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It’s time for a new project!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Today I am out the door for a quick trip to Omaha, NE and a visit with the Cottonwood Quilt Guild.   I will be teaching Pieced Hexies tomorrow and so it is kismet that I am starting a new “On The Road” project with this trip.

My row by row hand pieced block quilt, now titled “Zen Sewing” is finished and off to the longarmer.  I will post a full picture of the quilt here and on my facebook page when it is back to me sometime in late April.

I decided that I would go back to English Paper Piecing for my new On The Road (OTR) project.  I have wanted to make a Pieced Hexie sampler quilt of sorts for a few years now and have had one designed and just waiting for me in EQ7.

I will be working from these two books for a majority of the Pieced Hexie designs.

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And here is the layout pattern for the quilt.

*please note that for some reason when transferring this image to the website from EQ7 it kept “uncoloring” the first orange Hexie in the upper left hand.   I cannot figure why and so I ask you to realize this is indeed an orange Hexie.  The image on the downloadable PDF is correct.  

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I am excited.

Here are some highlights of what I plan. GreyDiamond

Blue Rosettes -will be composed of various Pieced Hexies Designs found in my books Pieced Hexies and Pieced Hexies Deux.   I also plan to post a few new designs throughout the year here on the blog with free PDF instructions so watch for them.  These rosettes will be scrappy in nature but blue in color.

Yellow & Orange Rosettes– these will actually be a blend of both colors in a scrappy fashionCogsFlowers but the design used will be COGS which is found in Pieced Hexies in the original version.

White Hexies – These will be a new design that I call CRACKLE.  It is going to make this quilt very unique.  I will post a how-to blog within the next few weeks on this Pieced CrackleBackgroundHexie design as there are 672 of these hexies to make for this quilt and I want to get started on them.

There will be a few constants in fabric in the quilt.  The three that I have already determined are shown here.

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I am still deciding on the purples and pictures of those fabrics will be shared at a later date.

I have put together a detailed PDF for this project that you can find here.

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It is also on the dedicated page for this quilt entitled 2016-2017 OTR Project.

I am giving myself 2 years for this quilt.  It is a big quilt at 81.5″ x 86″ at this time.  I have yet to decided how to border it and that will most likely add 10-14″ in both width and length.   But remember Pieced Hexies use 1.5″ hexies so a lot of ground is covered quickly.

NOTE: the image shown above does have a small border shown.  That is for graphics only to give the quilt a straight edge.

Now some of this project will be done at home, the sewing of the Pieced Hexie blocks and some sewing of larger hexie units to each other when it is not practical to do so while traveling.    But a good deal of the hand work portion, basting and small unit (rosettes up to the “diamond shapes”) will be done while traveling, both for business and pleasure.  Yes, this year there is a scheduled true vacation on the calendar!

Be sure to “like” and “follow” my facebook page for up to date posts about this project. 2016OTRpic1.2

I have sewn up some COGS blocks for my first yellow/orange rosettes and I am ready to baste them on my flight out.

 

Ok…I am off to Omaha!

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Next Up! Sondra Stars

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Blog 12.1401These are my Pieced Hexie Sondra Stars.   They are a free design that you can find under the PDF page on my website. You can find the tab to get you there at the top of this page.   You will need my book to actually learn how to make the Pieced Hexies but there are many free PDFs on the website to take the designs beyond the rosettes shown in the book. The star idea had been percolating in my brain right after the release of Pieced Hexies and then my friend Sondra sent me a box of batik scraps from her studio.   I truly was in the midst of designing the first “Star” (ok, I know they are more like snowflakes as they have 6 points but I am taking creative license…plus the name Sondra Flake just isn’t right.) and had decided to grace them with lady names, Sondra was the very first star born.

sidebar:Sondra dyes fabric, and it is so very very awesome, and she is going to have a book released in mid summer 2015 on her process…check out her blog for details

That was all my creative brain needed.  I tossed in a yard of the black on black polka dot fabric and the piecing began.    And over the course of a few months when I could sneak in time I created NINE Pieced Hexie Sondra Stars.

