Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

Today we’re talking about hexagons again!

Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana was a member of Quiltmaker’s original Scrap Squad in 2011.

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Ruth Wasmuth

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.

 

 Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

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.

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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.

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They are based on her new book Pieced Hexies, which is just wonderful!

 

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Some of the people attending the workshop are pictured below.

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I said to the group, “Let me get a different angle,” meaning I was going to stand on a chair.

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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.

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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!!!)

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Here are my fabric choices (above).

 

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And my almost finished blocks, above and below.

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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.

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Above are the six ways this flower can be arranged, just by rotating the hexagons.

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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).

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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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Kind of gets your creative juices flowing, doesn’t it?! Wow. As if that’s not enough, Mickey posts free Pieced Hexie Star patterns posted monthly on her blog. You’ll definitely want to go see them!

She also has acrylic templates on the market: Pieced Hexies Acrylic Value Pack – 7-Piece Set for $44.95.

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Today I have a copy of Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre for giveaway to a lucky Quilty Pleasures reader.

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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.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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180 Responses to Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

  1. Sue Fry says:

    I love doing hexies, and would love new ideas this book would help me!

  2. Donna Cote says:

    Have always loved the portability of hexies. Would love to win this book!

  3. Chyree says:

    Just got back from the quilt show in Paducah and bought Pieced Hexies, etc. there. The gals at the booth were SO MUCH FUN!!!

  4. I’m in Brazil and here we do not have a lot of patchwork publications, will love this gift is to get this far.

  5. Kathy L says:

    How original. Love to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Susan Reynolds says:

    Love the new look of a classic quilt pattern. Would enjoy trying the new method of stitching hexies together. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win the book. Cheers :-)

  7. Claudia says:

    Please throw my name in the pot. Would love a copy of that book.

  8. Vicki says:

    Would love a copy. I’ve been dreaming of hexies for a while now. Lovely lovely hexies. :)

  9. jean ricard says:

    I am hoping to win a copy of this book. Will be attending the retreat in August with Mickey and hope to learn how to do hexies.

  10. PJB says:

    I’m looking for projects that can be done by hand on the go. This looks like a great book to have! I have tried a few hexies in a BOM, but haven’t completed a full quilt. I’d also like to try some small gift items like coasters.

  11. Charmaine Kramer says:

    Hexies are beautiful and these variations give the hexie a new sassy twist, definitely a must try for my next quilt. Would love to win this book :-)

  12. Shirley V says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I have been eyeing it for a while now. The hexies you have made look wonderful. I would love to learn all about making hexies.

  13. SewCalGal says:

    I love hexies, but had not seen this before. Wow, what fun hexies. I’m actually working on a hexie project now, using batiks. Nothing as beautiful as the projects you shared.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  14. Nancy Angerer says:

    I finished piecing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top that my great grandmother had started for me. She died just before I turned 3, so my grandmother made it into a twin sized quilt top. When I became engaged grandma gave the top and the rest of the cut out pieces to me. During dorm meetings, I got it to double bed size. Then for a wedding gift, grandma had it quilted and bound for us. It is a very well used and cherished quilt — we just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. I was named for the great grandmother.

  15. Linda Halcomb says:

    Love these hexies & can’t wait to learn to make them! Thanks for the chance to be a winner!

  16. Carmen says:

    I love hexies but haven’t been adventurous enough to try them yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Jenn says:

    I have never braved the challenge of hexies, but I think these pics have provided the inspiration. Now I just need instruction (:

  18. Elaine Heller says:

    Mickey Depre does such wonderful work, and this book looks like it is no exception. It would be a treasure to own, so I would love to win it. The examples shown in the post are beautiful and inspiring!

  19. Peggy says:

    I would love to win this book!!!

  20. sewlindaann says:

    The book is going on my wish list!

