Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hexagon Quilt--4th QAL Finish 2nd Quarter

It has been a l o n g time in coming! I finished the hexagon quilt!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Is it obvious that I'm excited?) :) I named it--"Totally Hexed."

This is my label. It was a fun project and piecing the hexagons is a great handwork project. Actually, they are addictive! I can see more hexagon projects in my future!
This was a mystery BOM. JoJo Hall over at Through My Hands, designed and shared this project one block at a time at a local quilt shop. It was a challenge, but, for the most part, I completed my block each month! I started quilting this project back in March and posted progress here, here, here, and here.

I used stencils, quilting rulers along the way and learned that using a quilting ruler works best when you couple the ruler with a ruler foot. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to ruler work.

Looking back, I'd suggest picking a color palette. I would see the block and pick fabrics from my little pieces stash. Anything was fair game. I'd also suggest  having only one background fabric. When it came time to find sashing, I struggled. . .BIG TIME. I thank my friend and new neighbor, Pat Curtis for steering me towards the green and the orange!

I had fun adding some crystals to a few of the blocks for a little bling.
The spiders now have eyes!

The Christmas tree has some additional sparkle.

JoJo gave each of us two embroidered bees which added to the bee hive block.

The pumpkin has a little glitz.

As do the snowflake and the heart.

I generally have a little wiggle on one side of my binding. I don't know how that happens; but, this time, I tried putting a 1/4 piece of seam tape along the quilt edge to help stabilize the edge. Then I first stitched the binding to the back of the quilt. I trimmed the edge and flipped the binding to the front where I was able to machine stitch it. The only handwork is closing the corners, stitching the label on two sides and and stitching the sleeve. Jean Wells, recommended 1/8" grosgrain ribbon; but, I didn't have that in my stash! Actually, I picked up this seam tape at a "sale" last March for five cents! It was 1/2" wide and I just trimmed in half. I needed two packages. It is a little fiddle to work with; but, it is worth the effort!

Ta dah! This is the finished quilt and the THIRD finish of my list for the second quarter of the Finish Along 2016 challenge. You can read about it here.

I entered the hexagon quilt in the county fair. It won a blue ribbon AND best of show! I even won the Clover Wedge Iron as a prize. How cool is that???


Deborah said...

Congratulations on your win. How do you like the wedge iron? Your quilt is wonderful. I like the bling you added.

Joanne Roth said...

Way to go Terry. Love following your progress

BJ said...

WOW! What a busy woman. Your hexagon quilt is wonderful, and congratulations on the wins and the iron. Well deserved. :D

Luann Fischer said...

I agree that the bling is a very nice addition. I have a Hexie project in the works, myself. And I agree they can be addictive. Terry, congrats on winning at the fair, and it's extra nice when you get a little something to add to the sewing room.
I saw your comment on my blog, and I too, wish you lived close enough to come sit on my porch. We could get 'hexed' with red hats and tea!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on another finish! It turned out GREAT! I love the bling that you added and love the tip about the seam tape. I've been using twill tape for the same thing on wallhangings after David Taylor recommended it in one of his classes, but I haven't tried to do that with a large quilt like yours. Congratulations on your win!! How exciting!

Terry said...

Debbie, I think that I will like the wedge iron for retreats and classes. It is light and gets hot quickly. I haven't used it yet! Thank you for your kind comments about my quilt. The bling was fun to add. I think I was channeling a little Dawn from TQS!--Terry

Terry said...

Thanks, Joanne. The finish was a long time in coming!--Terry

Terry said...

BJ, The hexagon quilt was a fun project. I love having it finished though as I needed the space in my studio!!! Thank you!--Terry

Terry said...

Luann, I look forward to seeing your hexie project. I've had some withdrawal pangs of late! That would be so much fun to have tea with red hats!!--Terry

Terry said...

Nancy, I have used twill tape too and it worked well. I have been using what was in my grandmother's stash as well as I purchased quite a bit at a bazaar in the spring. It really does help to stabilize the edge. Thank you!!!--Terry

Monica said...

Woo hoo! How thrilling to have it finished, AND for it to win a ribbon! It must feel great. You are on a roll with your finishes, I'm all admiration. :D

Terry said...

Monica, It was THRILLING to finish. The ribbon was like having ice cream on cake! I'm continuing to "focus" on the finish part. . .but, alack and alas, I'm easily sidetracked!!! :)--Terry