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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 250901 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-2

So, I've started my next/new EPP hand work project ... 3D Hollow Cubes.  The hexagon "block" is a total optical illusion because what you SEE is a hollow cube but what it IS is actually a hexagon.  Completely blows my one remaining brain cell.

The hexagon is 3.5" along a side (which is how you measure the size of a hexagon), so that the hollow cube is 3.5" square ...if it truly was a cube.  The "block" is turning out to be nicely on the large size .. 6" across the middle, which gives you a much better sense of how big the "block" really is.

I haven't decided on a final layout yet; I don't have to.  Since I know I'm not going to have a definite color layout (like stripes or blocks of color), I can simply make all the 3D hollow cube blocks in whatever colors strike my fancy.

Right now, I'm staying with a monochromatic scheme, as that is very easy to pick out the required light/medium/dark shades.  I've seen some spectacular cubes where the outside "frame" contrasts dramatically from the "interior".  That looks fantastic but is highly dependent on the colors chosen.  I'll probably end up making a few of those but will wait to see if the color combination looks good *and* is compatible with the other blocks.

Here are two hollow cubes that I've done.  (I actually made 2 of the blue scheme, although only 1 is in this picture)   I tell ya, I just *love* this optical illusion look!

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

May-2

What are the dimensions of these cubes?  Just how "fiddly" are they?

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-2

I gave the dimensions in the message you repied to.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

May-2

Just goes to show how brain-dead I am after all these weeks of being cooped up with what's-his-name.

latterberry

From: latterberry

May-3

judyinohio said:

Just goes to show how brain-dead I am after all these weeks of being cooped up with what's-his-name.   

I am so glad my DH is still working.  Could get ugly.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

May-3

Oh man Shelley, do I like that!  I so badly want to ask the name of that pattern....BUT, I got things to finish.  I can not start another handpiecing project.  I won’t  ask, so I donT get tempted!

i see you started a thread with how to....

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-3

bornblesse2 said:

I so badly want to ask the name of that pattern....BUT, I got things to finish.  I can not start another handpiecing project.  I won’t  ask, so I donT get tempted! i see you started a thread with how to....

I don't have a pattern .. I just used the pictures I found on the internet of the finished quilt.   

You can see that it's just an equilateral triangle.  Make that as large as you want to, realizing that you're going to have SIX of them for a finished cube.  Of course, the larger the triangle/block, the faster the finished layout will get done. :-)

The easiest way is to use a 60° triangle ruler to trace out the finished size.   Then, draw the little sides/borders onto that triangle and cut them apart.  THOSE are your 3 EPP pattern pieces for each triangle segment.  Make six of them for the finished hexagon/hollow cube.  The PITA part is tracing and cutting out those pieces by hand.  If you know someone ::cough:: with a digital cutting machine, that someone could cut the pieces for you.  :-)

The other pitfall is which triangle segments to sew to each other.  They MUST be sewn in specific positions otherwise you won't get the final 3D effect.  That's why I found it important to have a finished visual in front of me for reference.

The great thing, I think, about this project is that you can make the hollow cube blocks completely independent of the other blocks.  Unless you have a specific layout (like rainbow stripes or something) then the placement of the hollow cubes is completely arbitrary.   I'm going to leave the final layout until I've figure out how many hollow cubes I might need for a particular sized quilt.  I'm not sure how big I want the quilt to be at this time.  If I get fed up or impatient with the process, I'll make a smaller quilt.  But if I'm content with making hollow cubes, then I'll just continue and shoot for a larger sized quilt.  :-)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-4

I spent last night "kitting" up several of these blocks just to compare and contrast the process of cut-sew-assemble one hollow cube at a time VS cutting a whole bunch at one time and  making little kits (packaged in small ziplocs) so I can just sew-assemble, i.e. be ready for a road trip.  

next Hollow Cube hexagon done.

latterberry

From: latterberry

May-4

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

I don't have a pattern .. I just used the pictures I found on the internet of the finished quilt.  

I'm glad you aid that because I actually thought to myself that I could figure out the pattern from the picture.  It's the color choices and placement you would have to fiddle with.  I may just have to try one of these but I will certainly have to have the photo printed out and in front of me.

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