Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Machine Pieced Hexagons

This is Tuesday, and I am procrastinating.  I am late on writing the block pattern for Saturday's pick-up block, but am finding so many reasons to put off writing it.  I know it has to get done sometime today so that we can cut it tomorrow and have it ready, but these hexagons keep calling my name!!!!!
They are from a new line by Basic Grey called Persimmon.   I like the mix or coral, yellow and blue. 
So far I've cut out 53 hexagons, and a stack of white triangles,   I think I'll set the hexagons with the points running vertically rather than horizontally, because you could do either way,
It's a very basic setting, but I've been wanting to sew a quilt like this for a while now,
Do you remember when I did a series of four posts about using the Hex n More ruler?(If not, I will put the links below....)  well, this is another pattern you can use the ruler for.  I am making my hexagons pretty big---- they are cut from 8-1/2" strips, and the white triangles are from 4-1/2" strips, (with the top tip of the triangle cut off)
You can make this pattern with any size of hexagons...or you can piece some of the hexagons to mix in, like in this pattern by Thimbleblossoms, where some of the hexagons are pieced strips.  I think the hexagons in this pattern are from 6 or 6-1/2" strips,

If you are wanting to learn how to machine piece hexagons, we have an all-day class this Friday with Sandy!  This is the description....

  Machine Pieced Hexagons: the Hex n More Ruler
 Hexagons have been around for a while, but they are enjoying a revival with the modern quilt movement.  Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts has really opened up the options with this wonderful shape with her Hex n More ruler. 
A hexagon has 6 sides so we sometimes use other shapes with it such as 60 degree triangles, trapezoids or kites to get the design we want or to make piecing easier.  These can also be cut from this ruler.
Featured projects are all by Jaybird Designs.  There is a wonderful selection.  You might choose a small project like Jawbreaker or Candy Dish, which make 20" and 16" cushions or table toppers.  You might want to try one of the lap sized patterns like Delight, Lotus, or Disco. 
Many of these patterns use large shapes which sew up quickly and make great use of some of those fun prints. 
Fabric requirements will be what are stated on your pattern.  Some patterns will use Fqs or 10" squares.  You might even get to use 2-1/2" strips. 
As well as your regular sewing supplies, you will need one of the patterns and a Hex n more ruler.  You can bring your own machine, or use one of the shop machines.  
    Friday, Oct 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6 hour class, Instructor is Sandy, $45.00
    call the shop to register --- 933-3072

To see the previous posts on the Hex n More ruler....

part 1, hexagons offset with triangles
part 2, hexagons from strips
part 3, large pieced hexagons
part 4 to make the honeycomb pattern,

well, I guess now I will either go so some triangles to my hexagons, or write that pattern for block 3,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Easy Peasy Flannel Panel Quilt

when you start with a panel your quilt goes together really fast!   this cute little jungle animal print is made in flannel so it is super cosy!

this swoon block was one of the projects Sandy presented at her Friday all day class on using fat quarters,   
and this is a sneak peek of my Eric Carle Christmas quilt, 
I hope to get it finished this week.....

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sticks and Stones Show and Tell

On Saturday it was exciting to see all the sampler projects that people brought to show each other.  Last year's Sampler blocks used a colorway that included grays, taupes, browns and charcoal, as well as light colored neutrals.
 Karen used a lovely feather design fabric for the sashing, and sewed stars for between the blocks, and smaller blocks to use around the edge in the setting triangles for a beautiful allover look.
 I loved the cobblestone like borders and setting triangles on this one.
 It will be interesting to see what gets quilted in those alternate squares..
 This sampler from the batiks colorway from a couple of years ago had a stained glass look to it.
 Verna also brought her 30 block king size top using the topsy turvy setting,
 I was sorry to see it get folded up,
 This was the first totally finished project that we saw.  Dianne used a light colored border, and it was all-0ver quilted with Baptist fans,
 Another finished one!  Very impressive!
 Beautiful quilting, and done on a home sewing machine!
 This was the third totally finished quilt, and again, quilted on a home sewing machine,
 You need to see some closeups of the beautiful motifs in the setting triangles and outer borders,

 Sheila made her quilt pretty zingy with her fabric choice for the sashing and inner border-- that diagonal stripe is great,
 what a difference you can make just by the addition of a narrow little strip of fabric:
 Another gorgeous quilt that uses a light colored border.  (I might have to re-think my plan for using a dark border....)
 I love what she did with the arrangement of the sub-unit s in that square on the lower right...
 It was refreshing to see this black white and lime green quilt!  Love everything about it!
 She also had her sticks and stones quilt, using a two-sided sashing
 I like the way the blocks seem to float on the light background:
Thank you again to all of you who brought your projects.  I was inspired.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

new saturday surprise sampler, block one

last Saturday was the first block for the Saturday Surprise Sampler, 
It is using Jo Morton fabrics from Andover combined with quilter's chambrays, and I am calling it Mosaic,

This is a photo of the first block, called World's Fair, in progress
It has 16 main units, which you can play around with to get different patterns.
These two photos show the units re-arranged a little bit,

And of course there are other possibilities too....
I have been working on my Last years' blocks, sewing them into the setting below,
I am hoping to have it mostly sewn together by Saturday, the 20th, because that's the Show and Tell day at the shop!!!

I really hope you can come to this event, it's at 10 a.m. sharp and it is always such an inspiring time, whether or not you bring something to show.  It is fascinating to see how the same group of pieced blocks are used in so many different ways.   It will be on the main floor of the store, but refreshments will be downstairs in the classroom in case you want to stay afterwards and do some socializing.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


this is a quilt I made using the fabrics ABC Menagerie by Abi Hall for moda,

my friend Patti did some over the top free motion quilting on it!  
iIn the borders, she did pebbles, with inserts of other designs for added interest,

the frames around each of the alphabet letters each got a different design...

amazing, n'est-ce pas?

i can just refer to this quilt to get ideas for free motion quilting...

the gray fabric in the quilt is a shot cotton by Pepper Cory, and it really shows off the quilting

okay, i know that there are a lot of photos here, but they are all so adorable!  
this is really a special quilt
i have written up the pattern for this, and we have a few kits at the store, but you could use the pattern for other kinds of fabrics as well, i think,   it finished at 68" x 78",

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