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Recipe for a Lovely Evening

Our schedule has been a bit hectic lately, with school, scouts, sports, and a business trip mixed in for added insanity.  However, I managed to sneak in a wonderfully quiet evening of hand sewing while the guys were on a camping trip and the younger kiddos went to bed early.  Here’s how I managed it:

ingredients

Ingredients:

One favorite movie

One cup of delicious hot tea (my current fave is Stash decaf Chocolate Hazelnut)

Approximately two dozen fabric patches, already printed and chopped

Steps:

1.  Get kiddos to bed early

2.  Brew tea.  Replenish by steaming cupfuls as necessary throughout evening

3.  Play movie.  If you intend to accomplish a lot in this evening, put on a movie you know well.

4.  Sew to your heart’s content!  (Or until you run out of patches)

Yield:

rose-star-one

rose-star-two

(You can see how the top block looked previously here.)

Happy Stitching!

emily

What’s Up? A Peek At My Design Wall

I’m so excited that we (mostly my husband) installed my new design wall!  Soon, I’ll post a full review of the design wall itself, but I want to try out a couple more things with it to give you a better-formed opinion. In the meantime, I’m starting a new series of “What’s Up?” posts of projects-in-progress.  I kind of thought three rollers might be overkill on this design wall, but they’re all three already full of quilts.  For today, here’s a glimpse of the massive hexagon quilt I’ve been working on for ages.

designwallhexies

This quilt has been languishing in a box for months.  I couldn’t figure out how to start putting all the sections together without spreading it out.  And quilts on the floor simply aren’t safe since the baby became mobile.  Now I can see that I need to finish up the two kite blocks (in the top right and bottom left corners), so they will align with the rest of the quilt.  Then I’ll start from the center and start piecing the 3″ hexies to the medallion and work my way out from there.  I still have a bunch of fussy cut and pieced 3″ hexies to fill in the gaps, so I’m hoping this quilt will go together fairly quickly.

What are you working on this weekend?

Happy Stitching!

emily

Odds and Ends

Here’s a finished hexagon puzzle block ready to fit into the big hexagon quilt.  I like the secondary hexagon in blue here, and think it will fit well into the overall design.  Five more hexagon puzzle blocks are in various stages of completion.  All will have the same center diamond colors, but some variation in the hexagon and half-hexagon borders.  If I’m doing the math right, I think I only have about thirty more hexagons to complete for this quilt top.

Last week my inkjet printer died, at a MOST inconvenient time.  Hopefully we can get it fixed or replaced soon.  In the meantime, I have a stack of freezer paper and fabric ready to print, and no way to print it.  I guess that’s a good thing, as it’s keeping me focused on other projects instead of playing with the rainbow flowers.

Last post I mentioned the Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party.  Yesterday Pat Sloan started the party with a fun applique block, you should definitely check it out.  I’m super-excited to see all of the blocks, and learn more about each of the designers.  Be sure to add Quilting Gallery to your blog reader, you won’t want to miss these next three months of fun blocks, giveaways, and good online deals.  Speaking of, I need to get back to designing.  So many ideas, so little time!!

Happy Stitching!

Hexagon Puzzle

Yesterday, while perusing the internet, I stumbled across an interesting block called “Hexagon Puzzle.”  The links from the images were broken, however, and it wasn’t until today that I found a good link with a picture.  At first, I was lost as to how the quilter made the block look like folded overlapping diamonds.  Then I realized the center was kites!

Remember me happy dancing about the new Inklingo Rose Star collection a couple of weeks (months?!) ago?  Well, here’s another amazing use for that collection.  I recieved some puzzled comments when I first posted about these kites.  I’m not talking about using Inklingo to make flying objects, but refering to the shape you get when you divide a hexagon into sixths through the center of each side.

These little shapes are a TON of fun.  If you search “Rose Star” quilts, you’ll find all sorts of lovely quilts with these kites as the focus of the design.

Or, you can pair them with triangles and get this:

So cool!  In the link above, this design was used as an allover pattern, with hexagons in between the star units.  I’m going to work them into my massive hexagon quilt a little bit differently.  More on that later.

