Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scrappy Hexagon {A Finished Quilt Top}



It's hard to believe this top is finished; there were times I thought it would never get finished ...
This quilt was the oldest UFO project I had in my 'closet'. I remember when I first started to make these epp hexagon, I couldn't stop making them, it was that addictive. On the other hand, as much as I was crazy about it, after a while I got tired of it, and it was put aside more than once.
I started this quilt back in the summer of 2008; I thought it was the perfect project to bring on a three weeks road trip. When I started this quilt almost eight years ago, there wasn't much on the subject, epp has come a long way since then; plenty of tutorials available today, techniques has evolved too.

 Before Christmas, I stumbled on this UFO and decided to lay all the units I had done so far on the floor and to my surprise, I had almost enough for a lap size quilt ... Ok, that was far from the queen size I had in mind when I first started ... But I decided that I had spent enough time on this project, and it was time to finish it. So I brought it along on our holiday vacation last Christmas. I had to come up with an idea to keep all pieces in place while traveling, so I settled on attaching all units with safety pins, it worked well. I removed the pins gradually as I sewed and filled the empty spaces with more hexies.



The picture bellow was taken after all the papers had been removed (1 333 to be precise); it has been starched and pressed, the edges have been slightly glued (tiny dots of glue) to keep everything folded in place, ready to be sewed onto the border.


After removing all the papers and basting stitches, I applied tiny dots of 'Roxanne Glue' (again) along the edges to keep in place, then appliquéd the edges onto the border using a short ladder stitch.


I chose Kaffe Fassett's Marquee in two different colorways as for border; which pairs well with all the Kaffe Fassett's fabrics (including Brandon Marbly and Collective) that went into the making of this quilt (roughly 3/4 of all fabric used).
This part is done, and now it needs to be quilted, I am looking forward to hand quilting it although I have two other quilts that need to be quilted as well ...


It's been a bit crazy around here since the beginning of the year, we bought a house, and we will be moving into it very soon, just a lot to do at the moment, less time for quilting.
That also means I will have a new sewing room, and I shall share that with you very soon.


Thanks for stopping by!
Maryse





18 comments:

  1. Love every picture I see of this quilt, Maryse!! And the safety pin idea is brilliant!! Glad you found it and settled on a smaller size so it will be finished!

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  2. This is gorgeous! Thanks for the tips. I will be adding borders to a hexie quilt in the near future. The glue is a great idea!

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  3. A wonderful finished top, I love all that colour! And the way yo have sprinkled your 'lights' through out is delightful!

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous and well worth the wait. I LOVE the border choice- it totally enhances the entire thing!

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  5. This is absolutely amazing. I love, love the border choice 😀 I am inspired .....swoon xx

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  6. Wow, c'est tellement beau avec la bordure. Je n'aurais jamais pensé mettre du tissu ligné avec ça, c'est magnifique. 2008, ça m'encourage. J'ai commencé un projet EPP au printemps que je faisais majoritairement dans l'autobus le matin. Mais à l'automne, c'était sombre dans l'autobus, et le projet est arrêté depuis. Ce soir je dois faire une démo de EPP à ma guilde, ça me donne le goût de resortir mon projet, surtout que les journées allongent. Bonne chance pour le piquage.

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  7. This quilt is so wonderful. It doesn't matter that it took a while to get finished...the finish is lovely! Congratulations on the new home. Can't wait to see your sewing room!

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  8. This is amazing, and I love the bright border. One day I hope to finish my own hexagon quilt!!!!!! It languishes in a box in my bedroom calling out to me occasionally. x

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  9. Hi Maryse! First of all, congratulations to your new house! Can't wait to hear more and to see later your sewing room! Good luck with the moving! This hexagon quilt is so gorgeus! I love all the mixed colours and the border is fantastic! I remember you said how much you like Kaffess' quite thin fabrics and now I can imagine how wonderful they are for hand pieced project. His colours are adorable. I haven't been working with my hexagons for a long time but now you inspired me to pick the box again. Thank you! x Teje
    www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com

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  10. I'm so glad I'm not the only one to make a quilt smaller than the original plan. :) This is absolutely beautiful and I love the border fabric you selected. Congrats on the new house!

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  11. What a work of art! The border is such a great finish.

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  12. What a project! Your border fabric choice is perfect!!

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  13. This is spectacular! That border is the cherry on top!

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  14. Incredible quilt top finish! I bet this one feels especially good.:)

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  15. That's dedication! I have started a pile of hexagons in the same way you did but can't see this point! Nice to know it is possible to get there. Congratulations!

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  16. I popped over from My Quilt Infatuation to see and read more about your glorious hexie quilt. It's beautiful! I know what you mean about hexies being addicting! I started sewing them last summer while my daughter was taking swimming lessons. I needed SOMETHING to do. After finding a method I liked, I was able to get into a rhythm. I bring them pretty much everywhere with me now. I've gotten a plastic case that holds my completed hexies, sorted according to color (as best one can with prints) and will continue to expand the storage as needed. I HOPE to make mine as a lap quilt for my parents. My Mom is always making stuff for all her kids and grandkids and rarely makes anything for herself. Besides, she's one of the few people in my life who will appreciate all the love and work that went into it. Will you be keeping your quilt, or will it be a gift for someone special?

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  17. Wow, that looks incredible :)

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  18. This is awe inspiring Maryse! What a perfect way to put together all your hexies! The border treatment is the pièce de résistance. As always, I'm just blown away by your quilt! I think I've been on this page for at least ten minutes because I keep scrolling back to look at all the photos.
    Wow - a new house too. You have been a very busy bee! Can't wait to see your new sewing room!

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