Rae Ann Holbrook has finished the center of a gorgeous quilt top with Inklingo, using the design of Rhonda Pearce’s Award Winning quilt, “Insanity,” which was on the cover of Issue 16/6 of Australian Patchwork & Quilting.
It is an amazing accomplishment, especially considering some of the challenges that life has thrown at Rae Ann this year. Neither of us is sure whether hand piecing more than 10,000 half-inch hexagons is therapy or insanity. We know this design is easier, faster, and more portable with Inklingo than with any other method, but. . . well. . . Monkey says ten THOUSAND of anything (except maybe chocolate) is a bit over the top.
This is the result of a great effort: “I can’t tell you how happy I am with how this has come out. I’m beaming with joy. Without Inklingo I would never have attempted something like this. Now to print and cut more white hexes for the first border. By actually seeing the center completed it has given me or inspiration to continue. I’m so excited all over again.”
To see more about Rae Ann’s quilt, please visit her blog at http://1czyquiltersniche.blogspot.com/2009/06/insanity-quilt-report.html All the hexagons in the diamonds are different 30s fabrics!
If you are planning to make the quilt, it is a good idea to get the PDF from the magazine’s web site, with a correction. The direct link is http://www.apqmagazine.com.au/pdfs/corrections/insanity.pdf
UPDATE JULY 2013 – BROKEN LINK?
That link was broken, but you should still be able to get the magazine’s “errata” by clicking HERE.
After that, you just have to print a few thousand hexagons on fabric with the 0.5 inch Inklingo Hexagon Shape Collection. It is a wonderful, portable project, with very little prep time (no templates, no measuring), and you can think calming thoughts while you sew half-inch seams, one after another, with a simple, relaxing running stitch.
If you think you would like to “go insane,” you will feel right at home in the Inklingo Yahoo group, where Rae Ann and several other friendly quilters are sharing their progress on this quilt in messages and photos.
There are back issues of the magazine at http://www.ericas.com/sewing/au_mags/aupatchnquilt.htm and you can see the cover quilt there too. (I googled “Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol 16 Issue 6” to find it. No affiliation)
Rae Ann is stitching the hexagon flowers for the on the border of this top. I asked her what’s next. Rae Ann says it will be Double Wedding Ring–with Inklingo, of course!
Congratulations, Rae Ann! You should be proud of yourself. Thank you very much for letting me show your photos here.
I will share your comments with Rae Ann. Thank you for visiting.
Linda & Monkey