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I've spent that last several sorting through my novelty stash and doing some summer cleaning. It's long, so I made a blog post.
Great blog post! I have been putting off doing some cutting myself. This inspires me. I really like the cutting part, thinking about each fabric and planning ways to use them. I need to JUST DO IT. LOL
Those small triangles are very useful for making string blocks, placing them in the corners before choosing the strings you are going to use -- so that you don't end up with a piece in the corner of the block that is TOO tiny when the block is trimmed.
Amazing amount of work done and I'm sure you will accomplish amazing things with all of those "bits and pieces" that you have organized.
Judy, what size did you make your string blocks?
I want to do it in blue, but I think I’m out of blue strips. How is that even possible?
I'm off on a tangent.
I had been mindlessly working on a Forever Project of what I'm calling "Color Blocked Hexies". It is just masses of hexies of a color family all smooshed together. It's a good activity to do when there is nothing else on the horizon.
THEN, I saw this .... This is an EPP project called "Forget Me Not" by Sue Daly. Just LOOK at all those hexies arranged in interesting shapes by color! :-) Even better, Sue Daly has a blog stitch-along where she described how to stitch the various sections together. While she is using 1" hexies, you could certainly use any size hexie you wanted ... I do have a messload of 1" hexie templates already punched out, so I'll use them.
If you take a look at the picture below, you might be able to see that even the background (at the 4 corners) are done with hexies. Now, personally, I think that's ridiculous. Once that medallion shaped thing is done, I'll applique it to a fabric background. I just don't see the need to create the background from the hexies.
I'll be using my own stash fabrics; not fabric from her kit. So my version is going to turn out a bit differently, since I don't have precisely her shades and patterns. We'll see how my version turns out. :-)
The Color Blocked Hexies Forever Project is on hiatus for now. LOL!
Wow, Dee! I'm exhausted just reading it! :D Good job!
Blocks are pieced on 10" foundation paper squares purchased from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
I used up odds and ends of reds and neutrals collected since I started quilting in 1993 and yet somehow I don't seem to have made much of a dent in that batch of fabrics. Perhaps they were breeding while my back was turned.
Only an idiot like me would ask how many hexies are needed to create this beauty?
(I think there are about 100 of the light brown ones on the outer edge.)
I agree that there is no need to do any more white hexies once you have done all the ones inside the tan hexie outline of hexies. That would be totally crazy-making.
another one done. I played a bit with the crazy quilting type stitches. Some of those definitely take practice. LIke the chain on the Merry Christmas panel, if you don't get them right the 1st time it is a bear to fix them.
Now I have to tackle the wreath. It's going to be harder just because I didn't follow the pattern for the applique exactly. There were some holes that I didn't like so I added and moved several. So I have to arrange the pine branches on my own. I also still need to finish appliquing the last bits of the nutcracker (his face is done) and embroider his uniform trim, his eyes and his TEETH - ugh, not looking forward to those. I think I am going to actually do his teeth seperately before I applique them to his face - between his face, mustach & beard there are LOTS of layers. Plus since they are white I will either need to double layer the fabric or else satin stitch. Been thinking about how to tackle those for weeks now.