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Split Hexies

What was I Thinking …

Found some very old hexie blocks in the dark depths of the stash – perhaps they should have stayed there! Another blast from the past when making first attempts at exploring hand piecing, hexagons, weird scrappy fabric combinations, and ‘now what can I do with this stripe?’

Rather than throw them out – which by consensus from PP quilting buddies was definitely the preferred option – I used them as an opportunity to think ‘so, what next?’

Split Hexie

The stripes didn’t line up when putting it together – no matter how much fudging was tried – and those annoying little corner pleats were everywhere, but it was eventually blanket stitch appliquéd to a background.

Cross hatch quilting the background was an obvious choice, however quilting the hexagons became the challenge. An all over meander was not my choice as I wanted the ‘centres’ to pop. The pink hexagons were individually anchored, while the darker ones were left un-quilted.

Split Hexie – centre quilting

The radiating hexagon seams stood out, so why not make use of that by drawing the eye visually to them – and that became the ‘light bulb moment’ for the quilting pattern.

Split Hexie – quilting pattern

Apart from another skulking UFO finished – what next! As a recently interviewed  author said ‘ … there’s a book for everyone, even if it is only one book and one person…’ so as quilters we know, that there’s always a quilt at sometime, for someone, somewhere!

Split Hexies – back

This little quilt, almost thrown away as blocks into the bin, has been happily taken away for a little girl and her dolls!

Not only that, but ‘Orphan Sunscreen’ (yikes from 2017), now well and truly faded, has found it’s next life as a puppy blanket – so no matter what, there’s always a quilt for someone at sometime!

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Getting organised!

When DS-in-L asked for a particular thread by number, it was ‘Oh Dear – where is it?’ Most of my threads are ‘organised’, but these ones looked like this.

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‘Isacord’ quilting threads collected over a few years, a jumbled mess in a big box!

Threads don’t like being jumbled, they develop a life of their own, unravelling and tangling together. So the ‘put-off’ task became ‘get it done now’.  Time to go a-hunting for a storage solution. Took a couple of reels with me for measuring against boxes all over the suburb. At last, when in despair on the way home – the last stop was where I should have gone in the first place – a fabulous local $2 shop with exactly what I needed!

 

Next step was to sit and untangle threads and sort them into their colours according to the colour card. Yes, that’s blu-tac on most of the bobbins, I’ve never had a problem with it and it’s a lot cheaper, easier, and less fiddly than bobbin holders.

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Threads sorted – like marching soldiers!

Into their new home – photocopy on the lid, compartments numbered to match the colour card, and all’s well – except I need another box, so if you happen to see one on your shopping travels – let me know!

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Now I can’t say ‘I can’t find it!”

 

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‘Crooked Path’

So. what did you sew for ‘(Inter)National Quilt Day’? My fabrics for the 2015 pattern – Crooked Path – have been cut, sorted, sewn together and layered with wadding and backing.

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Next comes the quilting and I thought I’d try the new ‘Westalee’ ruler foot and templates for domestic machine quilting. It took time to get the shank required for my Mum’s old Bernina – an 801 – that I just love using. The ‘Westalee’ foot requires either a low or high shank according to what type of machine you are going to use. Information about this is on their website.

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The foot is quite large and thick so that it sits snuggly inside the ruler shape. For my first go I am choosing the ‘Spin-e-Fex’ #4, 3 1/2″ ruler, which comes in the Sampler Template Set 1.

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I’ll let you know how I go!

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