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Thursday, March 26, 2015

When Hexies go bad....or "I know what I'm doing"...........

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison


So you all have heard me talk about my Sis at Hilachas , and many of you are followers of her blog, as well, so you might remember how much she adores hexies of all kinds............
Well I had a jelly roll in my stash that I'd had there for quite some time and it just happened to be in the colors of her kitchen so I decided to "kill two birds with one stone", so to speak,  and do a jelly roll hexie project..........I found a great pattern called "wrapped in roses"at e-patterns central.com/
The pattern includes the table topper and coasters.................
Okayyyyyyyyyyyyy......................now I have to remind you about how my sis and I have been sewing since we were 8 or 10 years old and we "know what we're doing"............soooooooooooooo..............we are not always at the front of the "following directions" line..............

Well, in addition to this beautiful jelly roll.........I also had some matching charms so I decided to use a charm to cut the center hexie.............and since "I know what I'm doing" and all.........I didn't use the pattern I bought....I just cut the "hexie" out of the charm using my own brain..................

I didn't stop to realize until I had already sewed one row around this "hexie" that I had actually cut an Octagon!  Oh well.........I'm not starting over so finished it out............
I will show you the finish, which I am actually pleased with..........although getting there was a bit of a challenge......


 Originally I cut this into a round shape but  Oh my Goodness! I could NOT sew the binding on right!  I sewed and took it out THREE times.....first it was pulling up at the sides making the topper look like a bowl...I took it out and re-sewed it THE SAME WAY......then I took it a third time and stretched the topper a bit and ended up with a ruffled edging before surrendering............I cut away the circle and made the whole thing an octagon and was finally happy.................
 here is the back...........

So anyway.........I did finally accomplish what I had set out to do and that was sewing something with a jelly roll and also doing a hexie? (I call it a Hexie plus two) project....lol

Ok then.........I'm off to "not follow directions" on my next project..............TaTa for now!

  



    

9 good friend(s) left a comment:

Hilachas said...

I love how you entertain us so much with your "way with words." And I know first hand about that "I know what I'm doing" rule. But I also know that "all's well that ends well," and Wow! did you ever end well. What a fabulous finish. I can hardly wait to see it on my table. Thanks so much! I ❤️ You.

Maria said...

I love it and I know your sis would too.....

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice,,,yes follow your sister too.lol

Barb said...

Turned out wonderful......

Needled Mom said...

Hexagon, octagon....whatever....it looks wonderful. I love how you persisted to make such a nice finish. After ripping out the binding twice I might have given up. I am sure Irene loves it.

sunny said...

What a wonderful 'design opportunity.! No problems or mistakes. It turned out great!

Helen said...

Well done, excellent effort, been there done that with patterns :)

Anthea said...

Ida you're a craft designer & you didn't even know it!! Very entertaining recount of your non-misadventure!
It turned out so well in the end, I'm sure Irene will love it! x

Maybe you invented a new shape - the Ida-gon!!!

Josie McRazie said...

Hahaha oops!! Yes I follow both of you! Ya know I'm that gall too!! Not that I 'know' what I'm doing, but directions sometimes bore me! Lol
Were you using a bias binding and still having a problem!?? That's crazy! But ive never done a whole circle I guess!! In the end I love your 'hexi' ;0)