Saturday, May 14, 2016

5 tips for organizing your Glorious Hexagons

Numbered tabs make it easy to find the correct page.
We're into month #5 of the Glorious Hexagons Quilt Along from Paper Pieces and there has been loads of hexie inspiration over at the Blank Quilting Q-bies and StudioE Fabrics Q-bies Facebook groups. Have you caught the hexie wave yet?

With each month comes a new packet of paper template of various shapes and sizes. It can be overwhelming! Here are some tips that help me stay organized.

1. I use Post-It notes to create tabs in my guide book, The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek. Numbers on the Post-Its correspond with the blocks that will be made with the paper pieces for the month. These tabs help me quickly flip to the page with the hexagon pattern. (BTW, when Katja signed my book—with the numbered Post-it tabs protruding from the pages—she remarked that this was a cool idea.)

2. Most quilters have several projects going all the time—each in a different stage. The same situation applies to my hexagons.
      Sometimes I like to fussy cut the fabric.
      Sometimes I am basting the pieces.
      Sometimes, assembling blocks.
To keep the pieces organized, I use clear, plastic zip-lock sandwich baggies.
Plastic sandwich bags keep hexie bits organized.
A baggie might contain a bunch of fussy cut fabric pieces, ready for basting.
A baggie of fussy cut fabric pieces.
Or it can contain all the bits for a single block... like this #47 Janet block made with Cheeky Pumpkins [by DK Signature for StudioE Fabrics].
Diamond and triangle bits for #47 Janet block.
Here's a baggie with butterflies and kitty hexagons for a #13 Judy block.
Butterflies and a kitty cat for #13 Judy block.
Or a baggie can contain a single shape—like 1" hexagons, or diamonds—that are in the basting stages.
Paper pieces, fussy-cut fabrics and basted hexie bits.
3. I have one larger zip-lock bag with my hexie making tools: a spool of basting thread, my 80 wt. bobbins of Decobob Thread for hand piecing, a pencil, scissors and thread conditioner. See my post, "8 essential tools for English paper piecing" for details.
Tools for making hexagons.
A second large plastic bag holds my completed hexagons.
Completed hexagons.
4. Keep all your Glorious Hexagon acrylic templates in the plastic zippered pouch they came in! In other words, "put your toys back where you found them!" as your mother used to say. Why? Because the acrylic templates are clear and difficult to locate if you toss them in the baggies with your fabric pieces or your works-in-progress. And when you have multiple blocks that require the same template... you think you can easily and quickly lay your hands on the baggie it's in? Not! So don't think you'll save yourself some time. (And don't ask me how I know this.) 

Just put all the acrylics back into the original bag. You get the gist... (And, yes, your mom was right!)
Keep acrylic templates together in their plastic bag.
5. And finally, a canvas tote bag keeps all the large and small plastic baggies together for easy grab-and-go.
You can't have too many tote bags.
Do you have tips for keeping organized on your Glorious Hexagon journey? Leave me a Comment. I'd like to hear your ideas! Also, check out the Blank Quilting Q-bies and StudioE Fabrics Q-bies Facebook groups for more hexie eye candy.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Hexagons

I'm a fan of the Thursday evening Shonda Rhimes TV line-up. It gives me a chance to work on Glorious Hexagons. Here are 5 of the large, single-fabric 3-inch hexagons. These are quick and easy to work up. Makes ya feel like you've accomplished a lot.
3-inch hexagons for my Glorious Hexagons Quilt Along.
Clockwise from top left: Peppermint Penguins (by StudioE), swirls (by Blank Quilting),
Modern Mixers II, Hugs and Kisses and Happy Camper (all by StudioE).
Five hexies for Cinco de Mayo. Muy Bueno!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

48 Glorious Hexagons and counting

May the Fourth be with You and your Glorious Hexagons!
(Couldn't let this day slip away without a blog post.)
48 completed hexagons in the Glorious Hexagon Quilt Along.
I'm celebrating May the Fourth with 48 completed hexagons from the Glorious Hexagons Quilt Along but I also have several little baggies of bits and pieces of more blocks awaiting assembly.

I and five friends are working through the Quilt Along. I started at the end of January (this year) and work on my blocks from time to time. Here are a few of my favorite blocks so far. They are all made with fabrics from collections by Blank Quilting and StudioE Fabrics.
#9 Doris block. 
The blocks with the holiday fabrics are fun and make me smile. Love the Kitty Kats above and Cheeky Pumpkins below.
3" hexagon with Cheeky Pumpkins
 The #13 Judy layout seems to be a favorite. Hedgehogs are from Gentle Forest [StudioE].
#13 Judy block.
This one reminds me of Jesse the Wonder Cat, the orange kitty mascot at the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga.
#13 Judy block.
And this kitty [from A Cat Tale by Sarah Frederking] likes the butterflies from the Sunshine Day line [StudioE].
#13 Judy block.
GeoFlow [Blank Quilting] has bold colors and stylized and geometric motifs. I have more bits from this fabric cut for future blocks.
#13 Judy block.
The next two are from the same fabric line, Luminosity [Blank Quilting].
#13 Judy block.

#35 Sharon block.
 Love the shoes in this one! Fabric is a Blank Quilting fabric line called Lady Claire.
#51 Joyce block.
 And of course, my Yuki dog block. Love that big fuzzy dog.
#36 Elly block.
Do you have a favorite? There are other really good ones on the Blank Quilting Q-bies and StudioE Q-bies Facebook groups... with more to come.
48 hexagons... and counting.
May the Force be with you in your hexie making!
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