  21. barbara corbitt says:

    I love working with hexies, you can do so much with them. babscorbitt@gmail.com

  22. Margie Akers says:

    Like Ruth, I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexi quilt and I still have the box of flowers. Then from following Bonnie Hunter’s blog, I learned about Mickey. I’m very intrigued by her ideas and would love to have a copy of her book.
    Wish me luck. :-)

    Margie Akers

  23. Tammy Carr Cruickshank says:

    Hexies….just have started and love it, for my quiet(LOL) time, but this book has soooo many great and new ideas. Would love it!! Quiltmaker Love the lastest May/June issue!!

  24. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I have been wanting to see how these are put together! Thanks for the review and the give away, too!
    Sandy A

  25. Karen says:

    I am a GFG Hexie piecer…I would love to win this book to be able to create fantastic hexes…

  26. Erin Hutchinson says:

    How fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Sheryl Moore says:

    Am just learning how to do English Paper Piecing and it would be WONDERFUL to have this book as instruction and INSPIRATION! Hope I can win it!

  28. Shar F. says:

    I love Hexies! I have this book on my list. I hope I win it!

  29. MarciaW says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. I have a GFG quilt in the works and it would be grand to learn how to take the flowers I’ve made and put them together for an actual quilt.

  30. Leanne says:

    Wow! Those are amazing hexies! Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Jan Kinshella says:

    I love the look of hexies but in a way they intimanate me. Would love the book. Maybe it would get me going.

  32. Marty Askins says:

    I have not made any hexies yet, but this book has inspired me to try it in the near future. Thank you for the chance to win.

  33. Karrie Smith says:

    This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Love the way the pieced hexagons look. Your photos make it look doable. . While I love the traditional GMFG, the pieced ones are just so interesting!! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  35. Phyllis says:

    What fun, a new project. I love hand work and carry with me things to work on.

  36. Gwen Lynn says:

    Please pick me to support my addiction to Hexis and Scraps, thanks in advance for your support.

  37. Mary Ann N. says:

    I must admit that hexies seem difficult, but I am wanting to try them. I love the designs hexies make.
    ; )

  38. Peg says:

    Looks like fun! I’m up for a new challenge!

  39. Madquilter65 says:

    Love those hexies. In the hospital right now with my husband and working on my grandmothers garden. Never before have I had this much time to work on my hexies. Would love to learn different ways to work with the hexies. Thanks for the give away.

  40. Deb G. in VA says:

    I would love to learn how to make pieced hexies and especially, how to stitch them together lying flat, next to each other, so the stitches don’t show. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Amy says:

    I would love to win this book! It is on my list of must haves. I am totally obsessed with English paper piecing. I love seeing everyone’s creative projects!

  42. Kathy Raabe says:

    This would be such a nice addition to my quilting library. I have just started to make hexies and these are pretty intriguing. Thank you for the opportunity.

  43. Melissa says:

    Your hexes are amazing! I love the look of them.

  44. Cindy White says:

    Wonderful to see the difference turning pieced hexes made. Learning th piece them without stitches showing would be great.

  45. Lynn says:

    I love making hexies and would love a copy of the book.

  46. Patricia S says:

    Piecing hexies is something I’ve yet to try. This blog entry sure makes it look like fun! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your book giveaway. :-D

  47. KT says:

    Wow, those hexies are fabulous! Now I really want to try my hand at them. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  48. Martina says:

    Oh I love this! Such an inspiration!

  49. Judy says:

    I have not tried making hexies yet but it is on my list of things to make so winning this book would help me get started.

  50. LinH says:

    I have some older hex pieces from the 60′s This would help me do something with them and turn UFOs into a project.

  51. Emalee Gerhards says:

    I am almost ready to put the border on the last side of my EPP Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I so MUST make my next hexi quilt from this book!

  52. Donna Amos says:

    Ruthie, I love your article and your hexies make me want to try piecing some. The red, black and white examples are great. The ones your friend made are so beautiful. Just great.

  53. Laura Taylor says:

    Haven’t tried hexies yet but I’m dying to. As soon as I finish my current project, I’m going to pick up the book and likely the templates as well and give it a go. I love the way they look!!

  54. Becky Greene says:

    I do love hexies and these are certainly taken to the next level!! I would love to try some of these techniques. Thanks for the chance to win !

