Monday, September 29, 2014

Striped Hexies

Before I get started with the subject at hand…I've had tons of requests for the source of my hexie magnetic board! I got it here!


I LOVE to use striped fabric in hexies! How about you? I like to cut them so that the stripes run from straight edge to straight edge. Then I stitch a hexie flower so that the stripes radiate outward.


I do love this one with its polka dot center!


This flower's give the appearance of stripes though they are segmented.


Here's another example in which I cut the stripes to run point to point. I stitched the flower so that the stripes radiate around the flower. Love this effect!



Show me your striped hexies! Post them on the Facebook page!

Speaking of the Facebook page, I'm wondering if you'd like to post your BOM progress there? I'm working on the October block today!!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My New Magnet Board


I've been wanting a magnetic board to my studio for over a year. I finally found one I love - hexie shaped, of course! It was yellow, but I spray painted it orange. I hung it yesterday. I've been rearranging the studio a bit - I have more room since I sold my HQ Sweet Sixteen. There's still more work to do to get everything in order. But I'm making progress!

Today was football around here - yes, we went to the game. The weather was gorgeous! It was so nice to have cool breezes and pleasant temperatures.

I think it was good for me to take the day off. Tomorrow I will hexie again!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why? Why? Why?

Why?

So why? Why do I want to start a magazine? At 54 years old? I get these questions…

I've been quilting for 20 years, Or a bit more. I've written 3 quilting books. I've taught lot of classes. Etc.

I absolutely adore quilting. How can I even put it in words? Quilting is so much more than a hobby for me… for many of you probably, too. It's my outlet, my passion, my art, my life. And after all these years, I'm realizing what my favorite bits of my quilting life actually are.

I love to share ideas. I love to make quilts. I love to reach out to people with my ideas and quilts. Plain and simple.

It takes me about a year to make enough quilts (10-12) for a book. Rush, rush, rush! Then people (hopefully) buy the book and I may (or may not) hear about how they like it. Though I'm very proud of each and every book (MORE Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts coming soon!), I'm ready to slow down and actually take my time during the quilt making process. 

I'll be making ONE spectacular quilt over the course of the next year. Hexies, of course! I'll present a section of the quilt in each magazine issue so you can follow along and make it too, if you wish. What fun it will be to relax over this quilt! I'll also be making smaller hexie projects to share.

About teaching. ..I love to teach classes! BUT. ..I like to be home in the evenings with my hubby. Don't get me wrong, I do like to travel, but not all the time. And so, I'm cutting way back on traveling to teach.

The magazine (Hexie Love, of course) will allow me to do all the things I love from home. I can enjoy the process of making quilts. I can share my patterns with all of you. I can also share others' work and patterns. I can get your feedback. I'm really excited about this new journey.

About being 54...Whatever. That has nothing to do with anything, does it now? You're only as young as you feel.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hexies in Green!


Yesterday afternoon I went to my small sewing group. I hexied away the afternoon while we all chatted and snacked on pumpkin bread and chocolate dipped pretzels. One of our members brought along her finished hexie top. She only used her scraps and used the Quick and Easy Hexie technique, making the hexies from circles of fabric. Didn't she do a great job?!

I've decided to give away one subscription to the HexieLove magazine for every 100 likes on Facebook. So go over and join! AND I'll give away one subscription to my followers here (either through Google or Bloglovin) at the same time!

Today I have my first scheduled training on my magazine software - hope to be accepting subscriptions by the end of the week, if not sooner!!!! Yay!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HexieLove Facebook Page!


I now have a HexieLove Facebook page! I'll be updating it more often than the blog - multiple times a day! Once I have 500 likes on Facebook, I'll start giving away a few subscriptions over there - you'll have to LIKE it to be eligible.

Check it out HERE!Facebook.com/hexielove

Here's what I'm working on…


Hex Bugs?


Even McDonald's has the Hexie Bug! Literally! Interesting... I almost got a Happy Meal just to see what these bugs are all about.


I went with Daughter 1 Saturday on a little road trip to shop for some recliners for her new home. Look at this rug I saw - isn't it amazing?! It's made of men's neckties. LOVE it! But I wouldn't want to walk on silk ties and I wouldn't trust Cooper around this. So it didn't come home with me. But it did give me a few ideas…

I'm hexing away around here - pictures coming later. I started working on my new magazine software yesterday.  I'm dedicated the morning to watching the how-to videos that come with it. This afternoon I'll go to my small sewing group and hexie away a couple of hours with friends.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

More Info About HexieLove!


The e-mails have been FLYING! WOW! I'm so happy about the response to the HexieLove magazine! I've had thousands of visitors on my blog in a short amount of time. This dream of mine is becoming a reality! I'm so thankful to all you for your excitement and interest.

A few days ago I purchased the special software I'll use to manage the magazine. It will handle subscribers, advertisers, and pagination. This may be more than you want to know! But I'm working hard behind the scenes to make this happen. The software is being set up this weekend and I'll start learning to use it Monday! I'll need to have hours of training to get proficient in the system, but I know in the long run it will make my life easier and more organized.

Here are some questions that I've been getting:

1. Do you have a list for people who want to subscribe?

No, I'm not keeping a list. Just stay tuned to the blog and to HexieLove.com! You'll hear it here first when I'm ready to take subscribers! I'm hoping I'll be ready in the next couple of weeks.

2. How much will it be to subscribe?

Not sure quite yet, but I do know it will be under $20.

3. Are you accepting submissions?

Yes! If you have an idea, please send me an e-mail (julia@hexielove.com). I'm always looking for new hexie patterns, both traditional or modern. Any tips involving hexies (no matter the technique) are always needed. Be creative - I'm looking for things that haven't been seen before. I'm also looking for small projects, such as bags, table toppers, pin cushions, etc. 

Every issue will have a Featured Hexie Artist article. No, you don't have to be "famous" in the quilt world to be the Featured Artist! If you've made an amazing hexie quilt, let me know!

Every issue will also have an article on The Modern Hexie - do you make modern quilts with hexies? Let me know!

4. Do you pay for submissions?

Yes! Okay, it's not a fortune - so don't expect to get rich! But I know that I have to pay in order to get quality submissions!

As Dolly Parton said,

"If you're going to DREAM, you're going to have to put some WINGS on those dreams, and some FEET and some HANDS. You can't just sit around and THINK of all the things you WANT to DO."

Thanks for sharing my dream!