Spells and Hexes

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I’ve got it bad! I can’t stop making these little hexagons. The are seducing me from my little project bag across the room.  They whisper my name and beg me to make just one more, then it’s “well just keep going until the thread runs out”. This can’t be natural or maybe I’ve been watching too many sci-fi movies, both are possibilities. What are they you ask? They are little paper hexagons that fit a charm pack perfectly. The only drawback is that they come in packs of 25 or 150 and charm packs come with 40 pieces. It’s sort  of like that whole hot dog /bun conspiracy but I won’t get into that here. I don’t even eat hot dogs but I reserve the right to be upset about it anyway.

Sorry for the detour. So you take these little paper hexagons and wrap a charm square around it and losely stitch down the corners. It is so satisfying! they are perfect every time with oh-so-little effort. I’m a line it up, make it match kind of girl so the precision is intoxicating. It’s going to take me forever to finish (because I am dead set on doing the whole thing by hand, we’ll see how long that lasts) but I’ll keep you updated on my progress. I am making this one out of Full Moon Forest, Flutterby and Nest. The first two collections are hard to come by at this point so I had to do a little bargaining with my mom to get her to release some of her stash. That woman drives a hard bargain.

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23 Responses to “Spells and Hexes”

  1. Ok, all I’m gonna say is love! love! love! the fabric…love! love! love! what you are making…and I will hate! hate! hate! you if you ever teach me how to do that as I am also a line it up, make it match kinda girl…and I don’t have enough days in the week as it is! I’m jealous you found the time to make something fabulous.

  2. Okay, jealousy is overtaking me! I so love the shapes but alas I’m not a sew by hand kinda girl, just can’t get my hands to work that way long enough to be productive. I wish I was a line it up kinda girl but I simply am challenged. No matter how I pin, no matter how I plan I make wonky. I specialize in wonky. I’ve been wanting to try hexagons on the machine, does paper piecing work that way? LOL, I’m also information challanged ;)

  3. This technique is new to me and it looks so good! I can see how it would be addicting. Do you have to iron each piece to get it to stay crisp? And I find it kinda funny that you haven’t stashed bolts of your own fabric designs away. At least you Mom is looking out for you! So, what did you have to give up to get her to part with her stash?

  4. I love the hexagons but I’m not a by hand kind of person. They look so good piled up though, it is tempting. Of all crazy shapes, hex is what calls me.

  5. In response to your responses<—that’s funny.

    1. Yes you can sew them on a machine with a small zig zag stitch and some clear thread. Lissa Alexander, the Moda marketing director, showed me hers that she did on the machine and they looked awesome. She is also the one to blame for this obsession by the way.

    2. You don’t have to iron them, they stay really well on their own. I did find that Nest went down a little better because it is printed on a different fabric. It’s a finer weave and therefor more flexible.

    3. I do have yardage, it is coveted and very sacred. I do not however have charm packs which eliminates that nasty cutting business that never seems to go quite right for me. You may notice that all of my market quilt patterns, that can be downloaded off the Moda site, are all made from jellyrolls and layercakes.

    4. This part is really important: it may be slightly time consuming but it is sooooooo easy it seems almost criminal. I swear!

    5. I had to trade with my Mom to get the charm packs. I had to let go of some fat quarter bundles that she has been after for a while. I shed a little tear but I think it will be worth it in the end. I also had to give her a sneak peak at my collection for spring market. I was going to show it to her anyway but she didn’t know that.

  6. Love hexagons but have never made them. I don’t like hand work, unfortuantely. I love seeing projects that other people (patient people) do with them.

  7. Welcome to the paper hexagon fanclub! I too love them and while I haven’t been able to work on my neverending hexagon project lately, I have a basket full of hexagons ready to be sewn in a quilt. Not quite a laundry size basket, but certainly bigger than an average tote bag. I’m sure, years from now, my kin will go through my belongings and wonder. Heck, I’m wonderin’ now.

  8. okay, thanks for answering those questions but one more. Do you leave the paper in there forever? and I guess two more, lol. How do you sew them together if you are using a machine? I’ve seen directions for handsewing hexagons but not machine. I hope that isn’t a stupid question because it looks like you sew the very edges by hand in joining the hexagons. Am I right?

  9. You take the paper out once they are sewn together. You pull out the strings holding the corners down and pop out the paper template. On the machine you just uses a tiny zig zag stitch, with the pieces edge to edge and then pop the paper out the same way.

  10. Ah, see there is a trick for everything! Thanks ;)

  11. I love your hand work! Years ago I started a little one, took it with me in the car, to appointments, etc. Nice little to-do that doesn’t require lugging a bunch of crap around. Anyhoo… my project is now old and blah to me. Seeing your fabrics… now I want to start fresh. I so love yours! Now I just need to score some of your delicious fabs.

