Frauke asked me to review a new book for our BFQ library. It is Quilter's Academy Vol. IV by Harriet and Carrie Hargrave.The whole book deals with the 60 degree-angle. The first chapter is about hexagons. Usually we quilters think English paperpiecing when it comes to hexies. But in this book the hexies are sewn by machine. You don't even want to think about that, do you? Well, neither did I, but then I started thinking anyways. For the last three years there has been living in our household a fantastic little machine named Big Shot. I' ve got three different sets of dies, and for this project I chose the Sizzix 2 1/2 inch hexies. This is a block of dies that cuts four hexies in one go. With four layers of fabric, that makes 16 hexies, all exactly the same. So cool! I also used those dies to cut two templates, one from paper, the other from template material. To get the exact corners I sewed around my paper template, then put it together with my template material template, pushed a needle though the corner points and widened those holes a little. All set to mark my fabric hexies now. My first try was a flower with some horrid scrappy fabric I had lying around. And it turned out perfect!
The next step was to decide what to make. For years I have been collecting Balis, and now was the time to cut into that stash. I was thinking about a star but my FQs wouldn't give me enough material for that. Thankfully there is Pinterest. I searched for Hexagon quilts and found a picture of a quilt in the make with little diamonds, nine patch hexagons really, that I really liked.
Tja, jetzt nähe ich also Balirauten, und ich finde den Anfang auf meiner Designwand schon ganz schön vielversprechend. Mal sehen, wie weit ich mit dem hellen Grau komme, das ich für die Mitte verwende. Das Markieren der Sechsecke ist auch kein Problem, weil ich da nebenher prima endlich mal meine Audible-Bücher anhören kann. Mir graut nur vor dem Zusammennähen der einzelnen Rauten.
Marking the fabrics is no problem because it gives me the opportunity to listen to those Audible purchases that I never have gotten around to yet. The size will be decided by the amount of hexies I can get out of the light grey fabric I am using for the middle of each diamond. I am only worried about the putting together of the diamonds. I don't imagine that will be great fun. But that is what I thought about Y-seams, too, right?