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Debs Random Writings

hexagon patchwork quilt

Quilt a failure

blue and yellow hexagon quilt top

Not all my crafting ideas work. Many do but others are left un-photographed. Never to grace this space. Leaving only the successful projects to be offered up to the world for inspection.

Hmm. There is a little bit of imbalance. I show you my latest little red dragon needle felt, but you may never see the little owl I began. The latter left languishing with no way forward. And no photo. While the red dragon swans around the screen.

In the interest of  balance, I am sharing my latest failure. With each failure, I learn a little bit more. Exactly as it should be. I should share my lessons too. (notice the word failure has now been replaced by the word  lesson.)

blue and yellow hexagon quilt top with surround

I present my latest lesson learnt. My blue and yellow hexagon quilt top. Last year’s hand sewing project. All the little hexis time-consumingly sewn together. Next followed the usual pause while I worked out how to back it and bind it. The fabric used so far was either recycled or scraps left over. I wanted to continue the theme.

I found an old, blue duvet cover cowering in the airing cupboard, with holes in the wrong places for use on the bed, but not a problem when it comes to backing a quilt. Then an old, lilac blanket that was growing shabby at the edges and threadbare in other areas. I could use it as the wadding. Recycled box ticked.

A flurry of cutting and pinning ensued. All done and ready to hand quilt during the half term break.

blue and yellow hexagon quilt top with blanketExcept it was a bad idea. I tried to stitch through the layers but it just didn’t work. Nor did it drape or feel light like my last quilt. I really wanted to keep this as a recycled project. Thrifty. Make do and mend. Sigh. Just not going to work.

Out came the safety pins, used to temporarily sandwich the layers together. Out came the blanket from inbetween the fabric. Out came the laptop to research the next best option for quilt wadding. The quilt will be made, just not with an old blanket.

Looking for the silver lining, the dogs now have new blankets for their beds. Tail wags from them, at least.

hexagon patchwork quilt on swinging bench Lesson learnt. The feel of the end product is more important than trying to shine my eco halo. This will be my almost recycled quilt and I’m happy with that.

In the meantime, I leave you with the view of a success. My first hexagon quilt. Still loved and in regular use. Hopefully my new one will follow suit soon.

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Hex Along Part 4

Ok. So all the hexagons are in place. I have a few sides, around the edges to finish, but all those lovely hexagons are where they should be. Yeh! No more leaving a trail of hexagons behind me as I walk!

Even the chickens are taking an interest.

I’m ready to stop. Move on to another project. Before I do, I need to add the back and the edging. I’m not sure if there is a similar term in quilting for the second sock syndrome, but I don’t want to leave this quilt in my work in progress pile for long. I plan to hand sew the quilting part. I’m so looking forward to seeing this quilt finished and on the bed. This is the largest project I have done for a while. My fingers are itching to get going on another crafty what-not.

I do fancy doing another project.  Not that the quilt is the only crafty activity occupying my fingers and mind. More on these felting wonders in a few days time. I love wet felting.

Oh, I also went to the craft shop yesterday. This is for about 5 different projects that I have in mind. TF chose the Camelot inspired fabric. It is gorgeous. Local landmarks are included. Too adorable!

Stepping back to my hexagon quilt. I’m going to give it a fairly wide border, with the jagged edge of the hexagon edge showing. I’m going to look around for just the right colour. After so many hours, hand piecing and hand sewing this quilt, I don’t want to rush this stage.

So what do you think? Any inspirational suggestions? Should the border be plain or patterned? What colour should I go for?

Do go and have a look at the other hexagons at One Crafty Mumma. Who knows, it may inspire you to add a hexagon project on to your to-do list.

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Hex-Along Part 2

I am completely hooked on sewing hexagons since joining in with the Hex-Along going on at One Crafty Mama. Every idle moment has seen me making tiny little stitches. Joining one hexagon to another. It is such a brilliant project to pick up. Even when I only have a couple of minutes. This week, I estimate that I have attached over 160 hexagons.

This is a long neglected project (15 years). There is no documented design. I’m not sure there ever was a design, but I need one. I don’t have enough of some hexagons for the quilt that I wanted to make. So I have compromised. The quilt has shrunk slightly, but not much.

This week I have worked on the five big flowers. TF and I spent a happy hour on Sunday, working out how we could join these flowers up. This is definitely an activity TF loves. He’s my design buddy.

So this is the design we decided on. Apologies for the dull light, but Sunday was not the brightest of days. I reckon that I am about half way through.

I’m not sure how to do the edges. I quite like the jagged effect, so I’m in no hurry to add half hexagons to straighten them. At the moment, I think I’ll add a wide border all around it, using the backing fabric. It would also make the quilt that little bit bigger.

How do other people finish off the edges of a hexagon quilt?

In case you are wondering what has happened to the remaining hexagons. Yes, the ones that didn’t make it into the quilt design.  I certainly have enough for another quilt. I also have three children who have watched me stitching all week. They are inspired.

They want to make hexagon cushions. They want to sew them themselves.  Even TF, at the age of 3, fancies the idea of sewing. Hmm. I’m sure if he sits on my lap, he could manage a few stitches. Maybe I’ll help him with the rest. They have designed their cushions. If nothing else, between us all, a dent in my bag of hexagons has been made. I’m loving these hexagons.

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