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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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One Block Wonder Fabric Selections

What fabric makes a good Hexagon Quilt? Some say a 24″ repeat is key, but I do not necessarily agree. I made a hexagon quilt from a fabric that had a 24″ repeat, but the print was not that large. Although it was still a pretty quilt, I thought the colors were a little muddy (Natures Chorus). So I say get as big a print as you can find with colors that you like. Keep in mind that once the repeats are layered you will be cutting them into 3 3/4″ strips. If your print is flowers that are only 3″ across, you will not be taking them apart very much and your blocks will end up looking a lot like the original fabric. Whereas if the print is 6″ you will have a better chance of your blocks looking nothing like the original fabric.

I ignore the print itself and go for something large with colors I like, then I know I will have fun. When I made “Inside the Twister” from the Wizard of Oz fabric in sepia tones, it was only a 12″ repeat. I could have cut 6 repeats of a fabric 12″ each, but because the print was big enough, I chose a design element that was easily identifiable and when it came up again at 12″ – I skipped it and went to the next one. Now I had a 24″ repeat. When you do this you may have blocks that repeat themselves, but remember you have 3 design choices with each block.

To make a good lap-size, twin, or full size quilt, 4 1/4 yards for your blocks. 6 repeats of fabric at 24” each, is exactly 4 yards (24 x 6 = 144; 144/36 = 4). I ALWAYS BUY at least 6 Yards so I have the option of a 9 OR 10 inch outer border with the original fabric.) It is fun to see a slice of the original fabric along with the quilt. DO NOT PRE-WASH THE FABRIC!!!!

Below are some of my hexagon quilts waiting to be born. I still have another 20 or so 6 yard pieces I didn’t show you.

OBW Fabric
Just Lion Around by Alexander Henry

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New York City at Night

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Red Sunflowers

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Route 66

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Ocean Fish

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UPS Men

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Construction Hunks (I love cutting up people)

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New York, New York

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Under the Rainbow, I used this fabric for “Inside the Twister” it had a 12″ repeat

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Over the Rainbow

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Paris Pin Ups

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Frida’s Garden

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Georgia O’Keefe

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Large Leaves by Alexander Henry

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Parrots in the Jungle

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Kaffe Fasset same fabric 3 color ways

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English country Side by Sue Beevers

Soho Sunflowers, Number 51

I have just finished my 51st hexagon quilt. This one is being donated to Quilters Dream Batting, Hopes & Dreams Challenge. Hopes & Dreams raises funds for ALS Reasearch (Lou Gerigs disease). 100% of all funds raised by Quilters Dream Batting goes to ALS Research. If you think you, your Bee or local quilt shop would be interested in donating quilts please go to their website http://quiltersdreambatting.com/HD/ALS.htm for all the details.

Soho Sunflowers OBW

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More Tales of Hexagon Quilts

I’m waiting for backing fabric to arrive so I can quilt Soho Sunflowers and I’m almost finished with my Obituary Quilt. I thought I would share some tidbits about Hexagon Quilts. The first hexagon quilt below I named “Koi in a Blender” I made for Alex in 2006, I made the second  “Jumping for Joy” out of the same fabric in 2008. What I found interesting is how different they came out. I made the third  “Route 66” in 2006 and again in 2007 for a friend of mine. Again they came out so different.

I taught a hexagon quilt class where two students with the same fabric worked next to each other and their quilts came out completely different. I guess it depends where your repeat starts and what your vision is.

01 2006 Koi in a blender

02 2008 Jumping for Joy

03 2006 Route 66

04 2007 Route 66 2

Teeny Tiny Hexagon Quilt

12 Inch OBW

I wanted to see what would happen if I cut my hexagon quilt strips 1 1/2″ wide. Well, I made a 12 inch hexagon quilt. The process stays the same, but by varying the size of the strips you vary the size of the block. If you have a very large print you can cut your strips wider making a larger block. Some of my students don’t want to make a full size quilt. So they can choose a fabric with a smaller print and cut their strips smaller, such as 2 1/2 inch strips makes a great wall hanging.

Its a dogs life 65x82

With the rest of the fabric I made this quilt. I cut the strips the standard 3 3/4 inches wide. This quilt measures 65″ x 82″. Below is the original fabric I started with.

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