Monday, July 29, 2013

Hexies

Last week I continued to quilt "Bloom," and managed some cutting and piecing, in spite of being under the weather.

A visit to the doctor last Friday confirmed that I was feeling punk due to a sinus infection and an ear infection. Antibiotics are making me better, but have the side effect of sleepiness. Still, I'm forging on. I have things to do and quilts to make!

Since purchasing a Hex 'n More ruler in May, I've wanted to use it, knowing I'm giving a November program on hexagons at our Central Florida MQG meeting! I also need a baby quilt to gift in August, and a quilt on which to demonstrate how to sew binding, so this project fulfills all my needs.

From my favorite modern prints, including numerous pieces of Technicolor by Emily Herrick, I cut 4-1/2" hexagons.


I also cut 222 - 2-1/2" triangles (no picture) from a pink Kona solid, but later scrapped those to cut white Kona triangles. After sewing triangles to the top and bottom of each hexagon, I joined units, and sewed columns together on the diagonal.

I pinned at every intersection to ensure that those challenging diagonal points met, but I still didn't achieve 100 percent perfection.

I'm happy with the bright cheeriness of this quilt. This photo was taken before I trimmed the right and left sides to make them straight. The quilt top is 36" X 52", a nice baby size for a new grand-niece. 
36" X 52"
It's now layered - the backing is V&Co. Simply Color (far left) - pin-basted, with binding at the ready, and awaiting quilting. If all goes as planned, free motion quilting will happen over the next three days and the quilt will be ready for Thursday morning's First Time Quiltmaking binding class. 

This week marks lesson four (of five), and thus far there's been perfect attendance! That's never happened before. I was surprised to learn last week that of 18 students, only four of them are tying their quilts. The rest are giving free motion quilting a try! Everyone seems enthused about learning to make a quilt, and that just makes it even more fun to share my love of it with them. Linda

17 comments:

  1. Oh I adore your hexagon quilt! I just love the colours; really, really fresh and bright! Poor you, a sinus infection is not fun, especially when combined with an ear infection. Hope you feel better soon.

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  2. Love your hexie quilt. I haven't made one yet but am been tempted when I see ones like yours. How did you like the ruler? Glad your class is going well to. Feel better soon.

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  3. Your work is amazing and your hexie quilt speaks to me!! Hope you feel better fast!!

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  4. Linda it's a beautiful quilt. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling 100%. Glad to hear you are on the mend. regarding the ruler, do you like it and do you use it for the triangles also?

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  5. I love the hexies- you make them look so easy! I hope you are now feeling better- be kind to yourself! (BTW- the pop-up window is working in Blog Lovin!!)

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  6. Your happy quilts just make me smile :). Great job so far.

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  7. Love the hexie quilt, what a lucky baby. Can't wait for more than a sneak peak at Bloom. Looking very good.

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  8. I am loving those hexagons Linda and of course the quilting on the Bloom quilt is just amazing!

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  9. Linda I love that you chose white for the background - I think it's the perfect choice. I've been out of town again but hope to get back in the sewing room today. blessings, marlene

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  10. That's some beautiful quilting, Linda! Not feeling well is not crimping your style in that way. And those hexies are pretty bright and cheerful!

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  11. I think that your students will enjoy this quilt, it's fun, colourful and can suit many ages and occasions. Should please them all.

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  12. I have that ruler...need to use it! Your quilt is great temptation to start yet another project! And like, Suz, I'm happy to report that I'm able to comment on yoir blog with Bloglovin'! Yay!

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  13. I've English Paper Pieced hexagons, but not regular piecing with a sewing machine. That requires a lot of skills.

    Your quilted feathers are truly beautiful.

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  14. What a bright and happy baby quilt. Love the fabric and design combo. Lucky students to have a talented teacher.

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  15. Hey, that quilting is phenomenal :D
    And the new top is very pleasing. I haven't tackled a hexi quilt yet. Love that layout.

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  16. a fun quilt to learn. I am teaching an applique class this Saturday. I am excited because it has been a while since I have taught a class.

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  17. That's a great hexie quilt. I had not seen that method of sewing them together before, and now I wish I was at home so I could try it out!

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