Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hexagons

I've been thinking for a long time now that I want to try hexagons, and as you will remember, I did make ONE hexagon flower after a little tutorial and sample pack while at the Galena Quilt Show.  Then, my friend Kim sent me some Paper Pieces of different sizes and I settled on making the 3/8" size.  I took them to Florida with me and actually did make a few one evening while we were all sitting around gabbing.  Then last Friday I attended the AQS show in Des Moines (and did not take ANY pictures!) and was inspired all over again.  On Sunday I decided to take the day off from jewelry making and worked on my hexies!  Here is the result...
It's only 6 1/2" long and it took me HOURS to sew it together (the hexies were already made)!  What the heck?  Any tips to speed things up would be appreciated!  But I do like it.  I'm thinking of making a small wall hanging and framing it like Yellow Creek Quilt Designs did - check out their website to see theirs - they have 2 different sizes and they are both wonderful.


I'm waiting for my daughter to send me some of her pictures from Florida before I post more about that (see how I took that weight off my shoulders and put it on hers!?).  I will share one thing - while in Florida we visited Quilt Lover's Hangout in North Ft. Myers.  What a great shop - they were recently in the Top 10.  I had been there a few years ago and it seemed like it was even better this time around.  They have everything - even wool - which surprised me since you would never need wool for warmth in Florida!  They purchased a bunch of my jewelry too, which is awesome.  They even put a blurb on their website under "New Arrivals".    If you ever have the chance to visit them, be sure to do it.

Have a great day!!

11 comments:

  1. Julie, if I knew how to speed up the making of the hexagon units I wouldn't still be working on the same project I started over 10 years ago! How is that for encouragement? : )

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  2. Hexies sound like the perfect project for when I get to the old folks home... *lol*

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  3. Love your little hexie project.....It's adorable!!! All I can say is - better you than me! ;o) Have a marvelous Wednesday!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  4. I'm sorry I missed you at the AQS show in Des Moines. It would have been fun to meet in person.

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  5. Great timing for this post, Julie! Pam Buda is having a great tutorial on hexies! Go to http://www.heartspunquilts.blogspot.com/ She has it in three parts and it's fantastic! I Love what you've done so far!
    Cheers!

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  6. There is a reason I haven't started on hexagons! Intense project that's for sure!!

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  7. I agree with Candace, I was just reading Pam's information--very inspirational! It's a dream of mine to make something with the hexies...I love hand work. Now I just need better glasses!

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  8. I don't do many Hexies but I do a ton of English paper piecing now. Time consuming but reserved for while the men are watching tv of an evening and we need to be there with them, or for in the car, etc.

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  9. 3/8" that's impressive! the only way to do them is to want to see how they turn out. Not a great answer, but I'll head over to Pam's blog to see her great ideas.

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  10. I don't think there is any way to speed up a hexie project. Your hexie diamond is lovely - I always love that color combo.

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  11. The only way to speed them up is to use bigger hexiepapers!! LOL. I consider my hexie projects as long term and enjoy the journey - they take time and I'm ok with it. Mine are all 3/4" - I tried 1/4" once and justabout pulled my hair out.

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