Thursday, September 15, 2011

Playing with Hexagons, Pt I

I've been wanting to try out hexagons. Experiment #1 was machine pieced using these tutorials as a guide. rather than marking each hexagon, i used my 1/4" foot and put pieces of painter's tape on my machine to mark where i should line up the seams. the design was very much influenced by this lovely pillow, though i thought it would be less stressful to start with larger hexagons.
Hexagon Mini
I used the 3" hexagon template from Lady Harvatine with some scraps and kona stone. this mini-quilt is about 18x15. machine piecing hexagons isn't terribly hard but it's fairly tedious. against my better judgment, i FMQ little hills. i debated ripping it out because i really hate the way it looks but i got lazy. i do like the quilting pattern, just not with this particular quilt. if i were to do it all over again i'd probably handquilt to outline the hexagons. but that's what Experiment #2 is for.
Hexagon Mini Back
the backing is a lecien fabric and the binding is connecting threads. one of these days i will actually get around to hanging up all the miniquilts i've made.

if you are a regular reader of my blog, it probably won't be a surprise to learn that i am not a big fan of traditional fall colors. pairing brights with toned down neutrals and browns is about as Autumn as i get. Still this actually is fairly Fall-tinged for me (I used stone and brown instead of grey! plus...orange!) so I'm contributing this to Celebrate Color.
Celebrate Color

8 comments:

  1. Cute! Your first hexagons look lovely. I had trouble hand sewing my first batch together. I had no trouble basting them, but my stitches were very visible when I tried attaching them to each other. I'm going to try a super fine needle next time in hopes of making tinier stitches. I love this entry for Celebrate Color. I'm near finishing a couple of entries, but the first deadline will  be here super quick!

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  2. I always enjoy seeing what new quilts you are coming up with.  This one is great.  I'll bet a wall full of these miniature quilts would be so cozy in a home. 

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  3. Rachel at Stitched in Color Ha9/16/2011 02:47:00 PM

    Ok, I really like those FMQ hills.  I haven't seen that before, so thanks!  Cute little wall quilt - thanks for entering =)

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  4. What a cute hexagon quilt....and your FMQ looks wonderful : )

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  5. Those hexagons look great. I like how the gray makes the colored ones pop out!

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  6. I love the quilting pattern, glad you didn't rip! And your new header is nice. I like. 

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  7. FreshLemonsQuilts9/21/2011 07:27:00 PM

    Love the hexies!  I still need to try those. :)

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  8. very cute!  I haven't tried hexies yet...one day!

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