Friday, August 30, 2013

Sixth Hexie Swap--Sign ups closed

As we in New England are looking forward to our annual color show, those of you who do not have the opportunity to enjoy the four seasons can express them in this swap....think the dark oranges of ripen pumpkins, the deep reds, maroons, rusts and golds of fallen leaves, earth tones of darker greens, get the picture! What a lovely tapestry of color your project will be!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Share Your Hexie Projects With Us!

Calling all hexie makers! I'd love to post photos of your projects--in progress or finished! You can email them to  and I will be happy to place them here for all to see.

If you have a story behind your projects, please share with us. There is nothing better than enjoying the work of others to get you inspired!

Friday, August 16, 2013

FIFTH Hexie Swap Due in September 7th

Just another reminder that your fifth swap (Stashbusters and Batiks) are due in my hands no later than September 7th!

Remember that Sept 2nd is Labor Day, so allow extra time when shipping as you will lose one day in transit.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


In collaboration with the great ladies at (see their contact information at the end of this post), we will offer you the opportunity to join a fun swap with other quilters and save 20% not only on your precut shapes of English paper pieces, but for all other merchandise on their website! Please note this discount doesn’t include the shipping charges. They offer an extensive collection of hexagon books to spark your interest and especially recommend “Piecing It All Together” and “English Paper Piecing”.

The code number will be emailed to you once you officially sign up at . They will do their best to get your shipment out ASAP so you will have plenty of time to work on your sets! I will do my best not to send you back any duplicates.

This a fantastic bring-along project while waiting in the doctor’s office, sporting events, watching TV, etc. The hexies just about make themselves! Check out the [url=][/url] site for lots of motivation, books and patterns!

Be sure to check out the blog and please feel free to send along pictures to share with others of your progress.

We will be swapping 1” hexagons (Paperpieces item # HEX100). Please note that these measure 1” on each side. Each “set” will be of six of the same fabric with the papers left inside. This will allow you to make the outside edges of a flower and use your own center fabric to bring consistency to your finished project. Please do not use any glue to hold down the paper piece on the fabric. You will be sewing through the paper.

Each “set” is six (6) - 1” hexies of the SAME fabric. You can send in a maximum of ten (10) sets of the SAME fabric

There will have TWO themes—Stashbusters and Autumn

For the  Autumn theme, no  Thanksgiving or Halloween novelty prints (plus the normal fabric guidelines listed in this post). Think fall/harvest colors-eggplant, maroon, rusts, dark reds, golden hues, dark greens, harvest orange, deep browns—you get the picture.




* To sign up, send me an email to with your full name, board name, address and phone number AND which themes you want to participate in.


Our players:
1. KC1930-36 sets here! Big Grin
2. Kaylaquilts-45 sets here! Big Grin
3. Mary Ellen R.
4. Chris M.-63 sets here! Big Grin
5. PatV82-45 sets here! Big Grin
6. AngieinNH-36 sets here! Big Grin
7. Sharon T.
8. cviens-72 sets here! Big Grin
9. Melody M.-51 sets here! Big Grin
10. Mira S.-36 sets here!Big Grin

1. KC1930-100 sets here! Big Grin
2. Kaylaquilts-63 sets here! Big Grin
3. Mary Ellen R.
4. Kay-lin
5. Chris M.-54 sets here! Big Grin
6. Wippys58-90 sets here! Big Grin
7. Emily P.
8. PatV82-45 sets here! Big Grin
9. Janis T.
10. Angie in NH-36 sets here! Big Grin
11. Sharon T.
12. Lakequilter-90 sets here! Big Grin
13. Melody M.-104 sets here! Big Grin
14. Sheacat
15. Mira S.-60 sets here! Big Grin
Below you will find what seems like a copy of “War and Peace”, but I run my swaps with open communication so there are no surprises and complete consistency from all swappers. Follow the guidelines? Great! Don’t follow the guidelines? Your swap will be returned. I need to be fair to all swappers who play. And I know what you are thinking and yes, I am a type A personality, lol!

>>We do, however, want to keep the prints to SCALE so that we have a nice visual when the hexagons are sewn together. If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me or post a picture on the HGTV discussion board. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.

*PLEASE SHIP IN PLENTY OF TIME AS ANY LATE PACKAGES WILL BE RETURNED BACK TO YOU UNSWAPPED AT YOUR EXPENSE!* I will be sending out a “gentle reminder” notice two weeks before the swap is due. THIS WILL BE strictly INFORCED! : Star: If shipping parcel post, plan on two weeks shipping time: star:

 As a member of the HGTV Quilting boards, you are invited to join us by clicking on the HGTV registration link on right side of the blog page. After you sign up (this is free!), you can join us on the “Quilting & Needlework” board. Any problems, just contact me. I will have a running discussion there if you want to communicate and share with the other swappers.

