Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I think that I have almost made up my mind not to go with embroidered hexagons but to fussy cut them from this white self-print. I have laid a partial strip over the top and like it better than anything else I have tried. I love the butterlies but if I embroidered the hexagons you just wouldn't be able to see them. I suppose I could always have a go at embroidering the larger butterfly in the centre of each hexagon and see how that goes. Too many decisions to make LOL.

Vignette Hexagon Quilt - Chapter 3

Still stitching away on my hexies!! Dang, this is taking forever!! I decided to start on some of the embroidered hexies, so I have about a dozen of them stitched up. I'm thinking I'm never going to make it to a twin size quilt...maybe I'll just be happy with a baby or a toddler quilt!

Monday, May 30, 2011

White Hexi's

I have been busy making white Hexies, I thought I would use this white self patterned fabric for my white Hexies...............Looks Fab but is hell to trace onto........Even with a light box it is a bit of a struggle.
I have finished half of them but it was a slow process.........

I think it was worth it though, the fabric is really nice.
I haven't embroidered any yet though.....
Waiting on issue 3 of Vignette to arrive just in case I get ahead of myself...............

I am loving my glue pen.......I am sure it would have
been a lot slower progress if I basted the papers on......

Until next time, Happy Stitching


Sunday, May 29, 2011


My name is Christine and I have very quickly become addicted to making hexies. 

I am using red, pink, white and green fabrics to make my quilt. 

It has been fun looking through my stash for suitable fabrics.

I am cutting just 7 hexagons from each fabric 

... one for a centre and six for petals.

This week I tried some fussy-cutting and was delighted with the flowers that resulted.

I am really looking forward to the next issue of Vignette.

HAPPY STITCHING                      CHRISTINE

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

8 flowers

This month i have made 8 flowers. 6 crazy flowers with fabric that was a present from my swap partner of the needle case. the other 2 are from fabric from the same bundle as the pink and yellow flowers.

Off to a great start

Here's a pic of what has been sewn over the weekend. Now have my books so will be able to organise the stitching hexagons too.

My Hexi Quilt so far.......

I had been thinking about making a Hexi quilt. Two ladies from my sewing group Roxanne and Lorraine have made some lovely hexie's and have inspired me to give it a go. So while I was in Armidale last school holidays I called into the local patchwork store as they had some nice 1 inch hexie flowers in the window. I purchased a couple of packs and was still not sure what I would make with them. When I got home I was googling and found the Vignette Hexi Quilt blog. I already had Leanne's first magazine and had liked the antique hexi quilt that was featured in an article.
So I purchased a Jelly Roll of Nancy Halvorsen Garden Song from Marally Craft, one of the local Orange stores. I also purchased a further Jelly Roll of Nancy Halvorsen's newest range Forever Spring from The Cobar Quilt Shop. My special friend Suzie works there and stayed back one night after work to cut the 42 x 2 and 1/2 inch strips that would make up the jelly roll.......I am eternally grateful to her *Hugs*

I also found these great little suit cases at the local Hobby Sew Store. They are just adorable and I had to have them to transport my Hexie's to Basketball and Netball courts all over the countryside..... I can't see the point in wasting precious stitching time between games....*Grin*

They look right at home in there don't you think.

I spent Mothers Day at the basketball stadium in Bathurst so my Hexies came along too. Here is a pic of Jacky Mister in action dribbling the ball. He is the Captain of the Orange U16's Men's Side. I was even giving some of the kids lessons on how to make Hexies.....Who knew!

I am using a white self patterned fabric for my centre stitchery blocks and outer border. I am waiting very impatiently for volume 3 of vignette to arrive so I can see the finished product. I started cutting the Hexies while Bart and I watched attended the Royal Wedding.... I joked to him that I hope I get it finished before William becomes King......... I might nick name it my Queen Kate Quilt..... As it will be fit for a queen when it is complete......ha ha.

The colour combinations work really well together. It will be nice to see some of the stitchery blocks done......Waiting, waiting, waiting on issue 3!

Until next time, Happy Stitching


My Hexies

Since posting last week about my hexies prepared from a jelly roll i've manged to get 9 made & a 10th started.

I had quite a time deciding which hexagons to use for centres with each set of leaves. I think i made good choices in the end. Only time will tell when they are all sewn together.

Happy Stitching,

Only 137 flowers to go!

After dithering and deliberating over my stash I have finally decided to use my BIG collection of red and white fabrics for my Hexagon quilt.I started cutting a couple of weeks ago and then got down to stitching at the FNSI last Friday.  I have completed 3 flowers and 1 embroidered hexagon- only 137 flowers and 58 fillers to go!!!
It is great fun though and this is my first post to share my progress. I am not very good at glueing.  I tend to get fabric and threads stuck everywhere but on the papers where I want them, so I stitch baste - slower but less frustrating for me.  What is the saying about an old dog and new tricks?
I am so enjoying watching all the beautiful and varied Vignette Hexagons taking shape.

Happy stitching everyone.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Here a Hexie, There a Hexie...

There are hexie flowers all over the place here & I am certainly making better progress than expected. I also joined the WA Quilt Guild on Friday at the Perth Quilt Show after having taken the forms home for the past 4 years & forgetting to join. That means that once a month I can go to the hexie club & spend some more time on my flowers.

This month I decided I need some more subtle flowers to mix in with my fussy cut ones so this was the result, with lots of spots;

I then reverted back to my usual

Oh well, only 47 done so plenty left to do to add some more subtle ones. I might take the dove ones out to use on a Christmas project too.

I am loving this paper piecing so brought some new templates & papers at the Craft Fair too but they will have to wait awhile......

Happy stitching
Tracee xx

Friday, May 20, 2011


Have had a very productive day so far. Made loads of hexagons and got them glue basted ready for sewing. The yellow roll arrived this morning so I now have one complete set organised. I'll cut the second lot when needed. I don't want too many leftover hexagons hanging around LOL at the end. Such pretty colours...........

as you can see there are still a few to baste which I will finish off later. Mind you I have managed to to loads of other jobs like housework in between sessions. Been working so well I had to even go down the street and get some more refills for the pen LOL

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I've started

Well the big day has come and gone and I have started on my hexagons. I know the pic is not all necessary for here but you can see the fabrics etc and I did order the magazines and the yellow jelly roll too. I'm just having a quick tea break and I'll be getting back into them shortly and will share some pics tomorrow of them laid out a bit. Can't wait to start stitching and I have just jumped in and used the glue pen so am hoping that the tiny amount I have used will not in anyway rot the fabric etc. Mind you it was many years ago and a very different product I used called 'no more pins'! Plus a slow cooker is a sewing girls best friend only need to stop to put veg on LOL.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pink flowers

During the last week I have been sewing a little, trying not to over do with my hand and wrist and to my surprise I suddenly have 8 finished flowers. That makes a total of 18 pink flower, included are some swapped flowers.
This is my pink flower garden by now.

1 jelly roll down 1 to go

I've managed to get all 40 strips turned into hexagons finally. I can now lay them all out & see which ones to use as centres on each bloom. Lot of work cutting out 16 hexagons a strip & then gluing them down. The extra 2 hexagons will be used in other hexagon projects that i have on my "to do" list. :)
Here they all are.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Can't wait to get started....

I'm also new here. I found out about this group from a blog I follow and thought it would be a beautiful project although the thought of 1 inch hexagons phased me for just a little while LOL. I don't have the magazine so will have to find out how to get it. If anyone can help with this please let me know.

I have selected a few jelly rolls and a layer cake of Moda's Lily and Will range in green, blue, chocolate and pink. I am also wondering if I should purchase the yellow one too. I have put the fabrics aside until after my birthday LOL. Hubby always gives me things I like, need and want along with a small surprise so I have only a few pics found on the internet to share. I am hoping that this range will make up ok otherwise it might be back to the fabric drawing board. Any advice would be welcome also.

