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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Today we are hosting for Julia..here she is a hexie Queen in the running...


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
   
   
   

   
   
   
   
   

75 comments:

  1. You did a great job! Love your quilt.

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  2. Beautiful quilt, Julia! Amazing what can be done with hexies.

    You are a Hexie Queen!

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  3. Using the striped fabric is very handy. I am going to use that hint. Thanks for sharing today.

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  4. Hi Julia...wow....yes wow....Queen of colour, queen of texture and yes maybe even Queen for today you will see..

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  5. Yes WOW ! That's a beautiful quilt Julia !

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  6. Julia - this is a gorgeous quilt. Even after you said your trick was using striped fabric, I had to study and study to see it. I could see the 1/2 hexie look and had to really work to see the total hexie. Of course, I am having eye issues right now and that is no excuse. That is a very, very clever idea. It adds an interesting perspective to the quilt. Your quilt is amazing. I know you are heartbroken at the moment about the sashing. I'm very particular about my piecing, too. My fave LQS tells us that if you can't see if from a galloping horse, don't take out the mistake. And, those ladies are wonderful piecers and appliquers. Most of them would take something out in a second. Thanks for participating, sharing, inspiring us and including your resources,

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  7. I didn't see the mistake! I really didn't. Still, looking at it, I cannot see anything wrong with it. It looks absolutely gorgeous. DO NOT UNPICK ANYTHING! It is amazing.

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  8. Cool tips. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I only spotted it because you pointed it out, I think this is an wonderful and beautiful quilt, I am pinning it for inspiration, Thank you, I am also loving your fussy cutting for your little tiny 1/2" hexies, my goodness you are ambitions, love it!

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  10. Please don't fret, your quilt is beautiful. I also tend to be a perfectionist, but my hubby always tells me, "it adds character." So now I think some mistakes just add character to quilts. I am extremely partial to patriotic quilts since my son is in the Army and I love your quilt, character and all!

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  11. It is a wonderful quilt...I cannot see anything out of place. It looks perfect...congrats.

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  12. Well I think it's wonderful. I do not see any mistakes.

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  13. What a beautiful quilt! I have no idea where the 'mistake' was, so I wish you had not mentioned it! I am so glad you joined the blog hop... :-)

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  14. Thanks for sharing your hex tips & thanks for sharing your lovely quilt.

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  15. Very pretty. Did not notice the mistake. Had to go looking for it. It is a very individual and unique design. A one of a kind. And oh so cute.

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  16. I think your quilt is gorgeous and so very clever. I don't see any mistakes!

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  17. I love the borders! And the hexies of course :) I would not have noticed the mistake if you hadn't memtioned it, and even then, it took a bit of studying for me to find it!

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  18. I didn't notice until you asked....there is no perfect quilt. Don't worry about it. Your quilt is lovely.

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  19. Love your hexie quilt! I did not notice the error until you had us look for it. Don't sweat the error...embrace it! Thanks for sharing today!

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  20. I love your creations! Mistakes don't matter--no one would notice if you didn't point it out. Thanks for sharing your work!

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  21. Love this quilt-using stripes to create a half-hexie look is brilliant! if you hadn't mentioned the "mistake" most of us wouldn't have noticed...we were too busy looking at the hexies and our eyes see what they want to see - just say you did it on purpose!

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  22. Really lovely quilt. Great colors and I still haven't found the mistake, I have just been admiring the beauty.

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  23. I love your red, white and blue! Blessings, Marlene

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  24. I am with you on the unpicking if it isn't quite right. I didn't see it until I went back to look after I read your comment about the mistake. It still took me a minute to figure out what you meant so it must not be as obvious to others as it is to you, but I do know what you mean. Even with the switched up sashing it is still a beautiful quilt and I love the way you did the striped fabric Hexis to look like half Hexis - they came out beautifully.

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  25. Lovely project, and I love your pin cushion. I was thinking this a.m. that a hexie pin cushion would be great for the next hop, but now you have already made one. lol I'm not nearly as picky as I used to be--no one sees those little mistakes, and it takes some of the fun out of quilting if I am always ripping things out. Don't get me wrong--I do rip seams, but only the obvious mistakes. The quilting on your quilt is gorgeous. The striped fabric works very well. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Your quilt is beautiful! Make a game out of it where admirers try to find the mistake. Otherwise, most won't even notice it!

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  27. Sweetie, it is just lovely as it is and love the use of the striped fabric for the binding.

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  28. Of course now that you pointed out there is something wrong, JuLIA it almost took me 2 cups of coffee to figure it out lol and stillllllll look what resulted from it wink

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  29. wow, I still cant see the mistake! lol We are always so hard on ourselves aren't we? I say, sit back and enjoy the beautiful thing you created! It really is lovely by the way, and congrats on being in the top 2!

