Monday, January 30, 2012

Bison or Bear?

I started a hexagon quilt project last fall because I just had to get it out of my system!

After viewing some cute hexagon projects on the internet and even though I really didn't need another project, I could no longer resist and started a copy of Anna Ruggles' hexagon quilt. Click here to see her quilt.

I don't know that my version will be that large, probably more like a wallhanging. When I get tired of making hexagons, that's when it will be done! I'm doing English Paper Piecing using 1/2 inch hexagons (the side measurement) which are actually starting to seem large to me. Also trying to limit myself to using only my Jo Morton fabrics except for the cream colored backgrounds.

This is another one of those long term projects so don't expect a lot of progress quickly. From time to time I'll show you how far I've gotten.

I'm still working on the inventory project for the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum and I had hoped to share a favorite quilt from their holdings today but instead here is an interesting lap robe we've found.

Was it a bison or a bear?

This sort of a lap robe would have been used in a carriage or buggy and is considered a transportation accessory in museum nomenclature. So far here in southcentral Kansas, we've had a mild winter but I don't think many of us can imagine what it must have been like to travel out in the open during winter! I'm so very thankful for modern conveniences.


  1. I like your hexagon quilt, Mayleen. I've been trying to resist starting my own, for the same reasons you mentioned. I don't need another project, but that shape is sure growing on me. Interesting about the fur you found. No, I can't imagine traveling in the out-of-doors like that. So glad we're having a mild winter. We deserve it for a change, don't you think?

  2. Love your hexies!!! I've only made a few in my lifetime too LOL!!!, they are not a quick project!!
    I've never heard of a lap robe, how fascinating! How large is it?

  3. Anna's hexigon quilt is beautiful. I bet you will come up with something just as nice by the time you finish your project. This will be a very time consuming one, seems to me you like this type of challange.
    I would hate to think that I would have to use an animial skin to stay warm.

  4. How interesting to see the lap robe - I remember when reading the Little House books imagining that a buffalo skin robe would be very shaggy and hairy. This looks very plush and sleek.
    I do prefer a car for wintertime travel, but better yet, to stay home where it's warm and quilt!

  5. The Anna Ruggles quilt is just beautiful and yours will be too. I have a few long term projects myself. ;)