Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s growing!

I have been sewing quite a few hexies to my big quilt….see how it is growing:
basket quilt

I am having a lot of fun adding hexies. They are soooo easy when you use Inklingo. You just print the cutting and stitching lines onto freezer paper backed fabric with an ordinary inkjet printer, and then you have the option of either using your rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors to cut the pieces, and then you can either hand piece or machine piece.
I really like hand piecing, never thought I would, but it is so relaxing sitting in your easy chair, and you can watch/listen to the TV while stitching, or take it outside and sit in the backyard to stitch.
This quilt is being made with 1 inch per side hexagons, but there are sizes available.
I have become so addicted to stitching hexies, that I have started another quilt using them, This time I am using the half inch per side ones. I am trying to reproduce a quilt done in the late 1930’s early 1940’s by Albert Small. Here you can read about him: Story of Albert Small. If you scroll down the page and click on the continue link, you can see pictures of his quilts. The one I am doing is the first one listed. His is done in 0.25 inch per side hexagons, but I wasn’t quite ready to go that small yet, so I am doing it in 0.5 inch ones.
small hexie
Not all of the pieces in the picture are sewn together yet, and some do need pressing  It is very addictive stitching these small ones, they are so fast to stitch, only take about 4 or 5 stitches per seam.
Of course, after a while I had to see if I could stitch the 0.25 inch ones, and have done a couple of rosettes: little hexies
The 2 on the right are 1/4 inch ones, the tiny one on the left is 3/16 inch. There is not an Inklingo collection available for that size, but I printed the 1/4 inch one at 75%, on a couple of very small pieces of fabric fused to a larger piece of freezer paper. Now I am tempted to print some at 50%, just to see if I can stitch it. The 3/16 one took about 2 stitches, so I think the 1/8 inch ones would take just one stitch per seam….

And then, of course, I could not leave well enough alone Since I started reading about all these people doing the La Passacaglia quilt by Willyne Hammerstein, and then I found that Linda Franz had done an Inklingo collection, I just had to start that one too: La Pass 1
You can purchase the book and/or shape collection here:

Hopefully I will post more often, and the next time I may include some more of my mini’s, somehow I have to insert some time for mini knitting….