This morning I was looking out at our water garden and remembering how much I enjoy the dragonflies that visit each summer. This, in turn, reminded me of this little quilt I made a couple of years ago. I had been introduced to three new techniques and wanted to incorporate them into a single project. First, the hexagon background. This came about following a program at my guild by Molly Anderson from Nebraska. Her quilts are absolutely astonishing, if you ever have an opportunity to see them. She works with very small hexagons and gorgeous applique. Next, I had done a workshop in modern crazy quilting and bead embroidery with Kerri Murphy. Finally, I learned the "bead stew" style from Deana Hartmann.
I wanted to build a background of hexagons but in a
crazy quilt manner (my own addition to the mix LOL). After handpiecing the hexes, I treated some of the seams and crazy patches with beaded embroidery, regular embroidery, appliques, and charms. Then I created "Pond Queen" using the bead stew technique. I quilted it using a seed or chicken-scratch stitch. It is bound with wide black satin ribbon, zigzagged with invisible thread. I have to say this is probably the most fun I have ever had making a quilt.
It is very difficult to get a beaded or heavily embellished quilt to lay flat. Both Molly and Kerri confirmed this. But I really didn't let that bother me. It was ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS!