Sunday, October 25, 2015

The mess you don't see in a quilt

The front of a quilt is a glorious thing.  The end result of hours of work and love.  But if people could only see what goes on behind the scenes and just behind the fabric, they might be amazed.

Take hexagon (or "hexie") quilts for example.  I've made a few small ones.  I love how they look when finished.  For some reason I only have a picture of the unfinished top of this one that I did back in 2013.

In order for that to happen, a whole lot of this had to happen:

While other people get annoyed with those little cards that fall out of magazines, I save them until I can sit around on a day like today and cut them with my special hexie cutter.  If I do it carefully, I can get 5 from each card.  I'm setting these aside for a big project I plan to start next year.

The Project of Doom quilt I'm working on is really complex behind the fabric. Here's a picture of a finished block:
 The paper is perforated by my needle on every one of those lines, and I'm going to have to sit and carefully pull out all those tiny bits of paper without harming the seams.  It takes a lot of patience and a pair of tweezers.  But it's worth it for the final result on the front:
So that's what I've been up to today, fiddling with paper as much as fabric.  Still makes it a good sewing day!

3 people stopped folding laundry to write:

Stephie said...

Funny, I've been thinking about what goes on behind a quilt today too. I like using up old paper for my hexies, it makes me feel very virtuous! I don't know if you've tried it, but if you spritz your foundation papers with a bit of water it can be much easier to get it out from under you seams :) Your hexies look great, very pretty colours.

Laura Chaney said...

Great post for behind the scenes of a quilt.

Lindsay said...

I love my hexie punch it makes life so much easier trouble is I now go around feeling paper to see if it'll work as a paper for hexies!

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