Monday Morning Star Count 2

Good morning~
How's the stitching going?

I have a bit of progress to show.. 
My Rain pouch project now has 52 hexies and 8 half hexies, and you can see I've got the rest laid out and ready to sew.
The bottom 3 rows aren't attached yet, with two hexies left to baste.  Of course, as luck would have it, I ran out of paper templates with one hexagon to go.. I need to stitch the rows on and free one up to continue.
If you find yourself in a similar predicament, don't fret!  Paperpieces.com has their 4th of July sale up already with free shipping on all US orders and free shipping on International orders over $70.  Never run out of templates again~

Browsing pictures of EPP online, I see a lot of people just baste and baste and baste.  Beautiful pictures of 100s of pretty hexagons in boxes, stacks, piles.  Are you that type of quilter?  Me, I prefer to reuse templates, and stitch them together as soon as possible.  On star quilts, I often make one star at a time.  BUT, I have found that having extra templates basted gives you much more freedom in "random-ish" design placement options.  Even in this Rain hexie piece.. having a bunch of the fabrics basted let me play around with arrangement a couple of times before settling on this not-quite-arbitrary layout.  How do you play as you're sewing?  Link up below and tell us.

Comments

  1. Awesome work! Hoping to link a post later today. I can relate to your style - baste a few pieces, stitch together, reuse the templates. I've never really been one to baste neat stacks of hundreds ... possibly because I love the quick gratification & variety of basting a few and then stitching them right up. You're right, though - having more basted allows for more options: also a good thing.

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  2. I prefer to reuse templates, and stitch them together as soon as possible.


    Yep me too!

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  3. It is so much fun to see everyone's progress. I use templates and stitch them as I go too!

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  4. I think I will baste a bunch and then play around with them before I sew together...if I can wait that long.

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  5. One of my on-going projects is a hexagon quilt. When I started out last January I basted at least 8 hexies with the same fabric. I had a whole slew of sets of 8 and like you I noticed that I was running out of paper. So I whip-stitched them together and removed the paper after I spray-starched the hexies. Here's a link to my WIP:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutu-qltr/8917911610/in/photostream

    I have made a bunch more after I took this photo.

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  6. I just got into hexies this past winter as a great project for those cold days when I just want to stay home( I am in ND). I love doing hexies. I just joined your site as want to see that finished quilt.

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  7. my book is still in the post. Hmmm, my EPP progress post is scheduled for tomorrow - i will have to remember to come back!

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  8. Rarely has rain been so beautifully cheerful. Thank you also for keeping us all on track. It's lovely to feel the stitchy connections being sewn. Enjoy Greece! JJ

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  9. I do a combo...I tend to baste a bunch of scrappy pieces and then whipstitch those together. That way I can see some progress and get to reuse papers. I did have to go buy more half hexies papers for my twistedHex project but it's going to be a big quilt so that's ok, especially since I just found another design to make with the half hexies when this one is done.

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