For the brand new year, I happened upon a brand new BOM that I decided to join up and work on.
I love the stained glass look for quilts, and this one just spoke to me this time.
A designer for which I know little about, lives in Europe, I have bought one of her patterns before and the quilt is on my list to do, Ula Lenz has made the Ray of Hope quilt in hexagon style.
I have already completed the first block, here are some of the pieces I was working on.
I had a bright bag of orange, purple, pink batik scraps that I knew just “went together”. I think someone from my guild donated them to me at the last retreat a year ago. I had kept the fabrics separate from the rest of my stash, hoping to find a use for them.
I remembered seeing these fabrics recently, so I located an appropriately dark batik that I had bought to use for some purpose that matched these pretty batiks.
I have already cut out the border fabric for these blocks, the way Ula has us do the quilt is to make sashing and fun border wonky stars in between each of the hexagon blocks.
There are many color ways that would look fantastic for this quilt. I have luckily got the first block done, so I hope that I will be able to remind myself to download her next BOM when it’s posted at the beginning of each month.
It’s free. As you can see, each of the hexagons will be done in three sub blocks, and several of them have different amounts of seams on them.
Paper piecing doesn’t scare me.
Here’s the pretty block without the border pieces.
I hope I can keep enough of these fabrics in the quilt. I may try to find another light fabric to help with the contrast a little more on future blocks.
And here’s the block with border pieces. So now it can be sewn in square.