hexies!

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 πŸ˜‰

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. . .

my 1st hexie flower!

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!

preparing to baste. . .

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.

basting

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 toΒ 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!

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Categories: English Paper Piecing, for the love of Hexies!, Hand sewing, WIPs

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4 Comments on “hexies!”

  1. January 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Welcome to your new addiction! Very sweet flower

    • January 7, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Yes! A very satisfying addiction! Thanks Carla!

  2. January 7, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    I am waiting for my Hexi on the Beach Kit to come! SOOOO excited! I plan on making an on-the-go kit for my purse for those “I guess I will wait here” moments. I use heavy duty thread for my Hexis and I love those quilts. I look forward to your update and consider me a follower!

    • January 7, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Pretty Lady Baby! Looking forwards to seeing your hexies – have you done a whole hexi quilt before? Silly question πŸ˜‰ . . .I’m gonna go check out your blog!

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