A few years ago in anticipation of hip surgery I decided to attempt my first hexie quilt project. I’m not sure how lucid my thinking was in choosing a project with over 17,000 half inch hexagons but I’m committed to it now (or maybe should be committed 😜). This is a drawing of half of my quilt.
I do enjoy hand sewing especially in front of the TV. But it seems to have taken years to get not that far on the project (step 2 to be exact) but I also have only worked on it in fits and starts.
I got this far before I realized that I wanted a constant colour in the centre section. So out with the purple. It was a bit tricky doing this delicate manoeuvre but I got it done.
I’ve taken this project on two cruises now, one to the Mediterranean and more recently to Alaska. Some progress has been made but not a lot.
At some point in sewing these this last week I asked myself, “I wonder if hexies could be sewn by machine using invisifil thread?” So after doing some research online and seeing one video tutorial I decided to give it a try on a test flower.
The top one was sewn by hand doing the regular traditional English paper piecing (EPP). The bottom one was my tester done by machine using a small zigzag and invisifil. Nope. Can’t live with it. Back to the s…l…o…w sewing. And I’m good with that.
Do you ever think there might be a more efficient way? I always do. I don’t always experiment with my ideas but this time I did. This will be a lifetime project and there is no deadline. Filler project. Pour the wine and let’s thread a needle. It’s a Friday night. I’ve been on the computer all day and it’s time to unplug and slow down.
Until next time,