Thursday, December 23, 2010

Reproduction Hexes

I have been using up my 30s reproduction prints with these flower hexes this fall. I don't feel so guilty watching TV when I have these to work on. Sadly, they've been set aside until after the holidays when I'll have more time. I'm not sure how large I'll end up making this quilt but I'm having fun putting it together.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Scrappy Hoop Swap

I just finished this hoop for the Scrappy Hoop Swap on Flickr. It was a pretty quick and easy project to put together and an easy way to use up some of my favorite scraps!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Practicing with my new foot

I've got a bunch of hexagons basted, but lack the time and patience currently to stitch them together.

I have a new foot that helps me to do lots of curvy stuff, so I'm practicing with it.

Decided to try stitching hexies down with it. I didn't applique them on... didn't even sew them together. I just took the paper out, snipped the basting stitches, ironed each of them well, shot them with some spray adhesive and went to town.

I'm not too disappointed with it. I think next time, I'll use my walking foot or maybe a zipper foot to outline them (stitch just inside the hexagon to sew them down individually) one at a time.

Mostly this little experiment was to play around with my new foot.

I got the #55 leather roller foot from Jamie at Bernina. Love it.

I realized tonight after doing a bit of online research that I should've moved the needle over so that it sews RIGHT next to the wheel. Will try again tonight that way.

Might even play around with some hexies, too!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Its DONE!!!

I finished my hexie quilt top!! Three hundred thirty two hexagons all sewn to each other by hand... and I'm finished! Woo hoo!!!

I do have a tip to share - when I had to take the papers out of the perimeter hexies, I took a glue stick, and glued the edges in their folded positions. This worked great for me, as they're holding tight, and I'm confident that they'll stay put until its done being quilted!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hexagon Halloween

I haven't been able to get to my sewing machine all week. Yikes! Last night, I decided I needed to accomplish something so I pulled out my hexagon templates.
I made these from a Haunted Mansion charm pack and hand appliqued the flower onto a kitchen towel I picked up at Target. Quick and easy holiday project!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Andrea's 1 Inch Hexagons (12 Inch Block) for the KC Scrappy Bee

Here's a picture of Andrea's block that I made for her math quilt. I stay-stitched 1/8 inch around the edges so that it wouldn't fall apart and I removed all of the paper & basting stitches. I love the way this one turned out.

Hexagon Progress

Originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes
I've been using a template that makes hexagons that are a little smaller than 1 inch, but I think I'm going to switch gears and start making 1 inch ones. Seems like that's a standard size that I could use and I could swap with other people to get more variety.

I will probably use these to embellish other projects, though. I love making hexagons.

Link for 1 Inch Hexagon Template

The Texas Freckles Blog is a fabulous resource for hexagon addicts.  Here is a link to her 1 inch hexagon template.

I'm thinking we all should make some 1 inch hexagons in modern fabrics and have a swap in the next few months.  Grab your favorite fabric, cut it into 2.5 inch squares and start making hexagons, my friends!  More info to come...

:) -Nikki

Monday, September 6, 2010

Making progress.....

245 out of 332 so far. It's coming along.....

Yes, I realize these are essentially the same picture, but my kid looks cute, so I'm showing off a bit :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hexie Progress

I really haven't been working on my hexies as much as I would have liked. My sewing focus has been elsewhere lately... Plus, with school starting back up, I've had to start waking up far earlier than I had been all summer long, and it's killing me! By eight o'clock I can't stop yawning and my motivation for pretty much anything is non-existent.

Here's my hexie mess. My little coloring sheet is completely crumpled, and scribbled all over. I made that zipper pouch for my loose hexagons, but I still have too many for it to be able to close...

I've sewn 215 together out of 367. It looks better to me in this picture than in person. Maybe I'm just too close to it when I'm sewing on it, and can't quite see the whole picture.

And this is something I just felt compelled to try. Tiny 1/2" hexies. They're sometimes a little hard to handle, because they're so small, but I think they'll look amazing once they're all sewn together. I'll probably make them into a throw pillow or something.

Well that's all for now. Later!

Friday, August 13, 2010

I Spy Hexagons

This was my first attempt at hexagons.  Not so happy with it.  I suppose from a distance, it's not bad, but I was using a technique that I didn't love.  I think it didn't involve paper and seemed less crisp than the method I prefer now (paper, basting, etc.).  I was also pretty unhappy with my stitches.  

These are mostly just for practice, but I may make a pillow or something out of them.  Who knows...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Place To Share

Hello, fellow hexagon addicts!  Since we haven't been able to talk and share in any sort of organized fashion during our meetings, I thought an online blog would be a great way to communicate and get ideas...

What do you think?

Here's a little picture of what I have been up to in the hexagon realm...  I finished this block but don't have a picture handy of it completed.  It's for Andrea for the KC Scrappy Bee.  I was able to practice my technique and by the time I finished it, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on my process.  I think I'll be doing hexagons for the rest of my life.  I love this.