Friday, December 21, 2012

The Beginning

Not an end today...a beginning!  

It is officially the beginning of Christmas Break today here.  It has been difficult to sew this week with me driving the teen boy back and forth for finals in the middle of the day.  It is always tough to start something when you know you will have to stop shortly.  However, Mr. Boss has hinted that I might be able to get some quilting done since he will be around for at least a week!!  Someone must be sensing my frustration?


In the meantime, I've decide to stop staring at my quilt books.



And actually attempt to start a new hexagon EPP project!
  Unfortunately, the pattern calls for 1.75 inch hexagon templates, and there were none to be found.  My search limit is 10-15 minutes on the internet.  I even set my timer so I don't get lost! 

I designed a page of six hexagons (all I could fit at this size) on my Adobe Illustrator.  It took a few tries to figure out how to make sure I was measuring the sides correctly, but success!  I will share the .pdf as soon as I figure out how to upload it to my Google docs to share. It is always the technical stuff that trips me up!


I was able to run 40 copies and then ran out of white cardstock. However, I found some blue cardstock I had from a project ages ago! These are the moments I love to pat myself on the back for saving something!!

As you can see? There are A LOT of hexagons.  527 to be exact!  The front pile is only 190 cut so far!  After I cut them out, I will have to tackle my scraps to find 527 fabrics.  Fun or tedious?  I don't know yet!

The one thing that has me thinking?  
When I was printing the hexies on the blue cardstock, I though that it would be fitting to set them aside for the 154 blue fabric hexagons I need.   



And then I had a strange thought.  Wouldn't it be cool to print your hexagons on paper that coordinated with your project?  You wouldn't have to constantly count how many you needed as you worked, because you would already would know by the number of colored hexagons templates you have? At least for a large project like this one where I need large numbers of only three colors.

Food for thought....
 Tell me if that is a good idea or just redundant?

 

8 comments:

  1. I think colour coding your hexies is a great idea if you can do it! It would make things so much easier later on!

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  2. Sounds like a great idea if the paper is on hand. Have in with your new EPP project. I purchased some new templates this week also for a new EPP project :). Just need o finish something first. Hugs

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  3. Great idea! How fun to start a new project! My sewing projects are going to be on hold until after our little one is born...in 6 weeks! But for right now I'm using up my paper scraps to stamp cards for thank yous and such! It's funny how I save both paper and fabric scraps! Time to use it or pitch it! Can't wait to see your progress!

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  4. I haven't done any EEP in several years but Instagram has inspired me to work some hexes into one of my best selling patterns....I can see where colored cardstock would be great if you know how many you need before hand...I have no idea exactly where I am headed with mine since I am just winging it! I will tag you on IG when I get it to that point!

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  5. Heidi,
    I wish I'd known your frustration. http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/
    You can print any size hex you need - along with many other shapes.
    I use it for all my hexies. And I don't bother with cardstock, I use whatever scrap paper I have around.

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  6. If you are only using a few colours, then I think colour coding your paper would be fun to do. I also use printer paper for mine.

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