So you have all been remarkably patient with my lack of up to date photos. I think that I’ve finally managed to work out a system to use my phone to take photos and email them to myself. Let’s see how they look on the blog…
Hexagons. I’ve mentioned them frequently lately. It would have been hard not to mention them as I am a bit obsessed.
I’m putting these together using the English Paper Piecing technique. I had developed a procedure based on internet searching, but then Glenderella and I took a class at a local Quilting store and that really sealed the deal. The instructor really helped clarify things that I was finding a bit difficult.
This is a really fun project to work on. I really like that all of the supplies fit into a nice food storage box and are therefore portable. I don’t have to sit at the machine every time I work on it, which makes the kitties happy because my lap is available for their occupation.
Each little square of fabric is pinned to a cardstock template. The fabric corners are lightly trimmed (to reduce bulk), and then each side is folded and tacked to hold it in place. Then two hexies are held back to back and itty bitty stitches with a really small needle are used to attach them. You really have to pay attention to get the corners to line up properly.
The fabric I am using is from a “Jelly Roll” which is no where near as carb-filled as it sounds. It is just the name given to a roll of 2.5 inch by 43 inch coordinating strips that are rolled together. The nice thing about using them is that they all match, and you don’t have to think too much about picking out fabrics. The line is “Afternoon in Provence” by Moda.
Over Thanksgiving, I cleared off the kitchen table and spent a couple of days cutting all the remaining strips into appropriately sized squares and then matching up “sets” of the fabrics to be used to make each future hexagon flower.
hmmm… that picture is a titch bit fuzzy. Sorry about that…
Once I get all of the hexagon flowers sewn, I’ll arrange them on a back ground fabric and use the sewing machine to sew them in place. That will be the only machine sewing that I will do on this project, because I’m planning to hand quilt each little hexagon. Why not? I’m not in a hurry and I’m really enjoying the process. Once the hand quilting is done, then I will just have to put a binding on the quilt and I will have a really nice blanket for use in my living room.
As of my last count, I have 16 hexagons made. If I remember correctly, I was able to put together a total of 30 sets of fabric for hexagon flowers before I ran out of material. So, I’m slightly over half way with the first phase of this project.
Next week, though, I will be off work and exiled to the upstairs because my kitchen and downstairs bathroom are being renovated. Never fear, though…
I have plans.