confessions of a fabric obsessive


I’m seriously thinking about joining in this quiltalong on lily’s quilts and on gayle brindley’s blog. Because they are using hexagonal shapes for the patchwork, they’re calling it


I’m seriously tempted to join in with this one. I don’t normally do joining in, but the first patchwork/piecing I ever did was with hexagons, waaaay back in the mists of time that when I was 14 years old (maybe even younger). My first attempt was pretty good for a first attempt. I was fairly chuffed with myself but the fabric was very bright and fairly awful, so I had another go and made a cushion cover completely out of hexagons in different textured/patterned cream.

Very minimalist, very controlled: a sign of things to come (it would probably be classed as modern quilting now).

It’s even possible I still have it, I shall have to have a good dig through the piles of crap vintage fabrics that I have hoarded saved to be re-purposed. (update- I’ve had a bit of a look, haven’t found it yet but I’ll keep looking)

It turns out, after perusing through both blogs (Lily is using the English Paper Piecing technique, Gayle is using the  point-to-point piecing technique) that I was using EPP. It worked well for me then so I would probably do it this way again.

It would mean a lot of sewing by hand and I do love my sewing machine. On the other hand, I could do it anywhere, and now that my college work is finished (finally, I think I must have been the last one to hand in their portfolio – yesterday!) I can be a bit more relaxed about things now and do something for fun.

Mmm, it may have to go on the to-do list for a week or two. I’ll decide next week, when I’ve cut the to-do list down to a manageable size (it kind of got away from me a bit lately, I’ll admit I ignored almost everything while I focused on getting my portfolio finished and submitted in time for my tutor to mark it before she went on holiday!)

On the other hand, this photo of Gayle‘s hexing so far (on lily‘s blog) is very, very tempting!

Isn’t this so pretty?

Ok, I’ve decided.

I’ll definitely make a decision about joining in the hexalong after the weekend!

Claire Bear

5 responses to “quiltalong?

  1. gaylebrindley July 22, 2011 at 00:08

    Oh, yay! The hand sewing hex has gotten to you, too! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  2. Lynne (Lily's Quilts) July 22, 2011 at 06:53

    Go for it – one hex at a time! Just aim to make something small and then, if you get carried away, you might end up with something big. What I love about hand sewing is you can pick it up at those little odd moments where you’re actually not ploughing through important jobs – like when you’ve sat down in front of the tv for the evening!

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