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Friday, August 23, 2013

Be a Hexie Queen - Day #4 = My turn!!!!!!

For those that haven't been here before - Welcome!

I've been hexing for about 2 and a half years and as much as I tell people that I don't like hand work, I make all my hexies by hand because they are sew portable. I can carry everything I need for several projects in my little zippered bag and it keeps me busy during lunch, while watching a DVD at home or even camping!

Camping in the Adirondack Mountains.

Here at sarah did it! we host a monthly linky party called HeLP for Hexie-aholics. HeLP stands for Hexie Linky Party but we invite all EPP shapes and sizes to participate. The party is held on the 17th of each month (because that's my birthday!) so please check out this month's entries and I hope y'all will come back and link up next month.

We also host a weekly linky party called Feline Friday featuring my clowder. I hope my fellow feline lovers enjoy today's project with a little help from the felines...

My project was based on a dollar and a dream...
Yipper - I stole the quote from the NYS Lotto but when you find a perfectly good jean jacket at a yard sale for just $1, there's no way to leave it behind!


Last Spring I had purchased a small bag of 6" batik squares - mostly for another hexie project but also because of the purple hexie batik. Except you can't make much with only 6". At a recent quilt show I found the same fabric and bought a fat quarter. I was excited until I got home and discovered the FQ was more pink than purple. I like the fabric enough but there was no way I was putting pink on my jacket! I dug in to my meager stash and found another batik in similar colors that I could feature on the front yoke panels and someday I'll add the fabric to the cuffs as well.

Yes, colored candies are very useful when planning color placement.
Pepper - leave the candies alone please!
I adore pieced hexies and designed the panels as I went. It takes me a while to play with the possibilities but it sure is fun. I still have several other ideas rolling around in my head in case I find more jackets.

Midgie is tucked in the quilt, offering moral support!

Once a panel was ready to apply to the jacket, I pinned tissue paper in place and used a bone folder to trace inside the seams.

I removed the basting and ironed out all the hexie seam allowances before trimming the panel

I then used my tissue template to trim the hexie panel, adding a 1/2" seam allowance.


Yikes - maybe too many pins!

After ironing the seam allowance to the back, I pinned the panel in place with lots of pins and used my Bernina #38 piping foot to topstich the panel in place because one side of the foot is shorter than the other and rode nicely on the thick jean seams.


Sometimes I needed to use these plastic thingers that came with my machine to evenly ride over a seam intersection but when it was all done, my QCO was happy to check my work!

What do you think Squeaky?

If you decide to hexify a jacket I would love to see it!


Thank y'all sew much to Mdm Samm and Debby for sponsoring this Hop and a special thanks to Pat at Life in the Scrapatch for all her hop tips! Don't forget to visit the other hexie-ologists on today's list!

 


82 comments:

Just Quilt It said...

Your jacket is terrific! What a way to repurpose a yard sale buy! Your hexies are great. I may have to try a similar make-over. Beautiful work!

Your camping trip looks like lots of fun, too!

margaret said...

how you have transformed the jacket, wow I am sure you must get lots of comments when you wear it, good to see how you did it too. I did not get any of those white strips with my bernina its not fair!
Your cat looks very much at home tucked into the quilt

Janet O. said...

Very cool transformation on the jacket, Sarah! It is so "you"!!!

Frances said...

Thanks for the creative ideas for hexies , the colours you chose look great on the denim.

Ruth said...

Love the hexified jacket! Great idea.

Sharon said...

Very cute idea....enjoying all these hexie projects...thanks for sharing

Judy said...

I like the idea of putting hexies on to a jacket, I might try this one as well, but with leather craps!
Thanks for the idea, that is great!

Heleen Groot said...

What a wonderful find at that yardsale! You did wonders with it too. It looks great! I'll be sure to check out your HeLP!

Britt-Inger said...

Your jacket looks great I love it. Thanks for sharing your creativity

Frances Campbell said...

Wow.. from a yard sale to a fashion statement. Lovely use of the hexies. A support group for those who love hexies too much could go world wide.

KaHolly said...

Very clever! I'm sure it helped to have a good assistant. Thanks for the link to HeLP. Sounds like fun.

Sunshine Girl said...

Great jacket - what a nice idea.

Fiesta said...

I have seen jackets like that on sew it all and I have it on my to do list. I just need the jacket. Lol

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Great great idea, love your jacket!
I got an old jacket here, just have to pimp it up with hexies.
Thanks for sharing!

Gill said...

What a great idea! I love your jacket!
Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Your jacket is SO neat! Think I'll try it myself--maybe this fall after the weather cools down and I think I need a jacket again. :) Thanks for sharing.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Beautifully creative! Blessings, Marlene

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow!! You have started a whole new line of jean jackets...wonderful

Missy Shay said...

What a great idea!

Linda said...

What a great way to embellish a jacket! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your jacket is wonderful and oh so clever!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

What a brilliant idea! Love the jacket!

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Wow! Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

Margaret said...

You are very creative . Your jacket is beautiful

apple blossom said...

purple hexie blog background adds the touch...nice project. thanks for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Nice jacket.

Scrapatches said...

Sarah ... I love it! Sew "hexeriffic" and so you! Great modeling job, too. May you enjoy your "new" jacket. I always enjoy reading your posts and your kitties. Thanks for joining in the hop ... :) Pat

Carol said...

Your jacket turned out just beautiful! Great way to use those hexies. :O)

Josie McRazie said...

That fabric is YUMMY!!! Love your jacket!!

Needled Mom said...

What a great transformation! Love the colors too.

Denise Russell said...

