Time is getting away from me, I’m plenty busy, not sure why I haven’t blogged.
So today . . . I have a new hexi project, well new to you. I began cutting fabric on the ride to Texas for Fall Quilt Market (shhh that was last October), then covered the 1/2″ papers (from www.paperpieces.com) with ‘Spice Market’ and ‘Toasted’ fabrics.
To begin this project that had no plan (I know you do this too, don’t you?), I determined that I should cut at least 6 hexagon shapes from every fabric, I have a template to aid the fussy cutting. Yes, I do fussy cut, I cannot help myself. I’m not wired to do it any other way.
I made flowers first, six identical fabrics around a center hexagon. Humm, I’ve done this on three other projects, so I decided to take a look in the exhibit catalog for ‘Elegant Geometry’ that was on display at the IQSC (in Lincoln, NE) over a year or so ago. Ah, ha! Add one more dark hexagon on opposite sides of my flowers to elongate the units – loving the new look! And yes, I did have to cut more hexagons shapes from fabric as I only had originally cut six. Yes, I’ve also over-cut on some fabrics that I didn’t use as much of. It isn’t an exact science. Leftovers are a good thing in quiltmaking as they are in the kitchen.
I also baste the fabric, I do not use glue. I’ve alway felt I needed to wash a project if I used glue. Now I don’t have to worry about it, project has no deadline, don’t have to wash it. I only take stitches in the corners, of course I begin with knotted thread, and end off with a knot. The basting stitches are removed later.
The flowers are made with ‘Spice Market’ and a few other odds and ends that were mostly used in the centers. The path is all from ‘Toasted’.
Next step, I have the revised flower units together, have added six path hexagons to one side – yes I had to lay out all the pieces to figure out where to add the path, I found that I need to cover more hexis with ‘Toasted’ as I don’t have enough done for the path. That means I’ll have to cut more hexagon shapes from ‘Toasted’ fabric, I think that will be a good project for Wednesday evening, or when I get around to it.
Below is a picture to entice you. It will be a while before you see more, as this project has no deadline. It will be done, when it is done. No pressure, just something available to pickup and work on, in between other projects with a deadline.
Are you working on a hexi project?
I also made two small projects with 1″ 60 degree diamonds – to share another day – no hurry.
I hope you enjoy this addition as much as I do! Happy Stitching!!