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  30. That is absolutely gorgeous. I love it, love it, love it!

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  31. I am in love with that quilt. It is beautiful thanks for sharing

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  32. Gorgeous quilt, well deserved win!

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  33. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Lovely quilt, great job with the hexis!

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  35. That is really beautiful. Great job.

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  36. Wow its lovely - congratulations on being in the top two!

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  37. Julia, had you not told us, I would never have found the 'creative' sashing...what great job you did! I love that youfussy cut those hexies, I am going to try that!

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  38. Love your quilt. I hadn't noticed your "mistake", until you mentioned it. Thanks for sharing
    with us!

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  39. this is a gorgeous quilt. So nice in the red, blue and white. Thanks for sharing

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  40. My hexie word of the day is "hexilerating!" Used in a sentence: "This hop is so hexilerating!" I want to make one of every thing I see ... ;) Pat

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  41. Ok your quilt is hexilerating! Pat is right- I love love your quilt! Also, YOU should start a blog! We would all support you! You have so much to share and it is not hard! We would help you and so would your hubby! And there aren't but a few of us that bite!
    And I would be your first follower.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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    1. Ohhhh Jan you are good, yes she needs to think of this...a blog yes...and i will be the second follower...and yes some bite yes they do, we see evidence of that even today... But i assure you we like even them and their bite just stings for a second lol

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  42. love your patriotic quilt....very well done. thanks for sharing

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  43. Hahaha, I really had to look for it, but you know, it blends so well! My first reaction to seeing your quilt was YES! Awesome Quilt of Valor idea. And I really enjoy your technique of making the "half-hexies". Thank you for sharing!
    ~Brandy

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  44. What a sweet, beautiful project. Thank you for sharing and it took me forever to find the sashing thing. I wouldn't have noticed, ever.

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  45. beautiful! You may have thought you made a mistake but it looks like you did it by design. Please convince yourself that you planned it that way! I love the idea of using striped fabric to make it appear like half hexies. Very clever! I may borrow that idea if I ever get around to making that mini quilt for the guild auction. Maybe it would work for a pseudo whirling hexie appearance??

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  46. Looks amazing, Mom! I second the movement that you should start your own blog. I could help, too!

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  47. Sashing in the wrong order-what difference does it make. Give yourself a break-it looks like you planned it that way. Great project and lots of work. Thanks for sharing, from California.

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  48. Ahh I can't tell it is beautiful. Good job!

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  49. I love your quilt! What a great inspiration to make it with a stripe, cutting that way. I know I will use that idea sometime. I always need someone to point the way, so thanks!

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  50. That is just beautiful...fabrics and design! I think you should get a blog, too. Come on! You know you want to. :O)

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  51. Your quilt is fabulous. If you didn't point out the error, I would never have noticed. Great job for your first blog hop. The hardest part is over, so now you need to create a blog.

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  52. Love love your quilt. I had to look really hard to find you sashing mistake. So no it does not pop out. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Your quilt is so wonderful. Lovely color and such balance. Thanks for sharing your creativity. You must get a blog of your own.

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  54. For Julia - what a fabulous quilt and the illusion of split hexagons is really great. Your work is really beautiful and I think your second quilt in a smaller size is going to be breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing your work with us today.

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  55. Beautiful quilt and I think your "mistake" makes it really interessting and unique.
    Thanks for sharing and beeing part of this hop.

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  56. YOur quilt is beautiful. I love using those paper pieces.

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  57. Love your quilt Julia you did a wonderful job for the first time making hexies. Thanks for sharing all with us.

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  58. Love it! I never would've noticed the sashing until you pointed it out...still love it :)

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  59. Wow, that is one cool quilt!

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  60. Beauriful Julia! Proud to know you!

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  61. Gorgeous! It's really cool to know someone famous :)

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  62. I never would have noticed. It's great - cute pattern.

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  63. Very nice. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Hiya Julia!!! What a beautiful patriotic quilt. And there's not a thing wrong with the sashing. That's the beauty of a quilt. You can make it your own way, and it's right. Thanks for sharing. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  66. Beautiful quilt - outstanding! I had to really look to see your boo-boo.

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  67. I did not eve notice it until you said something about it. Oh man!! I love it anyways. What a great idea about using striped fabric. How clever! I love your wall hanging.

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  68. I didn't notice the "problem" and even then it took me a minute. LOL. Striped fabric is a great idea. Can't wait to see the tiny version - I'm just getting into the smaller hexies, having started with 3/4" and lately working with pieced hexies (1.5"), they feel tiny.

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