Giant Hexie Table Topper

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Giant Hexie Table Topper by Melanie Watson

I just finished a project made with hexies that measure 7″ across. I found the fabric in the scrap fabric “pool” at our guild’s quilt show. If I remember correctly, anyone at the show could pay $1 and fill a small bag with scraps. These pre-cut hexies were in the pool along with the cardboard templates that went with them. There are a bunch more that I think I will make into another round table topper and perhaps a long skinny runner, as well.

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What drew me to the hexies in the pool was the multi-color swirl fabric that I used as the center hexie. I challenged myself to learn a new quilting motif for this project. Inspired by these colorful swirls, I searched the internet for a continuous line design that was similar.

 

I came20151004_213458 across a beautiful design by Angela Walters called “Swirl Hook”. Angela has a great tutorial video on You-Tube that you can find by clicking the above link.

 

swirl hook quilt design

When I’m learning a new design by video, I watch the video a couple times through, then I try doodling it. I keep doodling it until the design comes naturally. Since it doesn’t require a lot of thought once you get the gist of it, you can doodle it while watching t.v., talking on the phone, and even waiting in a doctor’s office. You don’t need a large piece of paper, either. I’ll doodle on junk mail envelopes, or any scrap of paper I have.

When I go to the machine, I try the design on a scrap of fabric with some batting in it. I don’t expect it to be perfect the first time I use it in a quilt, but I do want it to be familiar. If I waited or perfection, I’d never get a quilt done! Even after I stitch a design across a whole quilt, I keep doodling the design as practice while I’m on the phone or watching t.v.

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Tonight, I’m basting a community service quilt that I hope to have time to quilt before the next guild meeting. Check back in a week to see how it turns out,

Things that make me smile:

  • Learning a new quilting design
  • Sappy seasonal movies on Hallmark Channel
  • Spaghetti squash. I love spaghetti squash! I think it is an under-appreciated squash that many people have not had or don’t know how to serve. I like to bake the squash the same way that you cook other squash (face down on a baking sheet) then I make a chunky “sauce” that I cook in a skillet on the stovetop. Some people put regular spaghetti sauce on it.

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie