For those of you that are new to the Hollow, the story behind these Hummingbird's can be found here. They were a project that I knew would have to wait for my knowledge of quilting to expand.
During the fall of last year, I took a day to try and figure out the geometric measurements of the octagon that would be needed to put these little guys together. Seems easy right? It nearly drove me nuts. I remember being completely frazzed, walking away, and vowing to make the little Hummers into plain square blocks. But after having a cup of tea and clearing my head, I threw common sense out the window, along with my ruler, and began sketching the pieces with transfer paper. The ruler was used as a straight edge to clean up the design and in the final stages to make everything square. My pattern was designed with hand stitching in mind, keeping with the style my Great Grandma ended with on July 4th of 1940.
Below are the final sketches that I found in a binder last weekend. Let me add that they were untested sketches. No fibs here dear friends... It took me a minute or 20 :( to reacquaint my mind on how I thought this pattern would work. During the trial run of assembly, there were quite a few stitches ripped out trying to understand the order of construction. My frustration was eased by imagining how different the world must have been when Great Grandma was constructing her pieces to this quilt... A quilt unknown to her that a Great Grand daughter would be destined to try and finish. I couldn't help to also think of my Grandma, and how blessed I am that she kept these little pieces of cloth safe over the years.
Have I ever told you how much I love to hand sew?
I truly do...
I am so proud to show you a peek at my progress! It is as if my hands are being guided by generations.
There is a long way to go, but I am so ready for this challenge. A little hand stitching here and there calms my soul. The timing feels right for me to venture into this quilt. I intend to work on this one a few hours a week and take my time enjoying the process...