Friday, April 22, 2016

Fussy Cutting for My Hexie Blocks

Do you remember the blocks I did to celebrate the first day of Winter? Not that I like winter, but for me that means that the days get 1 more minute of sunshine from then on!

Here are the two blocks I made using Paula Nadelstern's Fabracadabra Collection for Benartex:

Winter Solstice Block (I've since removed those borders)
 And, Here Comes the Sun! (click the link and you can see the steps to make this block)
Here Comes the Sun!
Paula's panels with the large kaleidoscopes also have smaller motifs at the selvedge ends. Let me show you what I did with those!

Fabracadabra panel showing large and small motifs
Some Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks made with 1-3/4" hexie papers
Six GFG blocks with a fussy cut motif in the center
Then I got to thinking about stars (since I'm a Block Star, ha ha). And I wanted to rotary cut some 6 pointed stars and here is what I got:

Circle of Stars
That center motif is one of the larger ones in the panel (same size I used in the Winter Solstice blocks above). I sewed NO y-seams. Made each individual star:

Single rotary cut star (no y-seams)
Then sewed the 6 stars into a circle and then added the interfaced center hexagon to the center using monofilament thread and a machine zigzag stitch:

Interfaced hexagon prepared for center of 6 stars
And here are two more blocks I made using the smaller motifs. Yes, I've been so captivated by these!

Twisted Hexagon (rotary cut and stitched)
 This one is called "Sarah" in the book "The New Hexagon."
Sarah Block
Paula has a new collection out now called Chromazone (also by Benartex). I'm getting some and will be sharing that in the next month.

4 comments:

  1. I love the way you used every bit of that design fabric. Are the blacks in the last block scraps from that, too? These are amazing and make me want to rush right out and find something like it.

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  2. Deliciously striking. I love them all.

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  3. Wow! These are all so impressive . . . like looking into a kaleidoscope.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    Connie :)

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