What’s Next? How about a Hexie Quilt?!

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about my Summer Blues finish at last weekend, you definitely know how to make me smile! I was in stitches at a comment from Maureen over at Mystic Quilter: “what’s next?” she asked! Well Maureen, there’s a list as long as my arm hahaha! Where shall I start?!

The Project List

  • There’s the piecing and quilting of Fete for my sister’s birthday this January and I’ve got to get my skates on if I’m going to get it done in time.
Fete - an improv patchwork quilt in progress © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Fete

  • There’s the hand quilting of Prosperity
  • And Deepening
  • I’ve got to finish quilting my floating squares quilt ‘On The Edge
  • Then of course there are the Quilty365 circle quilts to consider (try and catch up with about 100 circles or just pick up where I left off?)
  • Not forgetting the Ocean Waves double bed quilt I’m making for Kim from old shirtings. Still rather a lot of piecing to do for this one…
  • And then there’s my hand pieced hexagon quilt, a variation of Grandma’s Flower Garden (below).

And I have a nagging feeling I’ve forgotten something (ahem, many things!). Fete, of course has to be top of the list and although it’s not going to be a huge quilt, the piecing has proved pretty time consuming and I’m probably only about a third of the way through.  I’m itching to get one of my smaller quilts finished up so I’ll be hand quilting On The Edge this evening – which’ll be a breeze after Summer Blues won’t it?!?!

 

Hexagon patchwork quilt on a bed: English paper piecing tutorial. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Hexagon Patchwork – How To Make One Yourself!

The Next Big Thing

The next big quilting project I plan to get started on is my hand pieced hexagon patchwork ‘Winter Garden’ (above). I’ve always had this one in mind for a winter quilt and plan to use a wool wadding to make it good and snuggly. Before I get ahead of myself though I’ve got to make the borders… and that’s where I’ve been deliberating, probably for a couple of years by now! Time to bite the bullet I think. I know I want to applique the borders, but that’s really as far as I’ve got. It would be great to get it finished and sandwiched by the end of the year, ready to quilt in the new year, but I’m making no promises!

Hexagon Patchwork – How To Make One Yourself

Have you ever thought about hand sewing a hexie quilt? Portable projects are the best (no reason to stop sewing just because you’re not at home!) and I enjoyed it so much I wrote a tutorial, which I finished updating last week.  Hexagon Patchwork – How To Make One Yourself starts from the basics of drawing your own hexagon templates to basting and sewing your patches together. There’s also a free pillow pattern to download and try your hand at. Hop on over and take a look!

I’m off to dig out my red and blue quilting thread to take a few stitches before bedtime. Have a great start to the week everyone and see you for next the Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

14 replies
  1. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Yes, I see now why you had a laugh at my comment! Your list of tops to be worked on is about the same as mine at the moment.
    But – I must say how much I love your rich Hexie quilt, just luscious!! I have just begun one a new one (made one aeons ago) I’m afraid I’ve taken the easy road and bought papers and I have a plexiglass template. I must also show your Fete quilt to my youngest grand-daughter, just up her street, and mine actually. Hope you’re keeping well presently.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think we both have a bit of a Kaffe Fetish Maureen! I’m really looking forward to getting this one in the hoop, the colours make me so happy.I think I might go a bit fancy and try my hand at some kind of Baptist Fan design this time, I suspect there might be wobbles and whinges!!! I’ve never bought templates but I can definitely see the advantages. I think my trouble is I never plan anything: if I get something into my head I want to make it there and then and don’t have the patience to wait for an order of supplies to arrive 😀 And I do like to be thrifty with paper. Love what you’ve been up to lately and look forward to heading over again today 🙂

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  2. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    I love your Winter Garden! I’ve never seen a Grandmother’s Flower Garden type quilt with a black background! Your flowers really pop! Awesome and inspiring!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Patricia! I think the black background makes the bright flowers look like jewels 🙂 It was good fun to piece it with less traditional ‘ditsy’ prints and try fussy cutting some larger flowers (when I wasn’t being too thrifty with the fabric). I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.

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  3. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    That’s quite a list and there are some quilts there I can’t wait to see finished.! I too love the black background on your hexies – so rich and opulent. My first quilt ever was EPP and I keep wondering about the technique, if I can think of a way to allow for my slapdash nature.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ha! I think that EPP takes care of my slapdash nature very nicely! It’s not easy to make EPP badly – well, not compared to my machining efforts anyway 😀 So when are you going to share pictures of your first ever quilt? I’d love to see it (and I bet I’m not the only one). I have strong feelings of guilt when I’m not doing something original, like ‘oh come on, you can actually use your brain you know’! But EPP really is the ideal portable project, once you’ve got your design sorted out you can just zone out completely. I think of it like sketching rather than drawing: a way of honing your skills without any pressure.x

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  4. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Also, I love your circles but 100 seems like a lot of catching up. Since you already had two sets going, maybe you could pick it up again and just work on slowly doing enough to finish those groupings?

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think that’s a brilliant idea Kaja! I didn’t want the ‘Plain Sewing’ one to be much larger anyway, I was thinking of it more as a wall hanging than a lap quilt, but the brightly coloured one could definitely be slowly added too. Thank you, decision made!!!

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  5. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    I don’t know why I haven’t caught on to the hexie craze. I’ve made a couple of EPP quilts but still not a hexie. Maybe that will go on the list for something to try in 2017. Yours is a beauty!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aw thanks Sandra! I don’t know what got me started on it to be honest, I think I began it in 2013 and stopped at the end of 2014 because I couldn’t make up my mind about the border. The thing I always find amazing about EPP is the amount of variations you can make with just a little bit of geometry, from the humble hexie quilt to the ubiquitous (but nonetheless stunning) millefiori quilts that are getting everyone so excited. It’s a great way to piece though isn’t it? I have to confess I’ve just started mucking about with some EPP stars, ahem…I didn’t add those to the list did I?!?!

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      • Sandra
        Sandra says:

        I have made at least one EPP quilt and wonder why I haven’t done more. I have realised lately that EPP and sock-knitting have gone by the wayside when my days of being a hockey/baseball mom has ended. I’ll have to get back in the groove…everyone loved getting socks for Christmas!

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        • Stephie
          Stephie says:

          Oooh socks! Now that’s something I’ve never mastered without getting ladders – so darn annoying because they were great fun to make other than that, and I agree the greatest Christmas gift. I haven’t done any knitting for a year or two…maybe it’s time to get out the needles again? Like you say it’s easy for these things to fall by the wayside when our daily routine changes a bit. I think I used to knit in front of the tv, but we don’t have one anymore! Not having a tv has been good for quilting though, haha!!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Kate! It’s good to meet you and thank you for such a lovely comment 🙂 I’ve visited your blog before and notice we both have a love of colour, there’s nothing like it for brightening the day is there?

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