Five are “cool” and four are “hot” in coloring, look at the centers. Making them was so fun just concentrating on tone and letting colors play amongst themselves.   And then the stars sat as my travel schedule and book schedule ate up lots of time in my life. But now with the new book almost “put to bed” as they say in the publishing world and not releasing the next book until 2017 I have a bit of breathing room in my life.  And so my vow to use the time between Thanksgiving and New Years to put a dent in the projects in flux living in the studio. Blog 12.1402All these stars need is a background and then a border.

After a bit of play on the design wall I like this layout. And I decided to really go simple on the background.   Two fabrics, 2 -one yard cuts of each, sewn together in a large four patch style.  This gives me a grid to use for setting this design. Initially I thought whites with some soft  texture in a second color to give the background some life.

 

Off I went to shop at Quilters Quest as I don’t have many two yard cuts of backgrounds in my scrappy stash. I pulled whites, nope didn’t like.  Then I pulled soft greys, no they didn’t work for me either.   Then I say this creamy light yellow with the soft orange texture…WINNER!  Found a butter yellow to compliment and I was raring to get home to sew them together. Next step is paper removal from the back of the Star.

Blog 12.1404Some stars have all the papers removed except for the outer ring and others have all the papers still in.   Life was just too frazzled some days to remove papers when the star was done. My trusty seam ripper and my beloved bottle of Best Press and papers are removed and edges are pressed flat as pancakes.

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Using the center of the background four patch I lined up the star points on the top and bottom and centers on the sides.

Love my little applique pins.   A movie later the center star is in place.

Blog 12.1408Next star. Remove papers.

Blog 12.1410Line up using the horizontal seam and 2″ of space looks appealing to my eye. Pin…and pin some more.  When appliqueing my motto is “more pins is more better”.

My goal is to have all 9 stars appliqued down by New Year’s Day.  It is the perfect holiday project for me as I can pick it up and work on it while watching movies, hockey games and just hanging with my kids when they arrive home celebrate.Blog 12.1411

 

Speaking of movies….that is the theme for this years “SEVEN DAYS OF SWAG GIVEAWAY” that starts tomorrow.   Catch the blog in the morning for how to enter.  The Swag Bin in the office was quite full this morning and I have bundled up 14 packages to give away!

Enjoy your day,

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Spaces for Her Stuff

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

AppleseedQuilter'sEarlier this week I spent two days in Fort Wayne with the Appleseed Quilter’s.   It was great fun and I do believe there will be some Pieced Hexies quilts/projects that will come out of this region.PHexies

Remember Pieced Hexies designs can be applied to ANY hexie pattern that is out there.  It just takes things to a whole new level as Linda said in my workshop.   YES! I wanted to shout….she got it.

If you have ever taken a workshop with me you know that this approximately 6″ x 8″ box travels EVERYWHERE with me.   I am constantly asked how I get so much done in what most perceive to be a very short amount of time.Box

My answer. I use all the time I can each and everyday.  Meaning if there is a 10 minute wait…I can baste a few hexies.   So the box comes with me.   Usually there are a multitude of papers and PH blocks on top that I cleared out of the way so you can see what is in The Box.

StuffAt my workshop I had a wonderful Teacher’s Angel to help me thru out the day.  That is so welcomed especially when the class is large.   Nancy was a treasure.   As she and I sat an chatted for a few minutes during a very brief lull she presented me with a giftie.  OH MY!  She knows just what I like.  I am all about the bag.  She laughed and pointed to my classroom suitcase in which everything was in a bag.  Samples, Handouts, equipment, sale items. etc.

Ziploc loves me.

As soon as I had Nancy’s gift in my hands I turned to her and told her it was just what I needed.  I had been squishing the Castle Wall block bags into “The Box” while on the road but was thinking they needed their own storage.

And now they do.    This is going to be wonderful for when my travel swings back to air flights at the end of the month.  Yes I know those scissors are not TSA friendly.  I will swap them out in fact I found a new gadget to tell you all about for thread cutting…that will be another blog next week.  (look at me planning ahead!) SNEAK PEAK: upper right hand corner of box pic you will see a blue disc.

