On Saturday a few of us got together for a Sew-B-Q (a sewing barbeque! Get it?) Lisa of Pixie Spit played an excellent hostess and we had a lot of fun stitching in the sunshine, getting to know each other, and learning to spray baste with 505 (it's a miracle!)
|iHeart Cutebots! and Kaffe Flame Stitch|
I did not come home with the Heather Ross -gasp!- but I did pick up a nifty half-yard bundle of Rashida Coleman-Hale's iHeart linen blend and Kaffe Fassett ribbon. (Did you know his name rhymes with "safe assett"?)
Anywho, back to the Q.
Each member received a neat little package of notions from the guild, including punch-cut hexagons in three sizes for English paper piecing, fancy threads (Aurifil 50 weight cotton and Bottom Line 60 weight polyester), Milliner needles (John James Gold'n Glide sizes 10 & 11), a washable glue stick, Clover Wonder Clips, and a mini charm pack to play with!
This alone makes joining a guild worthwhile because not only do we get free stuff, and support, and advice, and organization... but then we get to see what everyone makes with it (and there are geniuses in this group!) The challenge reveal isn't until September but in between chewing cookies and sipping beer, I did sew up my very first hexies. I went with the 3/4 inchers:
So I'll admit, since then, I've been working on other things such as the Zakka 2.0 sew along.
But I did get out my trusty sewing kit this morning for a little project I found at Quiltscapes. The tutorial for Hexagami is here at Riley Blake Designs and the project is very easy; I made mine in about 20 minutes (it really takes less time but I had to pick out fabric, starch it, choose a button, find my hexagon template, etc., etc.)
I started with a 3.25 inch (one short edge) hexagon and it folded down to a 1.5 inch. Then I added a pin to the back. I've never tried a method like this but it was just as easy as folding a paper airplane and sewing a button.
If you pressed/starched/cut your hexies ahead of time, these would make a great "Take it with You" project for the summer.
Talk atcha later.