  12. Your fabric designs are so magical. I just snatched up a fat quarter pack of Full Moon Forest I found online after relentless searching…because I discovered this line too late to get the massive yardage amounts I might otherwise have bought :) . Putting my fabric obsession aside, I have been trying to research how to “break into” (don’t know what you really call it…) the fabric design industry. I was a graphic designer years ago…before my 4 kids came along! The thought of drawing designs that would come to life in fabric is so, so fascinating to me…but I don’t know the first thing about how to get started. I would love to hear more of how you got started…and what that entails…if you don’t mind…and it’s not too personal…well, I guess it is personal, since it’s your life…hmmmm….

  13. Great use of these wonderful fabrics (I love your fabrics). But there is a MUCH, MUCH easier way to do hexes IMO, no individual paper pieces to deal with, and sewn together with a simple running stitch or machine stitch. I’m not affiliated, just a very happy user of Inklingo by Linda Franz. The shapes are printed on the back of the fabric using your ordinary inkjet printer (ink washes out). The hexes (or whichever shape) will have precise cutting, stitching, and even matching lines on fabric. If you’re interested, take a look at a 10 min. demo video at her website http://www.lindafranz.com.

  14. I feel exactly the same way about my hexagons…I currently have over 1200 of them!!

  15. Being such a horrible copycat, but your hexes are just soooo charming, I ordered some Flutterby and Full Moon Forest charm packs. :-)

  16. I am Bonnie Nyquist from the USA, and I found you through Melly and Me blog. I see you also are facinated with hexagons! I have made the hexagon”Little Bag” by Pati Sahmbaugh. Here is the link for a video deom. There are other sites featuring hexes that you may love from the USA. let me know!

    http://www.sewontv.com/?bcpid=1329230125&bclid=1334407408&bctid=505319728

    The maker of the “Quilt Patis” plastic,flexible hexes in all sizes, is Pati Shambaugh, she has a lot to offer! I will send more info if wanted. I lvoe them also!

  17. Oh my goodness, I have typos! sorry I was in such a hurry.

    Let me correct her name, it is Pati Shambaugh. She was on Simply Quilts and made a 3 -D flower for the hexes! She has a pattern for that also…darling!!!! It is called 3-D flowers. you cut the hexes apart in her way and sew and stuff little petals.

    She is the Queen of Grandmothers Flower Garden and others..

    http://quiltpati.tripod.com/ this is her website, but she does not have secure ordering, but you can email for ways to get what you want, andother sites sell her patterns

  18. These are too gorgeous! I started one several years back but unfortunately it is now a UFO. My sister Melly and I met your Mom in Houston last year when we were first time booth holders from Australia. She was so lovely to us and made us feel so welcome in the US. Within five minutes she had sold us on this wonderful new fabric by Tulla Pink. It was our first delectable purchase at sample spree. Cant wait to get back this year and see your fabrics in the flesh. You are a true inspiration with an awesome Mom. Im sure she will let you raid her stash!

  19. Melly and Rosalie oh my gosh, how are you. Sorry Tula a slight veer from you for one minute and then right back I promise! Hope you both make it to Houston, Tula is coming out with another HUGE AWESOME KILLER surprise for her followers or should I say subjects. I would love you to meet Tula and throw back a glass of wine or two. Just remember we don’t call them stalls and I promise not to bonk you anymore, especially in the stalls! Wait until Tula teaches you Pinklish!!!!!
    Yeah, we love the Aussies!

  20. I am blown away by all 3 lines of tula’s. I was so excited about FullMoon
    Forest and bought as much as i could on the spot. It was such a surprise
    to go to a local quilt show and find Flutterby. Again bought all the show had. Imagine my delight when i just found Nest.. I am so lucky to have
    a friend that has a fabric shop and now will call me when Nest arrives.
    Now I will be on the edge of my seat to find and follow Tula. I can’t wait to
    make outfits for my granddaughters and knit some things to go with them.
    Full Moon is being made up into bedroom quilt and pillows ect. for my 34
    year old daughter. Tula if you ever need a cheerleader just call. I have
    never been this excited about fabric and you leave me wanting more
    thanks,
    deborah

  21. I have a tutorial on my blog if any one wants to learn how to do this type of piecing with lots of tips and hints of why you can do things in differnt ways.
    http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2007/03/tutorial-on-english-paper-piecing.html

    I would love your feedback of what you think of it. thanks sunshine

  22. I have a soft spot for this way of patchworking. I have two paper hexagon patchwork pieces that I have been working on over about a decade. My mum has one that she’s been working on since before I was born. Somehow it makes them very precious. I’ve made sure that one of my pieces has a different fabric pattern for each hexagon. I don’t mind if it takes a lifetime. Sometimes it can be several months in between me picking it up to work on. It’s not a rush job. It’ll become complete gradually without me noticing as I grow old hopefully. The pieces are the size of a UK 50p coin.

  23. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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