Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hexagon Delight 2

Here is the first flower of my Hexagon quilt. I'm delighted! I have many, Many, MANY more to go. Thanks to a lot of help from people on my Yahoo groups I was able to figure out just how many that is. I now know where I went wrong in my math calculations the first time I figured. I will need about 2000- 1 1/2" Hexagons to make a 100x112" queen size quilt. Considering there are 12 hexagons in my pattern, I will need approximately 167 Yellow, 333 white, cream or tan, 500 greens, and 1000 reds. I'm not tooo picky but, I do hope to get some variety in my reds as I want it to look like flowers and not just like a red blob.

Here is the back of the first flower after stitching the maroon hexies to the yellow. I left the templates in place while stitching to be sure to get the perfect shape. I was careful while stitching to get just the fabric, and not the tagboard.

I also wanted the punched holes in the back of the hexagon templates so that I could remove them and use them over and over again.

Simply take a smaller size crochet hook and place it in the hole, and pull.

Out popped the template with no damage, ready to be used again. Yay! Less templates to cut!
I only removed the center template at this time as I still have to stitch the sides of the petals together and I needed the center of the flower to be able to fold in order to do this.

Hexagon Delight

I am just delighted with Hexagon quilts! I am having so much fun! Well, so far that is. I found a sketch sheet like graph paper on and made a design for my quilt. Now, being a very VERY simple design I'm sure there may be a quilt out there somewhere like this. All I know is that I doodled on the graph paper, and this is what I came up with, so this is my design. If you happen to have designed one like this... great. I'm not selling my design, I just designed it with my own lil mind. Here is my picture.
Now if you look at the little section that I have outlined in the black marker, this little pattern repeats throughout the whole quilt.

I found a fantastic template to use on She has a fantastic site and a great resource for hexagons. It has really helped me build enough confidence to get started on this project.

I used some cardstock that I had left over from years ago when I ran a home daycare. It can be purchased at a paper supply store like Staples or Office Depot along with the reams of paper. It is just a bit sturdier and so I will be able to use them over and over again. I printed off the templates (I chose the 1 1/2") from I then punched two holes in them with a paper punch. I just used a hand style paper punch and got it as far as it would reach, and as close to center as I could by eyeballing it. They came out pretty consistently.
I am using those two holes to pin my template onto my rectangles of fabric. I cut my rectangles of fabric just over 1/4" larger than the template. I showed you two pinned templates. One is pinned on the outer edge of the holes. One is pinned on the inside edge of the holes. I suggest using the outer edges of the holes.

As you can see on the lower right hexagon I was easily able to slide the hexagon that was pinned on the inner edges of the holes. I found the outer edges of the holes worked much better. I also showed a picture of the pins that I used. On the left is a regular push pin (this did not work it was too short). I used the quilters pin on the right as it was perfect for reaching from one hole to the next.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dog Days - Quilt Helpers

I'm working on my Daughters quilt today. I made the top of this quilt 10 years ago, and although the workmanship isn't very good, I feel I need to finish the quilt and give her the quilt I promised her. It is a bit difficult around her to put a quilt on the floor and pin it as I get waaaaay too much help.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sewing Table

I made myself a sewing table today. I had a table that my DH had made for me from folding table legs and a piece of plywood. I topped it off with some cotton batting and muslin and stapled it in place. I used cotton batting so that when I sew, I can move my quilt piece to the side, and iron the seam quick, and add what is next. No moving the the ironing board, and not getting up and moving back and forth.
The other reason, was that I didn't want all of my fabric catching on the unfinished edge of the wood. I will take a picture of it when I get a few moments, and perhaps add it to the blog, however it really isn't much to look at.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Farmers Wife #4

I am of course doing my blocks scrappy, and not following the colors recommended in the book. In the book it recommends black in place of the blue I used in my block. I don't have any black in my stash, so that is what it has to be. I have run into a problem for my next block though. It is called bat wing. I can't really do bat's wings in anything but black, can I? I will have to put black and gray on my wish list for when I go to the fabric store along with pale blue and lavendar. Perhaps I can find them in the remnant bin all together (Haa haa haa). Well it doesn't hurt to dream.

Farmers Wife #3

I finished The Farmers Wife block #3 The Basket. Well I have to say the handle was a bit challenging for me. This was my first attempt into the world of applique. I did quit a bit of searching around the web for advice on how to for applique. I landed on several wonderful blogs to teach me some bits on freezer paper methods of applique that were wonderfully helpful. It has made me want to try more applique in the future. I do have my hands full at this time working on this quilt, however, I am searching for more information to learn about applique. When I see applique it makes me REALLY nervous, and I just get queasy. It seems much too difficult for a beginner like me. All the more reason I need to conquer it. Perhaps something small like a wall hanging won't leave me running for the porcelain god!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Farmers Wife #2

I finished The Farmers Wife block #2. I'm not so sure about the color choices, but I went with the colors suggested in the book. We will see if i don't change it at some point, but it is supposed to be a scrappy quilt made by farmer's wives with left over fabric in my mind, so that is what I am using.. whatever I happen to have. I even found some fabric I had from a chair I made for my DS when he was two. That was ten years ago, and I can't wait to encorporate that into his quilt.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Farmers Wife #1

I finished my first block of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. i did run into only one little snag. If you read my previous posts about making the templates, you saw that I didn't make templates of all of the pieces. I kept some of the pieces as paper templates. Two of those pieces would have been the maroon pieces in this block. When I traced the paper pieces, I didn't realize that I needed to place the paper templates up side down on the wrong side of the fabric. I cut the pieces wrong. Thank goodness I did this on block #1 and it will make me pay closer attention to how the templates need to be placed in the future. Well, one done, and 110 left to go!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Template Tutorial #4

Here are two of the templates. I cut them carefully, and then punched the inside sewing line with the tiny hole punch so that I could mark the corners with my quilting pencil.

Template Tutorial #3

By using the Ultra Fine marker, I am making a mark that is just the size of the line printed on the template. I was VERY careful to make my marks exactly where they were on the template lines. Any deviation would be compounded in the finished product. When machine sewing, be sure to cut off the outside line precisely. When you trace the line on your fabric.. trace the line, and cut it off so that when you sew you will get a true 1/4 inch seam.
I will be hand stitching mine, so I wasn't too concerned with the outside line, I'm more concerned with the stitching line. I want that to be perfect!

Template Tutorial Step #2

I then taped all of my templates on to my template plastic FACE DOWN. This is a picture of them with the template flipped over and all of them finished being taped on.. They are ready to now be traced with the permanent marker.

Template Tutorial Step #1

I gathered my supplies necessary to make my templates for The Farmers Wife Sampler. I am only making the templates necessary for pieces used more than one or two times. I will be using just the paper templates for those lesser used pieces. I needed two large 18x24 inch sheets of template plastic. However you can find template plastic in smaller sheets, you can find plastic in page divider inserts in your stationery section of you local Walmart store etc. These cost me $3.99 at my local Hobby Lobby. I got a Ultra Fine permanent marker to mark on the template plastic. Tape to tape my templates on. A ruler to draw my lines. A scissors to cut them out (not your fabric scissors). I also got a teeny dot paper punch in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. You could probably find it in your scrapbooking section. This is to mark the corner points you will be sewing to. And, of course the paper templates neccessary for my project.
***I don't know how to add more photos, so more to come in the next tutorial..

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A New Project

I bought this book, deciding this would be a good next project for me. It has 111 different 6" blocks in it. That will give me a lot of experience assembling blocks with different angles and construction. I plan to piece them by hand, so posts to the blog will probably not be happening in a speedy manner. The book comes with a CD showing all of the templates.
First step for me was to look and see which templates were used most frequently. I wanted to make plastic templates of the pieces that were used more than one or two times. I think it will be fine for me to use paper pieces for just one or two pieces. Some pieces are used over 500 times.. wow! I definately want a plastic template for that. I will show a tutorial in the coming days of how I make the templates for this project.