Hand Pieced Hexie Quilt – the one that took over a year

Somehow my hand pieced hexie quilt hasn’t made it up on the blog yet!Β Β  This quilt took just over a year to complete so it needs it’s day in spotlight πŸ˜‰

I started this quilt way back in January 2015.Β Β  I had never tried English paper piecing and I was loving all of the hexies I saw popping up on Pinterest and Instagram.Β Β  So I started without a plan and just started making hexies.Β Β  I used only scraps and sewed them together randomly.Β Β  The progress of this quilt is down below.

If you would like to make your own hexie quilt I recommend having a tiny bit of plan at least.Β Β  I ended up with a bunch of blobby pieces that were difficult to join.Β Β  So make flowers or squares all the same and then join those.

Measures:Β  55in x 65in
Total 1in hexies:Β  About 875

epp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltThis quilt is the first and only quilt I’ve added borders to.Β Β  I added borders because I was soooo ready to be done with it so they are there to make the quilt bigger πŸ˜‰Β  I had some yardage of this Riley Blake Gold swiss dots and thought it would make for the perfect border and backing πŸ™‚epp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltI have a few regrets with this quilt.Β Β  One is I used Warm and Plush batting which I’m not a big fan on.Β Β  I bought a roll of it though and since I had it on hand, I went ahead and used it.Β Β  It’s just a higher loft than I like.Β Β  I am a big fan of Warm and White however.

Another regret is that my quilting lines are spaced too far apart.Β Β  I prefer these zig zag lines a little closer together.Β  It looks like I used the hexies as my guide though and went through every other seam line.Β Β  Should have run it back through between each line.Β  But yep, I was soooo ready to be done.Β Β  If you have been following along for a while you know I don’t really have WIPs so I was pretty over this one after a year πŸ˜‰epp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quiltepp hexie quilt

Favorite EPP Tools

I tried so many different needles and threads for this quilt.Β Β  I’ve settled on a few favorites!
My favorite thread is Superior Threads in Silver that I purchased on Amazon.Β  It’s silky and smooth and doesn’t tangle or break.Β Β  I had sooo much trouble with thread breaking using other brands.

My very favorite needles are this teeny tiny little #10 Tulip Needles.Β Β  I like small sharp needles because they just work so well.Β Β  I use these needles for binding also.Β Β  I purchased mine from Amazon.

The ThimblePads are actually a new additional.Β Β  I don’t know how I went so long without them!Β  I hate thimbles and I would often use duct tape in the exact same way these little thimble pads work.

And of course every epp kit needs a nice (and cute) pair of snips.Β Β  A friend gave me these ones and I love them!

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Progress Photos

Below is the progression of this quilt πŸ™‚

January 18th, 2015

January 25, 2015

 

March 25, 2015

June 3rd, 2015

November 8, 2015

December 4, 2015

Photo taken by Holly of Bijou Lovely – Summer 2016