Friday, April 29, 2016

Hexie this and Hexie that, my way of doing Hexies

I was explaining to a friend the other day how you do Hexies by hand using cardboard shapes.  She said she had never heard of that before so I figured since I was working on a Hexie Table Runner for my table for this upcoming Christmas I’d try writing instructions on how to do this and use my progress.
First off you need Hexagon shapes in whatever size to stitch fabric to.  I have a 2” hexagon paper cutter I got at Hobby Lobby a year or so ago using a coupon.  People use other stuff to make theirs, some use freezer paper that when you iron shiny side down it will stick to the fabric and you never have to remove it.  I prefer cardboard, I don’t want to spend all that time ironing.  You can use old cards, or card stock from the store to cut your shapes. 

This is the cutter I used and some of my shapes

Now you need your fabric, like I said I’m making a Christmas table runner and found this cute pattern at the Moda Bake Shop a few years ago.  Theirs was machine sewn and I tried that but wasn’t really happy with it.  I had a bunch of 2 -1/2” hexies cut out so just used those to sew to the card board shapes.  You can cut out 2-1/2” squares that will give you enough for a seam allowance. 
 Next you have to sew the fabric around the shapes, this is done by hand and a great project to work on while you watch TV.  I did a bunch this weekend while binge watching House of Cards on Netflix.  You need some kind of clips to hold the fabric down as you fold it over the shapes to sew down.
  You go corner to corner until you have them all sewn down and looks like this.
Then of course you have to attach the hexies to each other,  use the same clips to hold two of them together and whip stitch from corner to corner.
You can make all kinds of shapes with these little things,  I was doing rows, 7 across once I got the first few done to make the correct shape of the runner, for a total of 16 rows.

 Once it's done your back with look like this, of course depending on the shapes you have made
You can press front and back to set the seams before you remover the templates. You use a crochet hook to remove the papers just pick a corner and pull gently.  Now you can reuse the templates for your next Hexie project.

Mine looks like this right now, I haven't pressed it yet.
Check back next week, I will have it finished and ready for the holidays :)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pretty spring day

We have had a bit of rain the last few days, actually a lot last night.  I got up this morning and the sun was out and the grass was so green, I didn’t have my glasses on at first and saw a brown lump in the yard under where two of my trees are.  I thought it was a clump of leaves that fell off the tree(s).  Turns out it wasn’t, it was this cute little rabbit, just lying there in the grass.  It didn’t even move when I got a bit closer to take its picture.  My doggies didn’t even notice it.
After I took a picture of the bunny I had to get some of my roses.  They are blooming so nicely at the moment.  Several more have big fat buds on them so I see more lovely roses in my future. 

I have spent way too much time today sitting at this computer, think I need to go putter around and get a few things done.  But Einstein will be staying here taking his nap.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Another Swap for me

I decided to do another quilt square swap.  I have finished two swaps, but not the quilts J.  One the squares are together just working on the border, piano keys which are kind of tedious, the other is a Friendship Ribbon quilt in Christmas fabrics.  I will probably get that one together this month.  However, in the mean time I am now doing a Random Ohio Star quilt using Bonnie Hunters free pattern Random Ohio Stars.  I chose Civil War prints for mine.
This is all my way of saying don’t be in a rush.  I needed to have this blocks mailed to arrive before April 15 and I’m cutting it close, I will be mailing them today.  I was on a birthday adventure which I will be sharing in a few days and was gone for 10 days, when I got home I had to get caught up on so much stuff.  
I finally got a chance to sit down and sew and got to work on the 4 blocks I needed to made.  I made the half square triangles first, since I have learned chain piecing I decided to do all that part first.  Anyone see the problem here? 
 All the triangles are sewn on the wrong side, so I had to go back and sew them all on the correct side then take the wrong stitches out.  They look like this when done correctly.

