Posts Tagged ‘Pieced Hexies Deux’

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.



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.  

Quilt Layout

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.


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.

2016.2017 OTR Quilt Project Info

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!






Big Sale on Books!

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

KCStarBksSalesmallThe new generation Pieced Hexies, Pieced Hexies Deux and Ring Around The Hexies should be here in a month or so.   AQS/Schroeder Publishing is rereleasing the books, same info, just a new look.

That means I need to find new homes for the small stockpile of books I have been holding on to “just in case”.  And so I am marking them down to help with the adoption process until they are gone.

Maybe you missed getting a copy earlier, or are new to the blog?   Or are looking to get a start on some Secret Sisters gifties.

Head over to my shop page because I have a deal for you!



Rapid Fire Emails

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Today my editor Deb and I will hopefully pull together 1/2 to 3/4th of my next book.  The process at this point is that we will work thru one pattern at a time.  Going over words.  Streaming or expanding areas that we deem necessary.  In other words getting things in order.   It can be a tedious process.  But we have done some structural work already so it’s just matter time.

This is done with sometimes rapid fire emails traded back and forth, back and forth with book sections attached and highlighted questions/changes dropped in.  We go over and over stuff until be both agree it’s at it’s best, and then that section/pattern is put into queue for the technical writers to have their looksey. (YIPES!) and the graphic artist begins to do his work with the sometimes hand drawn scribbles we (Deb and I ) give him as to what we see as the illustration needed.   And then finally the graphic artist steps in and gives it all a spit shine and polish with love colors and sets the look of the book.

Then one more time…very very carefully a team of 4-5 of us go over all the entire book in painstaking detail.  Truly making sure every i is dotted and t is crossed.  Page by Page we sign off.

The first time I went thru this process I admit there was a general panic.  I looked at my book pages with newbie eyes and it looked like a bunch of garbley-gook.

There are strikeouts all over the place and all kinds of editing jargon about what pictures/illustrations go where.

Previously I was not a part of this process in book writing.   But I like that Kansas City Star makes their authors a part of this process.  I like to learn and see “behind the curtains”…even if it causes me some distress and I begin to worry if this will ever be the book I see in my head.

I know it will.  I have a fantastic team of at Kansas City Star that make me look good.

This book writing thing…it’s not easy.  And in no means fast.   I am learning new tricks to help streamline things and the next traditional pattern book will be smoother.   I’ve promised my editor.

I thought you might like this very brief look “behind the curtain”….we are pulling levers and spinning plates as fast as we can.  🙂

Enjoy the day,




Tomorrow I quilt.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have actually quilted.  And I have been nervous about it since all the back therapy starting last August.

But tomorrow I plan to sit behind George (APQS Machine) and as they say get back in the saddle.

I will spend a good hour just warming up and then I will begin quilting “Magic Carpet Ride”.


This quilt features four Pieced Hexies Bonnie Stars…the star patterns appear in Pieced Hexies Deux. 

The quilt will hang in the Paper Pieces Booth in Paducah.  Either in their convention booth or satelite booth at their soon to be permanent home location in Paducah.

Yes that’s right Paper Pieces is moving to Paducah. I will post a blog next week with all the details. 

For now I am just pulling threads and taking deep breaths.

The quilt pattern will be an all over “Spikey Swirl”, if you have ever taken my machine quilting class you know what that is.  It’s a favorite of mine and my thought is to ease in with something second nature and well worn…like a favorite pair of jeans.

Deep breath.
I can do this.

……fingers crossed,


I didn’t forget…whew!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Wow…blink and February is almost gone.


I know I promised a new Pieced Hexie Diamond & Medallion FREE PDF each month for 2014.   I almost missed February.  But I didn’t.

 I will confess that the sketch for February’s design was done in late January and then it sat on my desk.   Patiently waited for me to take to illustrator and make the pdf for all of you.   And while sitting…well it got buried.

And yesterday I came across it a realized…YIPES! this has to get done.




And here it is.

…and if you take it to the next level of a medallion you get this!


02/27 Medallion

The 02/27 Pieced Hexie Diamond and Medallion is made using designs found in the new Pieced Hexies DEUX!    You can find January and December‘s pattern blogs by clicking on the links.

…now back to the studio.

I have been sewing away and I am up to 5 new quilts done or in the piecing stage (yes three are in various stages of piecing and I keep rotating them in the queue when sewing) for the next book.  I am so excited for it.   But don’t worry Pieced Hexie Fans…you should always know there are more designs brewing….in fact a brand new one is very close on the horizon….but more about that later.

Enjoy your day!



 p.s. you can always find ALL the free PDFs on my PDF page…just look for the title up on the top of the page.

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.


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!



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!



Can we have a background please?!?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Finally….a background.

When the idea hit for the Pieced Hexies Stars way back in February  I also envisioned a background…actually several for them.  And then traveling and second book writing and another booklet writing…and well lots of quilty stuff got in the way.

But I had a file filled with some sketches.   And a plan.

Finally last week there was time in my schedule and I set to work.   I have been carrying around the makings for 4 Pieced Hexie Stars – Bonnie since late September on the road.  Making progress with each evening in a hotel.

