A Hexed State of Mind

I have spent the last two days in a fever haze, fighting off a mystery ailment.  The main thing on my mind was “crap, I’m getting behind on my quilting schedule!”

When I got home from work on Saturday I was beginning to feel sick, but was mostly just super tired.  I put off working on a project in favor of organizing my project stuff.  “I can just do double tomorrow,” I thought.  Then Sunday morning came.  The best way to describe how I felt Sunday morning is heavy.  My whole body felt heavy and the smallest thing took so much effort.  My head was so fuzzy that I didn’t dare to any sewing for fear of making a stupid mistake.  Instead I opted to sort through my stash of 1930’s fabric to prep the Hexagon Quilt that I am starting.

When I woke up today I was feeling a bit better, but still not ready for intensive needlework.  So I began prepping the hexagons.  Hexagon quilts use a method called English Paper Piecing where you baste your shapes onto paper then whip stitch the pieces together to create more complex geometric shapes.  I have never tried it before, but it is supposed to be a nice, portable project.  I spent about 3 hours today prepping fabric and basting the pieces to the paper.

I purchased my paper hexagons from “My Sunshine Cottage” on ebay, and she recommended that you use 2.5″ charms instead of spending a lot of time cutting the fabric into hexagons.  I couldn’t agree more.  Once I had the paper pinned to the back of the square I just had to clip the corners to make the fabric lay nicely.  Even though I am a terrible cutter, I can cut a 2.5″ square.

I now have six “flowers” ready to pieced.  Here’s one of them:


This is going to be one of my biggest projects.  According to the chart that came with the paper pieces, I need to piece over 2,000 hexagons to make a queen size quilt.  That’s a long time to be hexed.


About 12months12quilts

I am an educator and sewing teacher, crafting away in The Bay Area, CA.
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