August 31st, 2015
According to my Instagram feed I’ve these hexies pieced, and unfinished, since June of 2014. Oops.
This was my first English Paper Piecing project and I worked on it sporadically for a year.
Note to self: Hole punch the paper – it’s much easier to remove.
The back looked a mess.
Aurifil 50 wt Baby Pink (2423)
Aurifil 50 wt Light Turquoise (5006)
Aurifil 50 wt Spring Green (1231)
This was hand pieced and I originally wanted to hand quilt it. Hand quilting is just plain daunting to me (even on something this small). Since it’s been sitting around for over a year I decided to machine quilt.
The backing is a vintage sheet cut from my stash.
I used a charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares. My hexagon sides are 1″ and stitched together it’s about a 19″ square, trimmed.
This is the first time I’ve added flange and I’m in love. Will definitely be doing this on regular quilts in the future.
Hexies: Gypsy Girl by Moda (charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares)
Flange Binding: Hello Petal, Dots in Cuddle by Aneela Hoey
Binding: Del Hi, Chandelier Ocean by Valori Wells
Now that I know exactly what I can get out of a charm pack, I’ll be doing this again. I love mini quilts and use them as table toppers, under centerpieces and as wall hangings.
August 20th, 2015
Wanted to share with you a tutorial I have posted over at Moda Bake Shop.
This is considered an ‘easy’ pattern and comes together quickly. The blocks are pretty large and it’s easy to make a variety of sizes:
Crib: 12 blocks – 4 blocks wide, 3 rows (38″ x 51″)
Toddler Throw: 18 blocks – 5 blocks wide, 3 rows (47.5″ x 51″)
Throw: 24 blocks – 6 blocks wide, 4 rows (57″ x 68″)
Twin: 35 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 5 rows (66.5″ x 85″)
Full/Double: 40 blocks – 8 blocks wide, 5 rows (76″ x 85″)
Extra Long Twin: 42 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 6 rows (66.5″ x 102″)
The fabric is Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two and I love the color and prints in this line.
If you happen to make a version, please share with me!
You can find the pattern here at Moda Bake Shop.
August 11th, 2015
I’ve been seeing a ton of Art Deco style tiles showing up in my Instagram feed lately and decided to make a paper piecing in one of the designs.
The above is what I consider an advanced layout – you will need to know how to sew Y seams to assemble.
The organized rows are what I consider a basic layout and you can assemble these without Y seams!
It’s really fun to play around with the placement:
Just changing up the background could make a huge difference too!
This pattern is FREE through Saturday on my Craftsy site, then it will cost $1. The pattern includes 2 sizes: 3″ hexie walls and 2″ hexie walls. Which makes approximately 6″ and 4.5″ hexagons.
If you make one be sure to tag me on Instagram @juliehirt
August 5th, 2015
So, SO excited to have completed this quilt. The blocks have been collected for two years from several countries and numerous states.
When I started the Scrappy Trip Bee (you can still sign up for Round 10 HERE!) I had already made a Scrappy Trip quilt. I was thinking it would be really cool to have one from literally ‘around the world’. So that’s how to bee began.
I wish I had thought to write on the blocks as I received them – just like the country or state in the corner. Luckily I saved my records from the Scrappy Trip Bee Rounds. Came up with this label and had it printed at Spoonflower.
So much was going on in the front that I chose a bright white backing.
The size ended up at 60″ x 84″ – which is twin size. I originally had the blocks laid out like my first quilt, which is 6 blocks by 6 blocks and 72″ square. I think this will be more versatile over the years since it can actually cover a bed.
This is the 3rd quilt (I think… maybe 4th?) that I’ve done on the long arm.
I actually hated the pattern when I first started and almost took it apart and ripped out the stitches! I’m glad I stuck with it because I’m pretty happy with the end result and it washed up nice and crinkly. It’s a great beginner pattern that can be done on a regular machine as well – just double wavy horizontal lines with vertical lines between those.
It’s definitely my FAVORITE quilt to date! I love that each block is made by someone in a different city or country and they have a block from me as well. This one has some meaning.
Hehe. The man behind most of my quilt photos. I hear a lot of “my arms hurt”, “hurry up”, “what do you mean it’s upside down?!”. I’m just happy for the help!