Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Making Hexagons, Butterscotch Ripple is bound and a Lazy Single Girl!

I hope you've enjoyed the two instruction booklets I prepared, Easier Than Pie - English Paper Piecing for Beginners and Easier Than Pie and Beyond - Where Foundation Piecing Meets English Paper Piecing. Both are available under the tab "English Paper Piecing and Hexagon Fun". One of the things I did not explain is marking the foundations for foundation piecing. I'll do a separate booklet for that one and will include instructions on constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing hexagons so that you can create hexagons like this one!

Close-up of Hexagreens by Karen H, 2009
Butterscotch Ripple is bound and I think it is quilted as much as it is going to be quilted. I may go back sometime and add more to the hexagons but then again there are many other projects that scream "make me"!

In this picture you can see the backing fabric! I think the soft robin's egg blue is a nice contrast to the butterscotch colours on the quilt top. Love it!

One of the projects that screams "make me" is the Single Girl Quilt by Denyse Schmidt.  It is a beautiful large wedding ring style quilt with lots of open spaces for lovely quilting. However each piece is cut from a template and then pieced. I came across  a quilt that was inspired by Single Girl; this one is called Lazy Girl. Now that name got my attention! Tina of Paisley and Lace has a free tutorial for this pattern that does not involve cutting individual pieces from templates. She calls her version the Improv Lazy Girl Quilt. It is pretty free wheeling and I've got stacks of bright scraps that would be perfect for this quilt.

I decided to have an afternoon of piecing to make a change from quilting. This is what I've made so far.

They all need a good pressing. For now I just press the seams open with my "educated thumb". That's a term I learned from my home economics teacher when I was 12 years old and it always stuck with me mind you I use my index finger instead! I push the seam open and then put my fingernail in the midpoint of the seam and run it along the open seam to press it open. I then do the other side. Be gentle so as not to stretch the fabric.

Once all of the arcs are made I'll give them a press with the iron and homemade spray starch. I'll do the same to the backing fabric.

The arcs will also have to be trimmed so that there is a quarter inch seam allowance.

The Lazy Girl Tutorial calls for an 11" block (four blocks make the complete circle) but I'm going with 10" finished. Why? Well in keeping with the theme "lazy" and making do with what you have, I had to draft my templates and my graph paper is 10" x 18" so that decided it for me - a 10" block it is. From a more practical point of view  I can cut four blocks from the width of the fabric but if the block were 11" (11 1/2" with seam allowances) I would only get three blocks. The arcs and background are pieced but I'm thinking that perhaps applique would be faster albeit lazy but after all the name of the quilt is Lazy Girl! I'll give it some thought.

And now for a quick look in the garden!

Another Turk's cap lily

Mountain ash berries are ripening

Tiger sniffing the obedient plant blossoms

Until I post again, happy sewing!


  1. Just discovered the Easier than Pie online booklets you have made - they are excellent ! great pictures and great instructions - thanks so much. Your Butterscotch ripple looks wonderful. I love the border fabric - a perfect choice. And I love the "lazy single girl" rings - just the way I'd chose too!

  2. Thanks Hilda! Glad you liked the booklets! It makes me want to make more of them for sharing with others!

  3. Karen, I haven't been able to read your blog for about a week know, so I'm enjoying my catching up and found the booklets, thank you so much for sharing.
    Would it be too much to ask you to bring Butterscotch ripple to the meeting next week for a closer look? It is just beautiful.