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Inspired by Cathy’s big, beautiful hexie quilt top in progress she showed us recently, I ferretted around in my workroom and unearthed my box of hexies started a few years ago. I had bought some thin card pre-cut hexies along with some fabric ones and, filled with the enthusiasm that is always evident at the start of a project, I started making them.
Then I stopped.
Although I did put one ‘flower’ together.
As you can see, this range of fabrics is very retro – it’s Chloe’s Closet for Moda called ’30s Playtime’ but there have been many variations of these so I don’t know which one this was. They are all along the same lines however.
Then, probably the year after or maybe later, I bought a jelly roll of ’30s Playtime’ which is a different variation but near enough to make no difference. I haven’t unwrapped it yet but I’m hoping there are more pups and bunnies.
I think I haven’t progressed much with the hexies because I have no clear idea what I’m going to do with them. I know, almost certainly, I will never have the patience to make a whole quilt with them. So, my question is, do you think I could join the ones I do make into a row – or however many rows I have enough hexies for – levelling that row (or rows) off to make straight lines – then make the rest of the quilt top with the jelly roll strips, inserting the hexie rows wherever they look right?
I also have some larger fabric hexies – just waiting for their paper/card inners – so the rows of hexies would be slightly different sizes.
Any ideas? Please! I have searched Pinterest without much joy as everybody else is obviously far more patient than I am and have mostly made quilts out of hundreds of little hexie flowers or similar.
Now for the second question.
Have you ever used double gauze fabric in quilting?
Double gauze has 2 layers of very thin gauze fabrics fused together, to create a soft, full bodied fabric. I have some in the perfect colour for backing my F2F blocks which are all in neutral colours with a sort of ‘dirty’ pink – let’s call it ‘vintage’ pink – as a highlight.
When I get around to putting the blocks together, I will be using the ‘quilt as you go’ method for construction which, for the non-quilters amongst you, who probably aren’t reading this anyway, means I will make a wadding sandwich with the top and backing squares and quilt them individually, then join with sashing.
So, as you can see, my hedgehog block is sitting nicely against the colour for display purposes but I just wondered if any of you have any experience of this fabric in quilt making or in any other sewing projects.
Thank you muchly for any ideas, suggestions or general comments. I know I can count on you.
I’ve pieced a top using some strips of Liberty fabric that I bought on a visit to the Liberty store a year or so ago. They came in a pack under the ‘Worn and Washed’ label like this.
I’ve made a quilt using Worn and Washed fabrics before. They are good for making quilts you want to look as if they have already had a bit of a life and, when used with cotton batting, and washed to shrink just a little, they can look a bit vintage. Here is one I made with a bundle of those fabrics a few years ago – actually, thinking about it, probably around 11 years ago now, eek!.
Not a great picture – I find it really hard to photograph quilts properly – plus we are having a very grey day today – but you get the idea – it already looks as if my grandmother might have made it (which would make it very old indeed and also very unlikely as my grandmother never sewed a thing in her life as far as I know!)
Anyway, the lady behind Worn and Washed which you can read about here, has a link with Liberty now and you can buy some of her bundles there. Otherwise, for non Liberty bundles, I think it is best to buy from the shows she attends as it is best to see and feel the fabrics which, by their nature, are quite individual.
This is the quilt top I have made with my pack – I’ve kept it very simple to highlight the fabrics and it will be backed with a silvery grey plain cotton. I took it into the fabric shop with me to match it with a plain for the back and the staff were stroking it because it is sooo soft and smooth, being tana lawn and also having had a bit of a wash I suppose. If you click on the photo it will allow you to zoom in a couple of times so you can see the fabrics better. I love the poppies and the sweeties at the bottom.
My question for other quilters is how do you think I should quilt this? I have a roll of Hobbs cotton batting and that needs to be quilted with no more than a 2 inch gap so I won’t be doing it by hand. The back is plain so parallel lines across the width would look boring. Also any bad stitches would be very obvious! I’m not very good with free motion quilting. Would diagonals work? Any ideas?