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Framed Color Hexis | A Schnitzel & Boo Mini


Another mini has left the house and has landed safely in Virginia! This is the mini that I created for Ellen, my partner in the third round of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I knew that Ellen liked Alison Glass and Aneela Hoey fabrics along with a variety of awesome quilters. The common thread among the quilter’s she loves are bold geometric patterns so the triangles were a perfect fit!

I used my Sizzix triangle die to create another Color Hexi quilt and framed it with gray Essex Linen. I used my new Bernina walking foot to trace each color hexagon and mirrored the overall shape of the hexagons in a radiating pattern until I hit the edges of the quilt. The binding was my effort to balance the visual weight of the black hexagon. Once I had the quilt completed, I felt like it was drawing way to much attention, so I countered it with a dark corner of binding. I am really happy with how it turned out.



This was a hard one to put in the mail. Great news though, she loves it!

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Quilt Details

Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: A variety of Alison Glass Sun Prints, Kona Solids, and other color + white prints from my stash
Back: A variety of Aneela Hoey prints, Alison Glass Sunprints, Kona Tomato, and Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Plummy and black Crosshatch
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished Size: Approx 23″ x 20″

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop | A Tutorial!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop celebrating Sizzix’s newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs by the artist, author and quilter Victoria Findlay-Wolfe! I am in some amazing company: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Nicole from Modern Handcraft, Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios, and eight other fabulous quilters! This week you will see some fantastic projects by some of my quilting idols and have a chance to win an awesome prize all at the same time.

To celebrate, I have a quick, easy mini quilt project for you: Color Hexis!

andpins_BotanicsTrianglesEvery fun project starts with a sketch. I had selected the triangle die without formulating an idea first, so I grabbed my colored pencils and this awesome (free, printable!) triangle graph paper and started sketching some ideas with Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics and coordinating Kona Solids in mind.

andpins_colorhexi_sketchFor the mini Color Hexi quilt all you need are 36 not so random charm squares or scraps (six fabrics for each of your six different color choices), the Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die, the Fabi (or Big Shot Pro) Machine, and your choice of backing and binding fabric. I had never used a die cutter for fabric and I was shocked at how little time it took me to transform a stack of charm squares into a stack of perfectly cut triangles.

andpins_colorhexi_tools andpins_colorhexi_trianglesTake your triangles to your design wall, table, or floor and play around until you are happy with how the colors flow around the hexis and against each other. If you are like me, you may need to sleep on the idea of the layout before you start sewing. Organize your rows into numbered piles so that you stay organized while sewing.

andpins_colorhexi_orderStarting with row 1, align your corners and pin as demonstrated below:

andpins_colorhexi_layout   andpins_colorhexi_pinSew along pinned edge using a 1/4″ seam throughout and press to the left. Repeat for the remaining triangle in row 1.

andpins_colorhexi_ironContinue sewing the set of row pieces together, alternating which direction you press your seams with each row. With all of your rows well pressed, take row 1 and row 2 and pin your matching seams. You want to sew right across the X of the existing seams.

andpins_colorhexi_pin2   andpins_colorhexi_stitchThis will ensure that you get perfect points.

andpins_colorhexi_togetherPress your seams open and repeat with remaining rows.

andpins_colorhexi_piecedSandwich, baste, quilt, and bind (bias makes life easier) with your preferred methods. Jaybird Quilts has a great tutorial for binding the inside corners. After a few tries without a tutorial, I was happy that I found that one!

Be sure check out the rest of the Blog Hop this week, you are in for some great projects by some fabulous quilters!

January 16th Jamie Fingal

January 16th Tracy Mooney

January 17th Elizabeth Timmons

January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz

January 18th Ebony Love

January 18th Holly Hughes

January 19th Marni Weaver

January 19th Leslie Jenison

January 20th Karin Jordan

January 20th Sue Bleiweiss

January 21st Jenny Doan

January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Now, here are the details you really want! Sizzix is giving away an amazing prize of a Big Shot Pro machine and all three of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new dies! To enter, click the image for the Rafflecopter entry form.


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Thanks for stopping by! What have you been working on lately?