I have decided not to glue baste so will have to do them all by hand. I used to use a washout fabric basting glue years ago and found that once the garment was finished the areas that had a dab of glue had rotted away once washed. It was rayon dress fabric though. But I have all my hexies cut out and ready for the fabric.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Have Some Flowers

Well after looking a piles of hexagons last week I took my piles and decided I wanted to have some sort of idea what they would look like all laid out.  So I tried to lay out all my hexagons and I gave up...lol.  All those little hexagons I just got overwhelmed.  I then took a BOLD step for me and decided that I was just going to start sewing them together randomly by colour.  I took all my blue hexies and put them into my brown wicker basket I keep them in, and then in no order, did you just hear what I said NO ORDER...lol...I randomly pulled a hexie, and would sew them into a flower.  At first it was very liberating I'm one that usually likes to have the perfect plan all set out when it comes to crafts.  The only rule I gave myself is that the same fabric couldn't be repeated in a single flower.  Then it happened.  One of the flowers I sewed together just happened to all be paler value fabrics I pulled out, and I had a few flowers sewn together, and laid them out, and though I liked how they looked they looked a little to random for me ~blah~, but not all is lost.  I'm not going to frog them...(frogging get it rip it rip it....I kill myself).  Nope I'm going to keep them exactly as they are, and just change my system.  From now on each flower will have a value light, medium or dark I will still just pull fabric out randomly, but if it doesn't fit into the 'value' of that flower back it goes.

Here are the flowers done up to now.  

My Hexagons

I'm new here & very excited to be involved!!!!  Here are my piles of hexagons.  I've just started sewing them together & will post that progress tomorrow.  I'm doing like quilt that will have colour sections all blues together, greens together, white, black, red etc.  However when sewing the colour groupings together I'm just going to do that random. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The GO! and Sewline results...

I decided Sunday morning bright and early to try the GO! and Sewline pen....and I have to say I love them both. I cannot believe the number of hexies I can cut out in such a sort period of time. It is amazing. And I'm loving the Sewline pen. 

I only had an hour, and in that hour I had over 100 hexies cut and 50+ glue basted.  This was so exciting after doing hundreds of them for another quilt and cutting and basting them all by hand.  I am seeing progress in such a short period of time, which for me is really exciting.  I haven't done any fussy cutting with the GO!, but may have to try that next.  I hope you all are having as much fun as I am!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Back sewing again

The colours are a little strange. I am happy to be back able to sew a little again, after I amde a little stunt ;-) last week and have had a swollen hand and wrist.
Now I have sewn 2 flowers together during the last 2 days - I know, it isn't much.
But I am HAPPY :-).

I've started!

Well I've only made a couple of flowers, but it's a start - right?

The weather has turned here on the south coast of NSW and it's definitely become great weather for sitting inside and sewing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

30 down ... 110 to go!

I have been having a bit of stitching hiatus lately, but I do pick up the hexies every now and again and have a bit of a flurry of activity.

I finally got back into the swing of things this last week, and now have a total of 30 all up with another 3 glue basted and ready to stitch and some new pretty fabrics arrived in my stash too so going to snip on some corners and them to my potential petals.

I have decided because I don't know how my fabrics are going to 'hang' together that I will wait until all my flowers are done before I make blocks and rows, but I do think I better get started on some of the stitchery hexies before that's all that's left and I feel overwhelmed.

Happy Hexing Hexies Everyone!

PS. We should make this Friday the 13th "Hexie Friday" you know ... hex = curse :D

Monday, May 9, 2011

Theres a thief about!

But my hexi's are safe thank goodness.
Here's Daisy, my 4 month old Westie pup helping herself to a 'snack'.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Love all your flowers!

Hi! I've joined but haven't started yet. I've just been scrolling through and checking out what everyone has done. It all looks so great! Everyone's flowers are so different and wonderful and fun. Makes me smile to see them! *grin*

Happy Mother's Day to you all.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Progress ...

I have decided to stitch my rows as I make 20 hexagon flowers ... I love to see progress!!  So I have completed my first 20 and have started on my first row ...
Happy stitching everyone!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

More from me!

WOW!! You girls are going great guns with your flowers! They are all looking SO wonderful! Your fussy cutting is looking great too!

I have managed to add to my pitiful 2! Stitched another 3 last week:

Bringing it to 5 in total:

And, then another 3, bringing my total 9!

Pretty pleased with my fabric choices...... Yup, sticking with the Nancy theme!

x Sarah

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