearly have an incredible eye in every way! It's beautiful.

Lesley said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You have created a stunning quilt!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

This is fabulous and gorgeous Cathy!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Love it!

Kathie said...

OMG
wow
incredible....
enough said?
Kathie

bec said...

Gorgeous! I Want!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

It looks beautiful!! Genius idea not to appliqué them on first and just go for it with the quilting!!

Stephanie said...

A trio made in Heaven. Totally gorgeous and your gifting it away??? Oh boy...better make one just for you.

*karendianne. said...

Totally unique and stunning. I LOVE YOUR CREATIVITY.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Cathy it's absolutely gorgeous - what a wonderful idea and a fabulous way to showcase all those glorious Liberty fabrics!

Shocking Hocking said...

that is just beautiful Cathy - so want one of those!

heartsofhampshire said...

You have inspired me once again Cathy- I am just finishing up anEEP union jack and will be looking for my next project- which you have very kindly provided! Hope you dont mind if I have a go at one like yours??
Heather xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Just amazing idea again! So beautiful and really unique!

I Quilt for Fun said...

Brilliant and so creative! Wow!

Jan

Tatkis said...

What a lovely mini-quilt! Idea and fabrics are wonderful!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Dee said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Lisa said...

Just gorgeous! How can you part with it? I would be very torn, haha!

Maree: said...

I haven't seen Hexies done this way before I Love it Cathy...the fabrics are Pretty..did see a couple of William Morris in there too.
Hope your Shoulder is feeling better.
Cheers

Oops-Lah said...

Your swap partners are the luckiest, that's for sure. I love both your latest quilts you've made for swaps.

Exuberant Color said...

That piece is super!

Sharon said...

wonderful! Great assort of fabrics and the design/process idea is fabulous. Thanks for sharing the details.

Penny from S.C. said...

Beautiful quilt and great idea. I have to keep this in mind. Thanks

YankeeQuilter said...

Beautiful...love the fabrics and mixing up the hex sizes is just inspiring!

bearpaw said...

what a great idea Cathy! Looks fab!

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful! Looks like fun to make too. Your swap partner will love it. When I saw it on the clothes line, I thought it was bed size, and I thought how wonderful it would look on a bed.

Danielle said...

wow Cathy! looks amazing

Nedra said...

You always come up with the most creative ideas! Another home run.

Cardygirl said...

Just love it! You are so clever and I just wish I could come and have a stitch!

Carla said...

So beautiful!!

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

So pretty! Wouldn't it look lovely in a large size too! It looks so dimensional...very pretty!

Perri said...

Beautiful ... just love liberty :-)
Happy stitching, P

Jenny M said...

Utterly beautiful. Also love the setting...with the quilt on the line, and is that a weeping cherry in the background?

Melody said...

This is so beautiful. I love everything about it.

Sarah said...

Brilliant idea - I'm saving it in my someday file. I do hope you'll consider joining my monthy hexie linky party - next one is 10/17/12.

Kate Brown said...

This is sooo very pretty!!! I love it!

Lisakc said...

My mouth dropped open when I saw this. A work of art, without doubt. Gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Lucky recipient of this doll quilt swap!

jenni parkhill said...

Just stumbled upon your blog, very enjoyable. I read about the trouble you have with your shoulder, I have tennis elbow, also not helped by to much stitching but I need to stitch for my mental well being.
What I found to be the best help is Bowen Therapy. Find a good therapist and give it a try.
happy stitching jenni

Barb said...

That is just beautiful!

Madcap said...

Absolutely gorgeous Cathy. You have an artist's eye.

Sue Smith said...

How gorgeous!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

What an excellent way to showcase Liberty! Just gorgeous!

mieke said...

I adore hexagons...I just love the modern twist you gave them, Cathy! Your mandala quilt is beautiful, are you going to quilt it? x

Linda in Calif. said...

WOW! I love it. (It sure is fun.)

Miriam said...

I wonderfully creative way to showcase your Liberty fabrics, Cathy.
A very lucky swap partner!!

Love the tiny fussy cute flowers! :)

Teresa said...

That is amazingly cool and clever (great for all those who love hexagons, but hate piecing them, LOL!).

In stitches, Teresa :o)

Lady Jane said...

These are lovely pieces of fabric!!!

Carin Wijnand said...

Never seen such a quilt before, it's a great idea and so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

What a wonderful quilt!! This is one of those... duh why didn't I think of that moments. It is gorgeous!! I am sure your swap partner will be tickled! I must say, however, the quilt looks larger than 24 X 24 on the clothesline.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is just so pretty Cathy! What a beautiful design and lucky swap partner.

Sarah said...

Stuningly beautiful! What a lucky swap partner!!

Jean said...

Don't know if you have ever visited Bonnie Hunter's blog... she is a quilting teacher, author, etc... thought you would love to see her hexie quilt that she is about finished with... if you go to this post it will show you the quilt she is working on... and then a number of posts back (from today's date) she shows what she has left to do... like 12 hexie's to attach. Not sure she has decided how to finish it though for the bed!
http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-hexiesoh-so-close.html
All pieced by hand!
djcogdill@q.com
Jean C.

Hedy King said...

The sweetest thing I have ever seen. You are an artist, Lady.

Amanda said...

Very beautiful love the quilt.

Mary said...

Love the Multi-sized Hexies! You are making my drool on my keyboard this morning. Lucky, Lucky Swap Partner.

Sonja♥ said...

I live the idea of mandala with spare hexies:)!!!

Julia Wood said...

I LOVE this quilt! Could I have your permission to share it on The Hexie Blog? (thehexieblog.blogspot.com)
Thanks!

Pollyanna Patchwork said...

I think this is simply gorgeous...another project on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing

Archie the wonder dog said...

I adore this quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just dreamy and fabulous Cathy! What a lucky swap partner.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

A friend just e-mailed me the link to your post. I'm in LOVE with your quilt....wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!

Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

Smiles,
Kelly

ladybugquilting said...

Love! What a super idea... Your idea will be popping up everywhere now!

Karen H said...

What a terrific way to make use of precious scraps of different sizes. I like appliqueing hexagons to a background to create ever more interesting designs. Yours is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Bunny said...

What a fun quilt I love it.
Bunny

Grit said...

Wow , how wonderful. I love your work.

Greetings from Germany, Grit

liniecat said...

Adore this idea, so pretty and the most perfect fabric for such a design too