Friday, April 27, 2018

Hexie Diamond *Update*

It seems like a long time since I've shared progress on my English Paper Pieced Hexie Diamond Star project.  For something that was meant to keep my mind and hands occupied nine months ago, it has become much bigger than I ever imagined! 

I don't know if that's good or bad!  I think I'll go with good!  If I don't look at it that way I wouldn't be motivated to keep going.  I couldn't imagine putting all that work into it and then not finishing or liking it!

Here's the scoop!  My adventures with diamond hexies documented over the past nine months!

Star Light, Star Bright
Diamond Hexie Stars
Diamond Hexie Stars 2
The Real Work Begins

Since my last post I figured out the layout.  In a way that was the easy part.  I've never tackled an English Paper Pieced project on this scale.  Following my usual 'jumping in with both feet' philosophy, I pretty much went for it.  I had no idea if there was a proper way of sewing the rows together or if there was an easy method to go about it.  Eventually I developed a way that worked for me and from there...there was no turning back!


I had all my rows labeled (seems to be a theme for me lately!), and on the backside of each hexie I marked where each black triangle would end up.  After sewing the triangles on, I moved on to row assembly.  

The method that worked for me was sewing each row in two sections.  Then sew row one, section one to row two section one together and repeat with the remaining sections.  Once that was complete, I'd sew row one and row two section one to row one and row two section two together.  And with that I have totally confused you!  I can see your eyes have glazed over and you are thinking 'this girl has totally lost her mind'!  

Trust me when I works for me!!

One thing I did not think about before this madness began, was how I'd end the rows.  Is anything easy these days?!  I'm playing with a few options right now, but I certainly wish I had worked that out before hand!  I put myself in a quandary.  I still have time.  As of today, right now, right this very second...I still have the last two rows to assemble in my ever so 'mad as a hatter' way!

Hopefully the next installment of 'Harebrained Hexies' will be all about how I solved the side issues and finally...finally have the top finished!  



  1. It may be taking a while but the results are so worth it. I have often thought of making a quilt with EPP but thats as far as I got although the first thing I made in my very first quilting class was an EPP pincushion and I really enjoyed the making of it. I can't help you in ending the rows, sorry, but I am interested in how you do it and how the quilt turns out, I could do with a hand project, maybe a new pincushion :-)

  2. I totally got what you meant, after reading it through a bazillion times! It's going to be gorgeous, well, it's already that.

  3. Maybe the process hasn't been simple, but it's looking gorgeous!

  4. Hi Jayne,
    This is really gorgeous! That alone has to be enough to keep you motivated. I mean, step back and take a look at it. Would you dare let that become a UFO after all the time you've put into it?! It totally deserves to be finished and enjoyed - often and frequently. It is really stunning - the color combinations are beyond words. I love it.
    ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Hi Jayne, good luck - they look great!

  6. Well this is certainly a very colorful and gorgeous quilt top. I am certain you will find a way to even up the sides to your satisfaction. Can't wait to see how you quilt it. Nadine W. N.Cali

  7. It Is looking amazing Jayne. The colors are so brilliant. Definitely worth all the hard work.

  8. So glad you are making progress. I can't wait to see it.

  9. Amazing! So brilliant, it will be worth it.

  10. my eyes my eyes...
    So brilliant, it hurts (almost) to stare at it for too long. On the other hand, it is so brilliant and beautiful, I am still staring at it...burned corneas notwithstanding :p

  11. You are really making a lot of progress on that. It's so fun! The first thing I would do to figure out the sides is look on Pinterest to see what other people did. Sorry, that's all I've got! LOL

  12. Wow! Your hexie stars are absolutely gorgeous, and the black triangles set them off beautifully! I love the set of grey triangles that make a star around one block. Could you use that same grey as a border and applique the entire center down as a way to finish it?


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