Why didn’t I think of that!?

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The Hexie Garden Quilt pattern is made up of hexagonal blocks. Each block is made up of 6 wedges. You don’t want to cut the backgrounds into wedges until the applique is complete because of the bias edges. In the pattern, I tell you to cut a rectangle for each background. I did that for two reasons:

  1. In many of the blocks, I was matching stripes and other lines.
  2. I liked working on that size of background.

Char Kirscht has been working on her Hexie Quilt Garden quilt and she wrote to tell me that she handled her backgrounds in a different way. She cut strips 10″ x width of fabric (40″ or so). Then she drew 60° angles to simulate where where the blocks will be cut apart after they are appliqued. You could use either a 60° ruler or the block template to get the lines.

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Please note that some fabrics may not be 40″ wide, especially after washing and drying.

I would still mark the vertical and horizontal centers of each block to match the overlay to during applique. You might be tempted to just use the 60° block outlines but if you do that, be very careful not to let the flowers shift or tilt.

Once the applique is done you can press the strip and cut the blocks apart and follow the remaining cutting directions in the pattern.

If you aren’t matching patterns or stripes in the background fabric, and if you like work on a long, narrow background, this is a good option. If I’d have thought of it, I’d have included it in the book. Thank you, Char, for making this very fine suggestion!

 

This and that from Boise…

I walked in the mornings in the area around my hotel and I was surprised to find this mailbox:

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It stood in front of a Bigelow plant. I asked someone walking out and yes, they do package tea there. I’ll bet it smells really good inside that building.

There were several trees sporting these lovely seed pods. FYI: I used my iPhone with the Camera+ app to take all of these photos. I am impressed with the quality especially when I remember that little tiny lens on the iPhone.

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I don’t usually take photos of what’s for lunch, but this was special. Nancy, who works at The Quilt Crossing, is also the person who makes lunch for the classes. This is a bowl that starts with warm brown rice and then you can add: chopped cabbage (green and red), green onion, roasted peanuts, 2 kinds of grilled chicken, crushed ramen noodles (not gluten free so I passed on those), and 2 options for dressing. It was fantastic!

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I forget just how much I like a meal in a bowl. Steve, if you see this, it’s a good choice for dinner :-).

Ferris wheels…

I do like round things, including Ferris wheels. It was easy to see the structure of this one at the State Fair in Boise when it was lit by the sunlight.

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When the sun went down and the lights came on, the Ferris wheel was lovely.

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We walked past it several times and each time I took pictures.

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The Idaho State Fair…

Before I left Boise, I got to spend an evening at the Idaho State Fair with Patty, Marsha, and JoAnn. They go to the fair every year and know what exhibits to visit and where to find the best fair food.

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Let me just say that the corn on the cobb was mighty fine but my favorite fair food was the Tortato made from Famous Idaho Potatoes.

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Imagine a deep fried spiral-cut russet potato. That’s a Tortato. Just looking at the picture makes me want another one. Why are these not available everywhere? On the other hand, maybe it’s good that they are not to be found in Sherman, TX.

We visited the flower show. Isn’t this an amazing flower!

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This sunflower seemed to glow. Both of these flowers had ribbons.

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We saw all kinds of needlework on display and I got so busy looking that I forgot to take pictures. We visited the Guinea pigs and rabbits and then we hunted down dessert: caramel apples for Patty and Marsha, a candy apple for me, and an apple dumpling for JoAnn. Too busy eating to take a picture.

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We did not ride any rides but they sure were pretty against the clear blue sky.

I can’t remember what this guy was selling, but his Minions were pretty cute.

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Meet Lucy…

This is Lucy, who celebrated her 88th birthday on August 18 in my class at The Quilt Crossing in Boise. How cool is that!

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The class worked on Pick-Up Sticks from The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color, learning how to make this improv block the easy way. Everyone had a great time, especially Lucy!

Some of Lucy’s Piece O’ Cake applique quilts were hanging in the classroom and it was so much fun to have them there. This is her version of Spectacular Spring from Applique Delights (still available as a downloadable ebook).

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And this is Lucy’s version of Thru Grandmother’s Window, our first block of the month. The patterns are available as downloadable ePatterns.

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Lucy and I agreed that it’s good to have a goal and we both want to be quilting into our 100s. That’s an excellent goal, don’t you think?!