Sunday, November 18, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I'll be honest, I'm not as excited about this project as when it started.  But it does continue.  I do want to complete it.  I love making EPP hexagons.  I know that.  I don't like the size of this project.  I tried to do it in rows and sew the rows.  The little cardboards keep popping off.

This is definitely a learning process.  This was supposed to be a table runner for my small kitchen table.  It will be perfect, flaws and all.  For the next part I will try to do the sections differently so that not as many papers pop off. 


I know all those wrinkles will come out before it is complete in the quilting process, but it's too hard to roll up and put in my to-go bag like this.  This day I was working backstage of the high school musical The Adams Family.  You can see the costumes in the background.

 
 

 
I LOVE the hexagon basting process the best.  They travel great!

 
I'm linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
 
Slow Sunday Stitching

10 comments:

  1. I love your hexie project. It will become a tough kitchen runner. Nice colors!

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    1. Thanks. It's mostly the colors of my kitchen with orange thrown in to brighten things up a little.

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  2. I don't know anything really about hexie sewing but maybe one of the other slow stitchers will know how to reduce that problem? Enjoy the basting :)

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  3. I am also enjoying hexis although my project is not really portable for the reasons you state - it can't be folded up easily. Have you tried attaching the fabric to the cardboard with a glue stick? That's what I do. Once, I have stitched a couple of hexis away from the old ones, I take the cardboards out and reuse them so it's not hard to get them out and the glue will wash off.

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  4. I have used the thread baste method and the glue baste - sometimes the thread baste the papers seem to pop out more I think but it was never enough to be a big problem. Your project looks great.

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  5. No ideas on the epp issue. It is coming along really well though!

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  6. On the EPP project, can you work in 'blocks' instead of rows? Maybe five by five? At some point, these types of project do become unwieldy. You might check out Bonnie Hunter's blog. She has done a couple of EPP full sized quilts as travel projects.

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  7. Hi Kathy, I agree with Karla. If you make a few rows to take along with you, then you can add them to the bigger piece at home. It will be much easier to manage. And then you can remove the cardboard from all but the outside hexies. Good luck!

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  8. I too think your hexies could play more nicely if you stitch in blocks and then stitch each block to the main piece. Also, I use a touch of glue on the papers. Despite all your angst with your hexies, may I say your runner is looking fabulous....great colours.

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  9. The way I baste my hexies isn't the way you are supposed to do it but it works for me and the papers never pop out. I actually baste the sides down through the paper, Yes! I actually stick the needle right through the paper. Make sure you make the knot on the top. People always ask how do you get the basting out then which is a really really stupid question. When I'm ready to remove the basting stitches, I simply snip the stitches and pull the thread out! This is fun to do while watching a movie on TV. I've reused the papers until they really do fall apart with no problems. Hope this helps you.

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