Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When I'm not sewing hexagons...

I've been quilting my Amish Star quilt. 

 I've stitched in the ditch and done some crazy zig zag quilting with my machine and now I'm having fun with perle 8 thread. Lovely big chunky stitches of colour. It's been a while since I did any hand quilting so I'm still finding my rocking rhythm. 

I'm half way through sewing the binding on my Wild Thing quilt. I'll do a proper finished quilt post about this one soon.

I have 2 more quilts waiting to be bound. I'm going to attempt machine binding - wish me luck. 

I've made some house blocks for Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for her Neighbourhood Party.

  Some of the blocks will become prizes in a house block lottery and some are used for charity quilts.
 The deadline is January the 1st, so there's plenty of time to sew a few more...

I've finally quilted my Sunny Day in Swoon Town doll quilt. This little quilt has waited six months for me to quilt it and when I finally did it hardly took any time at all, I finished it in one evening. I wonder why I put these things off. 

Don't forget to follow the 15 Minutes of Play Book Blog Hop  for your chance to win the new coolest book in town.

Flipping through this book is great incentive to finish my WIP's because there's quilts in there I'm just going to have to make!!

Hope you've been doing some fun sewing too!

Monday, November 26, 2012

15 Minutes Of Play Blog Hop

WooHoo!!! 15 Minutes Of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe is available now and boy oh boy it's really something!! It's so full of inspiring quilts and clever techniques. Follow the great line up of blogs on the Blog Hop to find out more, ... I'll be doing my rave on December 8th... Yay!   Did I mention there'll be copies of the book to win...

Nov: 26: "Victoria Findlay Wolfe",
Nov 27: "Bonnie K Hunter",
Nov 28: "Alissa Haight Carlton,
Nov 29:  "Pat Sloan",
Nov 30: "Kimberly,"
 Dec 1st: "Karen Griska",
Dec 2nd: "Angela Walters",
Dec 3rd:  Generation Q,
Dec 4th: "Tonya Ricucci",
Dec 5th: "Michele Foster",
Dec 6th: "Scott Hansen",
Dec 7th:"Amy Ellis",
 Dec 8th: "Rachaeldaisy",
Dec 9th:"Jackie Kunkel",
Dec. 10th:

And if you're tempted to get the book now, don't hesitate, just click the link ...

15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Few More Hexagons

I must say I was amazed at huge response and wonderful comments about my hexagons!!  shucks - thanks everyone!!

I thought I'd do a post with a few random notes about my blocks.

I'm not using a pattern for this quilt. My main inspiration was Mary of Molly Flanders and her wonderful big hexagon blocks. It was around the time she was making hers when I was sorting through my boxes of Sis Boom fabric and had one of those light bulb moments, I just knew I had to make some. Given the large scale of some of the Sis Boom prints it just seemed to make sense to leave the centers as solid feature fabrics.

As for fussy cutting  I've been a big admirer of Melody from House on the Side of the Hill's Wednesday Hexagon posts. She has shown me that hexagons and fussy cutting go hand in hand.

I've also seen hexagon blocks with feature prints on the Material Obsession blog. Brigitte Giblin's has a quilt with diamond shaped hexagon blocks, using lots of fabulous fussy cutting and gorgeous fabrics.

I'm using 1 inch hexagons. Once I choose my fabric combination I make a "ring" of the first row of hexagons. I lay that over the feature fabric and move it around till the feature pattern is where I want it. Pin it down and simply applique the hexagon ring down. Then it's just a matter of adding the 2nd ring of hexagons. Easy peasy!
Fussy cutting is much easier with my super template from Want it, Need it, Quilt it. And paper clips are brilliant for keeping the fabric in place when I'm basting. I don't use glue, I don't have anything against it, I just find it's as easy and enjoyable to sew the fabric around the papers.

 To try out a fussy patterns without cutting precious fabric you can draw the design onto your hexagon papers and play around with those.
I still haven't decided on the final layout for the quilt. I try a different setting every few days. I am such a ditherer when it comes to these decisions, in fact it's a wonder that I ever finish any quilts. :) In the meantime I'll keep sewing some more blocks.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hexing Around

Stitch by stitch my Sis Boom hexagons are coming along.
 I like to make up names for each block as I sew.  

Candy Bon Bon

Toffee Apple Bouquet

 Calypso Dreams

Chocolate Coated Rosy Posy

Rendezvous For Two

Tequila Sunrise

CocoCoconut Ice


 Fan Dance

 Butterfly Kisses

 Frou Frou Fleur

I'll be back with more..... 


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