As I rummaged through my stash of fabrics I had forgot about just how many fat quarters of fabric I had with sewing themes on them.
Now that I have cut my hexagons and I even fussy cut a few…. .the go cutter makes this process so easy….
ahhh I do love my Accuquilt GO
I need to decided about a design that will also suit my situation of sitting.
Design Brief…. make something fun to show my love of sewing using my sewing themed fabrics.
Limitations: Must be able to complete sitting and with hand stitching, with limited access to my gadgets & supplies in my sewing room. ( I do not want to risk sending DH into my girl cave to many times)
What can you do with a hexagon??????
After doing some researching on the net…(yes laptop is close at hand), I found several designs.
Tiled Hexagon arrangement – where hexagons are just stitched in rows to create a pattern.
this design is very achievable with fabrics I have, I can just mix them up & sew, row after row. and would give a scrappy look.
A Charm hexagon quilt – where every hexagon is a different fabric stitched in rows.
this design I could achieve with the amount of different fabrics I have however, I will only using one hexagon of fabric and I want to display more of each fabric in the quilt
A grandmothers flower garden- where the hexagons are arranged into a flower shape then join together to create a second pattern. The flowers can be 2 rows big or 3 rows or 4 rows depending on final design.
this design shape is still my favourite but I think I will add a Kimzeee twist to it.
And the Winner is......
A flower design with Kimzeee twist, it is to be.
Fabrics have been sorted into light & dark backgrounds
Most of my hexagons I have cut at least 6 hexagons of each fabric and i can cut more if needed.
so let the party & fun begin
I need to mark my hexagons seam allowance….
I need some more gadgets from my sewing room….
Lucky son is home today I can send him to fetch…
this could be fun
as I describe what he is looking for & where I left it last.
2 Marking pen – Pilot Frixion Pen, disappears with heat, a purple & a pink ( lucky they are my favourite colours)
1/4” clear plastic ruler – this is so handy
sandpaper board- this has fine sandpaper glued to a board that is perfect for marking as it grips the fabric
ok he found them …
with a few yelling matches back & forward …
” try here or try here” ….
from me in the front of the house & him at the back of the house.
All gadgets found
Marking all the 1/4" seam allowances in before I stitch
with my Frixion pen.
now comes the fun bits
arranging fabrics to create a flower shape
I am creating the flowers by using a light coloured center & dark petals or a dark center and light petals.
I lay them out on my board to decide arrangement
PC is keeping me company
join together the hexagons,
using a small running stitch,
from intersection of each corner to corner,
joining each piece to center piece until you have a completed flower
4 days ago I had a foot operation, 3 days on pain pills & sitting with foot elevated has lead me to a new project, so I don't go completely nutty over the next 2 weeks, with sitting & healing, I needed a new project !!!!!!!
Now what can I do ?
I have nothing prepared for hand stitching, every project I have is machine stitching.
I have my Accuquilt Go cutter… now can I use this sitting in a chair with my foot elevated….????
I think I can if I just get DH to bring out my portable sewing table I got when I was 12.
This is very Dangerous sending DH into my girl cave, he might see all the stuff I really have…
Now what Accuquilt cutting die do I want…..???
What fabric do I want to use?????
I have been collecting fabric with a sewing theme for the past 6 years & I would love to do something with them.
I have to send DH into my stash cupboard to get my container of sewing theme fabrics…
Do I dare send him to my stash cupboard…..
There is no other way to get it….
He returns with my very full container of fabrics…. with a smile…..pheeeeeeeeew
ok Go cutter organised, fabric selected…
Now what pattern can I do or want to do….
When I first started quilting and patchwork in my 20’s I made hundreds of 2” hexagons, cutting each shape individually, cutting all the paper templates & then stitching them into flower shapes but somewhere along the line when we moved houses they were thrown out as rubbish..grrrrrrrr and I haven't made one since.
But I did buy the hexagon die when I purchased my Accuquilt go cutter.
Looking at my stash of themed sewing fabrics I think the largest hexagon in the Accuquilt dies would be perfect for my project as it would show off the different fabrics designs.
I have used a black sharpie to outline die
Ok now can I cut these out sitting with my foot elevated..???
First I need to make strips wide enough to go over the 5”hexagon shape
Now normally I would cut the strips using a rotary cutter & mat but that isn't possible in this position so I roughly measure the fabric across shape and did the old fashion rip along the grain line.
While this is using more fabric this is all about achieving the end results and I have stacks of fabric
now this strip, allows me to fold it over 3 times, but I can cut up to 6 layers at once
I then placed my well used protective mat over fabric & position the die to go threw the cutter.
Winding the handle until it is all threw the Go cutter..easy sitting in the chair
Removing the cutting matt of fabric you can see the hexagon shape cut out.
Removing the outside excess fabric and stash in plastic bag for other projects…
I have 3 perfect hexagons, cut in 10 seconds that it took me to roll it threw the machine
and best of all, my foot is elevated & healing.
Now too roll, cut, roll, cut, the day away
I have sorted the hexagons into lights (creams, beiges and white) backgrounds
and dark backgrounds.
that's enough for one day
am feeling a little tired
but excited about this project.
stay tuned to see what I create with these hexagons over the next two weeks
Well what a week its been!!!!!!
I am currently recovering from foot surgery.
Which means for the next 2 weeks I have to hop on one leg to get anywhere and keep my foot elevated as much as possible so my surgery heals.
I have had a heal spur removed & a planta fascia release done after a year of pain & trying everything not to have surgery, but alas they didnt work so under the knife I went.
Hopefully ill be walking pain free in 2 weeks, or so.
So what to do over the next 2 weeks that lets me sit with my foot elevated.