Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Last Hexie Contest For The 20th Swap!

For those of you who are officially signed up for the 20th hexagon swap, here our last game!

Answer the questions below and get a point for each correct answer. The person who answers the most via email to no later than midnight March 23rd ET will win a prize. In case of a tie, I will put the names in the hat and pull a winner.

As stated before, the prizes for these games will be sent out at the end of the complete swap to players who complete the swap.

While I try to be as clear and concise as possible with the questions, I get the final say on the answers.

>YOU CAN ONLY SEND IN ONE GUESS PER QUESTION!> Multiple answers will be considered incorrect.

Our prize is a $10 gift card for your choice of Joann’s or Hobby Lobby.

1. What is the name of the website that offers all your favorite quilting shows? 

2. This fabric company’s catch phrase is______  _______: A World of Possibilities 

3. This late fabric designer is famous for her bright, bold prints, including cats.

4. APQS offers a new product that is the son of George—what is his name

5. This B350 Bernina has a special pattern on the machine—what is it?

6. offers pre-cuts kits in what type of fabric. What is the full name of it?

7. What longarm manufacture offers the King and Queen of quilting machines?

8. Judy Niemeyer now designs fabrics with her daughter. What is her name?

9. These two ladies have been quilting together for over 30 years, but started teaching on public TV in ____.

10. What is the date of the hexagon blog post that mentions we got “over 30” of snow in two days?”

Bonus Question:
11. This talented template maker makes easy work of making LeMoyne Stars. Who is she?

Monday, March 14, 2016

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Wippys58 as the winner of the second Hexie contest! Your bag of quilting goodies will be sent to you at the end of the completed swap!

There will be one more 20th hexie swap contest, so please watch this blog--you never know when it will pop up! :)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Suitable Shades of Green Prints

Shades of Green prints are prints (no solids) that “read” green—when you look at it, it must be predominately green. Everything from the lightest mint green to the deepest hunter green.
Remember, keep your print size small so they look good on a 1" hexie. Any questions? Just ask!
Here are some suitable green prints for the hexie swap. Please excuse the shading on the photos.

21st Hexie Swap-Sign Up Now!

Time to sign up for our 21th swap!

Sign up by March 25th by emailing me your name, address, phone, email address and themes to 


Our three themes are:

*Stashbusters (see guidelines below)

*Shades of Green (see guidelines below)

*TRUE Black & White Prints (see guidelines below)


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 our 21th 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 I especially recommend “Piecing It All Together” and “English Paper Piecing”.

The code number will be emailed to you once you officially sign up at 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

>TRUE Black & White/White & Black prints:—just that—only black and white! No grey, ecru, off white, cream or any other color allowed! You might find it helpful to put your questionable white prints over a piece of white computer paper to determine a clean white color. Check out suitable B & W prints on the blog

 >Shades of Green Prints: We are looking for prints (no solids) that “read” green—when you look at it, it must be predominately green. Everything from the lightest mint green to the deepest hunter green. Any questions? Just ask! Check out suitable shades of green on the blog.

*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—and 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 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 selvedges (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 INFORCED! 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 2016 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-style 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-style 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>>

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 (minus the stamp money for return postage).

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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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Second 20th Hexie Swap Contest

For those of you who are officially signed up for the 20th hexagon swap, here is a game for you!

Answer the questions below and get a point for each correct answer.

The person who answers the most via email to no later than midnight March 11th ET will win a prize. In case of a tie, I will put the names in the hat and pull a winner. As stated before, the prizes for these games will be sent out at the end of the complete swap to players who complete the swap.

                **Do not send me multiple guesses for each question**

While I try to be as clear and concise as possible with the questions, I get the final say on the answers.

Our prize is a mystery bag of quilting goodies! J

1. Chenille is the ______ word for ______. What are the two answers? (must  have both correct for point).

2. This male quilter and author began his career as a professional quilter in 1979. What is his nickname?

3. This fabric is described as various shades or tones of the same color with no other colors allowed in the print.

4. This old timer is still __________________after 25 years! Fill in the blank and what is her name?

5. What is the patent number of the first Singer Sewing Machine?

6. Speaking of sewing machines, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville loves her Singer 221K Featherweight so much she had her painted a bright yellow. What is her name?

7. This “Fat Cat” designer offers lots of free machine applique patterns on her website. What is her full name?

8. This type of quilt uses only solid color fabric and is usually always hand quilted.

9. On, what country is the September 2016 tour with Pam Holland?

10. What were the two themes for our 7th hexie swap?

Bonus question:

11. This fabric designer has a color for her last name. What is her full name?