Saturday, June 15, 2013

Modern Mini

 
I was pretty lucky recently and won this cute little set of honeycomb of Happy-Go-Lucky and some 2 1/2" hexie  paper pieces from Jan at Sew and Sow Farms.  I have been wanting to give hexies another try since I had finished my honeycomb pillow a couple weeks back.

 
 
I also won some Aurifil thread and some charms from Sew We Quilt.  We planned on going on vacation last week, so I packed up my new thread and those cute hexies for some much needed R&R.
 
 
We had a great time.  We went fishing, played horseshoes, and found any other reason to be outside.
 

That is my hubby!  I love this picture.  I am not sure how many fish you can catch while you are dozing on a rock.  Maybe that is why we didn't have any for dinner!!  During the evening hours, I worked away on my hexies. 



I had cut some out of a Kona Solid - Butter (I believe). I wanted to add a little solid to the pretty printed color of the Happy-Go-Lucky. The hexies made for a great take along project.  Not very much to pack and no sewing machine required. I finished up the giant hexie flower by the end of last weeks vacation, but


I decided to try to finish it all up and for




and .....

Ta-DAH!!

 
I finished it!!!!  I hand sewed the whole mini.  (A first for me)  It finishes at 24" square.  I used DMC 972 - orange, a pretty aqua, and DMC 3801 - the salmon pink, to do the quilting on the outer edge of the hexies.


 
I love the sweet summer colors in this fabric line.  As a little extra added challenge, I decided since I had spent hours hand sewing all the hexies together, hand sewing them down and then hand sewing the decorative colors for quilting that it just wouldn't be right if I was to use my machine to do the binding.  So, as an added challenge, I hand sewed down the binding also.  It is so much more time consuming, but it does leave the binding nice and smooth after it is completed. 
 
 
 
 
 
I challenged myself on so many different levels with this mini, but I think it was well worth it in the end.  I am looking forward to working on another hexie project, but maybe a bit bigger than this one. 
 

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33 comments:

  1. It looks great! I love hexis for travel projects.

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  2. Reminds me of a warm and beautiful summer afternoon. Hope we will have lots of them soon.

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  3. Wonderful Amy!! I love the butter color too

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  4. The yellow is a nice choice to accompany the low volume prints in the happy go lucky line. I just ordered a Honeycomb too and I'm not sure what I want to do with it, so thanks for this!

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  5. Great job and looks like a beautiful place to vacation! Thanks for entering the Modern Mini Challenge!

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  6. It looks great, Amy! Yay for relaxing (yet productive!) vacations :)

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  7. Great mini Amy,love the colours

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  8. What a woman! Hand sewing all of that is just amazing...great job and beautiful fabric. :O)

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  9. your hexie mini is really cute! the butter color is so unexpected...just perfect!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. Beautiful job! I love hexies too...and I'm taking a couple hundred of them on vacation in a few weeks!

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  11. Sweet! I love it, you did a great job!

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  12. I was wondering what you were going to make with those! It is adorable! Good Luck in the Modern Mini Challenge.
    jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  13. Your mini hexie quilt is lovely. I haven't got a hexie project right now and I feel kind-of lost. They are the best for traveling or waiting or watching sports. Good Luck in the challenge.

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  14. I'm beginning to get the itch to try some hexies. (Newbie here). Something small like this would be the perfect beginning. Yours is lovely! (Sorry you didn't get any fish for dinner, but I bet your hubby enjoyed 'fishing').

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  15. Don't know how your hubby could sleep like that,but to each his own I guess;) lol

    What a fantastic mini quilt! I love all the hand sewing you did on this and the colors are so pretty!

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  16. Amazing hand work, Amy! I love your mini-quilt!
    Hope you have a good weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  17. Love this! And by the way, I would be sleeping too if I went fishing :)

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  18. Finishing a hand sewn project- how satisfying! It's cute, too! You make me want to give hexies a try.

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  19. Oh love it so bright and cheery - I am a little obsessed with hexi quilts

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  20. So pretty and bright! Gorgeous quilt!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party #37

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  21. I love it!! I'm currently working on a long-term hexie project :)

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  22. So cute. I'm just about to start my first EPP. Eeeek. Looking forward to it though - they always look beautiful! Stopping over from Heart of Charnwood. :-)

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  23. Those hexies are adorable! I have a package of the happy go lucky on the way and can't wait to use them :)

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  24. Love the hexies and the yellow is the perfect choice to make the prints sing.

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  25. So pretty, I love take along sewing and your vacation spot looks like a perfect place to do it. I'm working on pieced hexies right now..and I love them!

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  26. WOW!!! I can't imagine doing all that hand sewing. Your mini quilt looks fabulous and everything is lined up perfectly. Came over from Celtic Thistle...

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  27. Your mini looks lovely. What a fantastic place for a holiday too (love the shot of your husband:-).

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  28. Lovely summery hexies, it looks like the perfect holiday project.

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  29. Very pretty, love the different coloured quilting threads!

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  30. That is so cute, and well done you for doing it all by hand, i understand exactly what you mean about the needing to finish it by hand as everything else had been done that way, i'm doing exactly the same on mine! Thx for linking up :o)

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  31. I love hexies! This is such a fun project! I love the colors and am super impressed that you hand quilted it start to finish! Nicely done! And thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

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  32. very interesting blog simple and super b articles

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