It's my showcase day for the hexie blog hop and here is my project:
It's made up of 578 1/2" hexagons and measures 25.5" x 16". I got the idea from the fabulous Hexa Go Go book by Tacha Bruecher who had a union flag in the back of the book but I didn't like that design as I am a true Brit and like my flag to have the bottom left hand side having a wider white part at the top of the red diagonal. So I downloaded some blank hexagonal grid paper from www.incomptech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal and got busy designing - three evenings later I had finally ended up with a Union flag that looked correct so I purchased a set of Sizzix hexagonal dies cut out hundreds of .5" hexes from freezer paper - ironed them onto spare red, white and blue fabrics and got stitching. Imagine my horror when I had it completed and compared it next to a picture of the Union flag to realise I had got it wrong! (lesson learn't there to check out the item I am replicating first!) So, being the fussy person I am, I unpicked the top left and bottom right hand sections and redid them (only took a couple of extra hours - no biggie really!) - it means the red diagonals don't got right into the corners as the true flag would but at least the blue sections are correct - who knew that the four middle blue sections are the same size? Not me anyway!
I was a bit worried that I had bitten off more than I could chew taking on this project as I only had four weeks in which to complete it but I managed to get the whole thing done in just two weeks! I was rather pleased with myself even if the house was a bit of a tip for a while!
For my second project I have done the table runner from the above book:
The white doesn't look so good on the picture but it does stand out in real life - here is a closeup:
- and just to add my own twist (the above is basically straight out of the book) here is my own design on the back:
here is another closeup:
Hope you have enjoyed my entries - here are the other sewers who are sharing my hop day:
Sunshine Girl Nicola you are here!
So pop along and check out all of their creations too :) Also I want to say a big thank you to Debby and Mdm Samm for organising this wonderful hop.
Just edited this to add that if you were in the Dresden plate hop earlier this year you may remember my cog quilt - well its being published this month (September issue) in the British magazine Sewing World - very exciting!
Reedited again to add the Dresden link http://sunshinegirlnicola.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/i-dared-to-dresden.html - never thought of that - thanks KaHolly!
Thanks for looking - addicted to hexies from Solihull