Sunday, 25 July 2010

Quick Hexie Update

latest six flowers (by Viv J M)

18 hexie flowers (by Viv J M)

I haven't posted much about my hexies lately, so thought I'd better have a count up and post some new piccies.  I have now made a total of 314 hexagons, of which 126 are sewn together into 18 "flowers".  I'm still not sure what I am going to do with the flowers...strips of colour, or random placement, or dark/light value strips..?  Or shall I applique them onto squares to sew together?  Or give in and make into a traditional grandmother's flower garden pattern?  No matter, I'll keep sewing them for now :-)

I have been working on a few other things but can't post pics cos they are TOP SECRET :-).  Which is to say that I have been making fabric postcards for a swap on the Lib-Quilters yahoo group.   I am not sure whether I have quite cracked it yet, but hopefully other liberated quilters won't mind receiving my experiments (!).  Will post pics when swap is done.  Meanwhile, here's a pic of Waif enjoying some of the embellishments used :-).  Oh how we love ric-rac!!

ricrac rock (by Viv J M)

I have been to several exhibitions in the last few weeks, which have all been inspiring in their own different ways.  Firstly, to the King's Lynn Embroider's Guild show at Lynn Museum (well worth a look, I think it runs for another week or two), the Samphire Quilters exhibition at True's Yard Museum and the very wonderful textile art exhibition held at Blickling Hall by a group from Norwich.  I am also feeling very inspired by a book from the library about the Quilters of Gee's Bend.  If you haven't seen their work, check it out.  These quilters are the foremothers of liberated quiltmakers everywhere and I just love their bold, improvisational style.  Several of the quilts were made from corduroy and I love 'em, so have started rummaging round charity shops (like I needed an excuse!) looking for lovely soft, old corduroy to make my own Tribute to Gee's Bend quilt.  Watch this space :-)

Talking of inspiration, it was fab to meet up with fellow liberated quilter, Clare of Dordogne Quilter fame this week...although we did nearly come to blows when I managed to steal this bargain from a charity shop for £1.50 - the Rowan book "A Colourful Journey".  Sorry Clare - all's fair in love and patchwork!!


  1. kathleen c in ct25 July 2010 at 16:02

    Viv, your hexies look really good together. You are doing hexie hand stitching while Clare, Nancie and Irene are hand quilting, and I am hand appliquing.
    I'm so glad that you got to meet Clare--wish I could too.
    Kathleen in CT

  2. kathleen c in ct25 July 2010 at 16:03

    I've got to post again, Viv, to say---the picture that popped up next to my name, well, that's not really me! :-) Kathleen

  3. Loving the hexies! Recognise some of those fabrics too ;-) That lizard is so cute too.

  4. Bonjour Madame Ric Rac

    Heigh ho! Your gain is my loss. At least I got the Katherine Guerrier book, wihch although not really my sort of thing, is full of colour inspiration.

    The book I was trying to think of is New Ideas for Lap Quilting.

    It was great to meet you and have fun at the QS. What lovely ladies they are.


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