Red Hexie Scrappy Quilt for the Hexie Queen blog hop ... the big reveal!


 

'If you are going to participate commit' they said, well I certainly did that. For someone who is a beginning quilter and had never sewn a hexagon before this challenge, cutting out 60 four inch hexagons before attempting to even sew a row may have been overly optimistic!! I used scrap fabrics from my $50 Craigslist stash:
http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-craigslist-stash.html
60 Hexagons cut from scrap

But I did make this bag the day after I signed up for the blog hop to test my hexagon skills:
http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.com/2013/07/hexagon-tote-bag-finished.html
 

 Even though I began to realize I may have bitten off more than I can chew, I persevered. First by just sewing a few test rows:

 I even decided after I had sewed a few rows that 60 hexagons wouldn't be enough so I cut and cut until I had 162! Then I just sewed and sewed until it finally became something akin to a quilt top:


 I could have stopped there but I was eager to try one inch hexies, so I decided that my border would have appliqued hexie flower corners:





Machine blanket stitch appliqued onto the backing fabric


I made backing from leftover fabrics as well and then sat the project aside for a few days to focus on other quilts (because i hadn't bought the batting yet).

The quilt top and backing awaiting batting

Awaiting quilting
 It sat on my cutting table for several days once the layers were put together with basting spray and it haunted me every moment of a busy weekend until finally on Sunday morning I found some time to begin the quilting:
My little $200 brother machine is doing pretty well

 I did meandering free motion quilting on the hexagons; it is only my 2nd free motion quilt project:

 For the border I did lines of straight quilting parallel to the binding:

  I only got halfway through the job whilst hubby was at golf and then it had to wait until Monday morning to finally be completed with binding:


I love the maroon Laura Ashley print on the back




The finished quilt is 44" by 72" with a total of 190 hexagons and it is just awaiting the weekend for a picnic!

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As if that wasn't enough of hexagons for a newbie like me I also signed up for a half hexagon QAL:

 I finished that project on August 19th, this is how it turned out:



Half hexagons are much easier to sew than hexagons and i love the look of the large sized hexies! This quilt is 46" x 56".

Check out the other blogs that are featured today in the blog hop:

Wednesday, August 28
 
  
   
Marjorie's Busy Corner   

Comments

  1. Wow! Two stunning quilts Marianne!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Spectacular work, especially for a beginner. I wouldn't have known if you hadn't confessed. Congratulations. swalker287(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I love them both. You did really, really well. The colours of the first make that one my favourite. Amazing that these where actually your first attempts at hexies. Well done you!

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  4. I am sew impressed. I love your corner pieces.

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  5. Marianne. That is an absolutely beautiful quilt (actually, both of them). You bit off a LOT and you chewed it all up and out came those awesome hexie quilts. You have to be super proud of yourself. I love what you did. And to think you quilted that first quilt on that little Brother - it makes my insides turn to jello. Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts - everything is love, love, lovely!

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  6. I love both the quilts, but specially the red hexie one. Your corners were a brilliant idea.

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  7. Great job. If I every make a hexie quilt, it will probably be half-hexies. Thanks for sharing your pretty quilts.

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  8. Love you quilts, especially the red one. Great Job!!!

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  9. Your red hexi-quilt is gorgeous; fantastic job! The hexi-flowers in the corners are the perfect finishing touch.

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  10. Love both your hexie quilts!! I can't believe you got soooo much done - wow!

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  12. You have really dived right in there. I'm with Elizabeth above---the red one is my favorite and how clever to use a more standard rosette as cornerstones for the quilt. I can't believe you are free motioning already on only your 2nd quilt. It took me about 12 yrs to anything more than hand quilt and I still only basically do SID 13 yrs later! You have my admiration.

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  13. What wonderful quilts for a Hexie beginner. Love the fabric choice and colors.

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  14. Wow - it's hard to believe you're a beginner with hexies! These are both gorgeous though I confess to being partial to red. I've never made a hexie but I'm thinking the half hexies would be something I could do. :) blessings, marlene

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  15. See this is the inspiration I am talking about. i would never believe these were your first hexie projects they are just wonderful...nice job.

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  16. wow your red quilt is so so beautiful, congratulations you did a wonderful job and you managed to finish in time, super!
    Your half hexagon quilt is stunning too, thanks for sharing these great pictures!

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  17. I am in awe.....you did a wonderful job on your project. you would never know you were new to hexies or quilting...congrats to you!!

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  18. Any of your quilts is just beautiful.Great job.Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Oh my goodness! I just love the red hexie quilt. You did a fantastic job. I especially like the corners.
    xo jan

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  20. Wonderful projects. :-)
    You are a hexie queen....
    Well done.

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  21. Your hexie quilts are just wonderful! Awesome job.

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  22. Both of your quilts are just beautiful! I especially love the half hexagon quilt, perhaps because of the colors. Great job!

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  23. I love your border on the red quilt and the quilting on the half hexie quilt... both are great projects!!

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  24. I'm so impressed with your productivity!!! Your quilts look fantastic!!!

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    1. Can you believe it's almost been a year since we started blogging!!! Still find the hexi flowers in the corners to be my favorite thing about this border!!

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  25. You really did an amazing job on both those hexie quilts. They are just beautiful! You can definitely be called a Hexie Queen!

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  26. beautiful work and love your blog background.

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  27. Beautiful quilts and how fun to make hexies using two different techniques!

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  28. Beautiful quikts! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Lovely quilt. Love your colors.

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  30. Both quilts turned out beautiful ! I love how you used the red one for your blog background ! AWESOME !

