August 21, 2013

I'm a Hexie Queen - at least today!


Welcome to my stop on the Be a Hexie Queen blog hop. I love Sew We Quilt blog hops - they are such fun and the projects are always so diverse.  Debby Kratovil is our fearless {cheer}leader this time around and has a great line up for you. The full hop lineup can be found at the bottom of this post.

If this is your first time checking out my blog, welcome!  Hopefully, you like what you see and come back soon.  I do have a little Aurifil giveaway under way that is open until Saturday, so if you are so inclined, you can click here to check that out.  But, for the important business of today - my project for this hop was a sweet little hexie doll quilt using a technique I bet many of you haven't heard of, but I really enjoyed trying out.

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This quilt just sort of evolved - I started piecing the hexies with no idea how they would come out.  I made hexies, about 120 until I was tired, and then decided to slap on some flying geese and HST borders and, voila, this sweet little quilt was born.

The funny thing is, and some of you know this from my blog, I have two little boys and ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for a doll quilt ~ not that that has ever stopped me before!

I had several mini charm packs from the Posy line and they were too cute not to play with, so some little girl will get a surprise from me in the coming days.



Rather than a traditional EPP method, I used a hexagon stamp from a great company called By Kate.  The nice lady who owns the company gave a lecture recently at my guild and she had me sold on this as a method for piecing hexagons.  They are a little more of an upfront investment than paper templates, but once you get going, the sky is the limit on how many of these babies you can make, and I think the method is faster than traditional EPP.



You simply stamp the wrong side of your fabric - here I was using a mini charm pack - so easy! The stamp is an ink designed for use on fabric and it doesn't bleed through.  

 

Then you trim on the cutting line:


You place your two hexagons, right sides together, and then sew a running stitch along the stitching line - beginning and ending with a locking stitch. 




You just go from there - you can make any shape you want.

If you are interested in viewing a video about this technique, I'm linking it for you here...





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Here are some of the hex-alicious hoppers that you will see on the hop - please go check them out and see their amazing projects!


Tuesday, August 20

Debby Kratovil Quilts   

Wednesday, August 21
  
Cheryl James (no blog)
Why-Knot-Kwilt

Thursday, August 22
    
The Tilted Quilt    <=THAT'S ME
Moneik Quilts

Monday, August 26
   
Nunu’s Quilt World

Tuesday, August 27
    
   

78 comments:

  1. Interesting technique. I will have to do some further research.

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  2. Darling doll quilt! I'm loving your teeny hexies in Posy and am impressed with that stamp method. Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    You are a Hexie Queen!

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  3. Very sweet quilt! I have never seen that stamp before. Looks pretty interesting. ;)

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  4. HI Stacey...ohhhhhh doll quilt is right up my alley...your hexies are perfection...yes princess to be queen of hexie land..oh yes

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  5. I love how you slapped those flying geese on there, it gave me a chuckle. The quilt is very pretty !

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  6. I have to check theses stemps out - very interesting. Never heard of it.
    Thanks!

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  7. I love your doll quilt! Just give your boys some dolls to play with..... Or try teddy bears. They need quilts, right? It would be a waste for you to stop doing those little quilts.... Thank you for the stamps idea. It looks like a really easy way to do hexagons. Well done you!

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  8. I have never seen such thing. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I actually started using her method a few months ago. I was just cutting my hexies with a rotary cutter and mat and sewing them this way. Kathleen Ackley was our speaker at the guild meeting and then I took a GFG class with her the next day. It makes cutting and stitching so much easier. I ordered and have received and not used a white stamp pad for dark fabrics. I was on jury duty and was trying to cut my hexies at home and I tried the black stamp on navy and that doesn't work well at all. So, I used red instead for that block and ordered the white stamp pad. I've been busy and not gotten back to the project. I'm going to be taking a trip in a few weeks to be Grandma for 2 weeks (during the day). So, I hope to cut some blocks to take on the plane and have in the evenings. I'm sure I'll use the white ink then. Thank you for participating and sharing your wonderful creativity. I'd like to have more of her stamps and have so many projects planned that I thought I'd just wait. Your quilt is amazing and some little girl is going to be very, very happy. A great job! Again, thanks for participating and introducing others to ...By Kate.

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  10. Pretty, glad to see how you used the the stamp, I was wondering how that was going. I was hoping to see your finished heart hexie's, that is still my favorite hexie project.

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  11. I love your doll quilt!
    This method of making hexies is new to me - I've always used papers!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I love your little quilt. It is perfect. What an interesting technique.

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  13. Great quilt. Love the stamp idea!

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  14. Love the quilt! Guess what - only boys here, too, but I love making girly quilts... Thanks for joining the blog hop!

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  15. Lovely miniquilt. Love the added flyinggeese and the soft colours. Thanks for sharing this stamp idea, sounds great!

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  16. Pretty quilt. Thanks for sharing a different technique for sewing hexes.

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  17. What a cute, cute quilt!! And an interesting new technique... Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing that very clever technique too.

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  19. Sweet little girl quilt. Interesting technique. Thanks for the demo.

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  20. Fabulous hexie quilt! This method is very interesting.

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  21. Very sweet little quilt... I'm sure you will find a lucky little girl to give this to. Haven't seen the hexie stamps. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Good to see you here...great hexies! You definitely put your "stamp"on it!

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  23. I love that stamp...what a great idea! Blessings, Marlene

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  24. You did a nice job, super. The idea of the stamp is good!

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  25. I want one of those stamps!!! Awesome!! Your doll quilt is lovely!!

