Showing posts from September, 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 Trash Basket Batiks was 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. The pots are half-hexagons. 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.

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

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!

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! Reindeer  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