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  31. Would never believe that you are a beginning quilter- your workmanship is beautiful. Unable to decide which quilt is my favorite, so you are just going to have to mail them both t me!

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  32. Wow I love both of your projects. Thanks so much for sharing

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  33. For a beginner quilter wow you went overboard in learning hexies! Wonderful quilts.

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  34. Great job on your hexie quilt! Love the red!

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  35. Your quilts are beautiful - you have a great eye for colour. I especially like the pink and white hexi quilt.

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  36. Wonderful hexies! I like your red scrap quilt. Thanks for showing all the little details and the the back of your hexies, too, as I always like to look at how things and pieced. Lovely quilting. I really love this quilt. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  37. I love your 2 projects, especially the red one :-))

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  38. I really like how you did your border on the red quilt, it's so snappy and fun, I think it turned out great! Thank you for sharing!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Awesome quilt projects! And bag! You go, girl!

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  40. Your quilts are beautiful. Great choice of fabrics!

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  41. Wow, a new person to hexies and you have some really beautiful quilts. Love the colors too. Great job on the FMQ.

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  42. Magnificient!!! I don't know which I love best. The red is just too cool, but the browns... yummy!

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  43. LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo of your hexie quilt with your antique sewing machine...gorgeous!

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  44. Great job! Love both the red and the brown:)

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  45. Nice photos. Keep going on your free motion quilting!

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  46. Wow for a first time hexie maker you have done a fabulous job and your machine quilting is very good, I haven't gotten pass straight lines yet. I really admire how you took this project on and just stuck with it and ended up with a beautiful picnic quilt and fabrics are gorgeous. I really like the brown half hexie quilt it is so warm looking. Koodo's to you.

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  47. Well adventurous does seem to sum you up. Great job on both quilts. love the color choices on them both also.

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  48. OH! I LOVE the brown one! Great job!! And keep up the FMQ!

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  49. Your quilts are awesome. Thanks for sharing

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  50. Youhave blown me away. Your free motion quilting is awesome. I'm amazed you call yourself a beginner. You look pretty experienced to me. Thanks for sharing. Your pictures are super, too. Great job. I'm like your neighbor over here in western Kansas.

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    1. Wow western Kansas isn't that far! If you are ever in Denver I can always show you some great quilt shops :)

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  51. Each of your projects is amazing. I would have no idea that you are a beginning quilter. You do amazing work. I can hardly believe this is your second attempt at FMQ. I haven't gotten brave enough to attempt it yet. I know it just takes practice which right now I'm not in the mood to do. Your small hexies are just the icing on the cake to top off your quilt. Your half hexie quilt is beautiful. For someone who hadn't attempted hexies, you are a pro now. Thanks for participating and sharing your beautiful creativity. I hope to see you in more hops very soon

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  52. Wow, your work is amazing! I love both your quilts--and your free motion quilting looks wonderful! I wonder if the fabrics in your half-hexie quilt are from a certain design line. I love those colors. Thanks for sharing and keep on quilting!

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    1. The fabrics were mostly just scraps I had laying around, so they aren't a specific line, I am glad you like it. I meant for it to be predominantly brown and didn't realize how much green was in it until I had it all laid out, but I love the combination :)

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  53. Wonderful project! I love the red combos. I was thinking a quilt all done it red and white hexies would be beautiful. I've never seen a 2 color hexie quilt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  54. I absolutely love both of these quilts. I love that the hexagons are random and not forming a specific color pattern. Beautiful work.

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  55. That maroon quilt is just gorgeous! Great job on both quilts!

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  56. Dang woman you DID do some hexing :) Excellent job!

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  57. Both of your hexie quilts are beautiful!

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  58. Wow! you did amazing! Love the colours of both quilts.

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  59. Hiya Marianne!!! What a great job you did with the hexies! I love that little bag, but the quilt---amazing. Especially for your first works with the hexies. I have the templates, but haven't started on them yet. I need to fix me a little travel box, but right now my crochet work goes with me everywhere. Thanks for sharing. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  60. Your quilts are so pretty. I like the big hexigons you used to make your quilts and especially like the quilting on the brown one. Great job!

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  61. Oh lovely! What eye candy, you did a wonderful job! thanks for sharing.

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  62. Thanks everyone for your wonderful feedback :)))

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  63. A hexie 'nexbie' you say. Well done. Both your quilts are beautiful.

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  64. Love both your quilts. You have the same taste in color as I do. Thanks for the fun.

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  65. Lovely, you did a great job!

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  66. Good job my dear! So fun to have finished quilts! I have a 5" half a hexi I need to put to use. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Janita

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  67. I just love you Red Hexies quit! You did a lovely job on it. Have you found a nice place for a picnic yet? I'm sure it won't take you long. I really like your half hexie quilt as well. Thanks for sharing these lovely quilts!

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  68. great quilt, have to own up to not knowing hexies could be done on the sewing machine, will look out on utube for a tutorial

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  69. Wonderful hexie quilts! You did a great job on both of them. Thanks for inspiring us!

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  70. Wonderful quilts! Terrific quilting. Love all the photos. Thanks for sharing and hope to see you in future hops.

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  71. Two very retty (& finished!) projects. I love the brown and teal fabrics!

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  72. Both of your quilts are gorgeous! You're quite the designer. Great work.

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  73. I love it too! Beautiful quilts! :)

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  74. Two beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  75. Fantastic!! For not having done them before you did a wonderful job. I love both of your quilts. I need to make big hexie quilts now. THANK YOU!!

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  76. love the red quilt. the border sets it off perfectly.

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