Saturday, August 25, 2012

Summer of the traveling Hexies

A few months back, I needed a good project for a road trip in the car.  So I started making little tiny hexagon flowers.  It's a perfect way to use up scraps and it's so portable I can take them with me anywhere.
Last fall, my friend Amy gave me this cute little pencil box (from Target, I think.)
It has become the perfect traveling-hexie box for carrying all my supplies and keeping them handy for any spare moment in the car or at the pool when I can pick up and do a little hand work.  The box stays with me in my purse at all times.  Inside I keep my templates, a bunch of fabric scraps, scissors and a bobbin of thread - smaller and more portable than a spool - in the box.  The sturdiness of the box keeps everything safe and it doesn't get ratty like a plastic bag does.
 I just started adding the white hexagons that will surround the colored flowers.
I like the potential here.  I'm using the 5/8" hexagons from PaperPieces.com. They're little, so it's going to take some time to have anything sizeable put together, but I'm fine with that since I love having my little portable project during all that normally-'wasteable' time.

38 comments:

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

Beautiful as always! I am loving handwork more too.. Can't wait to see what you create with these lovelies!!

trish said...

So cute!! :o) I love the white borders! And super sweet of "the other" Amy to gift that adorable box! ;o)
Have a wonderful weekend.
love ya. Trish

Crafts4others said...

love the hexagons, always a fan of them. EPP is addicting.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous!

Heidi Staples said...

These are so perfectly darling. I remember seeing those pencil boxes at Target last year -- such a perfect size for this type of project!

Kimberly said...

Cute! I made a whack of hexis too on our recent holiday (inspired by you, of course!) and was wondering what to do with them. I had thought of a black surround for my flowers, but the white looks great too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Leah said...

So cute!

Katy Cameron said...

Such pretty flowers :o) I'm currently working out what to take on my over 26 hours of flights in October (that's round trip, but even so, I'm trying not to think about the over 11 hour ones!) and then the long road trip after SS

Jaime Costiglio said...

Love your portable project - great minds think alike! I too always, always have some handsewing in the car, especially when waiting for school pick up. We cannot waste a single minute without being productive - it's a little secret to how us women get so much accomplished. PS - Your color choices are terrific.

ME said...

Love them! I love my hexies too, and I just found out about glue-stick basting with them,and boy does it speed things up!

kelli said...

LOVE IT! The new hexa-go-go book has a quilt that combines strings blocks with hexis... Those would look so cute in that quilt! Great job!

Carla said...

I love them love them love them! I have also been making hexies on the go all summer! Yours are adorable!

Melissa Corry said...

These are so cue Amy!! Love them :)

Missy Shay said...

I like the idea of the pencil box, your hexies look great! missysaprons@gmail.com

Marian said...

Soooo lovely!! They've got great potential that's for sure!! And the pencil box is a great idea...I've been using plastic bags and it's lame. I need to upgrade!

Laura said...

These look great. I love making hexies! I saw a nifty idea somewhere lately that used a bento box to cary EPP supplies around. It was very cool!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Beautiful hexies Amy, I love your fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Amo e sou viciada nestes mimos.Estes seus estão divinos.Beijo.


Micki said...

How cute! I love hexies, and these are just adorable!

Mary said...

I love your Hexies! I'm doing a single ring hexie quilt with white border too! Isn't it a blast! I'm using my Accuquilt Go! to cut both the fabric and the paper. I use the middle hexie for the fabric and the smallest for the hexies. It's perfect to make 1" hexies.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful. They are great surrounded by the white hexies!

Elisabeth said...

Gorgeous hexies. It's a good idea to always have something in your bag; I've been stuck in boring places with nothing to do a few times. I might just go and get some paper templates, fabrics and pins right now to put in my bag.

Meggie said...

Thanks for link to Paper Pieces...the hexagons are adorable.

Jenn said...

I'm doing the same thing, although I don't have a cute little box - mine is larger and I can't take it everywhere! I plan to do the white hexies, too, and am somewhat dreading all that....not sure if I want to applique my flowers onto blocks or go with the all-out entirely hand pieced top....I know it will take a few years to amount to anything, but I'm OK with that too because, as you've said, it does eat up dull road time when my hubby is driving! :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! I LOVe hexies!! ♥

CathyK said...

Such pretty hexes! I love the box...how handy!

adaisygarden.com said...

Great idea! Beautiful!!

Tessao said...

Gorgeous hexies! I love the contrasting coloured center of each one!

agirlnamedmaria said...

Can you please explain handwork(where do you learn to do it)and hexies to a non-quilter who is getting ready to dip her toe into the beautiful sea of fabrics. I realize this is not something a beginner would start off with, but your projects are so beautiful that I want to learn all of it! Thank you :o)

Barbara said...

Wonderful (: Hexies are my go-to in the car as well. Such an easy and small project to bring along!

Karen said...

I love your hexie flowers, they do travel well!

Layne Bushell said...

You inspire me Amy! I wish I were organized enough to do traveling hexies!

bethanndodd said...

Those are adorable! I have yet to try hexies but hope to soon. They may just be the perfect project to work on while at practices every.night.of.the.week ;) Smiles~Beth

amy smart said...

Glue-stick basting! That is brilliant! I need to give it a try.

amy smart said...

Great questions! I found an older post with some links to good tutorials for places to get started: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/05/in-need-of-summertime-project-hooked-on.html

Carla said...

Your hexies are gorgeous! I just finished a doll quilt with 3/8 hexagons. So fun!

Cindy said...

Just starting into the quilting world. Sorry for maybe an obvious question: do you take the paper or plastic out? And how and when do you do that?

amy smart said...

Great question Cindy. Yes, you eventually take out the templates. I take them out after I have sewn all six sides to an adjoining block.

Sherri said...

I love these...I guess I didn't realize they were so small...amazing!