Tag Archives: Hexagon Quilt

One Block Wonders at Sew Nice

I finished up the design portion of a One Block Wonder class I taught at Sew Nice in Norwich, NY.  It was a great class with 11 wonderful creative women.  We had loads of fun!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I just want to dive into these blocks, looks like water to me.

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Barb had fun with her Cowboy Hat fabric.

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I Love how Bernie’s came out.

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This does look like a big garden. Can you see the path?

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Alice  had a beautiful Asian fabric.

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Next to Alice is are gorgeous blocks from a sunflower fabric.

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Judy didn’t have all her blocks ready to design, but she had enough done to play.

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I absolutely loved Krissy’s fabric. I love grey and this came out so beautiful.

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Rebecca was not pleased with her fabric selection. I thought it was beautiful.

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Tara was making this OBW for her brother. I’m sure he will love it. Her blocks were so much fun!

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Do you see the twister?

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Number 54

OGeorgia OKeefe OBW

Number 54 is finished.  This hexagon quily was made from fabric by Alexander Henry based on the art of Georgia O’Keefe.  I love this fabric.  This was supposed to be a gift for someone dear, but I am not pleased with my quilting so it will stay in my collection.

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06 Original Artwork

Above is the original Georgia O’Keefe art that the fabric is based on.  Next I would like to make a hexagon quilt to commemorate Grand Central Station’s 100th birthday.

Frankly My Dear…….

Frankly My Dear

I love old movies.  One of my favorites is “Gone with the Wind”.  2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the release of Gone with the wind”.  So, of course I made a hexagon quilt out of Scarlett.  This fabric came out 5 years ago, I was just letting age till it was ripe.  This quilt measures 68″ by 98″.  I’m not sure what I think of it yet.  Next I will have to make a “Yellow Brick Road with a Twist”  hexagon quilt as the Wizard of Oz also was released in 1939.

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Scarlett’s outfit for the BBQ.

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Cutting up people is the most fun!

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This fabric is a good example of “not much going on in the background”, but there is enough to make it an interesting hexagon quilt.

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Soho Sunflowers at Houston Quilt Festival 2013

I made this hexagon quilt specifically to donate to Quilters Dream Batting for ALS Research. As of this date I have made 52 OBW’s.

This quilt is made from one piece of fabric (not including the inner border).  I bought the fabric from eQuilter.com. The fabric was called Soho Sunflowers so that is what I named it. The quilt measures 64″ by 84″. I had great fun making it!
Houston Soho Sunflowers

These ladies are members of the “Piece Corps” for the Festival. They are responsible for unpacking each quilt that will hang at Festival. They wear white gloves and literally write down the condition of each quilt that is hanging in the show. They start by writing down how the quilt is folded, then look at the sleeve, then open up carefully and write down if they see threads hanging, the condition of the binding and they literally look at every square inch to see if there are any seams that might have torn or a stitch loose, etc. They write this down for insurance purposes so that when the quilt is returned the recipient will also know if there needs to be any repairs and what condition the quilt arrived in.
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The Quilter’s Dream Batting crew had to leave to catch the plane flight before they could get a really good picture of the entire exhibit set up the way it is showing now. There are three tall café tables in front with flyers about the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for everyone to take and hopefully participate. There is also this sign – as all the quilts hanging are for sale. So far we have gifted 3,000 quilts to “PALS” – patients with ALS, and donated over $80,000 to ALS Research through sales of quilts. 100% of the proceeds of quilt sales goes to ALS Research.

THIS YEAR – they changed the Sew Creative Category. It now says:

“Fabric postcards, handbags and accessories, miniature quilts, mug rugs, paintings, placemats, tablerunners, table toppers, wall quilts, watercolors and more. These items will be sold to raise funds for ALS Research. All entries will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 Gift Card.”

Here is the url link to Hopes & Dreams:

http://www.hopesanddreams.quiltersdreambatting.com/
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A Great Way to Start the Weekend

I just got some good news. I live at the beach but I’m from Utica, NY. I belong to the Mohawk Valley Quilt Club. This weekend is their quilt show. My sister Mary McCorduck is up there now. My hexagon quilt “A Walk in Frida’s Garden” has won 1st Place, Judges Choice & Best in Show.

The blocks are made from one piece of fabric based on artist Frida Kahlo (born July 6, 1907 – died July 13, 1954 in Coyoacan, Mexico), fabric by Alexander Henry. I used the original fabric on the left side only. Printed on the fabric are two quotes made by Frida Kahlo & printed on the fabric in spanish. I machine embroidered them on the borders in english. On the top border, embroidered is “Feet, what do I need them for when I have wings to fly”. She survived a terrible bus accident where she was impaled by a steel post, but was in pain most of her life. The second quote I embroidered along the bottom border: “I Desire to Live, I have already begun to paint”. I had left over blocks, so I reduced their size and appliqued them in several place on the quilt’s edge as if they were spinning off onto the border.

Ribbon Winners

“Remember Me” has won a 1st place ribbon! This quilt consists of Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star blocks and machine embroidered blocks. There are 22 machine embroidered obituaries from my family the McCorducks, Lansings, and Fischers, the oldest is from 1900 (113 years ago).