CastleWallBlockSo thank you Nancy, for your help during class, your words of advice and kind comments, and for this wonderful zippered pouch.  I will think of you every time I reach for it during my travels.

I just finished another block here at home…I felt the call to start a block during the movie Mud (highly recommend you watch this) and being the type A person I can be at times I had to finish up the block so that I could start a new one tomorrow night when I am in Madison.

I am up to 8 blocks done now.   I grouped six earlier this week for a picture.   I  am loving the random scrappiness of this project.  Also loving them side by side without sashing…..hmmmmm.CWallQuiltBlocks

Enjoy the day,

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p.s. You can order up your Inklingo pattern for Castle Wall by clicking my link in the right hand bar.  And you can English Paper Piece this block if you wish to go that route….I just put the papers in my website store.  And thanks for your orders of Garden Whimsy Applique…..I am sold out!

Quiltmaker Issue # 157 is in the house!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Quiltmaker#1570001This weeks mail brought the May/June issue of Quiltmaker that will be soon be out to my mailbox.

First the Hexie Lamb on the front is adorable and is a must make in my queue….hmmmm. my lamb may have some Technicolor Fleece… that’s another story.

It is a rockin’ magazine….that kicks it even more with this issue as it has a quilt designed by ME in it!

This issue is all about hexies and I was honored with Quiltmaker asked me to design a quilt using a Pieced Hexie design and 3 inch (yes these are bigger and better- makes quick work of an entire hexie quilt)  hexagons.

A BRAND NEW PIECED HEXIE DESIGN!

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“Marquette Park” was born!

The finished size on this quilt is 75″x92″ and the maker, Peg Spradlin, did a bang up job in less than 2 months.   I just didn’t have the time in my schedule to make the actual quilt but I do plan to.  In fact there is a stack of oranges pulled in the studio…a few more quilts under my belt for the next book and I will be making my own version.  A perfect summer project.

Marquette Park…where is that you ask…..it is where I met Paul 30 years ago on Saturday April 5th.

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yes it’s a valentine but you get the point

HEADS UP Paul!!!  LOL.

So to celebrate the quilt/magazine/and April 5th I am going to give away two copies of this magazine.

Leave a comment telling me you most fav date in your life and I will pull two winners on Saturday April 5th and announce them here.

NOTE: If this is the first time you are leaving a comment on my blog it will not appear immediately.  I promise to check back and “approve” while on the road.  Once your approved your comments will appear without further approval needed.   The only way I can keep the spam posts in check.  sorry for any inconvenience.

Love is in the air……

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30 left!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

About a month ago I was able to lower the price on Pieced Hexies to $19! due to a situation with a wrong shipment of several cases of books to my doorstep. PiecedHexiesCOVERsmall

These cases have been stacked up in my office and slowly they are dwindling down. Pieced Hexie Sampler

Yesterday I plotted out my schedule for Paul for the next two months.   A quick count shows that I am teaching Pieced Hexies Buffet eight times.  Since these are all driving gigs (my toes don’t head to Midway Airport until April 30th) I won’t be shipping cases of book ahead…I will be pulling them from the stash in my office.

That being said I can pretty much figure out that I have just one case (30 books!) left to offer at the $19.00 price on my website.   Priority Mail or Media Mail shipping options are given.

Just a heads up!  The minute I order a case shipped the price goes back to $25.00.

This is the original Pieced Hexies book with 7 designs and 75 variations shown.  You will find additional Pieced Hexie Star designs on the PDF page of my website that are free.  And I am always adding free designs.  Working on one right now that combos both Pieced Hexies and Pieces Hexies Deux.   As I have said before, they are like potato chips…you just can’t stop at one.

Now back to Olympic curling,

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Pieced Hexies Deux is in the house!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Mr UPS made his way up my front stoop yesterday with more cases of books.

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PIECED HEXIES DEUX is in the house!

From the time he and Paul brought all the cases in the house (around 9:40am) to almost 8pm with just two meal breaks I sat and signed all the preorder (and yesterday order!) copies of Deux.

We should of taken a picture of the mayhem in the office during processing but honestly we were so focused on the 7pm post office closing time we only stopped to eat.

Paul made four runs to the post office to drop off literally Rubbermaid filled tubs of orders.

