The first time I saw Salt Water by Tula Pink I was, how shall we say. . .intrigued. Not being one for corals, I was able to appreciate their beauty mixed with the blues and greens. Then I saw them all sewn together on “Hex on the Beach“. Oh dear me I was smitten
I knew one of my goals would be to make such a quilt, with hexies no less! Then I found the quilt kit online! As any responsible quilter wanna-be should, I made an investment in my quilting future. . .(Yeah my mister doesn’t buy that line either)
Once the box arrived, I forced myself to put it aside until I finished my preparations for the two Quilt BOMs I’ll be taking part in for the year, I was itching to get started.
The Nippers were busy watching an episode of Sesame Street this morning so I took advantage of that moment. . .opened the box. . .began to drool.
As I pulled each little plastic baggy holding a separate color of glorious hexies out of the box – the sheer magnitude of what I was hoping to accomplish hit me!
I’ve never done any English paper piecing before and even though I do pride myself in being a YouTube connoisseur of the art. I knew ‘YouTube educated’ or not, I better do a little sample first. . .
I truly enjoyed the process.
Some tips and tricks I found and gladly used:
Punching a hole in the middle of the template made for really easy template removal, I’m sure a non-heart shaped hole punch will work just as well!
I’m going to invest in some real basting thread and let you know if it’s worth it – the thread I used was some all purpose poly I had lying around and it was difficult to break.
Now, using both the lapel stick and quilting clip to hold my fabric and template together for basting may have been a little overkill – but for now it is making me confident in my stitching, and I’ll probably keep it up.
once all my pieces were basted, I attached all the petals around the center prior to stitching the petals together – this worked for me because I was able to pull the center template and bend/fold the flower comfortably.
I used a nice short needle, very easy to maneuver.
I’m going to try using some silk thread for the joining of the hexies and/or a coated cotton and let you know how it works out.
I really enjoyed this and am happy to say. . .’Hex on the Beach’ here I come!