Saturday, October 26, 2013

This Morning

This is a picture of what's on my ironing board this morning
It's hexagon quilt made from jellyroll and cut with my hex 'n more ruler
I started it last week and I am just loving the colors of the fabric. 

I was inspired by beautiful quilts seen yesterday at the Saskatoon guild show in Saskatoon
It's also on today until 6 PM ,Saturday ,and I will be going there again in a few minutes.  
These couple of quilts that Carly made that I just love. Carly is the president of the modern quilt guild here in Saskatoon and she writes a blog called citric sugar.
I pretty much adore anything that she sews

If you leave now you can go see these things for yourself in person!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Fabrics

Some beautiful fabrics arrived this morning! 
Aren't these ones pretty?  I must say they cheered me up a bit on this dreary overcast day,

This is a new moda line by Sandy Gervais.  I think it's called Soho Chic
These gray green and turquoise ones I just love-- of course more typographic prints, ( sorry Molly,)
This little kids grouping has a wide border print and a few go alongs,
And of course lots of new pre-cuts!  

So I hope we will be well stocked up for this coming Friday and Saturday when the Saskatoon Quilt Guild will be holding its quilt show.  I've been thinking about it for weeks!   Looking forward to both the quilts and also seeing the people that will be there.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

the Hex N More Ruler, part 4!

This is the fourth sample that I made using the Hex N More ruler.  (I will never forget what this ruler is called, because I have now typed it so many times!)

 Today I will describe how to make the honeycomb looking one.
 This is made from one repeated shape, a half-hexagon.
As in my other samples, I used 2-1/2" strips from which to cut my shapes.
Cut them in pairs, because you need two of the same fabric sewn next to each other to obtain the honeycomb effect.
 Lay out pairs of half hexagons to get the honeycomb effect.  This is the time when you can play around with color placement. 
 When you are happy with how the hexagons are placed, fill in the empty spaces on the edges with single half-hexagons:
 I sewed one column of pieces at a time!  This is something that you don't want to get jumbled up by trying to keep track of too many pieces at once.  Trust me on this.
 When pressing these columns, I alternated the direction that the seams go.  (up, down, up, down)
 Sew the columns together.  The seams should nestle together nicely when you"re sewing,
And that is what I have tried doing so far with this ruler.  I really do like it, I think it really makes cutting a breeze.  Also, I got lots of ideas for things to make with it while I was using it.  But, it is nice to test it out using samples in order to get the hang of it. 

By the way, a couple of years ago I could really have used it when I made this Half-Hexagon quilt. 
I did it the hard way by figuring out the template on paper.  Also, when using paper templates you have to be pretty careful when you're cutting so that you don't make the template smaller as you cut...
This is a "low-volume" quilt, or a "blended" quilt, where the fabrics are not too far different in the range of value from light to dark.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

the Hex N More Ruler, part 3

Next up using this ruler is the bigger pieced hexagon.  

It uses the "Kite" shape.
 I cut the kites from three different reds.  You cut a 6-1/2" strip, then cut one side of the kite, flip the fabric over and cut the other side:
 It needs 12 small triangles for the corners of each kite.  I decided to make 6 green and 6 white:
I sewed the green ones all to the top right hand corner of the kites.  You can see again how the little cut off tab can help you position the triangle for sewing:
 The white triangles were added to the left side of the kites, and then the 6 large triangle shapes were sewn together in the same manner as I described in the last post. 
 Things are starting to look pretty Christmassy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hex N More Ruler, part 2

Yesterday I posted about the first sample that I made with this ruler,
 The next thing that I tried was the pieced hexagon,
To make this shape, you need to cut 6 half-hexagon shapes and 6 triangles.
Again, I used 2-1/2" strips.  I cut the half hexagons using the 4-1/2" lines, deciding to make them all the same fabric.
For the center, I cut the 2-1/2" triangles: three of green and three of red:
 Sew the triangles to the top edge of the half hexagons, centering them so that the little triangles that stick out are equal in size. (see the green ones) or, you could use the cut off corner to help in placement ( see the red ones).

 I pressed the green seams one direction and the red ones the other direction, so that they would make less bulky intersections. 
 Sew them in sets of three,
 then sew the two sides of the hexagon together.
I must say, that was pretty easy. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

the Hex N More Ruler

Lately it seems that quilts using hexagons and equilateral triangles are very popular.  In the past I have made one or two projects with hexagons, but I always used templates to cut out the pieces, not a special ruler.
So, I decided to try out the Hex N More ruler by Jaybird Quilts to see if it made it easier to do.  The quick answer is yes, it does.  Not a big surprise, but it also seems to encourage a lot of new ideas for quilts!
   I decided to make some samples to show some of the types of designs that the ruler is used for.
I cut most of the pieces for the samples from 2-1/2" strips.  for the larger pieces, I had some co-ordinating fabric scraps from a previous project.
 I made 4 samples, and I think I will go through them step by step over 4 posts so that it is not so overwhelming for me to write.

First, though, this is the ruler:
 It comes with a sheep of instructions for how to cut the various shaped pieces.  You can cut from 4 different sizes.   I went with the size that was compatible with 2-1/2" strips.

Sample One;  Hexagons offset with triangles

 to do this, you need to cut two shapes: a large hexagon and small triangles

I started with the small triangles, because of the 2-1/2" strips, this is pretty easy. 
The ruler has the tip of the triangle removed so that cutting is standardized for strips that are a multiple of half inches instead of some strange measurement.  Also, it provides a guide to how to place the pieces for sewing -- more about that later. 
The hexagon size that co-ordinates with the 2-1/2" triangles is the 4-1/2" size. 
You cut the hexagons from a 4-1/2" strip.
Cut one side of the hexagon, flip the strip over and cut the other side.
The triangles will be sewn on two opposing edges of the hexagons.  You can line up the little cut off end of the triangle with the side of the hexagon, or you can just center the triangle on the edge. 

 here they are pressed, and they are now diamond shaped,
 then you just sew them together into a row, again, just being watchful where the intersections are

If you were making a quilt, you would make several rows, and sew them together, with the diamonds on the top and bottom of the hexagons.  This sort of piece would also make a nice border.

that's the first sample I made with the ruler,

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