Loose Threads: Making Hexagons

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!


Janet O. said...

It always makes me happy to see a post pop up from you on my reading list!
You have always done fussy-cutting so well, and these examples in this post prove my point. Every single one appears so carefully thought out, and the results are incredible!
Thanks for sharing the method of putting 5 of the path pieces on each rosette. That is brilliant!
Your possible border fabric looks really good to me. :)

Raewyn said...

Nice to see your post, I enjoyed seeing your hexagons - you really are a fussy cutting expert. Intersting how the online world is moving....I stick to blogging mostly as I generally do all my onine stuff on a PC.

Joni said...

Your hexies are delightful! I am so glad you shared with us blog readers. Your tutorials on fussy cutting is exactly where I'll begin my Lucy Boston project. Nice to see you again!

Teresa said...

Enjoyed your post and seeing your lovely blocks. Keep 'em coming!

Karen said...

I think the Di Ford border fabric works very well. Seems like I have some of that.

I look at Instagram but have never posted anything. I should give it a try.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your hexies look beautiful! Thanks for the update.

Kyle said...

You've been making some beautiful hexies. Loved seeing your Route 66. Beautiful!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Love your Libby's--so cute! The fussy cutting is so amazing and your quilt is going to be just charming!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I really love your Post LuAnn and so many pretty hexagons completed! I love the Di Ford border - pretty pretty!
I also look forward to your posts! Keep on posting!

taylorsoutback said...

Watching you work with fabrics to create hexies is the best tutorial ever...every one is a jewel! Good to see you post up as you always have so many wonderful things to share. And Di’s fabric is always a good choice!! BTW I know how frustrating it is to try blogging from an iPad. I have the iPad Pro and have been using Blogo (free app at the Apple app store with the option to upgrade for a small monthly fee) to post to my blog. The app is about a year old and the team over there seems to be periodically adding features and are also very responsive when you contact them with an issue. I can upload my images and type text quite smoothly - the only quirky thing so far is if you try to edit your draft more than 3 times the program seems to think it should be published immediately. If you have any questions, let me know...I keep discovering more ways to work with the app. Hope this helps. (I am not affiliated with Blogo)

Chookyblue...... said...

Found some saved posts to comment on.......
love the fussy cutting in your blocks......it is so much fun fussy cutting and can create some amazing effects........

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