Thursday, March 15, 2018

Making Hexagons

I had a great time  sewing last Tuesday up in the northern part of Indiana with a nice group of girls that I met several years ago at the Jane Stickle retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana.   I usually only get to see them twice a year at the retreat, so it was great to have a get together and visit in between retreats.  We were working on Lone Star quilts using Quiltsmart interfacing.   I'll save that for another post when I hopefully have photos of some of their finished tops.   Toward the end of the day Nancisue asked me what happened to my blog.   A few days earlier I heard from friend, Trudy, who wrote that she missed my blog.  And I ran into Denise last weekend at Back Door Quilts.  I hadn't seen her for at least four years, and she asked about my blog.   So I thought it was about time for a post.  

 My laptop is in here in my sewing room, so instead of sitting at the computer I usually sit at the sewing machine.   Most of you that have an IPAD know that you can't really write a blog post on an IPAD or Iphone.  I have a keyboard that will Bluetooth connect to the IPad so I'll have to see if that helps.   I am over on Instagram a bit.   Over there it's just a photo with a couple of sentences and some hash tags ####.   I never thought I'd see the day when I would hash tag anything, but I do.  That was what we used when we played tic-tac-toe to kill time in study hall.   A hash tag is just another word for labels.   I put as many labels as I can on my blog posts and Instagram posts so if someone is searching for a topic, they might come across my posts.   

Here is what I've been spending a lot of my sewing time on.  These are 3/4" hexagons.   A group of us over on Instagram and Facebook are making the quilt that Libby Morgan made in the book by Leah Zieber, Libby Morgan Reunion.  The quilt is made of hexagons surrounded by a path.   

The next few photos are of some of my latest  3/4" hexagons.   Most of my hexagons are fussy cut...probably 99% of them.   Most of my fabric looks like Swiss cheese, but I love the look of fussy cut hexagons or anything English paper pieced.

This is part of what I have cut for this project.  I think I am about half way done sewing hexagons.  The quilt has a total of over 200 hexagon rosettes.  

Here is the beginnings of adding the path between the hexagons.  Karen over at FaeriesandFibres blog  adds 5 path hexagons to each rosette, and they fit together kind of like a puzzle.  That is really a good way to work on the path right along with sewing the hexagons. 

I'm not exactly sure what fabric I will use for my border fabric, but I auditioned this fabric by Di Ford Hall and think it is a definite possibility.

Then a few of us over on Instagram went off the deep end and are making these double hexagons.  We hashtag them Liberated Libbies because they are the regular inside hexagon arrangement with the outer ring arranged in different ways.   They are really just double hexagons.  You saw the photo above with the container of 3/4" hexagons cut and over half are ready to be glue basted to the paper pieces.  I have a container of 1" hexagons with the same amount or more.  I also have a bag of 1 1/4" hexagons left over from my Route 66 quilt found in Di Ford's first book, Primarily Quilts.  I'm taking the leftover hexagons from that quilt that are my favorites and cutting them down to use with my other 1" hexagons.  

Here are my double hexagons so far.  I've cut a few "new" hexagons, but I'm trying to use those that I already have cut to make this quilt.  I'm not quite sure of the arrangement I'll use yet.  Right now, I'm just having fun matching up the fabrics and sewing them.

I  really love to fussy cut hexagons or any English Paper Piecing as much if not more than I like to sew them.   Here is the link to my fussy cutting tutorial.   I explain how I choose fabrics for fussy cutting and how I place my templates on the fabric.   I use pretty old fashioned methods, but I enjoy tracing around my template with a marker and then cutting the hexagons out with scissors.  That is great TV work in the evenings, and I find it relaxing.  

Here is the link to my Lucy Boston Framed Tutorial showing you how I fussy cut a striped fabric to make a frame around the outside round of a Lucy Boston block.  

I have a lot more in the works to show you, so I'll be back again soon.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you're finding some time to stitch today!
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