I wanted to show you how to do the hexagon quilt. It’s really a fun pattern!
Since I’m making mine in blues and greens I have cut my 2-1/2 inch strips. You need 1-1/2 the full length of the fabric for a set of hexagons (so one strip about 44 inches and the other around 22 inches). I have chosen my sets of three and then I sew them together.
Now I iron them and mark the triangle on each strip. You use an equilateral triangle (all sides equal length). Then cut the strips. You will get enough triangles to make 2 hexagons.
You then sew 3 matching triangles together, matching seams, to get half your hexagon. When ready you will sew the halves of the hexagons together into strips.
Heritage Days at the New Richmond Heritage Center was great. The weather was marvelous and lots of folks came out. It is such a treat sewing and visiting with people – answering their questions and encouraging them to use their treadle sewing machine.
I got a good start on my hexagon quilt – a number of blue hexagons made. I am really liking how they are turning out.
This weekend is my final demonstration of hand crank & treadle sewing machines of the year. The New Richmond Heritage Center hosts a Heritage Weekend. I get to demo in the parlor of the big house. It so much fun to visit with people and show them that the old machines still work well.
I’m going to start the Merry-Go-Round Quilt. I’ve got some of my strips cut to start. Mine will be in blues & greens.
This year (2013) at the 29th Anual Moon Lake Threshing Bee in Turtle Lake, WI I was able to demonstrate free-motion quilting on my 1889 Singer VS2 treadle with my low-shank darning foot and a set of Stitch & Grip quilting discs by Clever Craft Tools.
I finished a project this week that has been years in the making. Do you have that same problem?
I took a class taught by a dear friend at a local quilt shop a few years back. I’m very glad I made it, however, I would never make it again. It was just too involved. The pattern was called “Links” and is a quilt design by Dereck C. Lockwood with very well written instructions.
I pieced it on my hand-crank and treadle and then did free motion quilting on my treadle with matching thread colors.
I have found a great new product for free-motion quilting. Grip & Stitch quilting disks.
I tried them to compare them with quilting gloves. I found that I liked them better for a couple of reasons. The first is that it is much less cumbersome not having to take the gloves off and on for snipping threads and other things you can’t do with the gloves on. The second is that I found that my hands don’t get as fatigued with the discs.
As you know I use a treadle sewing machine for all my free-motion quilting and they worked very well. They are made by Clever Craft Tools.
To see my demonstration check out this video. Enjoy!
Today is the first day that I had someone join me in my sewing studio. My friend purchased some reproduction fabrics and wants to make a nine-patch quilt for her son’s wedding. We had cut the strips previously and now it was time to put them together.
I set her up with my 1898 Singer handcrank.
Dori sewing on the 1898 Singer handcrank
Piecing nine-patch blocks
We had cut 2-1/2 inch wide strips and will finish with a 6-1/2 inch block before putting them together. After sewing the strips together we cut those ironed strips at 2-1/2 inches too.
Strips cut and ready to put together
Finally she sewed the pieces together to construct the block.
The finished nine-patch block
It was great fun to finally have sewing time in my studio with a friend joining me