Update to Dear, Deer, Deere
Dear, Deer, Deere is rollin along!
|First candies hexie made.|
I started this with the challenge fabric from our local guild - Yes Deer in navy from Emily Herrick.
From there I knew I wanted something somewhat scrappy using all the glorious colors in the print - grey, navy, lime, orange, eggplant, even fuschia. The candied hexie idea came along even before I actually had my hand on the fabric.
Then - I added fabrics. Some from my current supply - shades of eggplant and orange, and a variety of low volume grey prints.
Several from Emily Herricks line of Rustique -
|like this one!|
...and then went and found some gorgeous and fun deer fabrics from other lines!
Then, I started making hexies. I have a ton already (well, 63!). As they are all done by hand (my personal challenge on this one) it is time consuming.
I figured out what basic shapes I wanted to use for the hexies and made plastic templates of those shapes. Then, for each hexie I make paper pieces from magazines. I baste several at a time, then start whipstitching them together while watching TV.
Here you see my ottoman workspace. The trick is keeping the cats off it!
This is the basic layout I decided on. Originally it was only hexies, but I thought that looked a little crazier than intended. I added the triangle cornerstones to add cohesion and space. By making some of the hexies solid grey/neutral I think it will draw the eye around the top.
Now the trick is - get to sewing! I am trying to decide if I will hand quilt or machine quilt. I think it will depend on how much time I have left once the top is done. HOPING to have it together by the end of this weekend, but we will see.