Thursday, July 26, 2018

Progress on hexie and neutral quilts

I have two quilt projects on the go, and today I'll be sharing my progress on both.

Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

I wrote a post on my Epic Neutral Bow Tie quilt in June. As I mentioned there, I really love this quilt since it's fairly easy but interesting and it can be made a batch at a time. I've finished my second batch.
Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt - a few more blocks
It's great when you can put a few of these blocks together to see what it's starting to look like.

Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt - all those brown and off-white fabrics
A third of the blocks have been made. I'm not too sure how to deal with a couple of fabrics that could easily read as very light brown or darker off-white. You can see one of these over the word "brown" in the block above. In this case, I paired it with a dark brown fabric. I think that once the whole quilt is put together that it will be fine. I'll just have to place these a little more carefully.

I'm always astounded by the variety of colours that can be included in brown and off-white. Thank goodness that they usually play well together.

Kingfisher Stitch-Along

The English Paper Piecing project is coming along quite well considering all of the hand-work involved. I really love working on it and it's perfect for doing while listening to audio books. I'm very grateful for our public library's great collection.

These were the first 5 diamonds that I put together a couple of weeks ago.

First 5 diamonds
 This is what I have done so far - slow but steady!
17 diamonds with appliqued hexies

Chevy was supervising the photo shoot
I bought a great plastic tote to organise my hexies. At the very bottom is my background fabric, then my cut diamonds, hexies ready to applique and finally a bag of scraps for more hexie flowers.
Bottom of the new organising container
The container has a second part where I can place my templates, hexies to be pieced, as well as thread and needles. I've placed the appliqued hexies on top so that they don't get crushed.

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Finally, I am using my new Selvage Love pouch to bring my hexies with me to work during my lunch break. It easily carries everything I need to sew my hexies together.
Selvage Love Pouch with sewing supplies
Today I just received the Papyrus Batiks fat quarter bundle by Hoffman Fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop. They will make a fine addition to the three other background fabrics I have.

What I learned
  • Amazingly enough, progress is good and there have been few lessons to learn to date. 
  • I'm just going to have to work through the very light brown or darker off-white issue for the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt. It's nothing major, as long as I'm consistent and that I pair these with very dark or very light fabrics.
  • My organising tote has come in handy. I've also lugged around my Selvage Love pouch - it's really useful, and both will continue to be useful for other projects also.

Related posts

Linking parties
I will be linking up this post to many linking parties. Check them out to see what's happening. Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMoving It ForwardLinky TuesdayTuesday Colour Linky Party, Let's Bee SocialNeedle & Thread Thursday, Silly Mama Quilts WIPs, Free Motion Mavericks, Finished or Not Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Oh Scrap!, Slow Sunday Stitching,


  1. wow, wow!!
    you have some awesome projects!

    thanks so much for linking up!

    1. Thanks Brooke! I love working on different projects - it keeps me from getting bored :-)

  2. I love your hexies. Thanks for linking up

    1. Thanks Beth! I find it difficult to resist those lovely colours :-)

  3. Your progress on both projects is great. I am very happy to be watching them both come together a bit at a time.

    1. Thanks Dione. It's so great when projects start to come together, although I sure have a LOT more hexies and diamonds to go!

  4. I love how quickly bow tie blocks go together. I need to get my blocks laid out and finished. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

    1. Hi Cynthia, you're right - that's definitely a bonus when working with a simple block.

  5. I like both your efforts in this post. I've been seeing the Kingfisher on IG, and I really like the background you chose. Bow tie is a favorite quilt of mine. This looks very different with the neutral bow ties. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Susan. The Kingfisher was impossible to resist, even if it's going to be a medium to long term project for me. I really like the bow ties blocks and working with the neutrals to make it different.

  6. Hello Andrée,

    What an amazing contrast between the colours in these two projects. You can choose the project to suit the light on any given day - brighten up a dull day with the hexies, or see the neutral shine one a bright day. You make such fast progress!

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.

    Love, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv, I hadn't realised what a contrast these two projects are. I always love playing with those batiks but it could help on rainy days like today :-)

  7. Your flowers are gorgeous. Love your organization. Happy stitching. :)

    1. Thanks Kathy. The project is coming along well, although not on schedule :-)


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