Sunday, October 4, 2015

Block of the Month--Hexie Style

While I was waiting for the machine to embroider those pesky words, I made a couple pillow cases. My stash runneth over and since March, my goal has been to make at least one pillow case a month with fabrics from the over flow. At the end of the year, I'll be donating these to kids/families who need them. I'll share my stack when it is a little taller!

I also made lots more string geese blocks. Eventually, I'll sew the "wings" or side triangles and have lots more units that look like the two on the right. 

What is cool about the string piecing project is that I actually emptied one of two full 2 gallon bags! This string quilt is what I call mostly free as I used pieces that were generally less than 1 1/2 inches wide. Before I started saving these "tiny" pieces, I just tossed them and now, I've blocks for a quilt!




















How I spent most of my time though, was working on the latest hexagon BOM (block of the month) block. I'm doing this through Pioneer Quilts with JoJo Hall as the instructor.

The snowflake was our January block. Learning how to English Paper Piece wasn't too hard although, working with those diamonds was tricky! 

In February, we made a heart. This was a tough block. . .working with

those tiny triangles was truly a challenge!!!

A bee hive was the March block and JoJo gave us two embroidered bees to add to the block. I'll add mine after I've quilted it.




April's block was a flower basket. I hope to quilt a design to make the basket appear to be more like a basket!!
Have you noticed that I'm using two different backgrounds? I couldn't decided between the two options so I just decided to use them both! In May, we made an anchor.

















Kites were the theme for the June block. I used rick rack from my grandmother's stash for the kite tales!

A space rocket was the theme for July. So far, I've again used fabrics from my stash to create the blocks. 



Pinwheels were the focus for the August block. 

The September block is a tree. These are some of the fabrics I selected. We don't meet again until the end of October so I've some time to make the block.





This  is what the blocks look like so far. I'm thinking I made a mistake in choosing the two background colors because the background is more visual than the piecing design. I don't know what fabric I'll choose for the sashing; but, I've exhausted my stash so now it is time to go shopping!!!
This isn't the first BOM I've done; but, it is one of the few that I've kept up with the homework!!! Have you participated in a BOM? If so, did you keep up each month? 










15 comments:

  1. Great projects. I really like the BOM you are working on. I have done a number of BOM and have always kept up until now!!! I am doing a BOM "Where the Cows Come Home" from Primitive Gatherings and am now two months behind because of surgery on my hand. It is my first time working with wool so it has been a learning experience which is why I like to do BOM projects.

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    2. Debbie, I googled "Were the Cows Come Home." How cute!! It looks like a fun project and I agree with you about BOMs being a learning experience. I hope your hand is healing faster than anticipated! Thank you for you comment~~Terry

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  2. They are fabulous! Just wait until you start putting your borders on the blocks. That's when the blocks stop being blocks and transform into a quilt top and really starts to shine. I can hardly wait until the next class meets again to reveal November's block and get you going on the October block. Can you believe it's been nearly a year already? Wow...

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    1. I hope the sashing and borders do exactly what you describe, JoJo. You have sure made this experience so much FUN!! A year passes fast!!!! ~~Terry

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  3. I never knew you could do so much with hexagons, they're so colourful. Lovely
    Wendy

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    1. Wendy, JoJo designed the most interesting patterns. Every month, it's been fun to see what will be next. It is going to be sad to have the class end! I wonder what she will do for next year!~~Terry

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  4. I really like the kites and the snowflake blocks.

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    1. Those were fun blocks to choose the fabrics and create. You would make some happy and bright blocks in those patterns!!

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  5. I love your hexi BOM! What a great idea! And the blocks are so original. Very cool! JoJo did a great job designing this! I'll be interested to see how you finish up the quilt.

    I love the string blocks, too. I want to make a string quilt at some point to use up some of my thinner strips, but haven't decided on what I want to make yet, so that's still just in my head.

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    1. JoJo really hit a home run with her hexie design. She is a fun teacher. I'm sad when I have to miss! Strings are fun too. It is surprising how many are used in those blocks; but, the piecing goes fast. Check out Bonnie Hunter as she has a number of "string" designs.~~Terry

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  6. Terry,
    I'm impressed with JoJo's designs. I love hexies, but so far, I'm a lurker! Perhaps I can add something to my intentions list for January!

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    1. Luann, Warning!!! Hexies are addictive. They are like that potato chip commercial--"Bet you can eat just one!" With hexies, it is, "Bet you can't stop at one!!!" :) In the meantime, lurk all you want. ~~Terry

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  7. Love the blocks and color choices

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    1. Joanne, Thank you for the compliment about my color choices as that part is still the hardest part of the process for me!! ~~Terry

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