Great idea! I looks awesome!!!

Auntie Em said...

What a wonderful turnaround on your dollar jacket! Love that you could even work on it while camping!

Kwilt Krazy said...

Wow what a great idea. Nice work!

Vickie said...

Your jacket is great, you are a super model too. I'm going to join your site and follow via bloglovin and maybe link up with you since I've done the hop I'm loving the hexigon craze.

patchouli moon studio said...

Fantastic jacket how you embellished it with fabric and hexies.

JanesQuilting said...

Ah, Squeaky knows a good thing when she sees it. You do beautiful work.

Michele T said...

Great job - looks fantastic!! I see your cat inspected everything and approved too!! haha

gpc said...

What a great project! I'd love to have a jacket that was embellished like that, it just never occurred to me that I could actually make one, lol. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

JoyceLM said...

Whoa! Great jacket. Thanks for sharing.

Madame Samm said...

ok this is pretty cool....at first I thought you made the hexie fabric....wink

Anita said...

Beautiful jacket! Thanks for sharing the Hexie info.

Mara said...

Love seeing hexies on clothing!

beaquilter said...

awesome jacket! love it

charlotte said...

A wonderful job on making a jean jacket special.

madebymeinred said...

Your jacket is terrific!!!! You've got a safe and fun habit.

Linda J said...

Cute and the ultimate in recycling//repurposing. I see you have plenty of kitty inspection going on there. Sweet furbabies.

THX for sharing with us today.

Carla said...

Nice jacket. I'm always in love with a good find and one buck for a Jean jacket is great! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Debby said...

Great idea for my jean jacket or jean vest. Love it! Yours is beautiful and I liked seeing your steps. Thanks for sharing your work today!

Tami C said...

You did a wonderful job of repurposing a great buy at a yard sale!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Best dressed of the day! :-)

Suze said...

Your jacket is amazing. I probably wouldn't have the nerve to try such a great project. I'd be futzing and futzing with it to get it right. Of course, I would have thought to make a tissue pattern, either. These hops are great for learning new ideas and tricks. When you said you wouldn't put pink in your jacket, pink would be fairly high on my list and you probably won't find much purple in my house. I don't dislike purple, it just isn't one of go to colors. I started embracing pink more after breast cancer. Isn't it great that we each have individual preferences? I have a question about HELP. Is it for EPP only, I piece my hexies in a traditional manner - by hand. I'm working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden with 1" finished hexies. I don't blog much, but thought it might be fun to help to motivate me to have something to post on a more timely basis. Thanks for participating and sharing a marvelous jacket.

evelyn said...

What a great transformation! Love your little helper too.

quiltmania said...

Love your jacket!

maggie said...

Wonderful jacket!! And I think that your "fur-baby" approves as well!
Well done,
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Janarama said...

Nice transformation. Looks great!

Emily C said...

Love the jacket. It looks great.

Robin said...

Great jacket! You are quite the creative bargain shopper!!!

Mary said...

Great job on the jacket. Thank you for sharing.

Corrie said...

So creative!

jan said...

I think your jacket is so cute! great job! Thank you for sharing
xo jan

BizyStitches said...

you did a great job on your jacket. Enjoyed your blog and thanks for the fun hop

Amy said...

So cute! What a creative little way to use your hexies!

Judy B said...

What a great way to repurpose a jacket! Thank you for sharing.

DeAnna S. said...

Great jacket transformation! I love the hexie ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Lou said...

Great jacket!
So glad I am not the only one that bleeds on a project:)

Kristen King said...

Oh I think I need to do this too! Thanks for sharing!

wella said...

Wow I love the jacket! awesome. We need a sewing day soon!!!!

sandra said...

Your jacket is really cool, thanks for sharing how you did it .

Theresa said...

Great jacket redo. Looks like you had the purrfect helper.

Quilter Kathy said...

Great jacket! The candies are really for colour placement?!?! LOL

LJ said...

Wow, you've got the hexie fever. Sounds like there is no cure no matter how many hexies you make! :) Great idea for the jacket and what a great buy.

Qltr89 said...

Nice jacket! And, I love Squeaky, your quilt inspector. Thank you for sharing.

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya Sarah!!! What an inspiration. Unfortunately for me, I never find such good bargains. But I'm always on the lookout. What a treasure you have now. Thanks for sharing. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Cathy's Chatter said...

What a great idea! I can tell by your posing photos that you must be a hoot! Thanks for sharing your talent and your personality with us! You made me smile today!

Denise :) said...

OH MY GOSH!! You *ARE* the hexie queen!!! LOL! Sarah, this jacket and the pattern you used are SPECTACULAR! I'm so stinking impressed!! Wow -- I'm just blown away. It's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Would you make me one? PLEASE??!!! Hahahaa!!! Terrific job, my dear friend!! :)

Carla said...

Well aren't you the clever one! It looks great and you look quite pleased : )

Kathy H said...

That looked like a lot of work but turned out great.

Katherine said...

Now you've got some serious hexie love going on! Cute idea!

Teresa in Music City said...

What a cute, creative jacket!!! Thanks for sharing your process with us :*)

Shannon said...

Wonderful!! Your jacket is great. I also love all of the cats. It is fun when they want to help out. I liked the idea of using candy, sewing and a snack. Two things that should always go together!

Marianne said...

I love how you use candy for color placement. Yes after all that I am fixated on the candy ...
lol

Love the project and I will be back to check out the rest of your blog.

Helen said...

You have inspired me! I love wearable art and EPP. Never thought to combine the two. Also I must find or start a hexi-aholics group on Long Island. There must be a lot of us out there.