Hexie Workshop

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I love a good workshop and yesterday I was lucky enough to go to one. One of our regular quilt group members put on a little workshop to show us how to make hexagons using our sewing machines – and no y seams!

Of course it was one of those super cheat methods which uses lots of half hexagons joined together. The good thing about it is that as long as you cut everything accurately then it all goes together easily.

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Here is a tutorial of the sort of thing we did over at A Quilting Lifeย – thanks Sherrie.

We used a 60 degree triangle ruler to measure out the half hexagons instead of a hexagon template but it all works in a similar way.

We used 2 1/2 inch strips to cut out half hexagons, making sure we cut an even number of each colour (so we could join them together to make a whole hexagon!).

We spent quite some time putting our pieces into just the right arrangement- we put them on top of wadding which acted like a mini design wall. Then sewed our pieces together into strips then sewed our strips together to get our hexie masterpiece!

We were working on making cushion covers but Sue, our tutor, showed us a couple of things she was making using the half hexie blocks.

Grandmother’s flower garden

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Half hexie picture

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Of course no one finished their cushion covers – we were all chatting too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Stars

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In my Thursday group we have decided that we are all going to make a block a month which is the same design, each member will get the chance to choose a block which everyone else will make.

We can make them in whatever colours we want to and use them in whatever project we choose. Some folk are talking of making bags, cushions, sampler quilts and it will be great to see all the things which are created when the blocks are used. Those people who want to join in but don’t want any more blocks will be joining forces and making charity quilts.

The first person to choose a block chose a star. Now this lady has an AccuQuilt cutting machine which she kindly let us use to cut out all the shapes. Most of us had never used one of these machines before so it was quite an eye opener at how easy to use and how accurate they are. I suspect Santa will be bringing a few to my group for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been working on it at home and the pieces fit together like a dream and the star took no time at all to create.

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I managed to not only finish my star block but also turned it into a cushion!

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and as if that wasn’t enough I also managed to finish the cushion cover I started at my last workshop.

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One cushion is for my bedroom and the other has already been given to my daughter.

Happy times ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time,

Chris x

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Basket Quilt Update

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I’ve been working hard on completing the Altar cover and table runner for my Church and I’m pleased to say that it’s all finished however I haven’t had time to put it on the Altar yet. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time to do that some time this week and then I shall share some photos with you. It has been a weight off my shoulders to get it done so that I can concentrate on the secret wedding sewing again.

I’m trying to spend some time each day on wedding preparations and I’m pleased to say that it’s all under control ๐Ÿ™‚ but still plenty to do!

In the meantime I’ve been enjoying working on my Basket quilt.

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I had intended this project to be one of those slow going, take your time projects but it turned out to be a ‘can’t wait to get it started and may as well finish it’ projects instead!

I’m loving the pretty colours all over again with this quilt which has been made with the leftover fabrics from my Daisy Chain quilt. I’ve still got a few more scraps left and I’m wondering about seeing if I can squeeze a cushion cover out of them .

I’ve never been a fan of yoyos before but I think they work really well here. One reader said she thought they gave the design depth and as soon as I read her comment I thought ‘she’s right, they do!’

And as I ran out of background fabric and had to order some more I’m hoping the yoyos will do a good job at distracting the eye away from the fact that the setting and corner triangles are a slightly different colour than the rest of the background fabric!

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This project is close to being finished now, only the yoyos to sew on and quilt round, the binding and maybe a few buttons to stitch on. I love this feeling of anticipation when you’re close to the finish ๐Ÿ™‚

I shall link this post up to Esther’s WOW post.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Comfort Cushions

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Many thanks for all your kind wishes, I’ve definitely left the worst of my cold behind and am starting to feel interested in what’s happening round and about again!

This week I’ve not been doing too much but I did start making some little heart shaped cushions (pillows) which are destined to go to the local hospital.

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This coming year my quilt group have decided to make these cushions for the hospital’s breast cancer unit. Apparently they are very useful for placing under your arm when you’re being treated for breast cancer.

I’ve made five cushions and five slip covers so far and I hope that five people will find them helpful in their treatment and recovery.

Until next time,

Chris x

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