Hello my lovelies. How is everyone today? Happy longarm quilter land has been lovely and quiet today. I got a whole lot of little jobs done that needed doing. So it was a slow and measured pace for me today.
I ran a few errands, one of which was a mission of comfort. Now and again we are asked to do something that will make someone feel better. On my arrival from running said errands I settled in to finish off my prep work for tomorrow’s class at Stitchin’ Heaven. We’re going to have a lovely festive time.
Do you remember my little hexagon project that I started last week? Well I need a few more fabric hexies to finish off what I’m going to make. In this case, as my hexies are larger than any of my cutters I need to cut both the card templates and the fabrics shapes by hand. So I have decided that I would reveal how I cut the fabric shapes …..
First of all I start by measuring the card templates. These hexies are 2-1/2” sides and 4-3/8” from flat edge to flat edge.
This means that a 5” strip will work really well. So today I stacked three layers of fabric, cut a 5” strip. Then using one of my hexie card templates and leaving the fabric strip layered, I traced the shape onto the first fabric. I was able to trace three hexies on my strip.
I place a couple of pins thru the three layers of each traced hexie to hold everything together while I cut. Now you can either use a rotary cutter and ruler or just eyeball it and cut around each traced hexie leaving a good generous 1/4” allowance.
So that’s my revelation for today. Do you cut your hexies in a different way than I have cut mine today? I usually work with smaller hexies and am generally able to use my Sizzix machine to cut the card templates and my GO! Cutter to cut the fabric shapes. I have to admit that I am pretty spoiled by having a couple of machines that usually do the tedious prep work for me. If you would like to see how I sew the fabric shapes to the card templates click here to access the file.
I love Gail Pan’s work and once again she has posted a free Christmas project. Gail has joined a whole bunch of designers who are participating in the Primitive Christmas Blog Hop 2015. So if you would like to make a couple of small Christmas projects pop on over to see the FREE patterns. I have downloaded a couple which I wouldn’t mind working on over the next few weeks. You know me, when I find something worth sharing and all that
I haven’t seen any sunshine today. And I must admit that it’s been pretty cold in happy longarm quilter land. When I got up this morning the thermometer was hovering around 0 degrees. The temperature never reached above 3C. And at one point it was raining. I guess we were pretty lucky that the rain didn’t turn into snow! I’m waiting for it to arrive soon though.
It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I didn’t do any sewing except that which needs to be done in the course of loading a quilt into my longarm quilting system. I loaded Sandra’s quilt in my system this morning before heading out to run my errands. I plan on starting the stitching early next week. 😉
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hexie work. If I’m going to turn the hexies into something nice I have to stick to it. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love to do. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