Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Stars and Hexies

New projects have been started!

Project #1
Lucky Stars Quilt-a-long with Quilt Story

Here are my first six blocks for the Lucky Stars QAL.  I think the actual pattern calls for 9 stars, but I want this to be a baby quilt so I only made six (well, that and maybe I bought a jellyroll with only 18 strips vs. 30-something, so I needed to adjust for that).  My points turned out really well on these stars- turns out pressing and trimming really do help with sewing accuracy!  Who would have thunk it :)
Project #2.
I got it in my head a few weeks ago that I wanted to make hexies, they just seem like the perfect portable, stuck in an airplane/airport project.  Of course, I decided this less than 24 hours before having to get on said airplane so I didn't have a chance to get everything I needed to be able to take this project with me.  Instead hexies turned into my Wimbledon project!  I get obsessed with the tournament every year (seriously, at work the last three years I did a split screen on my computer and had it on all.day.long... yeah, not much real work got accomplished during those weeks).  I'm so happy to be home now and able to really watch and enjoy it!  I knew I couldn't just sit on the couch all day without getting a little antsy though, so on Middle Sunday (aka no tennis matches being played) I ran out to JoAnns and picked up some hexie templates and spent Manic Monday (aka all 16 of the players remaining play!) making hexies and cheering for my favorite players. 

Now that I have hexie supplies though, I clearly need something cute to put them in.  Started working on a zip pouch for them last night!


  1. Your fabric stars turned out great!
    I haven't had the courage to try hexies yet but it's on my to-do list.

    1. Thanks! The hexies weren't too hard to figure out, I think the hardest part is figuring out how to hold them while sewing them together. There is a good tutorial over at jaybirdquilts.com

  2. Love your stars, how did you manage the points so accurately? I suffered so my in my last quilt (kaleidoscope.
    Great hexies too!

    1. I wish I knew, that's the first time my points have ever turned out so well! I did take my time pressing and trimming (which I usually slack on), so maybe that is the trick? Sorry I don't have a big secret to share, I wish I did!

  3. I love the navy background on the stars quilt. Been watching Wimbledon too.