Here’s how it looks with before piecing:

I love how easy this is.  The kite center goes together quickly, and if you’re hand piecing, you can sew the triangles around in one continuous seam.  There’s no y-seams at this point, so you could also make the stars by machine.  My machine, however, is holding tenaciously to a finicky tension for the Tumbling Snowflake quilt, so I’m not touching those settings for a little project like this.

If you’re interested in doing this with Inklingo, I used the 18″ Rose Star collection for the kites and the 3″ 60 degree diamond for the triangles.  You would also need the 3″ hexagon collection for the setting between the stars.

In other news, I’m really excited to be a part of the Glorious Autumn Block party starting in a couple of weeks with the Quilting Gallery.  You can click on the button at the top right for more information.  45 designers (including me!) will be posting block designs with the Quilting Gallery throughout September, October, and November.  There will also be featured deals with lots of fabulous online shops.  Stay tuned for more information on that one, my block will be up on November 7th.

Happy Stitching!

 

 

Center Medallion for the Hexagon Quilt

Here’s the centerpiece for my “Candied hexagon” quilt.  I think I need a new name for this quilt.  “Candied Hexagons” refers to a pattern published in an Australian magazine that features a variety of pieced hexagons that finish at 3″ on a side.  I have a bunch of those in this quilt.  But it is also going to have some modified Rose Star blocks, and blocks like this center medallion of my own creation.  The medallion above has hexagons still measuring at 3″ on a side, but arranged to give the impression of a much larger star than one inside a 3″ hexagon.

Here’s how all of my blocks look together, so far:

I had to laugh at myself when I was arranging these.  I’m planning this to be a queen size quilt, so I sketched the basic idea out in Electric Quilt.  From there, I determined the quilt to be 10 hexagons across by 16 down.  So, I need 160 hexagons, right?  Well, there’s about 80 in the picture above, and it’s nowhere near queen sized.  Then I realized that with this being an “on-point” layout, I wasn’t counting the hexes nestled between those that make up the 10 by 16 dimensions.  So I’m only about a quarter of the way through.  Oh, well.  That leaves plenty of room to design some more rosettes!

In case these fun hexies have inspired you to try your hand at Inklingo (which is what I’m using to make this quilt), you should check out the Inklingo site.  She’s running a sale on some special sizes of hexagons this week! One of the sizes is 3/8″ on a side.  That’s insanely tiny, but what possibilities!  Wouldn’t that make a fun doll quilt?

Happy Stitching!

Summer Vacation Part 2- and Inklingo Kites!!

Yesterday I promised pictures. . . And then Linda released the Inklingo Kite Collection that I have been hoping for ever since I first laid eyes on the exquisite Rose Star Block.  I am SOO excited about this shape!  Then, I realized that by leaving off a few kites, I could make it fit in with my pieced hexagon quilt.  So I accomplished very little of the unpacking and laundry that was on yesterday’s to do list.  But I did print enough kites for a block-

This is going to be so cool!!  I can’t wait to do a whole quilt of these.  They’re not for the faint of heart though, each block has a whopping 72 kites.  And Linda included lots of layouts in the collection to accomodate straight grain on different edges, fussy cutting, and striped fabric.  The 18″ collection has kites that make a 3″ hexagon (and is shown above).  What I wouldn’t give for more hours in a day. . ..

Here are some of my finds from our vacation.  Before we left, I went to Quilt Among Friends in search of backing for the Tumbling Snowflakes.  Not only did they have a perfect batik, but they also recommended a shimmery glide thread that’s going to look amazing for the quilting.  That’s more thread than I’ve ever bought in one fell swoop before.

And here’s the fabric for the Korean Alphabet quilt.  I love the bright colors.

Now I’m off to finish something.  Any something.  Even if it’s just clearing the breakfast dishes.  I officially have WAY too many projects started, and it’s making me a little bit batty.  In a good way, of course!

Happy Stitching!

A Seam Here, A Seam There. . .

. . . .And before you know it, a quilt begins to take shape.  I’ve been working on this hexagon quilt in bits and pieces.  Maybe I sketch a design one day, and print a couple of pages of shapes another day.  Some days I’ll cut out one or two big hexagons while cutting something for another project.  Pieces for a hexagon will tuck into a bag and I’ll sew them on a road trip.  I never seem to get completely taken up in this project all at once.  But the other day, after adding to the piles of completed hexagons, curiousity got the better of me.  I had to lay the quilt out and see how far I’d come.