Quilt Details

Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander and coordinating Kona solids
Back: Widescreen in Gray by Carolyn Friedlander
Binding: Botanics Seagrape in Charcoal
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished size: approx. 16.5″ across the top x 13.5″ tall

MMXV + a Thank YOU giveaway

Happy New Year! 2014 is almost behind us and I am looking forward to see what 2015 has in store. Personally, I am hoping for a calmer 2015, 2014 was quite crazy. Thank YOU for hanging out with me this past year, I have a giveaway to thank you at the end of this post – it’s a long one!

I thought that 2013 was big year for me quilting and sewing wise; but 2014 kicked 2013’s butt in that aspect. While I never did get our bed quilt made I did get a few minis done, I learned to paper piece (and love it!), and completed a bunch more projects – 25 if my count is correct! I also pieced a bunch of blocks for the Modern Instabee, have started blocks for the Philly MQG Bee, released two tutorials (a quilt and a scarf), was featured an article about swaps & bees and a Craftsy post, and have enjoyed learning and growing with each project that I complete.

A few of my favorite finishes from 2014 (my final three are below!):

You can see all of my 2014 finishes here and blocks & swap pieces here. I started 2014 with an ambitious quilty to-do list and my tastes changed and life continued so not much got done. I am starting this year with a much smaller list: a Charley Harper quilt for my aunt (two years overdue), a Christmas colored Hazel quilt for us, two swap minis, and monthly bee blocks for the Philly MQG crew. That’s it! The rest of the projects will happen as I discover them.

Blog wise, in 2015 I will continue to share my projects with you and I am hoping to have a few more tutorials to share. If there is anything specific you would like to see, please let me know!

Without further ado, here are my final three 2014 finishes: andpins_PlusNo2 Plus No. 2 which some of you may remember from MidAtlantic MOD in April was finally completed and gifted to my high school mentor, long time Army man, and police officer Merle Bragg. andpins_241blue I made another 241 tote for my mother featuring Splash in Midnight from Jessica Levitt’s new Cascade fabric line with Essex linen in gray. andpins_Harper_wallhanging My final 2014 finish is Spools, a wall hanging for my Aunt Becky, featuring Charley Harper fabrics. I used SPOOLS from SPOOL/Bad Ass Quilter’s Society’s 2014 Row by Row pattern without the last block of four small spools. Since this is a mini I took the plunge and completed my first real attempt at free motion quilting (FMQ) with a simple meander. It is far from perfect and I still need a lot of practice, but I am happy with it and will continue to practice on quilt sandwiches in 2015.

Thank YOU for stopping by on a regular basis to cheer me on and to see what I have been working on. Knowing that I have you expecting a weekly post drives me to keep creating. I hope that you have a wonderful New Year’s and I cannot wait to share my continued journey with you.

To thank you for hanging with me, I will make three lucky winners their choice of quilt block (pick from Hazel, an outhouse, or a shirt) in their preferred color palette! I have really enjoyed the process of making blocks for others and I want to pay it forward to three of you. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below and leave me a comment below telling me what you are looking forward to in 2015. The giveaway is now closed and the lucky winners are:

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I will close the giveaway at Noon EST on Sunday, 1/4 and it is open to all of my readers. I will contact the winners via email to go over their block details on Sunday afternoon and will have the blocks in the mail no later than February 27, 2015. Good luck & thanks again!

Elizabeth Hartman and Carolyn Friedlander, the block designers, have no affiliation with this giveaway.

Quilt Details

Pattern: My own Plus design.
Front: Platinum Quilter’s Linen and miscellaneous red, white, and blue fabrics from my stash and from
Beth at Stash Fabrics
Back: Widescreen in blue by Carolyn Friedlander Binding: Blue and white check print from my stash
Quilting: Aurifil 40WT #2600 (a pale gray) Finished size: approx. 45×54″

Pattern: SPOOLS from Spool/Bad Ass Quilter’s Society
Front: Charley Harper fabrics and misc. Kona solids for the spools
Back: Tan solid Binding: Red and cream feed sack reproduction fabric from my stash (I have an
original feed sack in the same print as well!)
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2310 (cream) Finished size: approx. 9×27″

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