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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

April's Craftsy BOM - Hexi Love and Redwork Christmas Tree

 Hexie Love

Craftsy's April Block of the Month was all about making Hexies using the English Paper Piecing technique. I have been wanting to try making them. Surfing quilting blogs and seeing many quilters making quilts and projects using this old, tried and true block pattern has certainly tantalized the desire to make something with them. It took this April's block of the month to motivate and inspire me to do so. Thank you Amy Gibson for choosing this block pattern. This is actually not a pattern that Craftsy promoted for the second block. It was a sun with rays. My color and fabric choices definitely didn't lend to making a sunshine with rays so I made a common flower using a 1-1/4 inch hexagon shaped template. Every flower needs a stem and leaves so I designed the stem and leaves by laying a layer of Golden Thread Paper (transparent paper that can be used for multiple purposes) and drawing them on to the paper. Once drawn I cut them out and pasted the pieces to freezer paper on the non-shiny side, ironed the freezer paper to the fabric and cut 1/4" seam around each piece.

I'm quite pleased with the results.

The smaller picture was taken outside where natural light enhances the picture.

The first block demonstrated was with a double strip of hexies sewn together using 13 different fabrics. It's so cute!

I also finished block #6 out of 12 for my redwork Winter Twitterings quilt. Well I thought it was finished until I noticed I missed a snowflake. Since it is starched, pressed and a picture has been taken I am going to call it finished!


  1. Love both of your blocks! The flower is really fabulous!

  2. You did a great job! I love hexies!

  3. Both of them are wonderful blocks! I really love the Redwork! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Well, Joanie, I'm sure that everyone will notice that missing snowflake! LOL. Isn't it crazy what we see on our own quilts that nobody else would ever notice? My quilting teacher goes nuts when we point out the "mistakes."

  5. I love the look of the Hexie Grandma's Flower Garden quilts. I started one about a year & 1/2 ago or so and have 36 flowers together. Now to complete the top I am working on 36 more. I have committed myself to doing it by hand so I am happy with however long it takes me to complete. I am doing some of the hand work after work in the evenings after work and find it relaxing, of course a glass of wine doesn't hurt either. Some people think I'm crazy for doing a large quilt in this pattern but I do find it enjoyable. :o) TucsonQuilt



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