On this page:
♣ A new approach to Quilting As You Go – One “Star” at a Time
♣ What can you expect from this Hexalong/Workshop?
♣ What tools and materials do you need?
♣ What can you do for me?
♣ Anything else?
A new approach to Quilting As You Go – One “Star” at a Time
Starting on Monday 3rd and all through November, I’ll show you in several posts per week what I do with hexagons/Hexies – very special Hexies, because they
• are doublefaced: once you’ve sewn them together, your quilt is finished – quilted already, no extra batting or backing or border needed (although you can add it, if you wish)
• are so easy that no previous sewing knowledge is necessary (learn as you go)
• require only few and easily available materials and simple tools (you’ll probably have all you need already – see further down)
• are so quick to make that you probably can’t resist to make another one, and another one (and use up all your scraps)
• don’t require basting (with one exception) or paper templates as traditional English Paper Piecing does
• add – literally – another dimension to all kinds of Hexie projects large and small
• are perfect for quilting on the go
• are ideal for whipping up small (or not-so-small) last-minute gifts or items for your Christmas Bazaar
What can you expect from this Hexalong/Workshop?
• a size-coordinated template set for large and small Hexies (free download as printable pdf)
• step-by-step instructions (by me) and/or links to appropriate ressources
• 4 (and a half) types of Doublefaced Hexies
• several ways of joining them
• creative surface design with many easy-to-do variations of simple traditional “straight” and “loopy” embroidery stitches
• a variety of decorative embellishments, including how to make washable fabric covered buttons from scratch
• diverse project ideas, specifically designed for these Doublefaced Hexies
All in all, this Hexalong will be a month-long online workshop, with mini-tasks taking 15 to 30 minutes each. You can access it any time, but maybe the greatest fun is in doing it together, right now 🙂
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What tools and materials do you need?
You’ll find more detailed information on the simple tools and materials for the Hexalong in the next post, but, more or less, it’s
• a printout of the template set
• some scraps of medium weight cotton fabric
• whatever tools and materials you need for cardboard templates, hand-sewing and embroidery (no hoop required)
• optional: ribbons, buttons, beads and sequins
What can you do for me?
I am offering not only this blog but also this workshop for free so that anybody can follow along, despite any economic limitations. When you decide to participate, I very much appreciate a financial contribution, provided and to the degree that you can afford it. Clicking on the blue star buttons in the sidebar will lead you to a PayPal page, where credit and debit cards are accepted, too.
However, if you don’t have the financial means/possibility, please don’t feel bad about it and do join in anyway – and then have as much fun as you can!
In case you want to do more, you can also contribute for instance by
• forwarding this invitation per email (see button below this post) to family/friends/colleagues who you think might be interested or know someone who is
• spreading the word via your preferred social media (facebook, google+, …) and forums
• getting together a local group (and making a donation as a group, perhaps?)
• commenting, discussing, asking questions in the comments section below
• sending me some happy thoughts and virtual hugs ((()))
• “passing it forward” – do something for free for someone else
• if you have a blog, by writing a post (or more) about this Hexalong
Just as we’ll sew as we go, I’m building this blog as we go, starting from
scraps scratch. For the first week or so I will focus on usefulness (= content for you) and I won’t spend much time on making it “pretty”, or on diving into social media – please bear with me, I’m learning… 😉
Then let’s go and do it!