Between my trip downtown to the Quilt Festival and the hand applique class I took with Carolyn Friedlander, I’ve been feeling very inspired in the sewing/quilting department in the last few weeks. So when Carolyn gifted each of us in the class with a mini charm pack of her upcoming fabric collection, I decided to put it to good use while also tackling a new technique that I’ve been meaning to try for over a year.
I followed Modern Handcraft’s Modern Hexies tutorial without any alterations and found the technique to be simple and really fun. Once I had my 25 hexies, I auditioned them against several different background fabrics — white, navy, dark gray — and finally settled on this solid that I bought for last year’s Riley Blake challenge but didn’t end up using. It looks like a tan or khaki in these photos but it’s really more of a very warm gray…a “greige,” if you will.
I eyeballed the layout of the hexies, and then secured them with fabric glue as the tutorial recommended. After basting, I used my Hera marker to draw the quilting lines to make sure I kept them as straight as possible. I stuck with the same greige solid for the binding to avoid any clashing with the hexies themselves. I was really happy with the result!
I’m starting to amass a wall o’ mini quilts in my new sewing room and both this mini and the Everglade block I made look really good there (along with the awesome sewing machine mini, made by Rain City Sews, that I received last month in the Quiet Play swap).