PHDeuxTemplate SetThank you all for the pre orders and I cannot wait to hear what you think in the next few days when your books (and templates!) hit your mailboxes.

10RosettesDeuxDesignsTEN designs in this book with over 100 variations covered plus SIX Star patterns in the book!

I am out the door to teach and will be home very late Saturday night.   6PHStarsDeux

I have the first of the Pieced Hexies Deux Diamond/Medallion designs done and will be sharing it next week so what for it.

And my lovely Sample Stitchers have been busy.  I will be sharing fabric samples of the Deux Star Patterns starting in February.  I cannot thank these gals enough, there truly is no possible way I can sew out all the hexie designs in my head, write books, teach, and walk Molly.  IMG_20131111_064617 So please if you make any of the free patterns I share please send me a pic.  I would love to share them on the blog.  And a new page is in the process on the website that will feature pics of patterns made by others.

Hex on my friends…hex on!

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01/02 Pieced Hexie Diamond & Medallion

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ok..I’m a day late but the sentiment is still the same.  🙂

I am thrilled to ring in 2014.  So many plans for this year and creative goodness in the works.

I gave myself the gift of joining Adobe Creative Cloud for Christmas.

This means my illustrator software zoomed from version 3 to version 6!  And I have been exploring all the new tools at my fingertips for the last few days with my wonderful teacher Emily.   The tables have truly turned as I have become the student and she the teacher on this journey.  Her skills are amazing and I can’t wait to show you my new supply lists and workshop brochure PDF later to day.

So many other projects in the works with her.  I will be sad to see her depart tomorrow back to Arkansas and work.   It’s been wonderful to have her here for 12 days.  I have been lax on my blogging and fbook posts this week but I have just been soaking up the magic called Em.

One thing I did do yesterday was design a new Diamond/Medallion pattern.  You can find the print out pages for the pattern on the PDF page on my website.  Just look for the tab above and on the page look for the 01/02 Diamond & Medallion.  Remember these designs will always be named for the day the appear on the blog and you can always find past designs on the PDF page too.  Maybe you missed the design I posted on December 22nd?  You can find it right above this design on the PDF page.

01.02DiamondColoredThe diamond is composed of Pieced Hexies you will find in Pieced Hexies book.

And then I took the diamond to the medallion design.

01.02DiamondMedallionColoredAnd with the ease of Illustrator v6 I took the diamond design to a bit more of a mock up of a quilt setting. 01.02DiamondQuilt

I hope you find these designs inspiring!

I have one last full day with Em today and it will be a “snowed into the office” day as we are expecting another 6-10″ of snow.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it.

Off to learn some more.

Enjoy,

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DEUX Preorder Deadline!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

hexiedeux-coverloresThe time is almost here for me to put in my order for Pieced Hexies Deux.   Which means if you want to have your book in the “first wave” that will be going out mid January then I need you to put in your preorder now.   If you preorder before midnight on January 2nd I can include you in the first wave.

Pieced Hexies Deux is the second round of designs in the Pieced Hexies series (yes you read that right series…the next fix is already on the schedule….who needs sleep…lol) 10RosettesDeuxDesigns

Deux (as it affectionately called here at Chez Depre) is jam packed with 10 new designs! over 100 variations, 18 combos…and 6 Pieced Hexies Stars right in the book.

6PHStarsDeuxDeb, my editor and Kelly, graphic designer, worked a miracle and got it all into a 96 page book!!

The retail cost is $28.

Oh…and another new item is the addition of what I am calling fabric orientation guideline graphics.   This will help you visualize which fabric is going to fall where in the hexie as you are piecing the block.

So I went back and made a Fabric Orientation Guideline sheet for the original (ok that freaks me out a bit) Pieced Hexies.   You can find it here on my PDF page.  I suggest you print it out and tuck it in to your Pieced Hexies book.

Cover PROOF for Deux Acrylic PackPHDeuxTemplate SetAs before there is a template set also available.  The templates are not needed to make the designs.  I will always give the step by step instructions for marking your papers with a ruler.  But if you are into “easy peasy” then the templates rule.    And with these Paper Pieces (the manufacture of the templates) really stepped it up and we came up with a way to put the 10 designs on 5 templates to keep that cost down too!    There is one design on each side of the template with orientation guides to show you wish slots/dots to use.   Katie at Paper Pieces is a genius!

