|101 hexies make a stack about 4.5" high - not a lot to show for eight months of sewing!|
They took quite a while to arrange on the floor as I was trying not to get the same fabric or the same type of hexagon next to each other. I'm not sure I managed it and I'm not sure it was worth the effort but this is what 101 hexies look like when they're all in the same room and playing nicely together.
|Sheila has a liquorice allsort (yum!) in her hexy quilt, I have a fried egg...|
Sorry for the awful photo - the weather was awful the day I did this (although not as awful as the days preceding it!) and the only way I can get a photo of all the hexies is to put them on the front room floor, stand on the fourth stair and lean over the bannister!! Oh for a
Want to see a close-up?
I only took two close-up photos (I wish I'd taken more!), the other one is in my last post!
I then added the five whole (unpieced) hexies that I've cut out
They're hard to spot so here's a photo with a bit of a clue!
And close-up of some of the 106 hexies
I'm really pleased with it so far and think that so far I've managed to get a good variety of types and a good balance of colour - what do you think? Any colours I need to use less or more of? I've got many more of the 'star in a hexagon' hexies than any other type but that's deliberate - I decided that I needed plenty of simple hexies to off-set the more complex hexies. If they were all smarty pants hexies they might end up fighting! I'm also wondering how many whole hexies to include - any thoughts?
I'm still not sure if I'm going to be adding sashing - my plan is to make hexies until I either run out of the white-on-white background fabric or hit my 202 mark (whichever happens first!) and then I'll have a good think about it. The sashing would make it a lot easier to join the hexies together (many of the seams won't nest together due to the seam allowances sometimes swirling clockwise and sometimes swirling anti-clockwise) but one solution would be to add more whole hexies and to ensure that they're between any awkward hexies that happen to end up next to each other. I honestly can't see me taking the direction of seams into account as I arrange all the hexies but I think I could arrange them and then sort out the troublesome ones. Or I could (as Elly suggested) add triangles between the hexies but, although I love the way it looks, (Cathi has added setting triangles to her hexagons) I'm not sure if that would help with some of the seam allowances. If anyone has any other ideas please shout!
I've been busy making some Stained blocks from Sarah's QAL. I think I've made about twelve at the moment but although I've taken some photos I'm not sharing them yet, I wanted this post to be about the hexies! I'm really pleased with how the Stained blocks are looking and I'm already thinking about how to quilt it. This quilt will be for my mam and she likes a heavy quilt so I'm thinking of using a double layer of wadding (probably Warm and Natural) - does anyone have any experience of (machine) quilting through two layers of wadding? I'm going to be doing straight/wonky lines (no FMQ here!) but any tips or thoughts on needle choice (unless someone tells me otherwise I'm either going to use a topstitch or a quilting needle) will be gratefully received!
I'll leave you with a few photos of Archie coveting the remains of my breakfast. His (big blue) liver tablets have to be taken on an empty stomach (preferably after an overnight fast) and at least an hour before food so I give him it as soon as I wake up (such a rude awakening for him!) and then he goes back to sleep until he hears the magic sound of my breakfast being prepared. (But only if it's toast - if I'm having cereal he waits until he hears me put my spoon back in the bowl after eating as he occasionally gets the teaspoon of milk that's left!) If I have toast for breakfast he usually gets the last little bit of each slice and he's just not used to having to wait!
|What do you mean 'Not now?' I don't understand!|
|Maybe if I stop looking at her she'll change her mind...|
|Well that didn't work - I'll go back to staring!|
He kept that up for ten minutes before I moved the plate into the kitchen - he followed and settled himself on the floor for a long wait...no wait is too long if food is involved!
I'll probably be missing from blogland (and possibly email as well) for the next week or so as I'm going to be concentrating on completing my Stained top and cleaning my conservatory (which will take quite a while as I can only do a little bit of cleaning each day or I end up exhausted and it needs a spring clean rather than a quick flick with the duster) so I'll be either chained to the sewing machine or to a bucket and cloth! (Or watching telly whilst I recover!)
Wish me luck, I'll be back when all the Stained blocks are together and my conservatory is sparkling. Well, definitely the former, possibly not the latter!
Edited to add: I forgot to let you other number geeks (you know who you are!) know that there are 1153 pieces in my first 101 hexies....
Edited to add (I'm having a forgetful day!): I'm linking up with Lee@Freshly Pieced for her WIP Wednesday - so please hop over and see what other people are working on!