Monday, September 26, 2016

Thinking Hexagons Today

I am presenting my trunk show tonight on hexies. I call it: Turning 60, The Joys of Hex. Let's see one of my oldie-goldie quilts using a half hexagon:

Half Hexagon Flower Pots
Then I made another one for Windham Fabrics. This appeared in my 2012 Wall Calendar of Quilts. You can find it (and 11 other patterns) for only $10.

Dancing Flower Pots. 10" Blocks; 55" x 55" quilt
And I used this half-hexagon pot shape for one other quilt. The flowers were fussy cut from a happy Lakehouse Fabrics fabric motif. Isn't this such a happy quilt?

Pots of Blooms
And in a FREE pattern on my Craftsy page: Trash Basket Batiks (made in 2002). I rummaged in the trash cans during a guild sew-in and grabbed all the discarded batik scraps. I got the last laugh with these fun blooms. Go get the FREE pattern: Trash Basket Batiks.

Trash Basket Batiks

I figure I probably have another one or two creations around here using the half-hexagon for a flower pot. But for now, I hope you enjoy seeing all 4 of what I found so far.

Monday, September 19, 2016

3-D Folded Hexagon Flowers and FREE pattern

Yes, that's right. I began making these little flowers about 15 years ago when I was working with some origami shapes. I saw how Kumiko Sudo was doing this with circles, but that didn't make sense to me. I needed points of orientation and figured if I started with a hexagon I should end with a hexagon, right?

The first quilt I made using this technique is a bit wild and bright! I made it about 14 years ago. I used green gros grain ribbon, folded hexagons and dogtooth sashings. Pretty crazy, I think.

Bright Dragonflies and Flowers
Here is a picture of the hexagons before and after folding. I cut my hexagons using a 60 degree ruler. You can cut any size this way. I think I've shared this on the blog in the past. The handout/free pattern has a hexagon traceable template for you.

Folded Fabric Hexagons
My most popular trunk show these days with quilt guilds is "Turning 60: The Joys of Hex." It's G-rated, by the way! I pulled this little quilt to take with me on Monday because it hasn't been out of the closet for a long time.

Hexagon Folded Flowers
The flowers are folded hexagons. The leaves are prairie points. The center of the hexagon flowers are yo-yos. Lots of dimension in this little quilt.

I put one of those folded fabric hexagons on a bag I made in 2013 using the Rebecca Collection by Windham. This is a reproduction set of fabrics and I was very taken with that purple!

Simple fabric bag (for my yarn!) with a folded hexagon and a flower button in the center
I also had this as a class sample for my small quilt using two different sized hexagons. More prairie points. What do you think?

Folded Hexagon Flowers
Now, would you like the instructions for making these flowers? It's a 2 page pdf download from my web site. And the yo-yo. Practice on construction paper to get the idea. Then you won't be able to stop, I promise.

Enjoy! Folded Fabric Hexagons

Friday, September 9, 2016

CORRECTION on the Merry Merry Quilt

Due to the eagle eye of Sharon M. who sewed the Christmas Star block last night at 10 pm, she found the error in the cutting diagram. I had the wrong numbers for the C Patch rectangle.

Thank you, Sharon! Sorry no one ever saw it in the editing department long ago.

Here is the corrected diagram. Now get sewing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Christmas in September - FREE Pattern

I have been designing blocks and quilts for my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar since 2006. I compiled one of my favorite Christmas projects into a pdf and I think I need to get that to you NOW so that you can work on it before December, right? This is my Merry Merry Quilt from that first calendar.

Piecing, applique and foundation paper piecing. This project assumes you know how to do these techniques, but my own approach to applique is raw edge. The quilt is 48" x 48". The blocks in the quilt center are 10" square and the angels finish to 5". All templates are full size. Full size foundation. All yardages are listed.

The Merry Merry Quilt
 This is my folk-art tree:
Folk Art Tree
 And some holly:
Holly Block
 We have to have a reindeer, right? Or Santa won't be able to get around!

 And my Winter Stars Block:

Winter Stars

And we have to have an angel!
Paper Pieced Angel
You can download this Merry Merry Quilt by clicking the link. I will move it on over to my Craftsy site in the next week or so, but for now, it's on my web site. That means you don't have to fill out a form, etc.

I do hope you enjoy this. And if you make any or all of the blocks, I'd love to see them. It's just about time for me to show more of YOUR quilts from the pictures you've sent.