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I’m trying something new. I’m taking photos during the week and then writing all my blog posts on the weekend when I have a little more time and scheduling them to post. I’m aiming for shorter more frequent updates rather than a massive occasional post.

Work continues on the hexagon quilt. The latest block.

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Sewn into a row ready to be added to the bottom of the quilt top.

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I went to prep some more blocks a few days ago and discovered that I’m out of two of the paper piecing shapes I use most. I will need to get this row sewn on and then spend some time removing paper from the back of the previous row for reuse.

There should be quilt top photos coming soon.

 

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When we were making our way to Papua New Guinea for the first time six years ago we called in to see my good friend Lisa and her family. We hadn’t seen them for a long time as we our families had been living in different states and then Gorgeous Man and I had moved to South Africa.

Lisa, through no fault of her own, had ended up with a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabic and during that visit she cut me some pieces to take with me. I had a panel that I had bought in South Africa, but not the coordinates. About a year later I saw (for the first and last time) quilting quality fabric for sale in one of the stores here in Papua New Guinea and several metres of the white came home with me and I started cutting and sewing.

I’m a slow quilter and it’s taken me a few years, but it’s finally finished. Behold in all it’s glory.

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The quilting was done by Quilting by Fiona. This is the second quilt she has done for me and did not disappoint. If you are in Australia I don’t hesitate to recommend her for quilting, she’s great to work with, reasonably priced and does an excellent job. I’ve dealt with her via mail and in person and both times went without a hitch.

You can see her lovely work. We selected a pantograph that had a mix of stippling and butterflies to match the theme of the quilt.

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I have another centre panel and some left-overs, so a small baby quilt may appear at some point in the future. Huge thank you to Lisa for her contribution (and her husband for buying the extra fabric that she found herself with)!

One final show and tell.

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the hexagon quilt. So I thought I might start sharing the blocks as I put them together rather than an update every few months when I add a row. I’ve been working on these on plane trips and trying to put in a few stitches one night a week. This is a long-term slow project.

Here are the latest blocks.

Hexagon1

I’ve found the fabric on the left really hard to use. It came as part of the kit when I bought the templates, papers and fabric for this quilt. I found the orange spots in a fabric store in Cairns, Queensland and I think they work really well together, so I’m happy about this one.

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I love this one. I fussy cut the centre. Not quite perfect, but effective.

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The hexagon and the triangle fabric were part of the kit for this quilt. The diamond fabric is one I picked up when I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to Little Crafty Shop on Red Pepper Quilts blog.

I’m really enjoying putting this quilt together. I hope you enjoyed a peek at my progress.

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I’ve been working on this quilt for a while. I think it’s nearly done. I want add one more white border around, but I’m avoiding the maths I need to do in order to work out if I have enough fabric to do that.

VHCtop

I have a break from teaching coming up (mid-semester break) so perhaps I’ll have the energy to try it one evening after work (I still have to be in the office although there are no teaching classes).

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I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the USA. A few days digging in some archives and then a conference presentation. It was a profitable trip. Once I get over the jetlag I’ve got some finishes and some works in progress to show you, but in the meantime, let’s talk about the Hand-pieced hexagon quilt.

It’s been a while since I posted about my hand-pieced hexagon quilt. This is a project in very slow progress. Recently I spread it out onto the bed to see how much more I had to do.

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This is a queen sized bed. I’m thinking two or probably three more rows on either side to give it room to hang over the edge of the bed. There are a lot more rows to get to the right length.

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I love the riot of colour in this.

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Some of my favourite blocks. I’m getting better at fussy cutting the fabrics. I didn’t really have much clue when I started but Karen’s posts on her Faeries and Fibers blog are very educational and inspirational. Even if you don’t English paper piece you should head over there for the eye candy alone.

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The hexagon quilt has been sadly neglected this year. A few days ago I pulled it out and inspired by Faeries and Fibres decided to try a new (to me) way of adding the hexagons. You see I’ve been adding each hexagon individually and it’s been very slow. However, sewing a strip of hexagons and then adding that strip has significantly speeded up the process.

I now have a square top.

hexagon squared 1

This is going to be a queen-sized top, so there’s a long way to go.

hexagon squared 2

But I’m pleased with how it is coming together. It’s a riot of colour.

Gorgeous Man asked if I would be doing another one and I replied that I would. But I would use only one pattern for the quilt next time. Perhaps it’s my sewing, but each of the patterns make a slightly different sized hexagon which makes challenges putting them together.

I’m now putting this together so quickly that I need to prep some more pieced hexagons to add.

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On Sunday Gorgeous Girl wanted to do all the crafts. We started off by putting some dye in the dye pots. She then went and played outside while they simmered away.

We were pretty pleased with the result. All dyeing was done with food colouring.

dyed yarn group

The pink was done by pouring cochineal on one side of the pot and rose pink on the other. The red and yellow yarn was dyed in the cake. We squirted yellow into the centre of the cake and then filled the pot with water and red food colouring. The green was an attempt to do the same thing with yellow and blue, but some of the yellow spilled and we got this lovely green instead. The tiny bit of green and white was thrown in with the green as a ball of yarn to absorb some of the excess dye in the pot.

After that I got ready to cut more fabric so I could keep working on my quilt, but Gorgeous Girl asked if she could sew instead. We decided to call this top finished.

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Pieced and designed by Gorgeous Girl. My job is to piece together a batting and baste it together with a backing so that she can quilt it. I’m not sure how she’ll go. I’m going to put the walking foot on the machine and let her do the straight line quilting that is very trendy at the moment. I figure if I don’t tell her it’s supposed to be hard she won’t be intimidated. After I took this picture Gorgeous Girl borrowed my camera and did this:

quilt top

Craft blogger in the making? It was then time to start a new quilt top. Gorgeous Girl diligently ironed the fabric so that I could cut it for her (I’m not about to let a 6 year old loose with my rotary cutter).

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She then gave me very strict instructions about what length and width to cut. It will be interesting to see where her design goes. Hopefully it won’t be another three months before the urge to sew grabs her.

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