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Ring Around the Hexie BED SIZE it’s DONE!

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Sept29 pic 2I have sewed my brains out for the last 16 days (ok a few days off in there) but last night I finished the bed size version of Ring Around The Hexies.   I truly love Civil War Repros.  Some people think they are drab and without spark but I beg to differ.  I think when working with them scrappy is the way.   Individually the prints and colors can be “very quiet” but when they get next to one another they start to shout for the viewer’s attention and things get exciting.  Well at least that is how I see it.   Sept29 pic 1

So even if you aren’t a scrappy girl.  And I am not always.  But most of the time I am.  I always say “more is better” if you want a quilt that has “ZING”.   Give the eye a lot to take in.  So if you want a blue and yellow quilt.  Well use 15 blues and 15 yellows.  Variety is the spice of life.

So the top is done and I cheerily call out this fact to Paul who is in the kitchen making the most delicious sour cream apple pie.  Which I really can’t talk about because we landed up slicing into it and eating some before we remembered to take pics.   But I can share a link to the recipe.  Trust me it is wonderful and will be made again.  Now back to quilting.

So I call out to Paul that the top is now done!  YIPPEE!  And then I realize.  I have no where I can take a full head on pic of this quilt (84 x 84) in my small abode.   Sept29 pic 3


This problem is being addressed and might not be “fixed” for a few months.  So this is the best I can do at this time.

I am so in love with this full version.

I am going to put a 2.5″ temp border around the edges to stabilize it as it travels for a month with me before I get to quilting it.

You will be able to see this top in person at the Schoolhouse session for Ring Around the Hexies during Market.  And it will be hanging in the Paper Pieces booth at Festival!

So excited.

NOTE: The special preorder package of both the Ring Around The Hexies Book and Template will cease at midnight on Monday.

This morning my bag is packed and I am ready to hit the road for a whopping 58 miles to Michigan City, Indiana.   Tomorrow I am teaching Pieced Hexies for the Come Quilt with Me & Pat Yamin Retreat.  Then it’s back home til Friday.

I have a lot of travel kitting to do this week.  October is jam packed with trips.

But for now I am going to just sit back with some morning coffee and read the Sunday paper.

Enjoy your day,





p.s. I would really appreciate your posting of comments.  I am in the midst of trying to tweak this new format of blog.  My webmaster and I have the goal of once your first comment is approved all your comments will automatically be approved and immediately posted.  But in order to do this I need some comments posted.   Of course I ask this when I will be off on the road and unable to “approve” comments for 36 hours.  But if you could try to post a comment this week I would most appreciate it.   Thanks!

Ring Around The Hexies BED SIZE Part 5

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Sept27RATHpicHalfway done!

Well actually much more than that.  I just need to applique five more rosettes to backgrounds and sew together the remaining two wall hangings, join them to this half and viola the bed size version of Ring Around The Hexies pattern will be done!

Since this quilt top, no unfortunately it will not be quilted in time, will be traveling to Market and Festival I plan on putting a 2-3″ plain border on it of the burnt red paisley print that you see in the outside setting triangles.  This will keep those outer edges stabilized.   Then when it is back in my hands over winter I will remove it for quilting.

The debate is whether I will be quilting this myself or sending off to someone to do.  Time will tell with my chiropractor visits.   There is much discussion about rearranging the studio and making some changes to may be accommodate a stand up long arm.  But I am thinking this is just a dream for my current studio and it’s size and I will remain quilting on my APQS George machine.

Next blog post I will tell you exactly where you will be able to see this full quilt (top) at Festival.  I hope you will check it out.

Sept 27 Pic 2Along with a whole lot of sewing yesterday there was some homemade applesauce making.  My father-in-law’s apple tree has been bountiful again this year and several Depre abodes are simmering versions of apple sauce, chutney and spices slices to be canned this weekend.

Sept 27 Pic 1I wish there was a way to attach scents to posts….because it is unbelievable.


Speaking of scents I was trilled yesterday to learn that Yankee Candle had unretired truly my all time favorite candle.  Autumn Lodge.  This candle fills the house with the aroma of a wood burning fireplace.  And since my home is sans this wonderful feature. ..well this is the next best thing.

Two large jars are on their way.  Yankee Candle is having a wonderful Buy 1 get 1 Free sale….get over to their website to order or print out the coupon if you are lucky to have a brick storefront in your neck of the woods.

Sept 27 Pic 3And I have begun to decorate the house for Autumn.  Not Halloween, Not Thanksgiving, Not Columbus Day.  AUTUMN.