  55. Mary Green says:

    How fun is this! I just heard about pieced hexies and now here you have more about them. This opens up so much in design. I cannot wait to give it a go. Sure hope I win. Thanks for doing this.

  56. Love doing hexies. These are so pretty would love to do projects with them.

  57. Sandy Call says:

    I’m intrigued by these hexies – how creative!!
    Sandy

  58. Chuck DeBono says:

    Hexie love……… Love it !

  59. Rhonda Casey says:

    I’m excited about these hexies. They are so different than what I’ve done in the past.

  60. Tammy says:

    Oh how I love love love hexi’s. They are my most favorite of all… I would love to win this book. I promise it would be put to very good use. I need to learn how you said to sew them together side by side. I hate seeing my stitches from the front. Thanks for the chance to enter the book giveaway. Now I need to go find Mickey’s blog. And see what all she has to say over their about hexi’s.

  61. Jackie Roisler says:

    Ooo, her designs are truly different. A hexie inspired wall-hanging is in my future. I’m off to go to her blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win her book :)

  62. Bev C says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway for the book. Also for the tip on how to join them so the stitches don’t show, must try that.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

  63. Jeanne J. says:

    I have not sewn any hexies, but I love the look of them. With a great book as a guide, I would get hooked on them very easily. I am always looking for a take-along project and hexies would be perfect.

  64. Candy S says:

    I love hexies. Gotta try pieced hexies! What a different look. Must. Get. Book!

  65. Rachell R says:

    I just saw a trailer for Mickey’s new class on Craftsy based on this book! It looks a lot of fun!
    I really enjoyed seeing the black, red, and white hexies that looked like flowers when put together. I have never done EPP hexies, but I did hand-piece a grandmother flower garden on my first sampler quilt in my first class. I loved the way they looked and I wanted to try them. And now, I’m always up for learning new ways to do things.

  66. Rhonda says:

    I’d love to try this technique. I’ve done pieced hexagons, but only 60• shapes. This looks interesting!

  67. Annie K says:

    I’d love to have this book and learn how to do something new :-)

  68. Rachelle says:

    Haven’t tried hexies yet, but that makes me want to

  69. JoAnneOffutt says:

    I, too, would love to win this book; what a nice present that would be.

  70. Susan McClure says:

    I love hexies and would love to win this book. Thank you for giving one away. Susan

  71. JoAnne Simonson says:

    I’ve never done hexes because I always associate them with thirties fabrics and/or feed sacks, neither of which appeal to me. But after seeing these wonderful, so different hexes, I’m ready to give it a try! I would love to win the book.

  72. I’ve just started my first hexie project – would love to win the book. Thanks for sharing!

  73. Christine M says:

    I’ve never seen pieced hexagons before. They look fantastic.

  74. Rene says:

    The very first quilt I did many years ago, was Grandma’s Flower Garden and it took me hours and hours. I never did that pattern again but would love to know a simpler way of doing it. The samples are beautiful and intriguing.

  75. Donna Schuttig says:

    Hexies are fun and these look like extra fun to do. Hope I can be the winner!!!! gonna chek out the web site now. thanx

  76. Gloria P. says:

    I love making and swapping hexies with friends across the globe, but I have not pieced them yet..
    The book and pics look awesome would love to win this book any give it a try. Thanks for the chance

  77. Janice Padgett says:

    These hexes are an inspiration!! What a wonderful idea doe using scraps and the possibilities are endless! Sure hope I can win the book!!!

  78. Phyllis O'Connor says:

    I made a Grandmother’s Flower Garden back in the day, but this is a whole new spin. Would love to win the book & get going on Thoroughly Modern Hexies!
    Phyllis

  79. Vickie Yanik says:

    I would love to win this book. I have been working on a traditional hexagon quilt using 30′s reproduction fabric for quite some time. I love the new creative ideas in Mickey’s book. Awesome!

  80. amy tanner says:

    i so much want this book. i am obsessed with hexagons and have been dreaming of doing some of these. i need the book to learn the way to do it correctly. i am so ready to have a little fun going wild with hexies! thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

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