There are some of us who like to feel connected in some way to the mysteries around us. Thus, we read our daily horoscopes and give meaning to our birthstones because whether they hold true or not, fate or folklore, they are a fun way to celebrate ourselves and our loved ones.
To celebrate our birthday this year, we wanted to find a way to set some meaning in stone… or quilt. So we’ve come up with a few birthstone-inspired projects!
Our birthday is in September, making our gemstone, the gorgeous Sapphire. Find your gem color and sew with us!
Now that we’ve got the right colors, let’s start making!
Hexi Gems Quilt
Get your “mod” on with this insanely versatile technique from guest designer, Lisa Hirsh. The pattern includes a blank diagram of the quilt that can be enlarged so you can color and spec-out a creation of your own. The best part is this quilt pattern is a great place for your scraps to end up! Grab the hues you need, and get started!
Today we introduce to you a brand new blog series, Tutorial Reboot! We’ve invited some of the amazing quilting bloggers out there to try out some of Jenny’s tutorials! With a new tutorial every week, it might be difficult to keep track of all the best ones, so we’ve asked these bloggers to pick one of their favorites and revisit it! Let’s dive in! Here is Kelly Bowser, aka Kelby Sews, with the first Tutorial Reboot: the Simple Hexagon Quilt!
My name is Kelly—though I’m often called Kelby since my “sewing name” is Kelbysews — it’s ok, I understand the confusion and respond to both names!I always loved painting/crafting growing up and even through college, but it often took a back seat to academics.After becoming a stay at home mom of 2 boys, I felt it was time for my artsy side to get some attention!I taught myself to sew and quilt 5 years ago as a creative and intellectual challenge since I was watching dust gather on my law degree.I jumped into sewing headfirst and was soon happily drowning in fabric!
Jenny’s Hexagon Quilt tutorial using the 5” half-hexie ruler is amazingly easy to follow!This is a perfect quilt for an experienced beginner who has already made a simple square patchwork quilt and wants to step it up!
The video tutorial clearly shows you how to cut and piece the hexagons so there is no confusion!I love that you don’t even have to unfold the jellyroll strips!You can simply cut two half-hexie pieces at once with the jelly roll strip folded! These half-hexies make adorable placemats, table toppers, and quilts!You could even use leftover jellyroll strips/charm squares/scraps in your stash to make half-hexie mug rugs (large coasters) for your friends this holiday!
The hardest part about making a quilt using this method is that you have to layout the entire quilt before begin piecing since each row depends on the one before it.After I decided on a final layout, I took several pictures just in case my pieces got mixed up later.I tend to take lots of pictures of my quilts in progress because they help me see the quilt from a new perspective and help me find boo-boos!Then I simply stacked the pieces in rows and chain pieced like a maniac!Raise your hand if you love chain piecing!!!(You can’t see me through your computer screen, but I have both hands in the air waving around)