Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hexie Runner is done

It's been almost a year since I started this hexie runner. Finally, here it is!
Finished Hexie Runner
I used ¾" hexies to make the runner.

I made a number of hexie flowers and then played with them to see how to put them together to make a runner.
Choosing the flowers
Below is a close-up of the flowers and hexies between them.

I used darker fabric for the outside of the hexie flowers and then a lighter fabric for the middle row. The centre of the flower is a matching darker hexie.

Close-up of the flowers and hexies in-between

The other half of  the flowers and hexies in-between
Back of the hexie runner
I wanted to use the lighter fabrics between the hexies to give it some colour so that it wouldn't be too stark. The white looking fabric is used between the rows and all around the runner. It's actually not a solid but a couple of white-on-white cottons.

My first hexie table topper

The back of the runner is a beautiful blue batik. As you can see, I finished this runner the same way I had finished my original hexie table topper. Although it was a great finish for a small table topper, I found it to be very long and tedious for the runner. It is, however, a great looking finish.





What I learned
  • I was too impatient after making the small hexie table topper and I should have stopped for a longer break between making this one and the last project.
  • This project definitely fits of description of "better done than perfect". I was doing fine until I quilted and then finished the border. It's very pretty....from far.
  • I really, really hope to remember to wait until I'm truly in the mood to work on something so exacting the next time I quilt and finish a hexie project.
  • I'm not too worried about the Kingfisher Stitch-Along that I'm working on right now because these are hexie flowers that are hand-appliquéd onto the diamond fabric. As long as I'm not in a rush to finish it, it should be fine.
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Project Details

Hexie Runner
15" x 32"
Materials: cotton fabric, hexagon paper templates and silk thread
Techniques: English paper piecing (EPP)

16 comments:

  1. It is pretty from the pictures! I finished my hex quilt with the same method. Love the look!

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    1. Hi Dawn, I really shouldn't complain since it is pretty. I've never thought of myself as a perfectionist, but maybe there's a little bit of it lurking there! The finishing technique really is beautiful.

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  2. Wow! It's beautiful! Congrats on the finish!

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    1. Thanks Susan, I really do like the look of it.

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  3. I love the look of hexie quilts but definitely don't have the patience for them, so I am really impressed with your finish it is lovely!

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    1. Thanks Fiona. It's funny because I originally didn't like the look until I started making a few. I think that if there are no deadlines, then it's a fun thing to do.

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  4. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia, there sure are a lot of scraps in this one!

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  5. I like the layout you chose for your scraps.

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! Playing with hexies is a little like creating a puzzle.

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  6. 3/4" is such a small size. Well done with finishing the runner! It looks beautiful.

    -Soma

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    1. Thanks Soma. Since 3/4" is the first hexie that I did English Paper Piecing, I didn't know any different. I'm now working with 1" hexies and it does go faster.

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  7. Very beautiful finish! I'm encouraged as I am STILL working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. Did you machine quilt your hexies? I'm wondering how to quilt mine.

    Your project is so lovely! Thank you so very much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Miaismine. That's a very good question. I did machine quilt around all of the hexies. It was pretty tedious and that's when I got a little (OK, a lot) impatient. I even managed to forget one of the cardboard templates, right in the middle of my runner. You can't tell by looking at it. I know that it will just get softer as it's washed :-)

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  8. A finish is a finish ... and it's very pretty! Congrats!

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    1. Hi Susie, you're right - and it's looking quite nice on my dining room table, so no more complaints!

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