I have several hexie projects I'm working on right now ...
I've used this technique before, although it was on a larger size of hexies. *This* is a smaller hexie and so the half-diamonds are correspondingly smaller. Exactly HOW much smaller was decidedly demonstrated to me when I attempted to wrap the white background fabric around the paper template.
HOLY MOLEY! These half-diamonds are SMALL, being 7/8" along the edge. Somehow, making the 7/8" hexagons wasn't a problem at all but these half-diamonds??? Geez, Louise! They are definitely a pain. I'm thinking they aren't going to be as soothing and mindless as the hexies were.
In the picture to the left, I've outlined the white half diamonds I've already done in a dotted blue line. The red lines show where the next half diamonds will go. I have about a bajillion of them to do. Good thing this is a Forever Project™! :-)
So, using the same paper templates, I started making a whole messload of hexies with a white tone-on-tone center. I knew I didn't want to make a big quilt like Reaching Out. I didn't want to make yet another throw pillow. I didn't want to make a tote bag or purse (I have lots of tote bags; I don't use purses). Then *what* could I use all these new hexies for?
Well, once again, perusing the internet, I saw what I later learned was a miniature quilt. (On that blog, no credit was given for who made the miniature or if a pattern is available.) The size of the sample didn't bother me; it was the *layout* that I really liked. Although the sample showed a center of equally spaced hexies in a grid pattern, I realized that I could replace those hexies with my hexies but all mooshed together into one great humungous center medallion.
Then, I could follow the sample photo of surrounding the center medallion with a narrow border, followed by a simple applique border of hexie flowers. So, that's the current plan with my same center color hexie flowers. I'm not quite sure how big my final quilt will be.
3. From the June/July 2015 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts, I saw the most AMAZING hexagon quilt. From reading the description, I found that it was created using fabric PRINTED with hexagons! What a sneaky, sneaky way to use a cheater fabric! I *so* approve! :-) I promptly found the fabric used in the magazine and will be making my own version .... ummmmm ... "soon".
In the meantime, I was rummaging around my stash and found ... to my utter astonishment ... two pieces of *printed* hexie fabric! Now, to be sure it wasn't the same as what I had just ordered and it wasn't the same scale and it sure wasn't enough to make a quilt using the magazine's layout .. BUT .. surely I could come up with something in the same vein?
One piece was simply small hexies placed smack dab right up next to each other. If you tried to cut them apart to use them individually, you'd lose most of the fabric. Instead, I put that small piece on the bottom of a background fabric as a "band". Unfortunately, it wasn't long enough to go from edge to edge .. but it'll work out.
|printed Grandmother's Flower Garden fabric|
As with so many printed fabrics, these hexie flowers were not printed strictly on-grain. Many of the flower units along the cut edges were askew. I didn't want to waste any of them and I wanted to use all that were there, so where the flower units were incomplete, I simply stuck them right up against the edge of the background fabric. As a result, there are several flowers stacked up against each other on both sides ... it was the only way I could reasonably use those flower units.
The rest of the flower units had the edges turned under and were machine appliqued with a narrow zig-zag stitch.
|the "band" at the bottom is a different printed||hexie fabric|
When I quilt this, I'll put some filler stitches in the background fabric area.