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Monday, November 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday - 11/14/11

I'm not sure how much longer I can call this a hexie obsession...there are just too many other shapes to play with besides the hexagons! When I finally get my Houston class photos posted you'll see that we played with the Bishop shape (called the jewel by paperpieces.com, which of course I have ordered!).

The Martingale catalog I found in Houston had this photo on the cover so I've started a little doll quilt with some of my Cherrywood scraps and the honeycomb papers. They have a very sharp angle on each end which I had to devise a way to deal with when basting. I do like that the Cherrywood fabrics don't seem to slip on the papers like some fabrics. Batiks also don't slip. I wonder if it has something to do with the hand/dye process? I think the catalog sample actually looks more like elongated hexies (I have some of those on order too!) altho the book is about using charm squares.

I even bought these kits at Houston which came with all kinds of shapes to make Texas wildflowers with. I hadn't planned on the pieces being so tiny but they are cut from recycled paper which is nice.

Don't worry tho - there are still hexies to be had everywhere!

I'm still working on my hexie diamond project - love these bright colors I dug out of a box.

And remember the fabrics I bought in Houston to try fussy cutting? Well I finally made a template, which as I'm typing I think I need to adjust. The blue template is cut from a 2" square of heavy plastic (the fabric size I use) and then I cut out a 3/4" hexie from the center. This template works great to make sure a fabric design will fit in/on the hexie BUT I think if I want to cut out the butterflies, all in the same position, I'll need to make another template in clear plastic that I trace the hexie shape in the middle and the shape of the butterfly so I can cut them all out in the same position.


Denise :) said...

How clever! Your templating is smart thinking. I'm interested in seeing that Bishop shape (and no it doesn't surprise me that you have ordered something gadget-like for it, because I would have too). I like the Texas wildflower patterns -- that will keep you very busy! Have a happy Monday!! :)

Krista said...

I love your hexagon projects. Makes me think I should be making my current project in a more traditional way. But I don't think I'm up to all that hand piecing.

Janet O. said...

Maybe you just need to call it an English Paper Piecing obsession!
So many fun projects, but I have to say I love the look of that bright/black hexie diamond.

Michelle said...

The hexies look good.
Nice butterfly !

Heather said...

So creative! Your projects all look like so much fun. Hope you've been getting lots done this week! :o)