And then it came to the final ring on the final star and I hit that wall that we all know.  The star sat for one week, then two.  And I knew if I just did a little leap frog and got the sketched background idea into EQ for easy pattern writing later that Star would get done.  And so I did.  And it did. And now this train is moving full steam ahead.

The original plan was to share this next week to kinda coincide with the start of taking preorders for Pieced Hexies Deux (January 2014) release.   But sometimes I don’t have the patience of a saint and I just want your feedback.   So here we go.

DSC07467You’ve see the Star.  I have heard the deep breath intact at the color choices.   But well this is me.  I am not always traditional and I am not always “basic blue” in my choices.  Always expect the unexpected.  I swing wildly from Civil War Repros to what you see here.   Remember back in September when I facebooked (is this a word now?) the picture of the “fish eye” fabric and the citrine yellow fabric that I bought while in St. Louis at The Quilted Fox?   Well here it is.

DSC07469On Saturday I stated pulling background fabrics.   I knew after seeing Pepper Cory’s Peppered Cottons in Houston at Market that they had to be used in this quilt.  These fabrics appear solid but they are not.

DSC07472A close look will reveal that they are woven with two different colors.   So there is a shimmer in person when viewing.  It can’t be see truly on a screen you have to see these in person.  Seek them out…you won’t be disappointed.   sidebar: Wild Angel Studio (that’s my place) will be stocking all colorways by year end.  Merry Christmas to me.

DSC07484Sunday afternoon…let the piecing begin!   DSC07485I am a process sewer.  Confident in my color choices I jumped right in.   The concept is 4 large quilt blocks, more like panels, each to serve as the background for each Star.  So once the Star is appliqued (and note you can use ANY PHStar!) you sew the 4 big blocks together and TA DA! You have a quilt…or a wall hanging in this case.









Here is one block all well…blocked out.  Again a process.











And here are all four blocks…not sewn together but hanging on the design wall so I can get a look at the over all of things.  I like!





And here are the Stars!


One Star is already hand appliqued down.  Another will be done tonight.  And I will prep the last two tomorrow (remove papers , starch edges, pin) and bring them with me for my trip to North Carolina on Thursday.  I will also bring the file and start writing the pattern.



My next goal…have pattern and picture of finished top (note I am still under doctor orders of no quilting until the new year) on the website in December.  I hope by the 5th.   I am aiming for it.   I am also adding a workshop that can be booked for as little as 3 hours to as long as 3 days called “Build Your Own Star” or BYOS!…..I know you can all create your own and I can’t wait to see them!

Off to sew,



Stormy Weather means a quick post!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

stormy weatherAs you may or may not know the Chicagoland area is in for a bit of some nasty weather today.  So I am writing this blog at 6am to post at noon.

I will pull the three winner’s names for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Volume 8 Giveaway and will drop their names into the post (fingers crossed that I can) just before it is set to upload.

If by chance this doesn’t happen  and the blog goes up with out any winners names please know I will post the winners names as soon as possible.

When this type of weather is forecast the very first thing I do  is unplug my desktop computer.   Living in this house for almost 23 years I know the drill.   We have had two surges and more power outages then I care to remember.   I also unplug my sewing machine.

The forecast is for some nasty thunderstorms.  The bigger concern for us is the 45-50 mile winds with gusts to 60 miles per hour.  I live in a very old historic part of town.  This means many many LARGE (like 200 yr old oaks) trees.   With winds that high one or two are bound to come down.  And that means power outage.  Nov172013pic1

So  I have already spent an hour already this morning removing papers from the back one of the newest Pieced Hexies Star patterns in preparation to spend the afternoon hand appliqueing it to the background.  This is BONNIE.   While the Pieced Hexie Star patterns for the first book, Pieced Hexies, appear here as free PDFs on the website (see side bar) there will be six Star Patterns in Pieced Hexies Deux (January 2014 release) they are named BONNIE, CATHY, DIANE, ELAINE, LINDA and MAGGIE.




I spent yesterday sewing the 4 large background squares (more like panels since they Nov172013pic3measure 24 x 28 each).   This background pattern will also appear here on the website…I am thinking mid December as a free PDF.  It can be used as a background for any of the Stars.

This cowl will also get some attention today and hopefully it will be a checkmark in the DONE column by the evening’s end.





Winnter RibbonOK…it’s time….drum roll…

Judi – Bucks County PA

Dee – Minnesota

and the Facebook winner is : Becky R. 

Ladies I will contact you with an email and/or message as soon as I can to get you mailing info.  If you see this and wish to just email me your info that would be great.  It maybe tomorrow before I can email you…..or later….hopefully not.

And if you unfortunately are not a winner of the free issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 8 you can always find it to order in my store right here

And a big Thank You for all of you who posted such lovely comments here on the blog and on Facebook regarding the block.  You certainly made me smile.  I hope you will stick around, we have quite convos/information posts on facebook, show ‘n tells, and well…I love to give stuff away…you won’t want to miss December’s 10 days of Swag Giveaway!

Enjoy your day!