They finish into this really nice block that is now going in the mail with 3 others.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Happy Dance for Me :)

I had a happy dance just before Thanksgiving and forgot to share ....shame on me :).  I actually finished sewing a quilt mystery before the next one started.  I finished Grand Illusion by Bonnie Hunter which is now available here Grand Illusion Digital Download.  I used the colors recommended as I'm not brave enough yet to try my own.
Now I will need to press it, make and backing for it, have a few ideas for that, and then send it to be quilted, but all that will have to wait until after Christmas.  I think I'm going to put it on the bed in my guest bedroom when finished.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Allietare Part 1

I have been working on part one of  Allietare Mystery by Bonnie Hunter the past 2 days.  I got a later start then most, I have a good excuse, I was visiting this little cutie
for Thanksgiving and got home really, really late on Saturday, it may have even been Sunday. I did spend time yesterday cutting out stripes of gray and neutral and have about 60 half square triangles done now.

So tomorrow I'll cut more and sew more and maybe by Friday I will be ready to start clue 2, or maybe not but either way I'm getting it done, slowly but surely.  
 You can check out other folk's progress on this new mystery at mystery-monday-link-up-allietare-part-1

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What I do when I'm not quilting :)

I have an  Etsy Shop that has been sorely neglected over the past year or so but I am motivated to get more stuff in there.  Aprons of course and dishcloths but after all it is called  Withthisneedle so I need to put other things I do with needles in there.  However I have been working for the past 2 days on cute Halloween Aprons that will go up today or tomorrow (whenever I get a chance to take better pictures of them).

It has been so pretty here the last few days that I finally got outside and did some weeding.  I have much more to do but it’s a good start and I took my poor little Leia for a much deserved walk around the block, she was so happy to go I will have to take her again later, maybe after supper if I have any energy left J.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A fresh quilting start

I have been bitten by the quilting bug.  I got nipped over 30 years ago but life got in the way as it usually does and since I also love to Cross Stitch that one won out for most of my life.  I won’t lie, Cross Stitch is my first love, but this quilting thing has bite me hard.  I think part of it is because it is harder to see what I’m stitching and watch TV at the same time.  I can see close up but not far away.  I love to sit and stitch and watch TV.  With sewing I really don’t have that issue, I can see to sew and my TV is pretty close too in the sewing room, it’s usually on for noise though.

Anyway, this bug started almost 2 years ago when an online friend posted a link to Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery quilt for that year, which was Celtic Solstice.  I loved the idea of working on it week by week (how fast that didn’t happen is too funny for words).  I learned a few things though but working on it, and no it is nowhere near finished and may not be for a good while.  I learned from this experience the importance of 100% accuracy when cutting and sewing.  I learned the importance and scant quarter inch versus a regular quarter inch.  All my parts and make for this quilt but they are make correctly as I discovered when I started putting them together. 
Fast forward to last Thanksgiving, a new mystery came out Grand Illusions and I was ready for that one too J  I took what I learned from CS and applied it to GI and though I am not done yet I promise my parts are accurate and will go together like they should.
When you do a Bonnie mystery she gives you the list of colors she used around Halloween and the first clue comes out the day after Thanksgiving, they are free in her shop until around sometime in June, then you can buy them in a digital download here!/Digital-Downloads/c/13038426/offset=0&sort=normal if she doesn’t plan on putting in into an upcoming book.  You can get CS and GI there now.  I have however saved all my clues on my computer and a flash drive so I can actually get them done.

So the reason for this intro of sorts is to explain the purpose of this post.  Precision, you have to be very accurate when cutting out your bits of fabric and you have to be precise when sewing them together.  I have learned the hard way i.e. Celtic Solstice that it is   important to measure and cut right in order to sew it correctly and even that must be done correctly. 

I have my tools, my iron, a very good rotary cutter and mat, a good ruler and very good scissors.  I also bought  Bonnie Hunter's ruler for making sure I have my scant quarter inch for sewing. 
I put some of the flex tap on the back of all my rulers so they don’t slide when I am using them.  I also used the tape to make the quarter inch on my sewing machine so my seams are all the same.  So far it seems to be working well for me.
I am working on clue 4 of GI and will be doing 5 next week then the real test will begin will they all line up correctly but that is for another day J