Quite a ways, but there’s still a LOT to be done.  I’m working on a center medallion right now.  Once that medallion’s finished, I’ll be halfway through the 180 pieced hexies this quilt needs to finish at queen sized.   Truth be told, I’m enjoying this journey way too much to hurry to the end.

Happy Stitching!

Peppermint Hexagon Tutorial

This week candied hexagons came up again on the Inklingo yahoo group.  So I looked in Linda Franz’s awesome Idea Book, and was surprised to find some hex designs I hadn’t seen before. They’re from the original Frederica Josephson Quilt, which inspired the Candied Hexagon quilt. Of course, I had to try out one of them, and was delighted by how easily it pieced together.  Since I haven’t seen this one on the Inklingo sampler blog or anywhere else, here’s a short and sweet tutorial on how to make one.

Supplies needed:

One 1.5″ (measured on a side) hexagon

Six 1.5″ equilateral triangles

Six 1.5″ diamonds

(All of these are available on the Inklingo Shape Collection #3 cd)

Finished hexagon measures 3″.

Step 1:  Attach diamonds to each side of the hexagon.  You can sew this continuously by hand.

Step 2:  Attach  the triangles between the diamonds.  You’ll have to do each triangle individually (not continuously as above).

Step 3: Press the corners of the hexagon, alternating between pressing toward the hexagon and toward the diamond.  This will ensure the block lays flat.

Here’s a close-up of the pressing on one side:

 

Ta da!  I love this design.  I could see it working as a flower, or a mint in fun Christmas colors.   I’m curious as to how it would look with a bunch of them clustered together.  Definitely time to pull out the colored pencils and hexagon graph paper.  Have a great weekend!

Baby Steps

We are slowly adjusting to the rhythm of being a family of seven.  No one has asked to return the new baby to the hospital yet, which I’m taking as a good sign.  He’s growing so fast.  And he doesn’t seem to mind me hand-piecing while he snoozes in my arms.  Thank goodness I’d gotten so many projects ready to piece before he came.  Even if I just sew a couple of seams a day, it feels good to see projects continuing to progress.  Here’s a new shot of my candied hexagon quilt.  The rosette on the left is new.

I’m having fun with the different sizes and scales of the clusters of blocks.  The patterned star in the middle is three tumbling block hexagons.

Here’s a picture of the back of the rosette:

Pressing hexagon blocks is an unusual challenge, as each seam intersection includes three seams.  If you press them all the same direction, the corners form a tiny hexagon block. I haven’t mastered the knack yet, but I’m getting better.  It’s kind of fun once you get going on it.

I’ve also been working on #4’s quilt, and Tumbling Snowflakes.  I think I may actually enter Tumbling Snowflakes in a local show this summer.  (There, it’s in print– I have to commit now, right?)  We’ll see how that goes, as it means finishing the quilt before the end of May.

So, what’s on your to-do list?

New Candied Hexagon Quilt

This baby is certainly taking his/her sweet time on arriving.  Tomorrow I’ll be at 41 weeks.  /sigh.  However, I’m filling the moments with relaxing hand piecing.  I almost have the top for kidlet #4’s quilt done.

I started on the queen sized Candied Hexagon quilt I’ve been plotting since last fall.   The picture above is my progress so far.  I’m so excited about this quilt.  It’s a commissioned quilt for a dear friend of mine’s son and daughter-in-law.  The fabrics were all used in their wedding, and include some gorgeous vintage table linens (which you can see in the solid hexes above).  The individual pieced hexagon blocks measure 3″ on a side.  You can find out how to make those on the inklingo sampler blog by searching “hexagons”.  The center in this photo is a new idea I’m playing with.  Sort of a “candied rosette”, if you will. . .I wanted to expand some of the designs in my head beyond pieced hexagons.  Hopefully I’ll post more on that, including maybe a tutorial, once this baby arrives and I can think straight again.

Make sure you head over to the Quilting Gallery this weekend.  The contest is dresden plates, and my friend Isabel entered an awesome baby quilt (it’s nearly as cute as her little girl- and that’s saying a lot!!).  It’s called “Natalie!”

Happy Stitching!