Long Term Hexie Relationship

In a previous blog I mentioned my “To Go” project involved hexies.  I have a serious long term relationship with this project.  When I say long term, I can’t actually remember when I started it, but it might have been eight (I’ll say it again) eight years ago or more!

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I originally wanted to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt, but after starting the project I scaled back my ambition.  I think I will make a wall hanging instead!  I love all the small, bright prints in these fabrics and I made all the flower centers yellow for consistency.

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When I started this project, I wanted to be purist about English Paper Piecing and use recycled paper for the templates (note photo below).  This quickly created a problem because I had to cut out a lot of hexies from paper AND my hexie cutting accuracy was not the best!  It didn’t take me long to buy a jumbo pack of 1 inch hexie templates.

I like the purchased hexie templates because they are made from a card stock weight paper and they don’t bend as easily as the paper templates I made.  They also travel very nicely!

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Here is one of my favorite blocks!

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I have 13 blocks total and only one more block needs the white hexies surrounding the feature print.

The next phase of this project is to come up with the right color fabric (maybe even a print) to join all these blocks together.  I was thinking a 30’s green might be nice but now that I’ve photographed the blocks on a dark background, I might just break tradition and use a solid, dark color to join them.

What color should I use to join my blocks?  Let me know what you think!

 

6 thoughts on “Long Term Hexie Relationship

  1. tierneycreates says:

    Your post title cracked me up. Well since it is long term, no breaking up, you got to make it work! I admire you for working with hexies, I have to admit they scare me!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Seriously! No break up going to happen with these hexies! I’ve seen quilts where hexies are appliqued to a background and then quilted. I’m thinking about this, BUT it’s obvious I am in no hurry!

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