Monday, 5 November 2012

Hexy Hoop [La La]

Do you remember my lonely little sewing machine made with quarter inch hexies?

It's found some bigger hexies to look after it!

This hoop is for my partner in the Hoop La La swap. It took me ages to get an idea for what to do. We were in a local quilt shop and I saw a little pack of quarter-inch hexy papers - they cost more than regular size hexies - I'm called it a stupid tax. When we first saw them we laughed that anyone would be daft enough to try them. But I couldn't stop thinking about them. And a week later I was back and picked up a pack. The shop owner asked me if I felt ok and offered me a chair to sit down!

My mother-in-law thinks I'm mad. My own mother couldn't believe I really wanted to do something so fiddly. But they are just SO CUTE! They weren't too bad to sew with either - the worst part was removing the papers once I'd finished.

As soon as I had the idea of the sewing machine I knew how I wanted my finished hoop to look and I have managed to get it quite close to what I wanted.

I really did not intend to do this project entirely by hand - it's just how it worked out. The hexies are all pieced by hand; the sewing machine is then appliqued on by hand, the bigger hexies are then appliqued to a larger background fabric by hand; and I hand quilted it, echoing the lines of the hexagons in a fairly random fashion; and finally a tiny bit of hand embroidery for the needle. I had a go with a small piece of embroidery in the bottom right, but it looked crap! So I unpicked it.
This picture in no way represents the actual colour of the backing
but is the only contrast where the quilting showed up.
The hanging loop is made from a bit of the moda ribbon used to hold Jelly Rolls together - tying pretty bows is not my strong point, so I haven't stitched it in place - I'll let you re-tie it, Partner!

Seriously, Partner. If you don't like it, that is fine - this one can stay here with me. Though I've left it a bit late to make a replacement!


Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I ,ove it. Your partner should be very happy

Jan aka StampQn said...

I wish I was your partner...I love it!

Wendy said...

I love how this came out! I think your partner will adore it!

Wens said...

I still can't get over 1/4 inch!! Amazing :)

Quilting In The Cold said...

Wow it is stunning, your partner is very lucky indeed.

Grit said...

This is so lovely.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Manuela said...

A great Idea.
I love it.

Best wishes Manuela

Celine said...

I won't mind finding it in my mail... it is absolutely utterly fantastic. You have done a great job, well done!

Krista Stitched said...

I hope it's headed to my house!!! it's awesome, on so many levels, whoever gets it will be SO STOKED and if they aren't, they're insane!

Susan Snooks said...

Just popped over from Krista's blog to tell you how incredible this hoop is! Quarter inch hexies! You are incredibly skilled (and maybe just a little mad!)

the momma said...

Oh, how I would have squealed with delight if this had shown up in my mailbox! So, so, cute!!