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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 274900 views.

Thanks Shelley - everyone too.  I don't know how many more of these I have in me, but I do enjoy the process.

I bought this pattern last fall, but never started it.  I'm going to give it a try with some lovely ombre batiks I was given.  Though I' changing the construction method a bit, she uses all 4" squares and hst.  I'm going to try it with rectangles and white triangles on the end.  cut down on so many seams.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Beautiful, Dee.  That is some tiny work.  I'm binding a baby quilt and it is taking days because I have to stop when my hands start cramping.  No tiny work for me as arthritis has taken over.  Can't even make a fist.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Glad you had a productive trip.  I'm glad to have some of that fabric as the price of quilting cottons has gone up so much.  I usually buy neutrals and blenders there.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Mr. Pirate & I were on our annual extended family camping vacation last week.  I always bring along handwork to do while on the road and in camp.  This year it was my Hollow Cube EPP project.

However,  I was surprised to realize that I had only finished 5 !!!!  Hollow Cubes.   What a complete lamer I am!  Imagine that .. enjoying a family vacation instead of sewing.  :-)

I have previously mentioned that I have "kitted" the fabrics and templates into ziploc bags, so that I don't need to be cutting fabric while camping.   What I'm discovering is that some of my fabric choices are less than spectacular.  For each cube, I need a light - medium - dark.  They don't need to be in the same color family (although that's what I've been doing because it's less complicated than figuring out color combinations) but they DO need to have a sharp contrast.

Uncut fabrics that sure seemed to be suitably contrasting to each other turned out to be less than contrasting when used in the small amounts dictated by the templates.  For example ... look at the far left cube.  The dark is the leftmost "wall"; the medium is the adjacent "wall".   The dark fabric is darn near black and the medium is a dark green with gold sprinkles.  When I was pulling the fabric, the contrast between the two seemed apparent.  But in the final cube, that contrast doesn't seem to be enough.

Ah well .. live and learn.  It is what it is.

I still haven't decided how big this thing is gonna be.  Should I stop at a throw size?  a twin?  If I go up to a double/full, I'll be making these hexies past the grave.  :-)

I do love the optical illussion.  Twin - gee that's a lot of hexies - how big are these again?  I think an entire twin of those would be too busy - you may want some solid ones, places to rest your eyes.

well, it would be a good idea to read how big a pattern makes before you cut a bunch of fabric - I was thinking lap quilt but it actually makes queen size.  Ah well.  Big lap.


From: judyinohio


Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

Did I say that this new project is going to be beautiful??

why thank you!  You did your part my dear.  Much of the ombres came from you.  Sorry for the poor grammar.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

Twin - gee that's a lot of hexies - how big are these again?  I think an entire twin of those would be too busy - you may want some solid ones, places to rest your eyes.

These hexies are 3.5" on a side.  Originally, i was going to just smoosh all the Hollow Cubes together, using this as inspiration: 

See how all the Hollow Cubes are monochromatic?  That's why I started that way.   AND THEN, I saw this one:

oooooooo ... different colors!  and some of the Hollow Cubes seem to glow from within.  Hmmm.   AND they aren't all smooshed together.  I like the space.

AND THEN, I found directions for making other 3D Hollow Cubes, like this one:

So, **right now**, I'm leaning towards NOT smooshing them all together .. to intersperse other Hollow Cube with 3D elements and negative space, precisely for that area to rest the ol' eyeballs.   And that's why the twin size came to mind because I'll have the space to add all those OTHER kinds of Hollow Cubes.   

And that's why this is a genuine Forever Project. :-)