by Karen on January 27, 2013

in Diamonds Are Forever

One thing I have run into by doing a post close to the end of the previous year saying what upcoming projects I have in mind for the new year – is that I tend to change my mind!!  That’s ok – we can all do that can’t we.  If we have bought fabric with a certain project in mind we can always use it for something else can’t we.

I have really been getting into the hexagon craze.  Yes I am making Lucy Boston: Patchwork of the Crosses with the 90 degree 1 inch hexagons but I feel the need to make another quilt with the 60 degree 1 inch hexagons.  I found a couple patterns I like and I don’t know the name for them.  I have not decided color scheme yet, I am contemplating  that – very scrappy? or going with a fabric bundle that I have “Independence Trail” by Minick & Simpson which has reds/light browns/blues/and creams  adding in more creams and brown from the stash.  The Minick and Simpson bundle is not bright but would be more of 1880’s color scheme which can be very pretty and old fashioned looking.  Or do I want to go really scrappy and use up a lot of scrap stash?

The Minick Simpson fabric – plus browns and creams that I had been thinking of making a log cabin with (except I already have made about 5 log cabins and time for something different).  I would need to add more of the blues and reds to this if I use it.  I might have more in the stash that would go with it, would have to search.


the brights in the background are not for this, but I didn’t move them so just ignore them Smile


These two patterns are not the typical “Grandmother’s Flower Gardenanyone know the names?

Name for #1?


Name for #2?


I will be using Inklingo for this quilt – whichever design I choose – I will press my fabric to freezer paper and then cut out my hexagons with the seam allowance on it.  I will then hand piece as I am doing Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and not do the English Paper Piecing method – I tried that method on some triangles and again on the flower hexagons that I have on the Bow Tie Medallion quilt that is on my hand quilting frame.  I find I prefer the flexibility of working without the paper pieces that you use in English Paper Piecing.

I don’t think it will take anymore time as with the EPP you still have the prep work of basting to the paper and in Inklingo you have the prep work of running your fabric through the printer – most likely takes close to the same amount of time except in Inklingo you do not need to take the paper out – there are no papers! -and your stitches do not show.

The great thing about doing a lot of hand piecing this year is that quilts will be finished slower and maybe – keep in mind I say maybe – I can get caught up on my hand quilting – unlikely – but would be nice!!  3 finished tops are still waiting in line to be quilted.

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nanci January 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

Oh gee Karen, I’ve seen a few hexies in the passed year, honestly I cannot imagine me doing them…I’d be seeing corners and squares uneven. I love this though and know that the fabrics will make amazing works! There has been abundant sunshine here so consequently I haven’t been blogging or even reading blogs! It is Sunday morning, and more sunshine. What am I to do?

Kim January 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

The thing I don’t like about EPP is the joining of the pieces. I never think mine look neat. I have no idea why I never considered just hand piecing them without doing the whole paper thing lol. Now I can rethink hexagons.
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Doreen January 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

Karen, no luck on a specific name. Just hexie diamonds (http://hexagonquilt-along.blogspot.com/2009/09/hexie-diamonds.html). Love the fabric pack + additions! Perfect choice!
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Rita Larson January 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

Karen, I just posted a picture on Pinterest I have had for a year or so. The lay out for hexagons similar to this one and like you I have no idea the name for the pattern.. I love the way this one has a 3D effect..

Melanie Goad January 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m in lust with all your fabric.
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Vivian January 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I really love the fat quarter bundle. Don’t you just hate to cut into them.
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CJ Tinkle January 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

Wow… just wow! That’s a LOT of little hexies!
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Cindy January 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

That’s a LOT of hexies. I’ll definitely leave this one to you!! And enjoy it along the way.
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