Monday, August 11, 2014

New Quilting Territory

I'm not one who likes to hand sew. If I can do it on my machine I will. Bind a quilt by hand?! You must be joking. Honestly it would probably take me a week for a baby quilt. I grudgingly hand sew my quilt labels on - that's if I haven't sewn them onto the back before quilting or cleverly attached it when sewing on my binding. If I'm going to have a needle in my hand, I'd prefer it to be a size 7 knitting needle, thank you very much.

Then I started seeing all these cute hexie projects. I'd pin a few that caught my eye (don't get me started on the joys of pinterest!) and try not to think about them. Then someone else would post a picture of a cute hexie and I'd linger just a bit longer... Well, I finally caved and decided to try it myself. I had a 3 hour volunteer shift at Give Kids the World, manning the Welcome Booth. It's a solitary job and you have long stretches of nothing to do. I usually bring a book to read but this time I decided to bring some supplies and see what the hexie craze was all about.


I followed Haley's english paper piecing tutorial series on her blog The Zen of Making and they were all really great. Now, just to be clear - I still don't like hand sewing and I have no intention of hand stitching these all together. Ever. I have something else in mind...

13 comments:

  1. I have done one project with hexies but I could not get them to look so smooth and beautiful like yours! Yours look great! Also...I will never hand stitch them together either

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  2. Oh, I am totally curious how you use these cute hexies! I do like to hand stitch down my binding, but these EPP hexies definitely scare me off! :)

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  3. Yes, even a baby quilt takes me two days (evenings) to bind by hand, but I sew small stitches.

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  4. so funny! Looking forward to seeing what you turn those hexies into :-)

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  5. good to see you trying the hexies. Now I prefer hand sewing I find it so much more relaxing though must admit since I started quilting I have quite enjoyed the machine and would not enjoy making a large quilt by hand. Cannot imagine what you plan to do with your hexies if you are not hand stitching them together.

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  6. I'm intrigued by your plans! I've been making EPP hexies too. I am going to join them but at the moment I'm just enjoying putting the hexies together

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  7. I am exactly like you when it comes to hand stitching so loved your post and am reallllllly curious as to what you're going to do with these hexies.

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  8. Just like all these bloggers above, I do not like hand work either. Funny, because I used to do counted cross stitch, embroidery, crewel, but not anymore.
    I do my binding completely on the machine now too, and I'm very happy with it.
    I too am very curious what you'll do with the hexies.

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  9. I so totally agree about hand stitching, and as much as I love the look of hexies, I just can't get a needle out to try them.

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  10. Good for you! I've got a little hand project that I carry around. Sometimes I feel like doing it. Sometimes I don't. Well, most times I dont. I'm determined to hold on to it though - even if it takes years on years.

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  11. Hexies keep catching my eye too but I am not one to hand sew myself. My hands will even shake..I think it makes me anxious! LOL! These hexies make me want to try again though! Love yours!

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  12. I love Hexies but they take forever by hand. Interested to see your shortcut for stitching them together!

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  13. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for these! Hand-stitching is ok when I do marathon tv watching :)

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