It’s Quilting Gallery’s 5th birthday! Help Quilting Gallery celebrate by taking part in the birthday celebration blog hop. There are over 150 bloggers participating, each with a giveaway just in time for Christmas! You can click on the logo above or click this link to be taken to the list of the participating blogs, which will be available early on December 10, 2012.
Thank you for visiting Quilt Obsession. I’m Cathi and I live in Toronto, Canada with Mr. Quilt Obsession and our wonderfully funny cat, Baxter, a Maine Coon.
If you’ve visited Quilt Obsession before, you know I have an incurable (and happily so) case of quilter’s ADD because I have so many projects on the go. I frequently hear from quilters who wonder how I get so much done. My “secret” is printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.
Pickled Ladies is one of my favourites. I’ve been working on it since this picture was taken, so it is much larger now. I’m very excited about the border blocks, so I hope you’ll come back to see the whole top. The shapes are printed and ready to sew, so I expect to finish it early next year.
New York Beauty blocks fascinate me, and having the lines printed on the fabric ensures I get great results no matter what fabrics I use. Of course, that’s the problem – I’ve started a few colourways! These are just the beginnings, but I’m leaning towards making a series of wall hangings with 6″ blocks. I have boxes of the fabric pieces printed, cut and ready to stitch for the Tiffany Lamp and Monet variations.
Miniatures are another favourite. I printed diamonds, triangles and squares to make these tiny 2.5″ LeMoyne Stars. The blocks went together quickly – just one load of stitches on the needle for each seam. It will be a bed runner (7.5″ x 22.5″) for a friend who has a four-poster doll bed.
Another of my miniatures uses 2″ Drunkard’s Path units. I need 832 units to make a replica of a quilt I love. I only have 193 units left to stitch, but these go together so quickly that I might make mine a larger quilt. The curves are an absolute dream to stitch.
So what’s the giveaway? I haven’t forgotten! Keep reading if you like hexagons.
When I began quilting years and years ago, I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden using English Paper Piecing. The appeal wore off quickly. I want my fabric to feel like fabric when I’m stitching, not paper, and I sure don’t want to hear my fabric crinkling! That project lived in the closet for years, like many other EPP GFG UFOs around the world (English Paper Pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden UnFinished Objects).
I’m finishing it now, thanks to Inklingo and, in particular, Inklingo hexagons. I felt great when I realized I could print the .75″ hexagons and sew with an ordinary running stitch. No more painstaking whip-stitching, no paper, no basting or gluing. I’ve added one section so far, so this long-neglected GFG is finally going to be completed.
Whether you have an EPP GFG UFO or just want to make a hexagon quilt, if you win, you can do it with Inklingo, some freezer paper and your ordinary inkjet printer. Print the shapes on the wrong side of the fabric with ink that won’t show in the finished quilt. Cut the hexagons several layers at a time with a rotary cutter or cut with scissors. There are tiny hexagons with .25″ sides and huge hexagons with 3″ sides (6″ across from point to point!) and everything in between.
This is a great video on how to piece hexagons by hand. All of my GFG flowers, because of course I just had to make one in every size (remember, quilters’ ADD) up to the 1.25″ size were done by hand.
This one is fabulous on how to piece hexagons by machine. My first love is hand piecing, but I sew larger hexagons by machine (the 1.5″ size and up). After watching the video, it was no problem at all.
The prize in the giveaway is a gift certificate for any Inklingo hexagon shape collection. You choose the size. To enter, leave a comment to let me know your favourite size BEFORE 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2012.
The winner will be announced on Monday, December 17 on the blog and will be able to download the prize instantly from anywhere in the world. Even better, the Inklingo Hexagon Quilt Design Book is free with any hexagon shape collection, so you will be able to download it too.
Just for fun I lined up one of each hexagon on the design wall, all 11 sizes of them (hexagons are always named by the length of a finished side) – 0.25″, 0.375″, 0.50″, 0.625″, 0.75″, 1.0″, 1.25″, 1.50″, 2.0″, 2.25″ and 3.0″.
For more fun I just put the .25″ and 3″ ones side by side. Talk about going from tiny to huge!
And then the flowers in each size — again just for fun.
For fun I put a flower made with the .25″ hexagons beside one made with the 3″ ones. It’s hard to decide. The flowers made with .25″ hexagons go fast because each tiny seam is just 3 stitches. The flowers made with the 3″ hexagons go fast because, well, they’re huge and you can sew them by machine.
I’m glad my giveaway is open to everyone because there are no issues with international shipping, you will have your prize immediately and there are no special requirements. While I’d love it if you decide to subscribe to my blog (see the subscribe by e-mail button at the right) so you can see the next photo of my Pickled Ladies quilt and the daily Baxtertoons, it is not a requirement. While you are waiting for the winner to be announced, you can start printing on fabric now, if you want to. There are free shapes, so you don’t have to buy anything. Please tell them I sent you!
Baxter and his pals are celebrating Quilting Gallery’s birthday by having some catnip cake.
Earlier in the afternoon we could tell he was plotting something – just from the look on his face.
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