Tuesday, July 12, 2011

W.i.P. Wednesday: A Bee Block and Hexagon Dilemma

Armed with Jessica's tutorial and my trusty GO! Baby fabric cutter, I set out to machine-piece hexagons.

And like Natalie Imbruglia, I'm torn.

I love the ease of machine piecing these little guys! This is my sample block (it's in my colors: gray, yellow, and teal, and I get to keep it!) for the 4x5 Bee. I'll be making 5 more of these blocks in other color combos for the others in my "beehive."

Sample Block for 4x5 Bee

But I'm also such a huge fan of taking a project on the go, that I love the idea of hand-stitching hexagons! In fact, I used one of Sew Sara's hexagon kits from her shop (she's selling out like crazy, but I bet if you message her, she could hook you up!), and these little guys were just too fun to make.

Edit: Sara has relisted a bunch o' hexagon kits in her shop! She has also generously offered FREE shipping on hexie kits with the coupon code LINDSAYSEWS.

I felt all warm and fuzzy stitching by hand. Plus, it's better for social sewing (i.e., not locking myself in my craft room all eve).


So, I'll be prepping some hexagon templates and fabrics squares to take to the lake this weekend for hand-stitching. But I'll machine-stitch my 4x5 bee blocks, because it's just so fast!

Sample Block for 4x5 Bee

Speaking of fast, I am loving my GO! Baby for cutting out these hexagons. And if you are interested in a GO! Baby giveaway, enter to win a cutter and 3 dies at Mary's blog by Wednesday at 11:59pm (EST) for your chance to win!

P.S. There are SEVEN more Accuquilt giveaways listed here, including a mega giveaway for a large Accuquilt GO! cutter and lots o' dies. I'll cross my fingers for you.



8 comments:

  1. Those hexies are beautiful!!! Yeow!

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  2. Wow, I love those hexies - I really need to bite the bullet and try some. I think I've been saying that for a year now - but now, I own a Go! Baby and a hexie die, so I think I'm officially running out of excuses...anyway, I love your 4x5 test block, it looks great!

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  3. I feel you on the torn part of machine piecing hexies!! while so much quicker to do so by machine, you do lose out on the hand project..Your block looks awesome though! Great job :-)

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  4. I love the colors and pattern choices you selected!

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  5. Love the hexies! One of these days I want to work on some, but having the cutter must make it so much easier!

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  6. KNow what you mean about feeling unsocial in a sewing room. I really enjoy having my sewing desk in the main part of the house, so I'm right in the middle of the activity and can work on my quilts without missing out on what's happenin with the others.

    I love hexies! WHen my whole day got hijacked at the clinic today, I was wishing many times that I had a little hexie basket I could have grabbed to take with me. . .

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  7. Personally, I love doing hexies by hand, especially in the car. What a beautiful block.

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  8. I've been hexing by hand like mad lately but it's still a novelty to me. I like to do it when we're sitting outside by the lake or watching TV, allows me to feel productive when I'd otherwise be doing nothing.

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