Friday, January 31, 2014

Hexie Progress (and a Sneak Peak)

I finished two hexie half-stars this week. 

Last weekend I pushed all of the furniture out of the way, and vacuumed and mopped, which is quite the chore.   
Then I layed out all of the circle and star pieces I have so far, which also involves a lot stooping and bending- who says quilting isn't exercise? 

After all of that, I discovered too many stars!  The bad news is that its hard to disassemble most of a star with the seam ripper to make a half star.  The good news is at least I know they are sewn together well and the quilt should last!

Currently I am working on the final three half-stars, then the fun begins. I have to figure out a way to sew the pieces into rows.  I was thinking of doing a tutorial for anyone who wants to try this pattern.

Some assembled pieces.
 I originally found this picture of a quilt top at the Nebraska History Museum and never having done any kind of hand-piecing or hexies, had to figure it out as I went.

Piles of parts!

Along the way I discovered some tricks and tips that others might find helpful. I am taking some pictures with that in mind, so look for it in the future.
I am linking to Hexie Friday here.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Two more hexie stars

I've been busy, so only have two more stars finished in the past two weeks.

This weekend I plan to push back all the living room furniture and lay out my pieces to see how many more stars I need.

I keep losing track and would hate to have extras.  I will not be making any more star hexie quilts. I am done with stars.

I plan on doing more hexie quilts, though. I love the portability and I already have so many punched out. I am thinking of some diamond patterns. Would love to have ideas if anyone wants to share!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I made a Mega Pinnie

Did I need another pin cushion? Not really, but I thought this one was too cute to pass up.

This is a free pattern from Shelia over at Blue Patch Quilter.
Check out her site, she has lots of neat quilty stuff.

The best part was I had all the supplies on hand and it only took about two hours.  I took all of the 2 1/2 inch squares from my scraps!


I was low on fiber fill, so I cut up some batting scraps and made do- seemed to work! 

The only thing I noticed was that the six- 7 inch "body" squares were too big for the 6 1/2 inch wide pocket pieces. So I trimmed them down to 6 1/2 inches. I may have missed something in the pattern, but pay close attention if you decide to make it.

Another tip: 
Don't make the base color yellow if that is the color of the majority of your pins. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Celtic Solstice- almost finished

I have finished all of the star blocks, parts to the rest of the blocks and all of the pieced triangles border and the inner border. Here are the picts!
These are the star blocks- they look pretty good on their own.
I like to make the borders as leader enders. They go pretty fast and once you finish piecing the entire quilt, it's nice to have them done and ready to go.
The inner neutral border was a shirt I got for 50 cents!  And I only used the two front pieces and a little of the back so I still have the rest for scraps. Love a bargain!
See the rest here!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Hexie progress

I finished two more hexie parts this week!

This is the last circle I hope.

I still have several stars and 1/2 stars- these are so time consuming. Each full star has 73 hexies!

I thought I'd show the back- believe me the stitches have gotten much better since the first one. Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up with A Quilting Reader's Garden Hexie Friday- check it out!