Hexie Queen Blog Hop
Hello!! Before I begin about my project I'd like to thank a few people. First a very big thank you to my husband for taking pictures of my project and helping me with the computer stuff. Thanks to Madame Samm for hosting me and to our head cheerleader Debby Kratovil.
When this blog hop was announced, I knew that I had the perfect project and it was a UFO. Back in 2010 I had picked up a McCall's Quilting magazine (Jan/Feb) and it had a project designed by Vicki Bellino. I was able to find the fabric that was used in her project and I promptly shelved it for another day. Well, that day has come and I can cross this UFO off my list!
Now for some details about my project, which can be seen in the picture below.
My reference books were Liesel's Hexagon Technique by Hilde Klatt and Liesel Niesner and New English Paper Piecing by Sue Daley. I really like Liesel's approach to making hexies. I used paper pieces but instead of stitching through the paper I tacked them down using a herringbone stitch. To hold the seams down while tacking I used some clips that came with her book, but you can use Clover Clips. From Sue's book, I used her tip for thread and needles. She uses Superior Bottom Line thread for piecing since it blends well and doesn't shred like cotton thread. My needles were straw needles in size 11.
Since I was using paper pieces, I decided to punch a hole in their centers to make it easier for me to pop them out. I also used an acrylic template to cut my hexies out of my fabric. This made it easier for me to do my fussy cutting. This leads me to the secret of my hexies – I used a stripe fabric and as a result, my hexies look like that they are half-hexies. See my finished quilt below.
After I finished my main project I decided to make a smaller version but didn't finish it time for the blog hop. You can see two of the blocks in the first picture. Those hexies are 1/2” in size while the hexies in the quilt are 1 1/4” in size. I also made a very big pincushion using a pattern from Jaybird Quilts.
The machine quilting in my project was done by Leslie Allen of Finishing Touches Quilt Studio, in Moundsville, West Virginia. So, now comes a confession. My friends and family will tell you that I'm a little OCD about my piecing. I've been known to rip out many a patch because it didn't meet with my standards. Well, it wasn't until I finished putting on the binding that I noticed what I had done with this quilt. Can you spot it? Sigh, I do believe I managed to put my sashing in the wrong order. Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit the other bloggers!
And here are the ladies I share my route to Crowning a QUEEN!
Day 3: Thursday, August 22