Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hexies and Bow-ties

How many times we've heard the breezy statement "just enjoy the process" when it comes to creating a quilt.  Words that are generally muttered repeatedly while in the midst of a never-ending project involving thousands of tiny multi-cornered pieces requiring set-in seams, or attempting tiny hand quilting through the multiple layers of those same tiny pieces with multiple seam joins. Now, and this is just my opinion, if we are totally honest with ourselves and each other, we'll just come out and say that sometimes the "process" is just plain T.E.D.I.O.U.S, and the mantra that might better serve is "better finished than perfect"!

Having three projects of queen and king size either in hoops or under the machine for quilting, plus another ginormous king-size bundle leering at me from the corner where I shoved it months ago, had me wanting, no, needing a small, do-able, FUN project, and quick!

I'll admit it, I've never been a fan of hexies, don't want to own a hexie quilt,  and I sure don't want to make one!  But then along came Marie of QuiltBee with these table toppers she is making for a holiday sale, and I just couldn't resist trying "just one."  After all, these hexies are huge, and woo-hoo, no inset seams! 

So, I made one
First one now quilted and ready for stitching down binding

and then another

and before you know it, the pile grew like Topsy!

And I haven't even gotten to the autumn-themed fabric or Christmas holiday bins which was what I originally intended when beginning this new project!  These toppers were made from a pile of scraps and some fat quarters and left-over-from-other projects that were easily accessible.

Then, last week I gave our quilt ministry group a demonstration of how to cut the hexies, and the piecing process.  And got several of them hooked ...  One of whom is 90 years young, and is hand quilting a king-size top she had pieced over 20 years ago in her previous quilting life.  Yes, she was getting tired of dragging that thing to our weekly meetings, and this new project is perfect for her too!

I hope to get that first binding hand stitched down later today, for gift-giving this weekend when we visit an older couple who we haven't seen in nearly a year.  Then, the others I'll work on more slowly,  attempt some more elaborate quilting on a few of them, and plan most of them for Christmas gifts.  A big thanks to Marie for her help getting started down this new avenue!

In other quilt ministry news, I finished up eleven more bow-tie blocks this morning, enough to complete a lap size nursing home quilt.  Here's a mock-up of how those blocks may end up in the finished top.
Made from donated scrap fabrics of unknown vintage, bright and cheerful, as I think they should be for a person who spends his/her days in a wheelchair.  Now I just need to find a cheerful backing fabric and get this "opportunity" quilt finished in the next couple weeks.

Heavy winds and rain last night, and some of the nearby hills are bare of leaves, though neighboring hillsides are aglow in the golds and russets of the oak forests whose fall glory just emerged in the last few days.  My favorite season of the year, and all too short it seems.


  1. I'll be the first to admit that the process can be very boring at times and my quilts that are finished are never perfect! But something keeps me plugging along! You are having a great time with your giant hexies. So many variations. The latest opportunity quilt is super sweet and someone will love using it.

  2. Wow, I can't believe how many of those hexie toppers you have put together! They just kept coming as I scrolled through your post! :)
    I've always loved a bow tie quilt. That will bring smiles to someone who could use a day brightener.

  3. Well those are so cute! Wonderful fabrics and they look great together.

  4. You sure went down the rabbit hole with the toppers!!!! They are very cute and and offer such variety! But the Bow Tie is a favorite always for me.....you can't go wrong with one of them.

  5. Yeah...I'll be the first to admit I don't always enjoy the process so start something else until I don't enjoy the process so start something else...I guess eventually I get back to enjoying the process of everything somewhere down the line.

    Anyway, I like all the centers you chose for those toppers especially those bunnies running around and the ones with roses. I was thinking I might like to try some since I have that hexie ruler and have never used it but I don't think I'd enjoy the process of trimming after each strip addition. Hmmmm...maybe if I made several at one time...

    I have a Bow Tie in the works (each month with scraps in color of RSC color) so that way a few blocks each month is not so boring to make and I can enjoy the process of using up scraps. What is not to love about a Bow Tie quilt in any flavor!

  6. You had me chuckling this morning!!! Thank you. You have made SO MANY hexie topers!!! I love them all!! And BoTy's are a favorite of mine. Our boys middle names: Joshua Bo and Drew Ty!!! :^)

  7. It's so great to see all the different designs that you came up with - addictive, aren't they???! And it sounds like the gals at the church are equally hooked. Mission accomplished. :)


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