How to make a ‘Modern Hexie’ the easy way

‘Modern Hexies’ are easy to make. All you need is

  • a piece of fabric larger than the hexagon – great for stash busting!
  • a paper hexagon
  • water spray bottle
  • iron

I used a Charm Square (5 inch), and a 2 inch hexagon.

  • Spray the back of the hexagon with water – starch is not necessary!
  • Centre the paper hexagon on the fabric. Using a hot dry iron, flip over each edge in turn and press for a few seconds.
  • Once the whole hexagon has been pressed, flip it over and press from the front.
  • Flip to the back, remove the paper, and give it a final press to make sure it is dry.

Have a look at my Flipagram ‘Making Hexies’

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Ballarat and Begonias

Where do you find out about Quilt Exhibitions?

The Victorian RACV (Royal Auto Club of Victoria) has a magazine for members. As a service it provides an ‘Community’ section in which events happening across the state can be listed. Which is how I found out about the Ballarat Quilters Exhibition.

As it happened, on that weekend was a family gathering to celebrate an Aunt’s 90th Birthday – so of course time had to be sneaked aside for look at the Exhibition and the Begonias.

What a fabulous venue – the historic ‘Mining Exchange’ provided a central location for the exhibition, as part of Ballarat’s annual Begonia Festival.

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

What better to see, than some quilts paying homage to ‘historic’ William Morris. A Michele Hill class led to these beautiful quilts.

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris Quilt’ by Margaret Ashmore; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilts’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris – Morning Glory’ by Maxine Rousch; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilting’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘A Journey with William Morris’ by Pauline Wells; quilted by Mulberry Lane Quilting

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris’ by Dianne Daly; hand quilted by Dianne Daly

What lovely quilts – classic appliqué is always appreciated when done either by machine or by hand.

Well done ladies!

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Are you going to collect them?

You can’t have enough thread, and now there’s a new fine cotton Aurafil 80wt that just has to be added to the thread stash.

How do you now about it – just pop along to an ‘Applique-In’ run by ‘The Applique Guild of Australia’ of course! Belonging to a guild has many benefits – finding out about new ‘stuff’, and learning new ‘stuff’!

If you are like me and find using the 100wt silk threads a bit of a challenge, and have been using the Aurafil 50wt instead for hand applique, then this thread is a must have. A fine smooth cotton that disappears when sewn.

Aurafil 80wt thread

Aurafil 80wt thread

Four applique demonstrations, willingly shared by members, whet the appetite for having a go at different techniques.

No I’m not starting anything new this year unless I’ve got something in the stash for it – and just as it happens – there’s a reverse applique pattern lurking in a box somewhere…

Plus sneak peek’s at WIPs (Works in Progress), and some Show and Tell.

Val Lewis's hand applique laptop work table

Val Lewis’s hand applique laptop work table

Another gadget especially for fine hand work – even has a magnet to hold your scissors.

Boro applique stitching by Helen McQueen

Boro applique stitching by Helen McQueen

From Japanese traditional stitching as a modern art form, to needleturn applique of the ‘c1835 Caswell Quilt’ as designed by Corliss Searcey of ‘Threadbear‘ in Castlemaine.

A 'Caswell Quilt' block by Maureen Jones

A ‘Caswell Quilt’ block by Maureen Jones

A 'Caswell Quilt' block by Maureen Jones

A ‘Caswell Quilt’ block by Maureen Jones

Last block in the 'Caswell Quilt' by Susanne

Last block in the ‘Caswell Quilt’ by Susanne

TAG caters for all applique technique enthusiasts, and Sue is our resident champion of ‘stick and sew’ machine buttonhole quilts.

Applique quilt by Sue Cheney

Applique quilt by Sue Cheney

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Did you do it too?

Like many patchworkers, I like to have a go at the newest craze that comes along. Sometimes I will go with it, sometimes I will abandon it.

Did you try out the ‘woven quilt blocks’ years ago? It was around the same time as the Simplicity bias machine was launched – yes had to have that latest gadget too! Remember the pattern books – they were all written in … not English, never the less, still had a go.

DH obligingly made up a large padded board so I could make a big woven block – and that’s where it stopped.

Why did I abandon that craze? Very time consuming to make the bias – even with the machine and fiddly weaving – until the routine and pattern emerged.

Yes it makes for a lovely intricate 16″ block – but not for a whole quilt! So that craze became an abandoned project. Until now.

This year’s ‘Finish UFO’s and I don’t start anything new unless something for it is in the stash’ sent me hunting first for whatever UFO was small and quick to finish. Buried in the pile is this one, it just needed some binding – yay!

DH’s comment “Pity you didn’t make it into a cushion to sit on in the Golf’ was received with a silent smile. Oh dear – I suppose I could have done that. Hang on a minute – it’s my patchwork, and I just wanted to finish it!

'Hidden Creatures' by RobynsPatch

‘Hidden Creatures’ by RobynsPatch

The luminescent tiny insects pop out from behind a woven strip – hence the name. 
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