I have a new addiction... English Paper Pieced Hexagons. Who knew that folding and tacking small scraps of fabric on bits of paper would captivate my attention, but it has. I'm mainly confining the time spent on my new hobby, to times when I'm watching TV. As I don't watch much TV, it will be a slow process before I make anything of any size.
Mind you, there is no end goal is sight. I recently saw a large hexagon quilt hanging on the wall of a quilting shop. It was a rainbow hexagon quilt and totally sewn by hand. In my dreams I can see me making a whole quilt, but in reality I'm not so sure. Perhaps the dream could turn into a nightmare. Anyway, for the time being, I'm just making and collecting the 1" hexies, using up lots of my small fabric scraps and looking at ideas online along the way.
There is no rhyme or reason to the fabric I'm choosing. It's whatever scraps I have at hand. Eventually I'll have to start thinking about colours or whatever I make will be very mish mash. The other night I played with a few of the hexies to see if I'd fluked any usable colour combinations. Do I want to make flowers? I don't know, but I do have fabrics that would work.
I like black, white and red together, but definitely not in this combination.
My Tohoku Tote contains all the bits and pieces I need to make my hexies. It's efficient to be able to grab this bag and plonk it on the lounge when one of my shows begins.
Whenever I see ideas for sewing hexies, I add them to my Quilting and Patchwork board on Pnterest. There's no shortage of ideas online. If you're wondering how to make hexagons, here's a few tutorials that might help:
- English Paper Piecing Tutorial
- Instructions for English Paper Piecing
- English Paper Piecing from Beginning to End
I'd love you to leave me a link to:
- projects you've sewn using hexagons
- hexagon or quilting Pinterest boards... yours or anyone else's
- English Paper Piecing resources you have come across
I can't help with the links, I've never tried it before, always think that it is too much work for me... hehe... But these are great to go through those little scraps that normally are left behind, and we can't find a use for. As you know, I've been using mine and it's great to be able to keep those loved bits as something that looks actually nice.ReplyDelete
Your hexies are looking like fun! I have a hexie quilt my grandmother made me and I love it!ReplyDelete
Some people love 'em, some people hate 'em, personally, I hate 'em - making them I mean, not the way they look. The bit you're doing, the basting is fine, fun even. Sewing them together... arghhhhh my idea of hell!ReplyDelete
Hi Pam! Looks beautiful! Just yesterday I had a look to my Paper piecing BOX with octagons. I was also surprised that I enjoyed so much hand piecing those little scraps. I made small quilt 'Summer Wine' and it's now on my night table. There are some octagons left but I would prefer to make something with hexagons. Hugs! x TejeReplyDelete
I love the way hexies look but know I don't have the patience to actually make them! Can't wait to see what your are turned in to :)ReplyDelete
I started sewing up 2" hexies during the winter of 2012. I wanted a hand project for winter and had been reading about hexies on different blogs that year. So I am still making them with no idea either what I want to do with them. I live in North Dakota and take the train to Seattle,Washington every year for the Christmas holidays to see my daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren so this is a great project while on the train for 27 hours. Enjoy reading your blog.ReplyDelete
With a long train trip like that, it sounds like you might have made quite a log of hexies. I agree it would be a good way to pass the time on the train. Love to see pics when you sew them together.Delete
I love making hexies,,,I'm addicted in fact!!! My hexie pinterest board is http://www.pinterest.com/babesandbrides/hexies/ReplyDelete
Happy 2014 Pam, I'm recently back in "Blogland" after being offline for a few weeks on my blog and the virtual world. I want to wish you a great 2014, I will be faithfully following your creations.ReplyDelete
Those hexies are very delicates, you have given me the desire to search for further information, we'll be in touch......from here I'm going to your Quilting and Patchwork board on Pinterest. Wishing you a Happy 2014 full of inspiration and creativity :)
Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/
That's a long-term addiction you have started there Pam, have fun!ReplyDelete
me too!!! maybe we can join a 12-step together.... later. :)ReplyDelete
Love all the hexagons! Can't wait to see what you make with them.:)ReplyDelete
They look great! It is very addictive isn't it! I haven't made any lately but I have been thinking about getting back into it.ReplyDelete
Ohh that looks like fun! Help, I don't need another addiction :)ReplyDelete
They are so cute and look like alot of fun. Hexies are another one of my to do's in 2014. Jan and Feb are fully booked so I'm aiming for March. Thanks for sharing the links. I too am like you, I don't watch much tv so I think my projects will be pretty small ones.ReplyDelete
Everytime I see someone making hexies I think how gorgeous they look - yours too Pam! I don't think I have the patience for them yet! But one day I'll try them.:)ReplyDelete
Funnily enough, not a fan of hexies... any other shape, no problem, but I've seen sooo many hexagons, that they have really started to look off to me. Don't know why - I'm just weird! :-)ReplyDelete
I luurrrrve your tote.
Thanks for reminding me of EPP - I usually embellist things with diamonds or dresdens. Off to embellish some napkins!