Saturday, August 20, 2011

Practice makes perfect!

When I saw this hexagon block tutorial without paper piecing from Lee at Freshly Pieced, I have been waiting to make it. But first I needed to make a practice block to determine my level of stupidity! It was surprisingly easy to do and Lee's directions are very good.
Once I figured out the 60 degree line on the ruler(duh), the trimming was easy. The hardest part was remembering to press the seams open-something new for me. I also had a bit of difficulty putting on the corner triangles. Because they are 5x7 cut on the diagonal, there is a right and wrong way to put them on! But once I figured out which end was up, it was all good. My practice block isn't the fabric I am planning to use, although I am quite pleased how it turned out. I have a bundle of Tula Pink's Prince Charming and a bunch of other fabrics that I am looking at-haven't decided yet.

I will wait until I know if the hexagon die that is coming with my Go!Baby will be the right size for this block. Is that too much to hope for?? Imagine not having to cut them using a template! My fingers are crossed.

4 comments:

Toni said...

I love that block! I haven't attempted it yet because I thought it might be a pain, but I'm glad to hear it wasn't too bad. Can't wait to see what fabrics you choose!

Cindy said...

Very nice. What do you do with your sample blocks?

Shari said...

I love this block! These fabrics look great together. So what will you do with it?

I try to make my sample blocks out of compatible fabrics so they can go in to an orphan block quilt - or sometimes Christmas fabrics for a Christmas quilt. But they are still in a box, all lonely.

Sana Saroti said...

This block looks great! Love hexagons without hand sewing ;-) BTW just noticed your new header photo. The quilt is so beautiful. Makes me wanna be in the forest.

4 comments:

Toni said...

I love that block! I haven't attempted it yet because I thought it might be a pain, but I'm glad to hear it wasn't too bad. Can't wait to see what fabrics you choose!

Cindy said...

Very nice. What do you do with your sample blocks?

Shari said...

I love this block! These fabrics look great together. So what will you do with it?

I try to make my sample blocks out of compatible fabrics so they can go in to an orphan block quilt - or sometimes Christmas fabrics for a Christmas quilt. But they are still in a box, all lonely.

Sana Saroti said...

This block looks great! Love hexagons without hand sewing ;-) BTW just noticed your new header photo. The quilt is so beautiful. Makes me wanna be in the forest.