Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The HEXIE Block of the Month: January!

Happy Hexie New Year!

I'm so excited to get this BOM going! I'm beyond thrilled about the response I've received - I think we'll have lots of participants. Can't wait to see everyone's blocks! Now let's get down to some business.

Hexie BOM General Information

Size of Hexies:

I'm making my hexies from circles of fabric (of course). Instructions for the technique can be found in Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts (see sidebar). For all the blocks, I'll be starting with circles of fabric that are 3.5" across. Below is the Accuquilt Studio Die I use:





Note: this die is only available for the Studio cutter. If you don't have this die cutter, no problem! Just cut a circle template out of cardboard or plastic that is 3.5" across. Pull out your compass leftover from high school geometry!

Will you be doing English Paper Piecing instead? Your papers should measure 1" on each side. If you have an Accuquilt cutter, the following die would work perfectly for you:



This die will work for either the Accuquilt Go! Cutter or the Accuquilt Studio (with the Go! adapter). There are two different sizes of this die available. Make sure you use the one that says 1" on it! The die will cut both your papers and your fabric - you'll be ready to go!

Again, if you don't have an Accuquilt cutter, I'm sure you already have a source to buy your hexagon paper. I'll let you figure that out. Maybe someone can leave a comment on where to buy them.

Note: the patterns will work for ANY SIZE hexagons, so feel free to make them any size! My instructions and samples will always be for hexagons that are 1" on each side.

Background Fabric:

I'm using Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White. But of course, use whatever you want! 

My background squares will be cut at  15.5", to finish at 15 inches. If you make smaller hexies, your background squares can be smaller, but I'll let you figure that out!

You will need 2.75 yards of background fabric.

January Block: Snowflake


Baby, it's cold outside! So I definitely needed a snowflake to start off the year. We don't have any snow down South where we live, but I know a lot of you do- probably more than you'd like!

When I think of snowflakes, I think of  them being light and lacy. So I left some openings in the snowflake to give that effect. So here's the pattern:



And here's my block:

I used four different blue and white fabrics. Click on the picture to see bigger. This would be a fun pattern to fussy cut some hexies if you wish. You'll need 30 hexies in all for this block. Use only one fabric if you wish. Have fun with it!

Hexie love,
Julia

32 comments:

  1. How PRETTY!!! I wasn't going to add a BOM to my list, but I'm reconsidering now - let's see.... blues.....

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  2. Absolutely love this block! Can't wait to get started.

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  3. I've gotten burned out by the 'normal' BOM's but I am gonna do THIS one since it is so different! It helps that I've done thousands of hexies so far and this will be a breeze! :) Thank you for doing this!! :)

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  4. I would like to sew the hexie BOM. How mouch fabric do I need for the whole hexiebom?

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  5. love the snowflake. Now to find some fabric ; )

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  6. I have a question. Are all the back grounds going to be the same for each month?

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  7. I am totally in. I need a break from the white on white hexies I have been basted for the last 6 months.

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  8. I love the snowflake pattern . I love hexies too .

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  9. Hi Love Hexies, will background fabric always be the same? thanks, Annie in Saudi Arabia

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  10. Love it! I have not gotten into hexie yet, but this might be the time to start!

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  11. How do I subscribe to your blog? Couldn't find anything obvious...more coffee?!?

    Amy

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  12. Paperpieces.com is a great site for all kinds of epp papers.
    neat block.

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  13. I think I have the hexie bug. I promised no more new BOM but I can't resist.

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  14. OK January block finished looks awesome excited about February

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  15. I sent a photo of the first block - really pleased with it so looking forward to the next month

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  16. Love your snowflake - it's one of the nicest snowflake blocks that I think I've seen.

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  17. I have just started a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and find the hand piecing so relaxing. This looks like another great one! Can't wait to get started!

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    1. I removed my question, because it was answered in your post on Jan 6th.

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  19. Hi, my Name is Annette and I really would like to join this BOM. :-)) Is this possible? I already finished my snowflakes. Shall I send you the photo or is it ok, when it is uploaded in my flickr account?
    Annette

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  20. Hello. Found you through Sarah. The snowflake is just perfect! This was not what I needed with all my hexie project going on, but I'm so tempted to try. I live in Norway, and we have not had any snow yet, at least where I live at the west coast.

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  21. Love it! Will you be posting applique instructions? Can't wait to get started!

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  22. uhhh this is SO pretty, I'm doing a GO challenge on my blog and then saw these hexies now, I might jump on it and join too :) (my post won't be up until the 15th so I COULD link to it/??)

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  23. Does it count if I use Inklingo instead of EPP?

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  24. I'm currently working on a small flower garden using 3/4" paper pieces. I like the snowflake so I think I will make this BOM also. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. This is such a good idea. I've finished sewing my hexagons together now to just pick a background colour for them. It's given me something to blog about too!

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  26. My snowflake is finished, it's lovely. Will try to post a picture today.

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  27. Woohoo - finished February's blocks - one at 1" and one at 1/2" - this is so much fun! Thanks again. -NJMayes

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  28. Great details. Thanks for offering us such a useful details. Keep up the great work and continue offering us more quality details every now and then.Removing Bloggers Block

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  29. That's called a nice post. I'm glad to see this post, details you have shared are amazing. After all this is gonna be a wonderful idea, hope I'm going to work on it soon.

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  30. Hello, This is the first time that I have commented on your site. I did not want to start my hexie quilt so soon but you have gotton me interested!!!!! By george..... I love you block. What size is it! I am going to do mine in 1/2 inch hexies. Is that okay. Julie

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  31. Also I now realised that I have missed out on all the fun. Can I still join??? julie714@adam.com.au

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