The second UFO that I want to complete this year is my Red Hot Dreamy Hexagons quilt. Last year I wrote a post about the center medallion of this quilt, but then I put it away for a long while during the time I spent working on the SIL quilts :)
At the end of 2014 this is what the quilt looked like...
The original quilt (from the pattern book Quilt Grandeur) was made in greys and very subtle colors. To be honest I didn't give this quilt a second thought while looking through the book because "subtle" doesn't usually draw me in.
But a few months later I saw this earth-toned version offered as a class on creativebug.com, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I was really intrigued by the English paper pieced (EPP) hexagons appliqued in the center, and this version was obviously brighter.
Pretty soon I started thinking about how a red version might look, and I was off hand-basting and sewing hexagons like mad! I used the background fabric to choose these shot cotton colors for the hexagon rings, but once I sewed the rings and saw them all together on the background fabric I knew right away that that yellow had to go.
In the second iteration I added the flowers behind a few different rings. While these colors were an improvement, that one blue ring was the odd man out.
I felt like the hexagon colors were right in this third try with the addition of a second blue and the brighter orange, but I didn't like the green flowers within the top and bottom left rings.
So I replaced the green flowers and arrived at this arrangement for the quilt center medallion All that rework was worth the effort - I love this final version! The first border is one of my favorite prints - Paperweight in Paprika - and the cornerstones are cut from the same floral print used in the center of each hexagon ring - Japanese Chrysanthemum in Scarlet.
Each ring was hand-appliqued to a single fussy-cut flower. The seven hexagon rings were then hand-sewn together at the edges to make one large centerpiece which was hand-appliqued as a whole over the background fabric - Jupiter in Red. Lots of hand sewing, which I really enjoyed :)
I put this quilt up on the design wall again today so I could finish the second border and get started on the third (there are five total borders). Based on my goal of completing five UFO quilts before October, my ideal timeline is to complete one quilt top each month January through May to allow time for long arm quilting and binding. It will be a stretch to finish this one by the end of January, but I'm hopeful! After all, goals are supposed to be a bit of a stretch, right?