Close-up of centre medallion in Stars in the Loft
Ove the past several days I've been showing you how I made the pieced hexagon blocks in Stars in the Loft. It is super easy, don't you think? I've got lots more ideas and patterns for blocks but I thought what I would share with you today are a few tips.
First, you can turn the simple flower motif (six hexagons surrounding a centre hexagon) into a diamond by simply adding a hexagon to the top and bottom. The following block uses the simple T hexagon. A hexagon of background fabric to the top and bottom turns it into a diamond.
Again, a hexagon aded to the top and bottom and you have a new block! You can imagine that simple changes in colour placement could produce very differnt blocks. For example you could use four shades of a single colour and start with a dark centre and end on the outside with the lightest colour. Or start with the lightest shade in the centre and work out to the darkest colour!
I cut my own paper hexagons. I keep a binder of masters and I make copies for cutting up. I can tell it is a master because of the pink dot. I like to write the size of the hexagon on each hexagon on the master. If you are only ever going to use one size it isn't a problem but if you use different sizes it is important.
Cutting up the hexagons is task for those days when you don't feel like doing much of anything. Just keep the cut up hexagons in a clear plastic bag so they are ready when you need them.
When basting the hexagons I don't use my good thread. I go to the fabric store and buy large cones of serging thread. I can get a cone that contains thousands of yards for about $2! And it lasts for years. And here's another tip for when you are going to do a lot of basting. You will go through thread like crazy so unwind a little thread from the spool and thread a dozen needles or so. Take the first needle and draw out a good length of thread. When you cut the thread, leave the other eleven needles on the thread on the spool!
I don't like to pin my hexagons to the fabric because I am forever losing pins and I usually find them with my bare feet! Instead I use a little dab of inexpensive glue stick to hold the paper hexagon in place. I like UHU stick. Again, if I need something mindless to do, I'll glue papers to the fabric hexagons. If they are the path between the motifs they all go in one bag for basting at a later date.
I've got more helpful tips but they will have to wait for another day. Until then I leave you with some pictures from the garden yesterday evening.
Wisteria and yellow flags
Heavy rains knocked some of the yellow flags into the pond
Forest Gumby - his happy face
White gas plant
Until I post again, happy sewing!