October 22, 2008

Tiny Troubles


A tantalizing collection of tiny half hexagons painstakingly cut out of scraps and sewn together with love...

As inspiration takes hold, you can hardly tame your excitement at seeing the patchwork grow. That is until a few rows later when you notice that these hexagons are turning out awfully tiny and you realize that you will not finish a 30x36 inch custom turtle quilt in a million years if you use pieces this small. Time to set that aside and make something else with it later...


And you start over again, painstakingly cutting half hexagons out of larger scraps and sewing them together with love... OH! So that's what those lines on the cutting mat are for!


Here is the inspiration for the turtle quilt. I made this little fish pillow a long time ago. It is the same patchwork, only this time matching the fabric to make full hexagons... perfect for a turtle shell!


15 comments :

PolarBearCreations said...

Wow, that's a lot of work, but it looks great. :0)

Stephanie said...

I have not worked with hexagons yet. You are so clever. Love your fish.

annax said...

Very delicate and lovely colour combinations! The fish is adorable, with the big smile. Beautiful work!

Sonia said...

Ooooh Laurraine, the fish was so beautiful & I bet the turtle is going to be so gorgeous too ! :D That's such a big amount of work, that's amazing !
I hope you're doing fine, my friend. Do take care !
PS : watch you mailbox this week ... ;-)
XOXOX big hugs

Ginger said...

Just gorgeous! Your the queen of inspiring! Love how talented you are great job!
hugs ginger

Lizzie said...

The fish is excellent! Love it. Is it your pattern? I would love to make one!

Lizzie

Yummers! said...

I love the fish pillow... so darn cute!! I'll be anxious to see your turtle quilt completed. Bet it will be adorable!!
Joni

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I absolutely love your patchwork, I always remember as a child visiting with my great Aunt Elsie and she always had a patchwork quilt on the bed and a lavender bag under my pillow...The fish is beautiful.

Cheers Alex

Karen said...

Very cute! I love all the half hexagons. Great fabric.

Zee said...

Really nice, the fish is sooo adorable!!!

Aldana said...

Uau!!! Is beautifull!!! Have you the design? Is the best!!!

upstateLisa said...

I love that fish!!!

Sharla said...

I LOVE the fish. Any plans for a tutorial or pattern for sale?? Great stuff!

Laurraine Yuyama said...

I made the fish a few years back before I knew how to make my own patterns. The fish pattern is from a Japanese craft book called: American Patchwork Quilts (in english)
ISBN# 9784529029360

Sharyn said...

You need Inklingo for projects like this, no tedious tracing! Just do a search for Inklingo.com and Linda's site will come up. You can download a free sample!
Darling fish! Sharyn/KalamaQuilts