What a clever project! Beeeeeeeeeeeeutiful!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Here is a neat way to finish the edges of your next hexie project...
This is a new take of making hexie coasters! You can always increase the size to make matching placemats.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Sometimes our hexies need to move into the wall--what a great project for all those embrodiery hoops we have from days gone by. Perfect for those small spaces you want to bring a pop of color!
For those of you who would like to work with larger hexies, you might want to try out this tutorial by Sewfreshquilts...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Ms. Solomon shows you step by step how to cut multiple hexies from 10" squares. Click on the link below the video for a template.
http://makeitsimpler.blogspot.com/2015/ ... agons.html
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Let’s play the “male quilter” game! Each correct answer is worth one point—the one with the most correct answers win!
If we have a tie, the names will go into a hat and a winner will be drawn. (Note-I do have the final say on the answers). The prize is a copy of Recycled Hexie Quilts by Mary Kerr
The deadline to submit your answers is midnight, October 1st ET. Email your answers to email@example.com
1. Who is the male quilter whose family has been quilting for 96 years?
2. What male quilter has worked on the Oprah show and several other TV productions?
3. This male quilter passed away in January, 2015, but his whimsical embellishments still shine on thequiltshow.com
4. This blog list 117 male quilters—what is the title of the blog?
5. This male quilter made a quilt called Scan that incorporated an embroidered drawing of an MRI scan of his brain—who is it?
6. Who is the author of the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking”?
7. This young, male quilter founded Antler Quilt Design at what tender age?
8. Who is the male quilter that first passion is music and started taking lessons at age three?
9. Who is the male fabric designer and quilter started his career as an actor and singer?
10. What is the name of the online community of male quilters?
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
While due to restrictions posted on their blog, I cannot show you photos of their many pages of free tutorials, but you will find many hexie projects, including EPP travel kit and mini hexie necklace. It's well worth the view. Thanks Haley!
This pattern set is available on Craftsy for $6.00.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
For a modern twist to your next hexie project, try this pattern from Spoonflower.com:
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The holidays will be here before you know it, so get out your strips and sew away!
Monday, September 7, 2015
Organizers, Toys, Speciality Techniques, Tool and Machine Tips are only a few of the free tutorials you will find at Sew4home.com.
Here are a couple of items from their "handbag" second:
Here are a couple of items from their "handbag" second:
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Download the PDF from JoAnn Fabrics website:
Friday, September 4, 2015
Now you can download the PDF free pattern from Paper Pieces website!
Thank you, Paper Pieces!
Time to sign up for our 18th swap!
Sign up by October 3rd by emailing me your name, address, phone, email address and themes to firstname.lastname@example.org
SWAP IN DUE IN MY HANDS NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 28, 2015
*Stashbusters (see guidelines below)
*Summer prints (see guidelines below)
*TRUE 30’s Repros-no children’s novelty prints (see guidelines below)
<<36 SET MINIMUM-99 SET MAXIMUM PER THEME>>
The Paperpieces.com code number will be emailed to you once you officially sign up at email@example.com with your full real name, address and phone number and the swap(s) themes you be joining in. Paperpieces 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.
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!
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 and be sure to check the blog for the details. See the tutorial on how to make hexies for this swap on the blog under favorites.
Check out the right side of the hexie blog for photos of suitable fabrics for the above themes. Remember, you can only send in a maximum of ten sets (60 hexies) of the same print. And no, you cannot duplicate or use the same fabric for another theme (such a sending in a red and white print and also including it into the Stashbusters theme).
Here are our three themes:
>Stashbusters: Use the guidelines below for selecting fabrics and check out the blog at http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com/2012/12/basics-for-hexagon-swap.html
>TRUE 30’s Repros-no Children’s or Novelty prints: Just remember for the TRUE 30's repros, this is for only genuine 30's repros, not just small floral prints that look like repros. You will find "Circa 1930" on most selvedges and you can search the following websites for 1930’s reproduction fabrics. Just remember the prints we would use would be small scale prints (see both acceptable and not acceptable) prints on the blog http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com/2013/01/second-hexagon-swap.html
*PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE SWAP OR CUTTING YOUR FABRICS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK!* As always, if you send in hexies using fabrics not allowed in the swap, they will be returned.
*Use only 100% cotton fabric.
*NO solids (unless noted in swap guidelines), homespun, glitter, batiks, novelty prints—this includes holiday prints (unless noted in swap guidelines) and children prints, flannels, thin or plastic-feeling fabrics. Please do not send in any WOW (white on white), COC (cream on cream), etc. They really don’t make a colorful flower. 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! If you have a question on a fabric, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, ALSO PLACE A 1” HEXAGON PAPER ON THE QUESTIONABLE PRINT SO I CAN SEE THE SCALE.
*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 selvages (and pin marks) 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.
*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 ENFORCED! If shipping parcel post, plan on two week shipping time. For international shipments, please plan on at least three weeks to arrive in time to swap out.
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. 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.
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 2015 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 pet dander and scents, 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.
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! Some swappers like to use those address labels they get in the mail. You can put all your separated themes in a larger Ziploc bag with your COF 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>> http://hexagonswap.blogspot.com/2013/08/packaging-your-swaps.html
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!
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 may not be returned the same way.
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