Even though I am OHOH (Officially Hooked On Hexies), I still have some projects that are needing my attention. As of this moment, I have 3 (how did that happen?) hexie projects on the go. First, my brown-ish-neutralish kind of scrappy collection.
Then, there is my bright-cutesy could be a baby quilt collection.
And last, but certainly not least, it the first block of a Hexie Quilt Along (Value Proposition Quilt Along) that I found on an amazing blog by Karen at Faeries and Fibres. If you want to know anything about hexies (I mean anything!) and English paper piecing in general, this is a blog you must visit! But make yourself a cup of tea first, you may be there a while!
Last night, I took the time to trace the second border of Sue Garman’s Friends of Baltimore. I would really (I mean, really!) like to have this quilt finished by the end of this year. You know, one more thing to cross off the bucket list! Yikes! Do I see ferns??
I thought I would show how I assembled the hummingbird block, the latest block of “To Everything There Is A Season”. Looks complicated, but really it isn’t!
First, I traced the pattern on to my background. Next, I added the leaves and the blue flowers.
Now, I have a dilemma…the leaves have covered up some of the traced lines, and I cannot see where to put the flower petals. Here is my solution. I “build” the flowers on an applique pressing sheet.
Then I pick the flower up in one piece and glue it in place. Easy peasy!
Here is how I stitched the hummingbird. Don’t forget that the “underneath” wing goes on the background before the feathers. I forgot, so I had to un-stitch the feathers and insert the wing underneath.
Next, the head, the underbody and the tail feathers…
…and the top body and a beak. He just needs an eye!
Til next time….
10 thoughts on “Put the hexies down and walk away!!”
What method do you use to make your appliqué shapes? Thanks for your help.
I am using the starch method where turn over the edges before I stitch them in place. I have some Youtube videos you can check out if your are interested. I show all of the steps involoved with this method.
Kerry, your applique work is amazing. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin!
Thanks for the kind words about my blog and my QAL. I love your interpretation of block 1. The colours you have selected are wonderful and the block has a lovely glow! So glad you are sewing along with me!
Kerry, I’ve already got block 1 of Karen’s QAL basted; all I have to do is whipstitch them together. Great minds really do think alike, don’t we? Your hummer is adorable! Are you going to embroider the eye or use a bead?
Oh too funny about the QAL. Small world. I am actually using Ultra Suede for the eye.
I really enjoy seeing your appliques come to life Kerry. Your hummingbird is perfect! I’m still trying to get my sharp points like that beak nice and smooth – it’s a learning curve process for sure!
Thanks…yes, practice makes perfect!
I keep looking at the hexie quilts and drooling, but so far I haven’t picked up the habit. They definitely seem like a great portable project.:)
Very portable…and very addicting!!
Hi Kerry! I jumped over hear from Karens blog. I am also doing her hexie quilt. Your appliqué is gorgeous. I love hand appliqué also.