Sunday, February 8, 2015

4 X 7 Sewing Challenge -- Week 1

Well, I stayed on track for the entire week -- devoting myself to hexagon piecing and workshop samples!!  Happily, most of my 30 minutes sessions drew out into an hour or more! 

This is the bed runner I made using 5 Rose Star blocks.  I'm using this workshop to introduce my students to Marti Michell's new Crown and Kites templates. 
I'm so pleased with the blend of new and old fabrics I achieved! 
It's layered up and ready to quilt on Monday

And here is the stack of "sunflowers" cut with same template set that I'm piecing as part of Nathalie's "not a mystery" quilt over at Les Ouvrages de Nat
Piecing these blocks have been my sew-offs all week as I chain-piece through the set-in seams and assembly of the Rose Star blocks.  There is no deadline for this quilt but the cheerful color palette makes it joy to piece on a winter day.
Next week, my focus will be a traditional hexagon reproduction quilt and getting it organized into manageable units so students in my Hexie Lovers Workshop will be able to discuss dissecting a design for construction.  (There are still a few openings?!)


 
Stitch on!! 
 
Mary Huey
 
 

18 comments:

  1. Your bed runner looks great.

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    1. Thank you, Anja -- now to get past the "how to quilt it" hurdle!?

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  2. WOW I am SOOOOOO impressed with your precision and I love what you did with the hexes. I've never attempted them but now I want to because I really can't get over how cool they look!!!

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    1. Since I learned to chain-piece through set-in seams, I'm obsessed with hexagons and their allies!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Those are cheerful colours. I can see why you are enjoying playing with them so much.

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    1. Thanks!! I need to work with cheerful colors during winter!!

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  4. I love those rose star blocks! Glad you had such a successful first week of the challenge, Mary!

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  5. Wow, what gorgeous projects! those partial seams can be tricky.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki -- the seams are y-seams and since I teach them a lot with Marti Michell's templates, I make them much easier than you might think.

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    2. To add to Mary's post I'm one of her students and have used her Y-seam technique and not only has it transformed my piecing,but I entered a quilt for the Lake Farmpark Quilts 2015 show with all Y-seams, machine pieced it in about 2 weeks (and no, I wasn't working on it day and night) using Mary's methods and Martii's templates, and I won a ribbon in the show (my first ever). it's been a game changer for me, truly!

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  6. Both projects are wonderful, my favorite is the bed runner. Sewing y-seams with the machine is my next challenge.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Conquering y-seams opens up a whole new realm of piecing possibilities, so go for it!

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  7. Love colours you've used for the bed runner! It will be even more pretty once it is quilted!

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  8. Those unique dresdons in 30s fabrics are so pretty! The hexagon blocks in the quilt you have ready to quilt are gorgeous as well.

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