While I advocate using Paperpieces papers (#HEX100), you can also take lightweight card stock and cut your own. You cannot use regular computer paper or cardboard for this swap as they are subsequently too light and too heavy ensure a sharp point when turning corners and will be returned! If you do use your own inserts, be sure they are consistent while cutting. I will be doing a spot check to be sure they are not too small or too large and that once you sew down the corners they are not pulling up the tips. Check out the blog for a tutorial as to how we would like the hexies made. Please do not use any glue or adhesive to hold down the hexie paper to the fabric. WE ARE SEWING THROUGH THE PAPER. Please use a straight stitch, not a whip stitch for easy paper removal.

Your swap guidelines on how to make of the hexagons will be posted on the blog. Please DRY press your hexagons when finished. Be careful NOT to use steam if using printed inserts as the dyes may come off on the fabrics! Yes, we will be sewing through the paper, but as you see in the tutorial, it will be easy to remove the papers for reuse once you sew your hexagons together and remove the basting stitch.

As mentioned before, each set will be six-1” finished hexagons of the SAME print with a knotted basting stitched (PLEASE USE THE SMALLEST NEEDLE POSSIBLE TO AVOID HOLES!) down the middle and back up to the top to hold each set together (with papers left inside each piece). You can only send in 10 sets of the SAME print! (Total of 60 hexagons of the SAME print) to ensure a nice variety of prints. I found cutting 2 ½” strips of fabric and sub cutting them into 2 ½” squares work PERFECT for this project.

>>We do, however, want to keep the prints to SCALE so that we have a nice visual when the hexagons are sewn together. *Pictures of “naughty” and “nice” prints will be posted on the blog so that you can use that as a guide. If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me or post a picture on the HGTV discussion board. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.

A couple of rules of thumb for this swap

*Use only 100% cotton fabric.

*NO solids, homespun, glitter, novelty print—this includes holiday prints and children prints, flannels, thin or plastic-feeling fabrics—this swap is for prints, so please do not send in any WOW (white on white), COC (cream on cream), etc. They really don’t make a colorful flower. You can send in TOT (tone on tone) fabrics. Just remember we want each flower to stand out--not become a wallflower in your finished project!

*NO large prints—be sure your fabrics selected are to the 1” hexagon scale! Leave your open background and large prints for other projects—use smaller prints that fill in your hexie! CHECK OUT THE BLOG FOR FABRICS THAT ARE AND THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS SWAP.

*NO batiks, check, plaid or stripe fabrics.

*Be sure when cutting directional fabrics they do not end up looking off-bias or wonky once the hexagon flowers is put together.

*Be sure to REMOVE your selvedges BEFORE cutting your fabrics. Check fabric for flaws, such as runs or stains. Since the sets will be stacked and tacked by a thread, I will not be able to double check your work. Remember the golden rule of swapping—do not send anything in that you wouldn’t want to receive in return.

NOTE: I know life sometimes throws you curve balls, but it has happened that people get excited and want to play, only to wait two months later when the swap is due in a day or so to say they didn't have time. By that time you should have already been ready to mail the package. That leaves me hanging to replace your swap with my stash and totally unfair IF you know you cannot make the deadline to begin with. I give you ample notice so you have plenty of time to make an informed decision. Also, another player may liked to play in your place. Be honest with me up front, or a repeat offender might not be able to play in the future The success of this swap depends on your ability follow through your commitment to our group of players. Thank you for your understanding!

By all of us being honest and accountable, I'm sure we will have a great 2013 swapping year! I really do enjoy hostessing and want to continue to enjoy it, so by coming up front with any issues is not really a complaint, but a way to correct it so my frustration level (and blood pressure!) stays at an even keel. Probably the MOST important thing I can say about a successful swap is the high level of communication between all parties. Without that, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Be prepared for me to contact you several times during the swap for an update on your progress and invite pictures of your hexies to share with other swappers!

I’m allergic to dogs and cats, so please do what you can to control the fur. Some packages come in with so much pet hair that they look like they need to be brushed! For health reasons, I cannot handle them and they will be returned untouched at YOUR expense. My health depends on it and I thank you in advance for your understanding.

POSTAGE or POSTAGE money must be included in your package. Be sure to add a stamp or two to your stamped envelopes if not going priority mail flat rate boxes. They also seem to weigh more returning than coming in! If you are a frequent swapper, you can also send in $20 or so and I can keep it on “account” and deduct your postage from it. This was worked nicely with some swappers in the past and that way you don’t have to worry about sending in money each time. Once the swap is complete, I will PM you your postage balance on account for your records. If you wish your extra postage money returned, I can certainly do that also.

