Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SO MANY TRIANGLES! (and hexagons, too!)

Hey! Wow, does this thing still even work?? 

I guess we'll find out, right?

So, hi there! It's been QUITE AWHILE. You could say I've been a little busy. Oh just a tad...I was hired as the Technical Creative Specialist at Aurifil, which means lots of travel, Roo has taken up ice skating and horseback riding, I started a guild, adopted a new puppy, painted my sewing room, became a Brand Ambassador for Shannon Fabrics etc. Busy and overwhelmed has been the new me, but now that I have that all under control and in the daily routine...

I would like to show you my most recent finish: a triangle and hexagon quilt featuring the Reverie Fusion fabric collection by Art Gallery Fabrics. My friend Mathew, aka "Mister Domestic" is the zany, crazy, awesome personality behind their brand and he's come up with a brilliant way to showcase their various collections by hosting Mister Domestic's Sewing Party. He asked if I would like to participate in the upcoming round, and of course I said yes. I sat down with my graph paper and newly purchased (and now lost) mechanical pencil and sketched out a design. A little quilt math, some coloring between the lines, a quick peek at the collections online, and I was on my way.

It took about three solid days of cutting and sewing the triangles,
and a day and a half for the hexagons themselves.
Of course, I had to use the unstitcher stick on the first pair of triangles I put together,
 that's just the way it goes!

Before long, I was doing two rows per hour.

Somehow there were a few extra triangles, but it didn't matter because I still had to trim the quilt.

Knowing what my plan for the hexagons was, it seemed a shame to cover up such perfect points:

Then again, I also had a few not so perfect points in there as well!

I figured that since my top was already perfectly in place on my quilt batting design wall, I would just use that for the quilt and replace the one for the wall. It was about that time anyway, the bunnies had nibbled the bottom of it and it was looking kinda ratty. This was actually a really good decision because it made making the quilt sandwich a lot less tedious. I only had to spray baste the backing to the batting/top-and no pin basting! Yay!

Thank you to English Paper Pieces for the handy little 1 1/4" papers and the acrylic template!

Luckily, I had the perfect shade Aurifil 50wt thread in yellow (#2130) to do the quilting. 
It was the perfect bright golden shade for this collection of fabrics. 


Taffy (the puppy I mentioned earlier) kept me company while I worked.
She's such a sweet little doggy!


I am really happy with the way this quilt turned out. It still amazes me when I can pull something out of my head and make it turn out exactly as I imagined. 

Come back tomorrow for a quick little tutorial on how I join the ends of my quilt binding!

Happy Sewing!

PS Please follow along with the rest of the party as we each bring you something to inspire you each day during the party. Our schedule is below, I think you'll love seeing us through our creations. You can check it out on Instagram and our websites:

August 28th - Justin Stafford (le vintage chic) @keatonquilts www.keatonquilts.com

August 29th - Kristi McDonough (reverie) @schnitzelandboo www.schnitzelandboo.com
August 30th - Paola Baker (bachelorette) @loveoffabrics 
August 31st - Alisa Kutsel (spices) @astitchinbetween www.astitchinbetween.com
September 1st - Elise Baek (le vintage chic) @eliseandemelie www.eliseandemelie.com
September 2nd - Mathew Boudreaux (woodlands) @misterdomestic www.misterdomestic.net

Thank you for being such an inspiring host, Mathew! I had a great time! XOXO

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