Monday, June 30, 2014

Hexies, Hexies, and More Hexies! June Meeting in Review

Hello friends!  The June meeting for UCMQG was so lovely underneath the big shade trees behind Broadbent's.  It's the perfect backdrop for the amazing show & tell! I'm always so inspired by the projects that are matter what stage of completion.  It is beautiful to see everyone's individuality and creativity and I appreciate that each of you share a piece of you with us each month.

Here is just a peak at what we were treated to...I wish we could post everyone's right here, but that would make for a really long post so be sure to visit the Flickr group to see all the rest.


Clockwise from top left:

  • Susan S.'s family heirloom cathedral window quilt.  I loved the story behind this quilt - the quilter had made kitchen curtains and used the scraps to start the quilt.  Years later, she ran out of fabric so she took down the curtains and used the fabric to finish the quilt.  Makes me look all around my house with new eyes!  
  • Susan G.'s Flame-in-go quilt she made as a gift.  She used all the t-shirts from one fire season.  What a great gift!
  • Kris's beautiful sampler that incorporates many techniques - embroidery, patchwork, etc.  I love how she made this quilt her own by changing out one of the blocks from the pattern that she didn't like with a different block that she did like.  
  • Jennifer F.'s gorgeous red & white medallion - even prettier in person!

We also talked a lot about incorporating hexagons into your quilts.  JoyLyn shared her beautiful machine-pieced (yep, you read that right!) hexagon quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt.  She explained how easy it is to machine-piece your hexagons (not to mention a lot faster!).  The big thing JoyLyn said to remember is to make sure you don't sew into that 1/4" seam allowance.  If you picked one of the rulers for your freebie this session, they have great marks on them to make it easier to know where to start and stop for that 1/4" seam allowance.  If you're looking for online tutorials on how to machine-piece hexagons, click here and here.

Anna talked about some other ways to incorporate hexagons into your quilts - paper piecing; English paper piecing (EPP) - with either thread or glue; quilt-as-you-go hexagons; and log cabin style hexagons.

Clockwise from left above:

  • Log-cabin style hexagons - you can piece them in a round (like this tutorial), or piece them in half-rounds (like this tutorial).  Lots of choices for variety - all in one color and/or fabric or scrappy.  This would be fun to make into really large blocks with the rainbow strip swap.  
  • Quilt-as-you-go hexagons - using the Hickory Nut templates (the large template was used in the demo).  Here is a step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates just how easy this method is.  I machine-stitched very close to the edge of the binding on each hexagon, but you could also attach them the way you'd hand-bind a quilt.  If you choose to machine-stitch, I would suggest that you use matching thread, unless you like the look of contrasting thread, since the end result is a finished additional quilting needed.  
  • EPP using thread and glue basting. A great hand project if you have road trips planned this summer, or days on the lake or at the game. Glue basting is much faster than using thread.  Here is a tutorial for glue and  here is a tutorial for thread.  Both are very easy to do - sometimes it's soothing just to sit and stitch by hand.  
  • Hexadaisy pattern by Piece by Number - the 'look' of hexagons created by foundation paper piecing.  Pattern is available on Craftsy and comes with a handy coloring page so you can figure out exactly what fabrics you need where. Once color placement is planned, the block goes together quickly and finishes rather large.  

July is right on the horizon and brings with it a lot of exciting things...the 4th of July, hot summer days, road trips, and...

  • Our last month to 'Shape Up' this session.  We'll be talking about parallelograms and trapezoids - they are used in quilting a lot more than you think!  So, be on the lookout for those shapes in quilts you might be working on.  
  • Sign-ups for the next UCMQG session start at the end of July (see previous blog post for more details).
  • If you signed up for the rainbow fabric strip swap, you'll receive your strips in all the colors of the rainbow during our July UCMQG meeting.  So, be thinking of how you want to use all those fun fabric strips.  
  • Sign-ups open for Quilt Bliss!!!!  So excited!  Be sure to follow the blog so you'll be ready to register when we have the green light.  

If you weren't able to make it in June, please know that we missed you.  Hope to see you all out under the trees next month!

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