Still MIA: what I am working on

Because my little Viking is still in the *shop I have been keeping busy with a new task.  It is one I have wanted to try but never gave myself the time.

I love it!

This is my quilting table with my latest WIP creation all laid out.

First-Hexigons

They are hexagons.  Each little disk of cover stock was carefully cut out, hole punched and then pinned to a square of fabric.  The fabric was clipped with a generous 1/4 inch + edge for turning under and basting.  Each of the basted hexagons were then trialed into different arrangements until I decided on this one.

After I complete the right side of my layout I will be making half-hexies to allow me a smooth edge for binding.  Then I will be painstakingly sewing the little bits together to make a whole.

The finished item will be approximately 16 inches  wide by 48 inches long.

DiamondbackLooking from this angle I am suddenly reminded of the pattern on the Diamond Back Rattlesnake. This, of course, was unintentional.  Bees also use this shape for construction of their honeycomb!  I find the patterns in nature to be awesome.  Don’t you?

Diamondback snakeA Diamond in the rough…

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*I’ve called three times regarding my little Viking and the repairman (I use the title loosely) says he’s still waiting for a bulb.  😦

And although I am holding out for the repair of my old machine I am facing facts, and have begun a search for a new Viking with these criterion:

  • It will be a fair price.
  • It will use my presser feet collection ($$$!!!)
  • It will be a newer model (from China, I know, but what other options do I have?)

I simply can’t abandon all the money I have invested in specialty presser feet.  So, if I must replace my old machine I will want one that is lightly used and substantially less than the sticker price of a new one!

They are out there.  I just need to keep my eyes open.

OPAL-670.aspxThis one would certainly be nice…  Click on her to see what she can do!

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19 thoughts on “Still MIA: what I am working on

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Lillian! These are about 2.5 inches from point to point. I think that is about my limit…
      You will NEVER-EVER see me working on these. 😉

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Good LORD! Seriously?!? CheezWhiz, Yours are small enough, as it is… (It’s been a while since I did any quilting; is this Dresden Plate?)
    Good luck in your search. I know there are sometimes trade-ins at our local Husqvarna shop; perhaps you’ll get lucky there? ‘Specially if they know ahead of time that you’re looking. To me, having a dependable mechanic is invaluable and going a little farther is definitely worth it, over the long haul, and it sounds like you’re more than ready to ditch this guy; ). Good luck finding someone who deserves your business and can earn your trust (& loyalty: )

    • Lynda says:

      Deb, they aren’t too small. They measure about 2.5 inches from point to point across the mid-line. I have something in the works… we’ll see how it all turns out next week!
      Oh yes, and this is not a Dresden plate. Dresdens are made from paddle shapes sewn into fans and circles. Hexagon patterns are ruled by the order of geometry. Do a Google search Hexagon or Hexie quilts and prepare to be amazed at the complexity of patterns that can be made with this simple little six sided shape! 😀

  2. katechiconi says:

    With you on the mini hexies! I’ve always found hexies to be a soothing and peaceful way of getting some hand sewing done to pass the time, and the ways they can be arranged to produce pleasing results are endless, Mr Diamondback being a case in point. You are making yours the ‘proper’ way, with template, fabric cut to size and basting thread showing on the back only. I am a much lazier person, and I cut strips of fabric, squares from those strips and simply fold and baste the squares over the templates, stitching through the card. It adds a *tiny* bit of extra bulk if you’re hand quilting (which I do with hexie quilts), but not enough to notice if you machine quilt.

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, I hate to admit this, but must confess, that is exactly how I did mine. The shape cutting was done after I pinned the squares onto the cards. As for the stitching I basted through the cover stock too. I just took a closer look at the photo (clicked on it) and the clearer image gives me away. LOL! I actually thought this was how it is supposed to be done. 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        I don’t bother trimming out, I just leave the excess there. My excuse is that it makes for a cosier quilt… Other people seem to be able to baste just through the corners on the back but I find it impossible to get the fabric taut enough…

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, I was just trying to do the basting without going through the card… Impossible! My arthritis won’t allow the dexterity required for that! 😛
      No matter, I can pull all the basting later. 🙂

  3. shoreacres says:

    I think my grandmother’s flower garden quilt has hexagons, but I’m not going to go dig it out and check. I love the pattern on the piece you’re making. It’s really attractive. What I do know is this — I never, ever would have the patience for this kind of work. (On the other hand, I’ve done needlepoint, which may be just as detailed and time-consuming.) I hope all works out well with your machine — and soon.

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, as far as I know, flower garden quilts are made with hexagons. When and if you ever dig it out I would like a peek! 🙂 I never, ever would have guessed I had a latent quilting gene in me either, and yet here I am! It was like someone flipped a switch. Now when I see a quilt I am analyzing the geometric shapes and trying to figure out how it was constructed. I can sit for hours and fill in blocks on graph paper trying to find new ways to create what I want to see in a block. Very exciting stuff happens when I am alone with graph paper.

      As for the Viking, well I have something up my sleeve and will know more by mid-week-next.

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