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.


14 thoughts on “Hex-Along Part 2

  • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 1:45 am
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    I am simply in awe!!! Quite amazing!!!

    • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 11:04 am
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      I just need to keep the end in sight and not get any more amazing making ideas. I am far too easy to distract.

  • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 3:14 am
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    Wow that looks amazing!!
    My friend made one for her daughters 21st out of all her baby/toddler clothes and it was almost 21 years in the making!!
    Em xxx

    • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 11:03 am
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      Oh don’t we all have projects just like that. Mine usually get as far as brilliant idea followed by the accumulating materials stage and then plump up a bag for years. Well done for her completing.

  • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 4:12 am
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    Well done!!!!

    • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 11:01 am
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      I’m so determined to finish something bigger than a hat or a glove at the moment, which has been all I’ve managed recently. (gritting teeth in determination)

  • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 8:41 pm
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    Oh, it’s looking great! Lovely that you got your kids involved too.
    Luciana

    • Wednesday 23 February, 2011 at 12:15 am
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      Thanks Luciana. It seems so natural to join them in. In this case, I have really valued their input.

      They all have the view that if something is wanted or needed then it can be made. Not often one of them will suggest that I buy it.

  • Tuesday 22 February, 2011 at 8:52 pm
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    Those are lovely! My grandmother made quilts like those and someday, when my mother lets me, I will get to have one!! Please show us the finished product, I can’t wait to see it.

    • Wednesday 23 February, 2011 at 12:10 am
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      Thanks Abbie. Lucky you to have family quilt on its slow way to you. I’m sure that you will cherish it. I haven’t thought beyond finishing this quilt, but it would be lovely to think that one of my descendants might appreciate that I made it and want it.

  • Friday 25 February, 2011 at 1:49 am
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    This is a great design. I love the larger flowers interspersed with the smaller ones.
    Hope you find an answer to how to finish the edges!

    • Saturday 26 February, 2011 at 9:17 am
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      I keep changing my mind about the edges. I think I’ll wait until I’ve sewn all the hexies together and then see how I feel about it.

  • Saturday 26 February, 2011 at 6:14 am
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    Love love hexies *grin*. I’ve got a little stash of them and a half finished quilt that I should really get back to! They really are so much fun to make and sew aren’t they? Quite addictive LOL.

    • Saturday 26 February, 2011 at 9:08 am
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      I’m loving stitching all these hexagons together. I’m so easily distracted that a hex along is just perfect to keep me on track. I think I’ve reached the stage now that it is taking shape and the end is in sight, which should keep me motivated.

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