Mini hexies – Pt. 5

Only four new units got made this month as I missed one week of crafting.

Units finished: 16/42
Tiles used: 1,540/4,140

But I was able to carry on designing – until I ran out of pins and space. The panel will end up slightly longer than expected, so the bottom row is lying on the floor. 🙂

Sorry if the colours are looking strange. They’re quite ok on my screen, I hope this is true for yours. I’m still experiencing some computer issues and can’t properly calibrate my screen.

Mini hexies – Pt. 4

This is my June update on the mini hexies (sorry, a couple of days late).

Blocks completed: 12/42
Tiles used: 1,140/4,140

The first two columns have been joined. As I only have so much pins, I’m designing as I go.

Height is about 102 cms, slightly more than I expected. So far, the panel is 28 cms wide.

I’ve already got some more tiles pinned to the design board but need to sew the Ostseemorgen panel first which is sitting next to it before I can continue.

Next update around the end of the month.








Some process shots showing block construction –

pinned tiles – joined into strips

strips joined – templates removed


Mini hexies – Pt. 3

The first three units (9 x 10 tiles each) are sewn together and pinned to the design board. I’m already working on the next ones, designing as I go.

For easier handling I need to divide the panel into units, something I totally forgot because I was so excited to start. There will be 42 units, six with 9 x 10 and thirty-six with 10 x 10 hexie tiles.

Next update will be posted around the end of June, depending on progress.

Mini hexies – Pt. 2

presorted hexies with matching threads

I had 3,601 hexies, made another 359 and discovered that I’d need still another 180 to make it a square. Templates are already drawn and cut, fabric patches are ready to be basted.

The first units on the design board, hexie size: 1 cm (3/8″) – yes, that’s tiny. I love tiny. đŸ€“

I think it will take me a while to fill the space – my design board is one square meter in size (1.196 square yards approx.)

There’s no plan or layout, just a rough sketch, I’m designing as I go.

Introducing the mini hexies

I’m in hand sewing mode so here’s another one from the UFO Lottery list, Mini Hexies (working title).

Some of the containers with hexies presorted by colour and pattern

Next to the tiles for Cloud Forest sat the box with 3,601 thumbnail sized hexies I had made from part of the fabric from an abandoned project. I’ll have to make 359 more for the layout I have in mind. No hexie flowers or diamonds, but something abstract this time, like this.

But first I need to complete the batik penties project to get an empty design board. Only 40 more blocks to go.

Not a total loss

I finished basting the mini-hexies today and ended up with 3,600 pieces plus one spare. This wasn’t planned beforehand, I just cut everything up and made the paper templates as I went along. A perfect occupation in front of the tv in the evenings. It was a way to salvage the fabrics from an abandoned project. Immediately after I left the old project I started to look for another way of using the fabrics. They were expensive batiks, after all. These little 1 cm (3/8″) hexies were the ideal fit, and although I discarded lots of snippets this wasn’t a total loss. The new project is part of the UFO Lottery, still waiting to be drawn. I’ve got a vague design idea already.

‘Japan’ Finished

Here’s this week’s first finish (yes, I’m suggesting there will be at least one more 🙂 ).

After my lunch break I pinned the edges and began to sew the top and backing together. I had to be a little extra careful because I was sewing with a contrasting thread so the stitches would clearly be visible. I used some variegated quilting thread from my stash, GĂŒtermann Sulky in colour 4008.

Everyone gets nightmares about ripping things apart. I’m happy that it turned out easier than expected. Getting started was the trick. Now it’s finally as it should have been in the first place with beautiful flat edges. If I think about the first version that looked like corrugated iron
 *shiver* The extra hours have clearly made the project a success.

Now I’m off to cut the backing fabric for Rainbow Kites as that one already has got the border strips sewn on, and maybe a little pinning. I might even squeeze in cutting and ironing the border strips for the next project. We’ll see. 😉

Japan – Update

The last seam is finished and I managed to keep the borders lying flat. Yay! The top is now complete for the second time.  Here are a few detail shots.

I chose a rusty red for the thin border which echoes the reds in the indigo prints from the panel. The dark blue border is from Moda.

For the back I chose another Moda print, Sweet Land of Liberty by Sandy Gervais. Not exactly Japanese, but it works for me.

On the weekend I’m going to cut the backing fabric and do the pinning so I can take it to work next week and do the stitching. Time for the next UFO Lottery draw now. 🙂

UFO Lottery #7 – Saving ‘Japan’

Here’s my next project from the UFO Lottery – Japan. Sorry again for the blurry picture. I bought some gorgeous indigo coloured prints inspired by Japanese patterns, got some matching beige faux uni and added a narrow strip of rusty red from my stash. I chose a simple pattern often seen in Japanese design, et voilĂĄ!


As you can see, I’ve got a little problem with this one. The border strips got wavy after I attached them. I have no idea why as I took great care not to stretch them during sewing and ironing.

So now I’m on a mission to save Japan.

This involved some ‘unsewing’ in which my dear friend Jack (the Ripper) was glad to help. First the blue strips came off, followed by the red ones which leaves me with the naked panel now.

I’ve already pressed the strips again and will now rejoin them, hoping they’ll still fit as they were cut without any extra length.

Fixed! Friday 13

Welcome again to the next part of Fixed! Friday.

Taking a short coffee break from panic cleaning (surprise visit on Sunday). So I’m a bit in a hurry.

This week’s un-quilt:


Inspired by a drawing I found in a volume of Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Science Spectrum). I later learned it is an ancient pattern, GrĂŒnbaum/Shephard have it, too. I made the woven diamond using English paper piecing and appliquĂ©d it onto the background fabric . Because of the light colour I used a thin polyester batting/wadding.

‘Spektrum’ drawing

from GrĂŒnbaum/Shephard

Made from cotton fabrics between February 2000 and November 2001 from 968 pieces, this took me 143’15 hours to make. Size is 114 x 202 cms.


Next week on Fixed! Friday: Kaleidoskop