Monday, May 31, 2010

In need of a summertime project: Hooked on Hexagons

Last Friday was our official last day of school.  (Thankfully not quite as eventful as last year.) Which means increased flexibility to our schedules (nice) and increased chaos (scary) trying to keep track of everyone around here. I am still trying to decide how I feel about the whole thing. I think some summer laziness is a rite-of-passage for kids,  but I'm also a little worried about my kids getting addicted to eating popsicles while watching Phineas and Ferb. We'll see how this goes!
While there is much to love about summer: good food, warm nights, flip-flops (no socks!), sprinklers, decent tomatos, etc., I know that it will also mean less time hanging out with my sewing machine. And that's okay. But I decided I need a good hand-work project to take with me to swimming lessons, the park, or on vacation.
I've had my eyes on hexagons for a little while now, but never took the plunge. Until now. There have been some really good posts about how to make hexagons recently.  Watching Angela get started was the final kicker for me.  She has a great post with links to other hexagon-quilting sites.   Texas Freckles (love that name!) also has some great hexagon-quilt-making videos.
And so I'm off to the races! And it is every bit as addicting as everyone says.  You've been warned.

26 comments:

  1. Oh dear... between you and Angela, I think I'm going to find myself powerless to resist. I do have a two-week trip to Chicago planned later this summer... :-)

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  2. They're always so pretty all stacked up!

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  3. But what I'm wondering...IS HOW did our grandmother's make their hexagon Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts???? I wish she were here to ask!

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  4. Love your hexs. I started in February and have about 25 double flowers joined together and about 10 waiting to be joined. I LOVE IT. There is something soooo therapeutic about hand stitching hexagons.

    Did you know you can order your papers at paperpieces.com in bulk? If you are planning on making something really big - what are your plans?

    Leila

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  5. Looking good! I've just started my own hexagon project, I needed a handwork project for when I'm on the ferry. I made six last night while watching TV and loved it!

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  6. I must...resist....hexagons....must.....resist..... (gosh I hope this works!) Yours are lovely, though!!

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  7. I made the mistake years ago to start a grandmother's flower garden quilt but I didn't know that quilt fabric existed so I used the cheapo JoAnne's stuff! Now I'm in the pickle of deciding whether or not to keep working on it, or scrap it for a new, better quality version

    I love your fabric choices.

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  8. You are off to a terrific start...love them! It does make the perfect take-along project too!

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  9. they look so pretty! wishing you a summer of relaxing (hopefully, right?)

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  10. I love hexagons!! I have been working them forever, I just keep making the hexy's. (Must sew them together.) Love your fabric choices:)
    Nadine

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  11. Have fun! I am almost convinced! What are your plans for them? I always love summer road trips because I can use the time to bind quilts, but binding a quilt poolside doesn't really work. This would...

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  12. I buy all my hexagons from paper pieces too.
    http://www.paperpieces.com/contents/en-us/d16.html

    With those, I cut out the whole basting step. I just fold the material around the hexagon and 'tack' it down on the back without ever going through to the front.
    Big Time Saver.
    They are sooo fun!

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  13. I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since I saw yours this weekend!

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  14. Those look vaguely familiar!!! It was good getting to know you. You are one of those people who just glows with kindness! I have added you to my blog roll so I can feature something special from here!

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  15. Fantastic start! I think my favourite is the sock monkey hexagon. Sock monkeys! *dies of the cute*

    Are you doing a truly scrappy version, with no repeats? I don't have enough fabric lying around to accomplish such a feat, so I have several repeats in my stash. I've been sewing hexagons for about a month now, and am up to about 200. No idea how many I'll need to make something substantial, but I am going to sign up for Journey of a Quilter's One Flower Wednesdays challenge. http://journeyofaquilter.blogspot.com/p/garden-party.html

    At least then I'll have something more substantial than just a towering pile of hexagons, right?

    Good luck, and have fun!!

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  16. My very first quilt was a GFG. I agree, those hexies are very fun to make. I love your color choices.
    I saw an English paper pieces project the other day on a blog, and ordered some papers. Can't believe I'm signing up to do another one. I think I'm in trouble too!

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  17. Oh my gosh, I just love your blog! I just joined a quilting guild, and it is so much fun. I'm going to have to tell everyone about your site. But first I have to check out all your tutorials! :)

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  18. they are sooo pretty!! i just made my first hexies this week-end!! they are so fun!!

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  19. eeek - I LOVE your hexagons!

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  20. ADDICTING is right I can't stop

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  21. LOVE it. It was so fun to see how FAST you were putting them together too. I can't wait to see how it turns out. So I need help! I finished my first quilt, well the top of it. Now what? I don't want to hand quit it because it's queen sized. Where do you do your quilting?

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  22. Yes, Yes!! So totally addictive!! What a great choice for all those summer activities. It is definitely portable and convenient. Looking forward to seeing all your hexie goodness.

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  23. I had never heard of a hexagon quilt until your blog the other day. I started this afternoon! I have so many scrap leftovers I never could just get rid of, and now I'm glad I didn't! I enjoy your blog!

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  24. Oooooh, they are incredible!

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  25. seems like everyone is hooked on hexies at the moment! i love the fabrics you picked!

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