Wedge Hexagons by the "Hex Pack"
By Rowan Haug
Last Fall, The Hex Pack was formed from seven strangers without a local MQG. Mostly we are from the Southeast, with outliers from Texas and Puerto Rico.
While I was originally nervous about how this process would work, I think we are all happy with the result. We began with a simple survey to assess who excelled at what part of the quilting process, and to determine what type of design and pattern on which we would be working.
With the MQG design prompt of “Modern Traditionalism,” we eventually settled with a riff on a
traditional hexie quilt. Once we decided on the type of quilt we would make, Sara Unrein created some sample designs, and we took a vote on those compositions. There is democracy in quilting!
We enlarged the scale and played with the negative space around each hexagon, so that we could focus on the interest created by improv piecing each hexagon. This allowed each disparate member of the group to have complete freedom of design within their individual blocks.
Each block was created with four wedge hexagon pieces, which were paper pieced. The piecing was simple enough to be an easy first paper piecing challenge for those members who had never paper pieced before, and allowed others to really let their paper piecing skills shine.
The blocks were all mailed to me, here in Mississippi. Where I pieced them together before sending them to Ben Darby who completed the quilt with his lovely quilting and binding.
There is something really beautiful about creating a quilt with others, and something especially nice about creating one with people you don’t know, and haven’t met.
One member of our group ended up unable to sew due to a broken wrist. And we created this quilt with the hindrance of two hurricanes with its evacuations, destruction, and lack of electricity. Lourdes got her pieces to a post office in Puerto Rico post-hurricane where she was and remains without electricity.
As the person in charge of piecing our group’s block together, I really enjoyed seeing that even though we were all making the same block, every quilter works in different ways. And I really felt, for the first time, the hand of the individual quilter in his or her work. I truly appreciate the strength in creating something that speaks of many, but coalesces into one thing of beauty.
A charity quilt can be seen as a selfless act of giving – of time, money, and creative energy. We all know what goes into a quilt. But we do it because the returns come by way of forming new friendships, developing new skills, understanding others better, challenging our creativity, and especially creating something of beauty that gives us pride.
Our quilt will be donated through Huntsville Heritage Quilters Comfy Quilts program, which donates to several organizations local to Huntsville, AL.
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