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My quilting life: framed hexies and bunnies

by Pam Voth

Quilting is one of the most versatile hobbies! The choices of thread, fabric and designs are endless. I have tried many different projects in my short quilting life and one of my favorites is definitely hexies. This month, I tried framed hexies and created a bunny table runner for Easter.  This idea came from my mentor, Heather. She’s had a rough winter with a fall that dislocated her shoulder. Did that keep her down? No way! She made an amazing quilting comeback with her own framed hexie table runner. Her resilience and spirit have inspired me to try many different projects, starting with zipper pouches and continually adding to both my skills and repertoire. This will be my lucky 13th post for QUILTsocial!!

Hexie Table Runner showing green floral, small white bunnies on pink fabric and larger pink bunnies surrounded by orange carrots on small inside hexies. The hexies are framed with white and pink borders. 

Framed Hexie Table Runner

 The pink flowered fabric is show with the large hexie (backing and border) ready to cut. The bunny and carrot fabric is shown with the smaller hexie (center of the bordered hexie). These are laid out on the cutting mat. 

Ready to cut the large and small hexies

 The cutter is shown with the smaller hexie (pink flowered fabric).

Cutting the smaller hexie

Using the hexie rulers I borrowed from my quilting mentor, I cut many hexies out of a variety of spring fabrics. I started with no real plan and just matched fronts to backs randomly as I cut. I did some fussy cutting to ensure that the bunnies were prominent on the hexies.

The pink topstitching thread is shown on the two types of bunny fabric with pink floral fabrics in the background. The thread will be used to top stitch the edges of these hexies. 

Pink Gütermann topstitching thread is matched to the spring fabrics

This project marked my first experience using topstitching thread, Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread.

The pink topstitching thread is shown on white and pink bunny fabric. The thread will be used to top stitch the edges of these hexies. 

Pink Gütermann topstitching thread is matched to the bunny fabric

The Gütermann topstitching thread is shown as a perfect match to the fabrics for the hexies.

Peach, orange and yellow Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread is matched to the spring fabrics!

The Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread has what seems to be an endless color selection and I was thrilled to be able to match these perfectly with my hexie fabric!

I ironed and clipped the large hexie to the batting and the smaller hexie. The only trick is to match the wrong side of the large hexie against the batting. I used the large hexie to center the small hexie and the batting, then pinned in place and folded the edging twice and clipped. It was important to iron after each fold.

Bunny centered hexies are shown with different types of border. Some are clipped and ready for sewing on the machine. Some show the center hexie pinned to the background with the border ready to be ironed. Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread

Hexies ready for sewing and ironing

Once the hexies were ironed and clipped, I machine stitched using the Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread, sewing the border to the inside hexie with a ⅛” seam.

The pink and white bunny fabric are shown down the center of the table runner and the green floral ad carrot bunny hexie surround them to create the table runner.

Completed hexies ready to be hand stitched together to make the table runner

I completed a pile of hexies and then arranged them to make my table runner. The Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread made a huge difference. It matched perfectly and brought out the colors in the hexies.

I handstitched the hexies together to make the table runner.

The opposite side of the table runner is shown to demonstrate how versatile it is. Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread

Table runner from the other side

This table runner is amazing on both sides!

This picture shows the top stitching Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread around the outside of the each hexie on the back of the table runner.

Close up of the back of the table runner

Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread is shown with more hexies in various stages of the process ready for my next project. The fabric for the QAL is visible in the background.

More hexies with Gütermann Dekor Rayon and Cotton threads for my next project

I couldn’t stop myself from using this beautiful thread to match more fabrics to create more hexies. You can use them for coasters, table runners, even a small quilt. It’s inspiring and beautiful when thread matches the fabric perfectly and brings out the colors in the fabrics. It ‘binds’ everything together.

With one project complete, I’ve really fallen in love with framed hexies and I plan to make a couple more table runners to give away this spring.

Stay tuned for my new adventure. I’ll be working on my version of the Spectrum QAL 2020

right here on QUILTsocial, sharing my experience with each block starting next month. I’m so excited to dig into my fabric selection, Riley Blake Designs Delightful.

I continue to practice gratitude every day. I have so many things to be thankful for, my quilting group and the opportunities and inspiration it has provided me with – and most importantly, the friendships are definitely at the top of my gratitude list.

The completed runner is displayed for Easter. You can see its versatility as a project. You can use any fabric and create any shape. Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread

The completed table runner


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