My very favorite season of all.






Ring Around The Hexies BED SIZE Part 4

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

There has been a lot of sewing going on.  Hand sewing  and machine.

Between some intense chiropractor visits.  Seems my decades old back problems are finally being addressed by a great doctor.  I have been to several chiropractors over the years for my back and while some helped no one has truly helped and made me feel comfortable like my current doc.

One week into an intense regime of visits, stretching, massages, e-stim treatments, and general cracking and popping of the vertebrae and I am already feeling movement I have not felt in years.  But it comes with some very uncomfortable times of great back spasm pain.  So this has sidetracked my getting this top done.

But I do think I will still get it done within the next 10 days.  Just not be today. Life happens.

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I am down to just about 1-2 hours of setting triangle sewing.  I have almost all of them done.


Sept25 pic1And hand appliqueing the rosettes to their background squares and then putting each of the 4 wallhangings together and joining all four like a giant 4 patch.

Sept25 pic3I have gotten a few questions regarding the appliqueing process.  I treat my rosettes (or any other EPP design that I am appliqueing down…yes that is a hint for future projects) like I would any other applique project.

I like to hand applique but you could machine applique if you wish.  The choice is yours.

I remove the papers one at a time and immediately treat that hexie to a spritz of Best Press and a visit from the iron.  It’s a slow process but the final ease of working with the applique and look is worth it.

Sept25 pic4In this case my pieced background block makes aligning the rosette on it very easy.  But I do also make ironed hash marks for myself.

Sept25 pic5Once I have the rosette set in a manner that appeals to me I give the center a swipe with the glue pen to hold it temporarily.  Then I use my trusty applique pins and anchor the outer edges.  I am just kinda old school like this.  I like my pins.   NOTE I have chosen to set my rosettes on point but they can be shifted to be lying down.  This difference is shown in the two wall hanging samples in Ring Around the Hexies.

Then it’s hand applique time for me.  I do cut away the background fabric to reduce bulk when I a done.  (sorry I forgot to take a pic of this).

Sept25 pic6And with some early morning sewing I have one wall hanging completely done.   Three more to go (and I will be appliqueing all day today) and I will have the top done.

I will address the recoloring I chose to do in the final blog post to make these four wall hangings into my rendition of Ring Around The Hexies – BED SIZE.

Yes this quilt will finish 84″ x 84″.

PreOrderPackageRemember my preorder special for both the book and alignment template (BOOMER design) for $20.00 plus shipping is only good to midnight CST Sept 30th.  You can order this thru my shop.  Shipping will be between Oct 17th -23rd.

Now it’s off to the chiropractor for more terror err treatment.


Ring Around The Hexies BED SIZE Part 3

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


This post is all about the hexies.  Pieced Hexies in fact.

Sept 22 pic6



The Ring Around The Hexies pattern features a brand new design called BOOMER.

Sept 22 pic5



Now Boomer is unique in that is doesn’t start off as a 3.5″ block.  It actually is more of an “A” shape.   You will need your Tri Tool ruler (of the Tri-Recs set by EZQuilting/ for this design but I hope you will agree with me that it is worth it.

BOOMER Original

BOOMER Original

 BOOMER Variation #1

BOOMER Variation #1



The cover of the book (tomorrow is the release!) shows the wall hanging using the “original” pattern.  But if you are a Pieced Hexie fan you know that design is just the tip of the iceberg.

The book shows SIX more variations and for my bed size rendition I decided to use Variation #1.

Sept 22 pic2

My guess is tonight and tomorrow and most likely Tuesday I will be feet up and appliqueing the rosettes to the backgrounds.

This timing works out well since tomorrow Bonnie and I begin taking preorders for the booklet.   I will have an acrylic alignment guide for BOOMER also available and the Tri-Rec rulers in case they aren’t in your studio yet.  Trust me these rulers rock!  And there are several more Pieced Hexies that will be using them in the future.

Oh and there will be some sewing of those half square triangles together….hmmm…I better get to work.

Enjoy your Sunday,



Ring Around the Hexies BED SIZE Part 2

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


I apologize for forgetting to take “step by step” pics during the sewing of the 36 blocks but well I was in a zone.

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I remembered about pictures truly as I was pinning the final blocks to the wall.  Since the quilt is basically 4 wall hangings put together as a bed size quilt I am dividing all the blocks in this manner.  This actually helps make sure that the quilt is balanced in colors and light/dark.   So 4 columns of 9 blocks each.

