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hexie Forever Project - down the rabbit hole   General Discussion

Started 5/1/20 by Pirate (PIRATE_SR); 10859 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

5/1/20

LOLOLOL!!   Actually, once I've gotten started, it's not THAT bad.  It does take longer than doing whole hexagons but not magnitudes longer.  

Besides, isn't taking one's time the entire purpose of a Forever Project?  :-)

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/1/20

I think you will go bonkers finding gorgeous color combos you will want to work with .....

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

5/2/20

I think you are correct.  :-)

Mishii

From: Mishii

5/2/20

I'm not usually a huge fan of hexis and I will never hand piece anything, but I am loving loving loving this!

The layout possibilities are endless.  I really like optical illusion quilts and this one is going to be fantastic.

Can't wait to see your progress!

LindaPutt

From: LindaPutt

5/2/20

I really love these.  It will be fun to see what layout you decide on.  I'll be following.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

5/3/20

Oh my gosh...,.smartie pants you!  Proud of you for figuring that out!

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

5/11/20

Wow!  Those look so unique and they really do look like hollow cubes!  I really like them.  Congratulations of finding a true "forever" project.  

I have 6 large hexies made following your instructions but since they are for working on at quilt guild meetings, they have been put aside until (if?) the coronavirus subsides and we can start going out again. 

Keep us updated on your progress please.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

5/11/20

So, what I've been (sporadically) doing on this project: making kits.

Since my Forever Projects are basically road projects, I need them to be in a state of grab-n-go.  Although it's possible, it is difficult to even rough cut fabric in the car.  I am now doing that rough cutting here at home and assembling little "kits" for each hollow cube.  Each cube needs a  light/med/dark combination.  The kit contains the templates wrapped with the specific color required and the edges pressed crisp.

In the past, I haven't pressed my EPP templates, as it hasn't been necessary.  But *these* templates are a bit larger than my ordinary hexi templates so that the edges are longer.  I don't baste through the templates, only securing the corners, so I can easily pop the template out when that piece has been surrounded by other pieces.  However, since these templates have longer edges than typical, the fabric doesn't want to really stay folded around the edges.  I realized that if I steam press the wrapped template, the fabric will stay put AND the edges are really, really crisp!

So, that's what I'm doing now: wrapping the templates with fabric ("prepping"), pairing up which shapes get matched with the other shapes (there are specific rules to follow to result in the 3D effect), and then bundling all the bundles into a small ziploc.  These, then are my grab-n-go components!

In the photo below, on the right hand side, you'll see 2 "hat-like" bundles .. those are the light and medium shapes.  The "hats" are really just the triangle and 2 rhombus shapes paper-clipped together. :-)   Below the "hats", are the triangle & rhombus shapes pinned to the dark fabric of this combination.  Once the dark fabric gets wrapped around their templates, I'll pair them into the combinations required and pop everything into a ziploc.

On the left hand side, are other combinations that have a color needed to be cut out .... just as I am currently doing on the right hand side.

At the top, is a small box that holds all the assembled "kits".

I've only been working on my red/pink and yellow/orange scraps so far.  Because it's easy, I've been sticking to monochromatic themes BUT in looking at my reference photos, I can see that their hollow cubes are NOT necessarily monochromatic.  I just need to have the light/medium/dark contrast for the hollow cube to work.   I'm going to *try* to make some of the hollow cubes multi-color for variety.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/11/20

Going deeper and deeper into that rabbit hole, eh?  We will be following you, dear Pirate.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

5/11/20

While I'm thinking that kitting up my hollow cube components will be advantageous in the long run, right NOW it's at the "almost boring" stage.  But, that's OK too .. I can mindlessly prep my hexie pieces whilst watching TV.   

Although .. not mindless enough so that I can be watching sub-titled movies.  Usually I don't watch sub-titled movies.  It's distracting and disconcerting to me to need to read the English words while simultaneously watching the action in the scene.  However, that being said, my oldest daughter introduced me to an utterly fantastic Spanish time travel TV series called "El Ministerio del Tiempo"  (The Ministry of Time).  The premise is three knowledgeable people from different eras work for a secret government agency, guarding Spain's past from time-travelling intruders trying to manipulate history for their own ends.   It is really, really, really well done  but I *DO* need to pay attention to the sub-titles.  

I have a very basic knowledge of Spanish.  I can kinda/sorta read it well enough.  If I think about what I want to say (in English, then mentally translate into Spanish), I can speak it, although slowly and probably with a horrible accent (whatever an American accent sounds like) ... depending on whether or not I can remember the vocabulary (which at this point is pretty vague).   But this TV show???  Heck no!  I'm READING the English and listening to the Spanish .. and .. holy moley!  If I can recognize the first and last words in the spoken dialogue, I'm doing fantastic.  Sheesh!

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