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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 477483 views.
latterberry

From: latterberry

2/3/20

Wow!  That hexie quilt is so stunning!  You really do amazing work.  I know my eyesight would not let me do that much hand sewing, so I'm very impressed with all the hand sewing you do.  

I am enjoying seeing what people are sewing.  even more because I haven't been able to do much sewing, other than my forever project.  I did work on said forever project for a while at a Superbowl get together yesterday.  I have to sew at least a little during the Superbowl, it's tradition.  I am keeping my current forever project a bit under wraps for now.  It is a just for fun project for my sewing room I think you guys will like.  And it won't take years like the others.  Building the suspense...  Maybe I need a deadline/goal - top finished by end of March.  We will see if I can accomplish that.

I think I missed the explanation, why "smooshed"?

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

2/3/20

Thank you for all your information.  The Youtube videos were so much more helpful than text would have been.  I'm anxious to try it now!  I think I'll cut a few out by hand to make sure I even like the project and if I do I'll think seriously think about the Fiskars punch.  That's a great idea.

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

2/3/20

Thanks Suze.  That will be something to think about after I learn if I enjoy working on hexies.

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

2/3/20

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

I am keeping my current forever project a bit under wraps for now. 

So you're keeping in suspense?!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/3/20

LOL!  cuz I just smooshed all the hexes together to form the center.   I had to do something with them and I had no pattern in mind when I started.   

MarciainMD

From: MarciainMD

2/3/20

I made templates and cut out 6 squares of fabric and they are now pinned to the templates.  I am mathematically challenged and don't have a compass so couldn't figure out how to draw a hexie pattern.  I thought I remembered having a magazine that had a large pattern for a hexie quilt and once I found the magazine I discovered that i had actually traced and cut out a bunch of hexies.  They're about 3" so my flowers are going to be quite large.  That's OK with me because it won't take many flowers to make a table runner or even a baby quilt.  I'll let you know my progress.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/3/20

MarciainMD said:

They're about 3" so my flowers are going to be quite large.  That's OK with me because it won't take many flowers to make a table runner or even a baby quilt.  I'll let you know my progress.

You betcha!   

Or even a tote bag!    Whilst on vacation one year, I was using a whole bunch of 1" hexies.  I think I was actually between projects.  I hadn't anticipated this situation so when vacation time came up, I really didn't have a hand project in-progress to take with me.  So, I started prepping and sewing together a bunch of those little hexies.  Essentially, I was "making fabric" by smooshing the hexies together.  

When I had a suitable amount of "made fabric", I made myself a small zip bag.  It was small enough that I even ::gasp::  **hand quilted** it.  I was so impressed with myself. :-)

Here's my little zip bag that I created using the smooshed hexies as "made fabric":

You can see that I simply sewed all the hexies together .. not even in flower units!  You could do the very same thing with your 3" hexies and use them as a tote bag front & back.   Or, if you made flower units, then the tote bag would be even more interesting!

Just treat the sewn together hexies as a piece of fabric .. except that you'd either need to fuse a backing on them or have a lining in your tote bag because you wouldn't want the reverse side of the hexies exposed in the interior of the tote bag ... they'd catch everything!  (and look messy).

Or a baby quilt is another great idea because the 3" size is huge .. and you wouldn't need a whole lot to make up a small quilt.  Because I'm basically a selfish person, I don't know if I would ever gift a hand-stitched baby quilt, unless it was a grandchild.  There is a LOT of work and time that goes into hand-stitching anything.  I like to know that the recipient appreciates that effort .. but that's just me.  You are probably much more generous.  :-)

You also mentioned a table-topper.  I found this idea someplace and save it for future reference.  You wouldn't need very many flower units to make this stunner.   I don't have instructions for it but it seems to me that if you didn't want to fuss with the irregular edges along the perimeter, you could just applique (machine or hand) the ring of flower units onto a square background fabric so that you'd have straight edges to deal with for finishing.   (Even the quilting they did in the center is pretty simple, although it looks very impressive.)

 

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