18 August 2016

A Hexie a Day


The other day I had a little a thought, which in turn led to me grabbing some pretty fabrics and paper pieces when I was in the shop ......my thought was, that I could sew one hexie flower every day (or so)...for a year (or so) which will in turn become the most glorious quilt.....yes I thought, that might be achievable.  We are obviously NOT going to mention all my other works in progress!

So each day since then I've been stitching a little flower and watching my pretty stack of flowers grow.....




I decided after much deliberation to use upon 3/4" papers which I'm really enjoying the size of, they're nice and sweet but will come together quicker than 1/2" paper which I toyed with.  I do love working in a fairly small scale.  In my humble opinion I find them easier to stitch together, the downside being that it takes longer to grow the size of the finished quilt.

The fabrics I chose are Lecien and are a mix of their Mrs March, Rococo and Sweet, Durham Quilt Collection and their Quilters Basic collection.  Its a very gentle and relaxing scheme to work with.

Rather than thread basting which I have always historically done with hexies, I am glue basting.....I do feel a little guilty it must be said as I've always been a thread baster, but what you can not argue with is the process is definitely quicker, which for me at this precise moment in time is what I need.  I'm using 50wt Aurifil thread and Merchant and Mills straw needles to stitch them together.

I'm planning eventually on sewing the hexie flowers together like these Tilda ones I did a couple of years ago.  I'll probably do this once I have a months worth and a good even mix of colours.  The Tilda ones were half inch hexies, which were thread basted.  This little piece by the way is in the shop and I think is probably the most picked up piece out of everything that I have made, that is on display.....one day I'll maybe finish it, who knows.

This is the back, so you can see all the thread basting......


What I do love about this method is that the seam allowance are held in position even after the papers have been removed.  I still love this method when I'm making 1/2" hexie flowers that are going to be appliqued, like this one I did the other night for another little project I'm working on behind the scenes....


I've already shared my 'A Hexie a Day' project on Instagram and rather excitingly some other ladies are now stitching along yay....and I would love it if you would like to join in too....the more the merrier hey!  

I've also had some emails asking me how I baste and stitch them, so I thought I would put together a couple of step by step photo's showing both my thread basting and glue basting methods, so you can decide which  method you like the best.  I'll share these tomorrow.

If you would like follow my progress on social media, as well as my normal hastag #prettyfabricsandtrims I am also using the hastag #ahexieaday 

Finally what I would say is that I aiming for one a day, but if I miss a day then so be it, this is going to be a fun, slow and relaxing project!

Scrummy Supplies

Lecien Fabrics can be found HERE
Paper Pieces can be found HERE
Glue Pens and Refills can be found HERE
Aurifil Thread can be found HERE

2 comments:

  1. A couple months ago I started making hexies out of 'Strawberry Fields Revisited'. My inspiration with them comes and goes but I have about 40 made. Thought of putting them in a flower arrangement in (?) For a quilt.

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  2. A couple months ago I started making hexies out of 'Strawberry Fields Revisited'. My inspiration with them comes and goes but I have about 40 made. Thought of putting them in a flower arrangement in (?) For a quilt.

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