Today I finished 5 more scrappy hexie blocks. I now have a total of 25 scrappy hexie blocks in green, yellow, red, and blue.
I am on a roll. Today I finished 8 scrappy hexie blocks. I don’t piece with a lot of yellow so when I saw a bag of yellow scraps/strings that someone had donated to the destash at our guild meeting, I snatched it up. Yellow is such a happy, cheerful colour. These blocks will definitely brighten up the finished quilt.
I am enjoying making these scrappy hexie blocks. Today I decided to dive into the red scraps and I managed to finish 5 red scrappy hexie blocks.
I am determined this year to make a significant reduction in my stash of strings and strips. I have been piecing string blocks and stacking them on the shelf until I have enough to make a quilt. I have used various materials for foundations – most recently used dryer sheets. Before using the dryer sheets as a foundation they need to be pressed with a cool iron. You start with a pile that looks like this:
And you end up with blocks like these after trimming to 6″ square.
I have 121 – 6″ trimmed blocks on the shelf right now.
I need to decide which quilt layout I am going to use these blocks in so I know if I am close to having enough blocks for a quilt top. I am always on the lookout for ideas to use string blocks so I don’t have to continue to repeat the same design over and over.
I have also been piecing larger blocks (8″ square) onto fabric foundations. I was gifted some broadcloth from my MIL’s stash. The fabric is more lightweight than I like to use in my regular quilt blocks but it makes a great foundation for string blocks. These are a few of the string blocks. There area a total of 95 – 8″ blocks in this stack on the shelf.
String blocks pieced on a fabric foundation make for a heavier quilt top than string blocks pieced on a dryer sheet foundation.
Despite all the string blocks I have been making, I don’t seem to have a significant reduction in the string / strip stash. I think I will be making string blocks for some time to come!
I fell in love with the quilt, Scrappy Hexies in the March / April 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine and it has been on my “To Do” list since then.
I started my blocks today and I finished my first 7 blocks from my blue scraps.
The pattern in the magazine suggests tracing the hexagon pattern pieces from the magazine pullout section onto template plastic. However, I recently used my discount coupon for Joann’s to purchase a large hexagon shaped ruler which has made trimming the blocks so much easier than using template plastic.