If you wish to include a self-addressed mailer for the return trip back to you, remember NO metered postage or ACP postage on the return mailer. Stamps only. Our post office will not allow more than a 13 oz. pre-stamped mailer in any mailboxes nor can mail carriers accept them (since 9/11 our East coast mail guidelines have been modified). While your local p.o. may say it is okay to use metered or ACP postage, our p.o. will NOT accept anything that has been pre-dated. I’m just trying to make it as easy as possible for all concerned. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Also, let me know if you want a delivery confirmation.

For Priority mail packages, I have plenty of mailing envelopes and boxes here so there is no need to send a new one. I do, however, try to recycle the boxes if possible. IF YOU ARE SENDING YOUR SWAP IN A MANILLA ENVELOPE OR PADDED MAILER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEND IN A RETURN ENVELOPE. Remember, I am not responsible for the packages once they are mailed back to you.

>>NOTE: Some of your local post offices allow you to pack a flat rate envelope or legal size envelope to the bulging point, but mine won’t accept them as they are intended for FLAT items only. So, if you can get away with it on your end-fine-just be aware they cannot be returned the same way.

PACKING YOUR SHIPMENT-We found that using dollar store sandwich Ziploc bags package nine sets nicely and make it easier to swap out. If you “burp” the air out of the baggies before you seal them they pretty much stay in place during shipping. Also, please ID each baggie with your name and state so that the other swappers can know where their hexies come from! You can put all your sets in a larger grocery bag (or Ziploc bag) with your HGTV board name (if you have one!), real name and address, phone number and number of sets in the main bag AND a separate piece of paper with your mailing address in case the package is damaged in shipment so the post office can still return it to you.

>>Please see packaging guidelines on the blog post>>



[url=][/url] (Use the search box to find the HEX100)

Call toll free in the US: 1-800-337-1537

Hexagon Swap blog:


HGTV Registration: (Once you sign up, go to the “Quilting & Needlework” Message Board)


My HGTV board name is KC1930

Suitable Fabrics For Fall Color Swap

Here are just a few of the beautiful colors of fall....think eggplant, deep greens, burnt oranges, golds, deep reds, maroons and wines. Along with the regular fabric guidelines, NO Halloween or Thanksgiving novelty prints allowed.
Questions? Just ask!

Monday, August 5, 2013


While this is still in the planning stages, let's choose the next swap's themes!

I have several photos of what we would be looking for in the above themes. You can email me at  with your vote or post here on the board.

I will leave the poll up until August 13th and then select the top two themes. The official sign ups will be posted and left up until August 27th. The swap will be due in my hands no later than October 19th.

The guidelines would be the same as the previous swap, but always feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fabrics.

I have posted suitable fabrics on the blog at

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What would you like to see offered for our third hexie swap? Vote for one on the poll and your second choice by posting in the discussion, PM or email me at

If you have a suggestion for a theme, please email me and it can be brought up for the NEXT swap!

*Small floral prints
*TRUE 30's repros-NO children/novelty prints
*TRUE red, white and blue
*Autumn colors
*TRUE 30's repros-children/novelty prints

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Packaging Your Swaps

After opening up our fourth hexagon swap, I noticed several of you packaged up your hexies with the same print in the same baggie. Below is a made up sample of what happens when you do this. Note: Be sure you use a Ziplock style sandwich bag, not snack bag.

Here is a sample--not an actual swap. While it might be hard to see, I'm sure you notice the same hexie prints in one bag.

What happens is when you package nine sets per bag with the same print or some of the same print is that I need to empty all of the hexies out of the baggies and repackage so that only ONE of each print is in each bag. This is terribly time consuming and not according to the guidelines. I need to swap out one bag for one bag, and I'm sure you don't necessary want a bag of nine of the same print!

What I did is take the hexies with the most of the same print and use those first to make identical bags. Note all the three bags of set #1 are identical. Set #2 is all make up of different prints. Now, I can take those two packages and send to the same swapper as both baggies have different prints inside!

I take the remaining hexies and make nine different prints per baggie. If you have duplicates, I usually will fill in from my own collection.

Let's say you have a smaller amount you are sending in. Take the multiples and use those first (see the top two rows). The single sets are below them.

Set #1 is done and packaged into two identical bags. The remaining duplicates from set #1 are in the upper right hand corner. I'll save those for now and take the hexies on the bottom and make more packages.
I made two packages of the duplicates for set #1 and took the remaining sets to make the two different sets on the right. The bottom bag only has five sets, so I will send you back five sets in a bag to complete your swap.

If you have any questions about packaging, please do not hesitate to email me at