Check out this quick handiwork by Pati Violick, our resident paper piecing expert! It begins with her favorite Paper Pieces 2″ Honeycomb template, positioned strategically on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new MEADOW STORM “Meadow Stripe,” with the “Misty” print as the background. Then by rearranging the black-white and tan-white honeycomb shapes, Pati designs several contemporary, 3-dimensional looks, inspired by Lucy Boston!
I’ve been seeing hexagons absolutely Everywhere, in every size and fabric type imaginable. Modern hexies, traditional hexies. Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexies. Huge hexies, tiny hexies. Hexie jewelry…placemats…totebags — it goes on! Have you caught Hexie Fever, too?
Pati shared some of hers above, cut from black and cream VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It fabric for easy two-toned hexies. She loves Paper Pieces for her English paper piecing projects. At right, an adorable (but slightly insane) micro-hexie key ring Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek whipped up for Pati at Quilt Market.
Pam Buda chimes in with hexies by the bowlful…
and Victoria Findlay Wolfe goes overboard…; )
Do you have Hexie Fever, too? Subscribe to our blog, then coment below about what you’re making with hexies (and your favorite sizes!) for the chance to win one of TWO Hexie-Friendly charm mini-packs of Victoria’s MOSTLY MANOR! Comments received by Tuesday, June 21 are eligible for the drawing – good luck!
Be sure to check out the new Bloom Creek website, the online home of quilt designer, EPP aficionado and our resident Strip-It expert,Vicki Bellino! Iin addition to her many quit designs featuring Marcus fabrics, she’s even dedicated a part of her website to all things Strip-It!
“One of my newest kits, “Dynamic Duo”, features the VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It. The kit is for two projects – a 12″ x 12″ and a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ project; both are designed for table-top quilt stands,” she explains. And they’re gorgeous:
You’ll love how Vicki transforms Strip-It pre-printed stripes by Faye Burgos into beautiful, intricate-looking blocks like this one.
On the new BloomCreek.com you’ll also find resources, video links, product updates and more. Enjoy your visit ; )
If you’re planning to attend Quilt Week in Paducah (April 19-23, 2016), register now for one (or both!) of Karen’s events, sponsored by our friends at Paper Pieces, the experts in English paper piecing! Choose from her Robin’s Nest workshop on Wednesday, April 20…
or her Okehampton workshop (shown below) on Tuesday, April 19
Learn the great techniques Karen uses in her designs for Somerset Patchwork and more! Interested? Call 1-800-337-1537 or stop by the Hexie House for more information on these workshop/lectures. Have fun!
Gwen Marston’s workshop inspired Laura to create her first “improv” piece ; )
We’d like to thank all of the attendees who enjoyed the Lucy Boston presentation by Pati and Regina last month at Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT. As promised, everyone who submitted a photo of her completed LB block was entered into a special random drawing to win one of the THREE gift baskets shown here, and we’ve just chosen the lucky winners…
- Jordan Law of Wallingford, CT
- Janet Rathburn of Northford, CT
- Peg Sullivan of North Haven, CT
And these are their beautifully pieced blocks…look at the beautiful special effects at the center of each block!
Your prize baskets are on the way, ladies ….Congratulations to all! And thanks again to Yankee Cloth for hosting a lovely afternoon, and to our friends at Paper Pieces for generously supplying product samples.
Recently, our own Pati and Regina took to the road, including a visit to Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT, where they treated attendees to wonderful presentation! They had the crowd entranced as they shared tips for creating “LB” style quilts and other English paper piecing techniques. It begins with novelty stripes like HISTORICAL STRIPES by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts and ends in a surprising variety of looks, dpending on how you cut the fabric motifs. Of course, Pati also incorporated her favorite supplies from Paper Pieces to simplify the intricate-looking process.
Shown standing are (l. to r.) Linda, Nancy, Pati and Regina. The happy quilters all received a mink kit to create their own block, and we’ve already started to collect photos of them, so stay tuned as the Lucy Boston Lovefest continues…
Don’t you love to hear what inspired a designer to create a particular quilt? Using her own ANTIQUE COTTON collection, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts has designed this gorgeous quilt, “Love Worn”, and in her recent blog post she not only gives you some of the creative backstory, but you can even pre-order the kit for a limited time – visit her blog for special offer details…
So, it looks like Pati has a definite vision as her First Quilt for her First Grandchild actually begins to take shape! “With a three-hour drive to Connecticut, it seemed like the perfect time to start Celine’s quilt,” she reported over the weekend.
And are we at all surprised by her choice of English paper pieced hexies? The mix of a traditional quilt block with bright, contemporary colors of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection will appeal to each generation of the family.
Here she’s auditioning various backgrounds for the flowers. Personally, I’m not a fan of light grounds, so I vote #1 Orange, then # 2 Pink. Or maybe alternate orange and pink ground blocks? What’s your favorite? —- lisa
After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way. With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout! I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt. On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilter – yippee!!
It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment” ; ) and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt. — lisa
Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.