As you can see scrappy rules at this time.  But I will be using a few fabrics as constants to give some continuity to the quilt.

I call this “Stable Scrappy”.   🙂

This is what my design wall looks like with all 36 Collaboration Star Blocks sewn.


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I breezed thru the background blocks for the Boomer Rosettes (tomorrows post) and I  started laying out one “wall hanging” on the design wall.

Sept21 3

I am loving this.

I hope you are too.

Tomorrow I will share the Pieced Hexie BOOMER Rosettes.

Sept21 4








But in the mean time I started making the 240 half square triangles I need for the setting blocks.

The green fabric will be used on all.  That is one of the constants.

Bonnie and I are going to start taking preorders for Ring Around The Hexies Pattern Booklet (16 pages) on Monday, Sept 23rd.

Enjoy your day,


Ring Around The Hexies – Bed Size PART 1

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Now that Ring Around the Hexies booklet (16 pages) is off to the printers.   And I have the next copy of Pieced Hexies in the hands of my editor.  (Special Note: BOOMER the Pieced Hexie design used in Ring Around the Hexies was originally to make it’s debut in the next Pieced Hexies Book.   I have since pulled this design from the book and replaced it with another.  Yes a whole set of samples was furiously made, the graphics drawn, and wordage written in just 5 days when I came home from North Carolina.

Let’s just say the last two weeks of August I really don’t remember…LOL.

But I had decided at the retreat that I was going to make a bed size version of Ring Around the Hexies.   The original timetable I had in my mind was “over this winter”.  But then the booklet was born and I have been sewing like a mad woman to make at least the top in time for Market in October.

Ring Around The Hexie




The full size version is truly just 4 wall hangings sewing together 4 patch style.  But I plan to show some “recoloring” in my rendition.

Since at the time I thought I was going to be off to Madison Wisconsin to Quilt Expo for two nights (hotel room sewing retreat with a friend) I cut and packaged up all the makings of the 36 pieced Collaboration Star blocks.

Ring Around The Hexie 4







Then life happened and I couldn’t go.  But having everything cut and packaged did make the sewing part extremely easy and quick.  Did I mention that my rendition is going to be done using Civil War Repros.  And Semi-Scrappy in style.   Just for the blocks alone I used over 200 different fabrics.  Yes the Civil War Repro stash runs deep.

Each block has 4 – 4patches in the corner.  Each 4 patch in my version is made using 4 different fabrics.  2 lights and 2 darks.  So just in 4 patches we have 144 different fabrics.  (all these numbers  make the math geek part of me happy)

Strip sets were sewn.




Cut down into units.

4 patches assembled.







This is what the design board looked like at the end of the day.







Ta Da! (kinda)

Monday, September 16th, 2013


I  announced the winners of the Mystery Giveaway this morning on my facebook page.

That page is Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre.

The winners are Michele Hellman and Beth Cates!

Now what exactly did they win…..

….well I had hoped to be able to share with you the cover of their prize but unfortunately there is still a little more tweeking going on at with the publisher….but I can TELL you about it.

RATH HunterDepreThe quilt pattern that Bonnie Hunter and I taught last month at our Celebration Collaboration Retreat

is now available in pattern booklet form16 pages).

….or it will be available in mid October.

We got all of your emails/fbook messages the week after the retreat and well it has been a whirlwind to say the least.  But our awesome publisher, KCStar, turned it into a booklet in less than 15 days from our initial email to them!

The quilt pattern has been officially named “Ring Around The Hexie”.   And this pattern (and future pattern booklets) will carry the “Celebration Collaboration” subtitle when Bonnie and I work together.

( we are dreaming up something new already).

The booklet will have instructions on a brand new Pieced Hexie design called BOOMER and will be on the only place you can find this Pieced Hexie Design.   And for those who love the templates for marking alignment guides…YES! There will be a template available!

We are releasing the booklet for pre-orders on our individual websites next Monday, September 23rd.  And I am going to leave future details for later posts this week.

Because while the pattern was created and taught as the wall hanging you see here, well I am busy making four such wall hangings for a bed size quilt to show the diversity!

Starting tomorrow I will post blogs showing my progress.  I have done some work and I am about halfway done.  I hope to have the entire quilt top done next week to share.

Finally, I can share something I am working on.    So much is going on behind the scenes that I have an actual list on my desk so I can keep track.

