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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hexagon Tutorial / Pattern with no Y seams/ Vintage fabrics

I just love a good hexie quilt don't you? But I really don't like difficult Y seams. Here's how I did this hexagon quilt with no Y seams. I'll try to show another arrangement below.
Sew two or three strips together like you see here. These strips are 2 1/4" wide.  2 1/2" works if you're only using two strips. (it's possible it could work for 3, not sure)                                                                               
Use a 60 degree ruler to cut triangles across the strip. Make sure the point is exactly one edge of the fabric. You can see I put a sticky note on the ruler approximately where the bottom of the strip should be. (you can see in this picture, the tip of this ruler is flat, so I had to lower the ruler 1/4" from the edge of the fabric and just pretend it continued to a point.)
How to use a regular quilting ruler to cut 60 degree angles. The ruler needs to have a 60* line on it. Just line up the 60* line with the edge of the fabric and keep turning the ruler back and forth from top to bottom making sure you're meeting right at the tip of the triangle on each cut.
When you're done, you should have six of each triangle in reverse of each other! How cool is that?
Sew three pieces together so they're in half. You can see in the green one here how only half of it is sewn together. They look so cute! it's so exciting to see them
 come together!

During the process, I discovered that sometimes I had a little problem. ....Not quite enough fabric for the last triangle. See how I run into the selvage edge?
So, I decided to stagger the fabrics about 3/4", so I didn't have to worry about running out of fabric at the end.
It works well.
Here's another way you can arrange the triangles...Love!
Then lay the hexie halves on a sheet or something and arrange them in a pleasing way. When it's on a sheet, you can roll it up and sew hexie halves together later at your leisure.
The lines here show the rows.
Sew halves together like this:
Then you'll attach the rows together lining up the corners / seams as you go.
I haven't figured out how the binding is going to go yet! wish me luck!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

PB&J Quilt with Fireworks Pattern

I finished my PB&J Quilt! Isn't that a great name for a fabric line? 
I used the Fireworks pattern by Thimble Blossoms.
This is one of the very few quilts I've made that does NOT have Polka Dots!

I decided to use some grunge white and gray for the background.

Love the red chevron!

This is a cute block too.

Here's a close up of the machine quilting i did on my home machine. 
I tried a swirl and hook design.

The large navy and turquoise chevron is from another fabric line.
I think it fits quite well! I had to "tea dye" the fabric to get it from light blue to turquoise though.