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  26. Lovely doll quilt. Some little girl will be very happy. I recently read about this method but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. What a pretty little quilt! (I can relate. I raised three sons! There is hope, though, for granddaughters in your future.)What an interesting method. Thanks for showing us! (The video cut off after only 1 1/2 minutes for me, so I'll have to check further on it.)

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  28. so sweet! What a neat method for doing them. I am new to hexies so I am not sure what would work for me, but if I have trouble this is definitely something to consider!

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  29. Now that is just too cool. I have a couple of boys too and lots of little quilties. Maybe some day they will grow up and have girls of their own. :-)

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  30. Wow, I love this quilt, how you did the border around the hexies, it's perfect! And what a great post! Thanks for the video, and I love the stamp idea! I will have to look up By Kate.

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  31. Very soft colours. Fit for a little princess.

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  32. Gorgeous... love the colors! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  33. Your quilt is beautiful I am going to have to check out that video on stamping the blocks. Thanks for sharing

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  34. That will be such a nice gift. I like the stamped technique too.

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  35. Cute quilt. That's a pretty neat method for making hexagons. Does the ink wash out or is it permanent?

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  36. Like this technique! Love hexagons but not interested in EPP, so this wil feed my need!

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  37. I love your quilt and the stamp for the hexagons look a great idea too - not seen that before.

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  38. The stamp is a great idea - have never seen anything like it. Quite clever. Do you really get no bleed through with the ink though - even on white and pale fabrics?

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  39. What a great stamp. That is one i would like to have. Your quilt is very pretty. Thank you for showing

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  40. Well I just love your little quilt! And that is an interesting idea for making hexagons.
    I also signed up to follow through BLovin. I thought I already was but haven't been getting your pots for some reason.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  41. Your little quilt is adorable. Some little girl is going to be so happy. I love the way you made the Hexies. I need to get me one of those stamps. I can see where it would really save time.

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  42. Now I've never seen a stamper....genius. love your quilt

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  43. Your quilt is a beauty. The stamp idea is fascinating--never saw it before.

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  44. That is really cool. Thanks for the tutorial I need to go check out her site and buy that :) Such a cute doll quilt. I should make a couple of those for my Granddaughters for Christmas.

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  45. I was blessed to be in a quilting bee lead by Ms. Kate. My MIL Joyce, and my SIL Doriann were also in the bee. It was then that my MIL gave me the hexie stamp from Ms. Kate. I love it and have cut out tons of hexie's using this method. She is an awesome teacher. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on her stamps. Angela Gibson

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  46. Cool way for making the hexie shape and then the lovely doll quilt. With two boys I guess it WOULD make you want to play with more feminine colors from time to time. Who says creativity has to be practical as well?

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  47. Nice technique for hexies. Thanks for broadening my horizons. Your girly quilt is lovely.

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  48. Lovely quilt, I love the fabrics. Thanks for the heads up on the new technique!
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  49. Totally love the stamp idea. Hmm, time to break out the old carving tools.

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  50. Great project! Love using up scraps!

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  51. Your quilt is just beautiful...love the colors! That method looks very interesting!

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  52. Some little girl is going to be very happy receiving the doll quilt. It's gorgeous.

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  53. That is an interesting way to do hexes. Thanks for the information.

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  54. Your quilt is so sweet. Thanks for sharing

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  55. Very cute little quilt. Some little girl will love it. you just don't know who she is yet! Thanks for sharing your project today.

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  56. Gorgeous little quilt, thanks for sharing!

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  57. I love your doll quilt. Beautiful. And thanks for the tip on the by Kate stamp pad. Great idea.

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  58. Super cute and sweet quilt, and thanks for sharing your process that you learned.

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  59. What a sweet little doll quilt I am sure some little girl will love it. A very interesting way to make hexies I watched the video thanks for sharing.

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  60. Love your stamp idea, really would speed things up.

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  61. Very cute doll quilt! I love the hexie/ flying geese combination! Thank you for sharing the stamping technique. !

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  62. cute little girl doll quilt! I have a set of those stamps that I bought right after finishing a grandmother's flower garden quilt. But I was so tired of making hexagons that I've never used them! Might drag 'em out--I'm craving a hexie fix.

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  63. I really love the hexie stamps! I will have to try them. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  64. I've never seen one done using stamps before - thanks for sharing!

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  65. love the cute quilt. Interesting new technique.

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  66. The stamp! I think that's the neatest thing. I really have no interest in paper piecing, but this looks like a technique I could actually use. I love your little quilt. Our doll bed has two so far, and will probably end up with more before the kids outgrow it.

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  67. i have never seen the stamp before!! i think i need one now!! on my list!! lol thanks for sharing!!

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  68. Wow...really cool method for making hexies. Thanks for sharing the link. Your quilt came out really nice. Love the colors.

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  69. The stamp is new to me--what a great invention! The doll quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  70. What a new technique. First I have heard of stamping it.

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  71. What a cute little quilt...such soft colors. I had heard of the hexagon stamp before, but didn't know how you actually sewed them...thanks for sharing.

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  72. Hiya Stacey!!! What an interesting way to do the hexies. I haven't seen that before. Your little doll quilt is just fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  73. Most creative people incorporate other crafts into their main craft. Great idea, to use a stamp! Very nice!

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  74. What a new idea for hexies. Love your little doll quilt; I think that's neat that you made one even though you don't have a daughter. Sweet.

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  75. Wow, what a cool way to make hexies!! I like that you don't have any paper to fiddle with. I love that doll quilt. You did a great job on it. I love all the different pieces and I adore that fabric. The colors are so soft. Thank you for sharing your quilt.

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  76. Some little girl will definitly love her new doll quilt! It's very sweet.

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