The cost for the template set is $29. and can also be preordered.

So heads up!  Place your order!

Piece On!

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Introducing Diamonds & Medallions

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Since Pieced Hexies Deux will already have Pieced Hexie Star Patterns in it frees me up to move one to other motifs using Pieced Hexies.

First up I wanted to do something for those who have the “Ring Around The Hexies” book.     So this design is composed of BOOMER, blanks and 50/50s.   As always you will need the book for instruction on how to make the hexie.

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Let’s first start with a  diamond motif.

The diamond is pretty much a staple in hexie quilts and this design pattern can be dropped into any pattern you find on the internet.

As I have said before ANY Pieced Hexie can be substituted into ANY traditional hexie pattern ….thus the design possibilities are endless.

 

 

Sidebar: I decided to name these Diamond/Medallion PDF patterns by the date they are released on the blog.  Since they (note I said they….yes the pattern book of this is already pages deep) will span all three books it will be up to you to read the top paragraph/or corresponding blog to find out if you can make this design with the books you own.   Of course if you own all three (at this time that would be Pieced Hexies, Ring Around the Hexie, and Pieced Hexies Deux (Jan release) then you are all good.  I won’t post any PDFs using “Deux” designs until late January.

So once I had the diamond designed I wanted to take it to the next level, a center medallion.

To do so you need to drop one of the ends of the diamond and make a center ring of hexies in the traditional double rosette pattern for it to link up to.

YES! You could do this first ring of center hexies using ANY Pieced Hexies designs.  I am leaving them blank at this time for sanity sake.  🙂

BoomerDiamondMedallionv4Here is were I am at with a center medallion.   The pdf gives you coloring sheets for both the diamond and the center medallion.   You will find it on my PDF page…click PDF at the top of this page.  Scroll down until you find the new section for Diamond/Medallion patterns.   ENJOY!

You can take the leap to your large hexie quilt.  I know you can.  Jump in the waters fine.

Off to finish the last bit of baking,

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Robin’s Hexiane Swirl

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Another Pieced Hexie Quilt is in the works!

Look what she has done with Pieced Hexie – SPIKE and her own original star!

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When I first saw it it just took my breath away.  So delicate yet powerful.  just WOW!

This is Hexiane Swirl by Robin Fouquette , of The Quixotic Quilter blog.  Ok she has been a little lax on her posts but maybe this shout out will give her the push to start up again.

Robin tells me that she was feeling a bit out of sorts quilty-wise as a wrist injury from scuba diving has flared up and but her quilting on the back burner.  Then she saw my episode on The Quilt Show this summer and she was immediately fired up about Pieced Hexies.

She is almost done with the quilt.  Just needs to finish up background.   Then it is into the actual “quilting” phase of completion.   Her plans are to share this quilt with the world via show entries.  I for one cannot wait to round a corner and see it in person.

Thanks so much Robin for sharing!  And I hope we get you back to bloggin’ girl!!!

RFpiecedhexiepincushionOh and look what else Robin shared….she took a recent pattern for hexie pincushions in McCall’s Quilting and after making a few she gave it the Pieced Hexies treatment!

This is what I have been saying since day one of the Pieced Hexies (soon to be) Books!  They are reference tools for the designs.  You can apply Pieced Hexies to any hexie pattern on the market or that you dream up!   Think of these books like the Judy Hopkins Block Books of the 90s.

And YOU CAN design your own Pieced Hexie Star Pattern!   In fact I am typing up the info for a new workshop that will cover just that in anywhere from a 3hr to a multi-day format!

Hex On!

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p.s. You can now find the PDFs for the Pieced Hexie Stars on my PDF Page (click PDF Page on the bar at the top of the page)…in fact all the free PDFs will now be hosted there!  Watch for more to come!strawberry pincushions

p.p.s. Robin also shared these wonderful strawberry pincushions…it is quite obvious this girl can sew!