Another biggie is obvious.  The moving of my blog to the front of my website.   And my whole new website.   More about the new website and my awesome webmaster also later this week.  I am now officially in the “learning curve” stage of this.  And so much to update.  Good thing I am home for two weeks!  Ready, Set, GO!

Right now I need to sew.

Enjoy your day,



One Raccoon, Two Raccoons, EIGHT!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

One of the days spent at Quilt Villa in the mountains of NC with Bonnie Hunter we went out exploring.

The plan was to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway but mother nature had plans for pouring rain that late morning so we drove for a bit to the town of Boone.

What do two vintage loving quilters do when their scenic drive plans are rained out?

They go antiquing.

And since we were freestyin’ this adventure we took what ever came our way via the road.

We landed up stopping at four Antique shops/malls that day and had a blast.

But the first stop proved to the be the winner in oddities.



As soon as we walked it we knew we were in a “Man’s” antique shop.  Not just because we were the only females inside the walls but because there wasn’t a doily, apron, nor a quilt to be found.  Heck there where hardly any kitchen items at all.






But there was taxidermy.

Now let me preface this by saying I am married to a hunter (no not a relative of Bonnie’s).   Heck at my in-laws 9 extra sets of eyes watch tv with you in the rec room.






It is an art.  But truly why would I want a family of four raccoons keeping an eye on me?






And then we turned into this booth.

Now this taxidermist and I connect.

I could live with this as it makes me giggle.





But this piece turned those giggles into laughs.

Bonnie was playing look out while I snapped away.

I had to shoot (LOL…ok now laughing as I type) this one twice as the first pic was so blurry from laughing.


TaxiNC6But this truly was the ONE.  This is the piece I want in my cabin someday.  We pretty much hightailed it out of there after this pic….laughing all the way to the van.

Life is better with laughter,


Tale of Two Cutting Tables

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

There is nothing better then be holed up in a cabin in the woods with a quilting friend, fabric, sewing machine, munchies and electricity.

So much fun was had during the 4 days Bonnie Hunter and I spent sewing.

But around day 3 we realized we were bumping elbows at the shared cutting table and action was needed.

Bonnie whipped out another table from storage.  (truly it was like something out of James Bond with how this table materialized from the storage area with it’s own mat, rotary cutter, extra light, etc.)   That girl is good.

As soon as she got it all set up and was cutting away in BonnieLand….well I couldn’t help myself.

I needed to “reclaim” the space I had.

And in MickeyLand that means there is some …ummm….straightening up to do.

I did this quietly.  Hoping Bonnie wouldn’t notice.

But she did.  And cracked up.

So while we are the best of friends, finishing each other sentences, laughing and crying together….well we are two different quilters when it comes to our cutting tables.

I bet that extra table comes out on day one of our next “quiltfest at QuiltVilla”.


Wait to you see what I have to share tomorrow.


What happens when two quilters realize their calendars aren’t clicking…

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

meaning said calendars aren’t overlapping with booked engagements at same venues so said friends can spend time together.

See said friends are quilting teachers and the only time they get to see each other is when they are teaching at same shows, retreats, symposiums, etc.

So these two friends come up with the idea to put together a combined quilt project spotlighting their styles with the hopes that maybe some retreat organizer somewhere, anywhere, would be interested in hiring these friends to teach together for a weekend. Thus giving them time to chatter away together on the “off” time.

Note these friends aren’t hosting the retreat, merely teaching at it.

….the project is born.


….and before they can even get the samples both done an A+ Retreat Hosting company books them.

And Collaboration Celebration with Bonnie Hunter and Mickey Depre is born.


It’s now Sunday morning (early morning) and I am finally getting my feet back under me as since my landing in North Carolina at approximately noon on Thursday. It has been a whirlwind of activity filled with laughter, hugs, chatter, and smiles.

I cannot say enough good things about Sew Sisters the hosts of the retreat.  Karen and Lisa really know how to throw a party.

Bonnie and I are very lucky teachers.   And we know it.

And did you catch that the retreat is taking place in North Carolina.


Winston-Salem to be exact.  A mere hop, skip, and jump away from home for Bonnie.





So these two quilting friends check their schedules and realize they can squeeze even more time in together a few days after the Celebration.   Discussion about staying on at the hotel and just sewing away for three days together happens.




Then Bonnie buys a dream cabin in the mountains.

….these two quilters are running off to the mountains of North Carolina this afternoon.  To a land of limited cell phone coverage and s-l-o-w internet service….whatever will they cook up now…..


p.s. you might want to bookmark Sew Sisters website.  They have some amazing future events in the works.