I have been trying to decide which fabric to use for Lori Holt’s Hexie quilt pattern. I bought the templates last fall and was thinking of making it in Riley Blake’s Too Cute to Spook fabric. Of course, that was decided after Halloween and soon my focus was on Christmas. I am a fan of Tasha Noel fabric and drawings. I have some of her Simple Life and Little Red Riding Hood fabric in my stash. I fell in love with her latest line, Country Girls. I was raised a country girl, was a 4-Her, and live on a dairy and crop farm. It has been almost 20 years since I have lived on a farm, but Tasha’s Country Girls still resonate with me.
I had purchased a fat quarter bundle prior to Fabriholics Anonymous. I did some fussy cutting with a couple of the prints. That limited the number of full blocks I would get. Also, for some reason I thought that I needed quarter hexies for the end of each row. So after much cutting, I realized that I didn’t have enough fabric to finish the quilt. I purchased a Riley Blake 10 inch stacker to complete the quilt. I had enough fabric for 14 rows, but the pattern needed 20 rows. I also ordered a half yard of 2 of the fabrics that I fussy cut and dug a yard of The Simple Life, to give them a few more options during the layout.
I had 13 rows sewn together. I looked at the pattern and picture and realized my error.
So for rows 14-20, I was able to make the change before I sewed the rows together. Unfortunately, that means that I have 13 rows that will need to rip 2 quarter hexes off the ends. I hate ripping and having to re-sew. It would bother me more to not have the quilt the way I want it. There was so much progress, but there were a few steps back due to my lack of reading the instructions. I am very visual and having pictures for a pattern is so helpful. After my mistake, I also realized that Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop put out a video that is available on youtube.
I was able to use my Design-A-Way wall. I worked from the bottom up on my design wall. I didn’t have to crawl around on the floor to lay out my quilt. I rolled up the screen when I had the layout I wanted. Then I could work at eye level as I took the fabric hexies off to sew together.
The ripping and re-sewing has delayed the process, but I really wanted to to have it ready to long arm quilt March 23. I won’t have any time to sew this weekend between 3 birthday celebrations and the MN state high school boys basketball tournament. Austin’s Boys Basketball team is ranked 2nd in the state in 3AAA. Go Packers!!
I was a worker bee and finished the top, the backing, and made the binding yesterday! Whooo000 Hoooooo!!!
Definitely going to be quilted on March 23rd! I am thinking a simple daisy will the long-arm quilting pattern.
I am linking up with Lee’s WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.