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A Walk In Frida’s Garden, Part II

Well, I finally finished my hexagon quilt based on artist Frida Kahlo (born July 6, 1907 -died July 13, 1954 in Coyoacan, Mexico), fabric by Alexander Henry. I think I like it. I can’t stop looking at it. I used the original fabric on the left side only. I love the 2002 movie based on Frida’s life. Frida was played by Selma Hayek.
A Walk in Fridas Garden

Printed on the fabric are two quotes made by Frida Kahlo & printed on the fabric in spanish. I machine embroidered them on the borders in english. On the top border, embroidered is “Feet, what do I need them for when I have wings to fly”. She survived a terrible bus accident where she was impaled by a steel post, but was in pain most of her life.
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The second quote I embroidered along the bottom border: “I Desire to Live, I have already begun to paint”.
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In the top right corner I added a skull with a butterfly super imposed over it. (Design by http://www.urbanthreads.com)
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I wanted to play with cubes on this hexagon quilt.
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I had left over blocks, so I reduced their size and appliqued them in several place on the quilt’s edge as if they were spinning off onto the border.
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The Backing is also by Alexander Henry, called “Contigo”.
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Let me know what you think.

A Walk in Frida’s Garden, Part I

I’m working on my 52nd Hexagon Quilt. This one is cut from Alexander Henry’s fabric “Frida’s Garden” for Frida Kahlo, a Mexican Artist born July 6, 1907, died July 13, 1954. Below is one repeat of the fabric.
Fridas Garden

Fabric cut into equilateral triangles.
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Frida Block
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Another Frida block, fun!
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I decided to incorporate cubes into this hexagon quilt. You choose 3 colors for your cubes. A light, intermediate and a dark fabric. I chose these three colors taken from the block fabric.
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We make two kinds of triangles, striped and V triangles. For the striped triangles sew the strips into 6 sets of 3 fabrics each. Cut 14 strips of each shade – light, intermediate, and dark. All the strips are 1 ½” x the width of the fabric. Press all seams open! (Confession, I forgot and pressed to the side the side, I had to go back and press my seams open).

Striped Triangles – Sew the strips into 6 sets of 3 fabrics each as follows:
Light – dark – light
Light – intermediate – light
Intermediate – light – intermediate
Intermediate – dark – intermediate
Dark – light – dark
Dark – intermediate – dark
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Using a Clearview Triangle ruler, align the 3 ¾” line of the ruler along the bottom edge of the light-dark-light assembled strip, and cut along both sides.
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Note: the point is missing on the cut triangle. This is not a mistake. That missing point
will be absorbed in the seam

To cut the second triangle, flip the fabric over and cut from the wrong Side again using the 3 ¾: line.
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V Triangles: Sew 4 of each value of the remaining strips together in pairs as follows:
Light – intermediate
Intermediate – light
Light – dark
Dark – light
Intermediate – dark
Dark – intermediate
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You will have 6 strip sets – 2 each of 3 color combinations. Press seams open.

Align the 2 ¾” line on the Clearview rule along the bottom edge of the assembled strip, and cut along both sides. Note again that the point is missing.
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Flip to the wrong side and continue cutting as before. The 2nd triangle is a reverse of the 1st one cut, no problem, we will need both.
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From the 4 remaining strips of each color, cut 3 ¾” trapezoids using the Clearview Triangle ruler
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Sew a trapezoid to every 2 ¾” triangle, matching the color of the trapezoid to create a V triangle.
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You can quickly chain sew triangles to trapezoids.
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All seams are pressed open
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From the Striped Triangles, V Triangles and trapezoids you can make these five different cubes:
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I placed Frida’s Garden on the design wall. When I had a design I was satisfied with I started to play with the cubes. I simply replaced hexagons with cubes.
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This is part one. I want to use some machine embroidery and broderie perse in the borders. First I need to sew blocks into rows and then join the rows so I can audition my ideas.

Getting Hexed in Harrisonburg

I attended a “Meet the Artist” function at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia this past Saturday. It was great fun. The exhibit consisted of quilts made from hexagons, both old and new. The museum is in a wonderful old house in downtown Harrisonburg. There is a lot of great antique shops there. The exhibit even has a quilt made by former President Woodrow Wilson’s wife (it was started by the first wife and finished by the second wife). Getting Hexed will be on exhibit through August 24, 2013, so don’t miss it.

Getting Hexed in Harrisonburg
This is Neva Hart, Quilt Appraiser and Mary Kerr, quilter, teacher and author.

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Mary Kerr, curator of the exhibit Vintage Revisited and many of the artists were here autographing copies of the exhibit’s book.

03 I dropped my Basket
My attempt at taking a vintage block and re-imagining it. It was a basket block that I gave a twisting falling down appearance, and then machine embroidered around the border the saying “I dropped my basket yesterday! That’s a polite southern term for, I went bat shit crazy for no, apparent nor discernible reason.”

04 Jackie and Meegan Carr Directer
This is Meegan Carr, Executive Director of the Virginia Quilt Museum.

04 Star Struck by Cheryl See
Award-winning quilt artist Cheryl See was on hand discussing her quilt, Star Struck, that won Best Hand Workmanship at the 2012 AQS Paducah Quilt Show. This quilt is a stunner, you must see it up close. It took Cheryl over 2 years to make this quilt.

05 Jackie and Wilma Gerald Board Members
Jackie and Wilma Gerald and board member.

06 Jackie explaing OBW
Here I am giving a demo on how to make a Hexagon Quilt.

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I gave donated this quilt to the Virginia Quilt Museum. They will be raffling or auctioning it later this year.

Hexed at the Virginia Quilt Museum

I’m thrilled my hexagon quilt “Inside the Twister” has been selected to be in an exhibit at the Virginia Quilt Museum that is called “Hexed” presenting quilts made from hexagons from May 21 – August 24, 2013. There is a link to the Virginia Quilt Museum on the right side of my blog.

 

Inside the Twister 3

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