I have never worked with hexagons before, and I am very intrigued by this one. I found a paper pieced pattern at Quilter' Cache under Whirling Hexagon, but it was small and I didn't want to deal with paper piecing for something that looked much easier to do without it. I did print out the pattern so I could do some measurements. The one in the photo at Brackman's blog had wider spokes, but I wanted to try narrower ones. I sewed a strip of 2.5" paisley to 4.5" background. I discovered that to make all six triangles I needed, I had to have 45.5". I cut them using a 30 degree angle. I have several extra triangles witch are reversed, but I will figure out how to use them somehow. I can't wait to make these up with all my paisleys. I think they will make a wonderful quilt.
While I was watching Bella earlier in the week, she and Tom made this. They both have good eyes for color. I really like this one. Bella or Tom and Bella have made many of these designs on the small design board I made for her. This one is my favorite. I really wish I was skilled enough to figure out how to turn this into a small quilt for Bella's stuffed animal friends. I know there must be a way. Bella also helped me sew a few squares together on the machine. She didn't think it was as much fun as designing. I think I feel that way sometimes, too.
I really did get quite a bit done in the studio today, but I can't show it because it is a surprise for my husband. His birthday is coming up and I want to make him something special. I will show it to you all after the 21st.
I will leave you all with this ribbon. It is one of the ribbons I made for the winners of our guild quilt show. I won people's choice for Hokule'a which I entered as a challenge block.
Joyful quilting, everyone!