Today we’re talking about hexagons again!
Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana was a member of Quiltmaker’s original Scrap Squad in 2011.
When I heard that she was making pieced hexagons using Mickey Depre’s book and method, Pieced Hexies, I asked right away if she’d tell us about her experience.
Ruth’s friend Leslie Claypool, also from Lafayette, is today’s co-star.
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A Whole New Hexie
by Ruth Wasmuth
Many years ago I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden, after seeing one that my friend Cathy was working on.
I still work on it occasionally when I’m in the car for long periods of time.
Following Mickey Depre on Facebook led me to invite her to our guild, Common Threads of Lafayette, Indiana, for a program and workshop. Some of the blocks we made are below.
They are based on her new book Pieced Hexies, which is just wonderful!
Some of the people attending the workshop are pictured below.
I said to the group, “Let me get a different angle,” meaning I was going to stand on a chair.
Most of them had their own idea of a different angle! One of my friends, Leslie Claypool (in the red at the end of the table) has really embraced making pieced hexies. I think her mind works in a way that is very similar to Mickey’s.
Here is what Leslie has made so far. She doesn’t have a plan for them, just enjoys making them. (Editor’s note: Hurrah! Leslie understands that you can be creative just for the fun of it!!!)
Here are my fabric choices (above).
And my almost finished blocks, above and below.
Making these hexies is rather like making a stack ‘n whack or 4-patch posie quilt, as there are many ways they can be put together.
Above are the six ways this flower can be arranged, just by rotating the hexagons.
Here again are my very old Grandmother’s Flower garden blocks. They were stitched with a whipstitch while lying right sides together. Even though I used silk thread, you can still see those tiny stitches (below).
Mickey taught us to stitch them together lying flat, next to each other. The result is much cleaner and there are no little stitches showing on the right side. (Find instructions on page 11 of Mickey’s book.)
I love that I can do the initial sewing for these in my sewing room and then sit in the living room with my family and stitch them together. I can get many different looks from the same hexagons depending how I place them around the center hexagon. Truly, the sky’s the limit! The possibilities are endless!
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She also has acrylic templates on the market: Pieced Hexies Acrylic Value Pack – 7-Piece Set for $44.95.
Today I have a copy of Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre for giveaway to a lucky Quilty Pleasures reader.
Please leave a comment here by midnight Sunday, April 21 for your chance to win.
We’ll choose a winner and announce it here next week. Good news! Mickey Depre is so pleased with the response here that she has generously added another book to the giveaway. In addition, she is offering free media mail shipping for anyone who orders a copy of Pieced Hexies from her website by April 27, 2013 at midnight. Just enter the word QUILTMAKER in the comments section when making payment and Mickey will refund Economy Mail shipping costs. Good luck!
The winners are #23 Janet and #151 Leanne. Each will receive a copy of Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre. Reminder: Mickey is offering free media mail shipping for anyone who orders a copy of Pieced Hexies from her website by April 27, 2013 at midnight. Just enter the word QUILTMAKER in the comments section when making payment and Mickey will refund Economy Mail shipping costs.