Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beauty Among the Thorns


I have a word I made up, I'm going to call it... hexaphobia.
Webster Dictionary's definition of a hexagon - a figure with 6 sides,
phobia - an irrational, excessive, and persistent fear dislike of some particular thing.
Put them together and you have hexaphobia .
and this is what it looks like!....
91....1 and 1/2 inch double knit, hexagons from....H_E_double X !
 A  thorn in my side +15 more !

If you would like to know how I was affected by hexagons, 
you can read "the rest of the story" by clicking  here !

 So, picking up where the story left off, I signed up for this hop then realization set in, 
"WHAT the world did I just DO ?  I HATE  really dislike hexies !"
Finally, the day came when I couldn't put it off any longer, I said,
 "Vickie, it's time to get over it and get busy."
So, I went to my scrap drawer and pulled out some unbleached muslin...
and used this ruler by Marti Michelle,
      (which I will give 5 Roosters),
 to cut this hexie.
  "What was I gonna do with this thing
I sure wasn't going to sew a bunch of them together, 
been there, done that, ain't doin it again ! 
I sat there staring at it..... it looks like a morning glory"! ( Yep, I said it out loud )
Then the light bulb lit up ! I had taken a Craftsy class from Lola Jenkins , and loved it !
"I can use the thread art technique I learned from her to make ......
Beauty Among the Thorns"
There is another story in John 19 about thorns that took place more than 2,000 years ago. It starts off like this.... 
they twisted together a crown of thorns and placed it on His head....... 

I had some scripture fabric I had been saving for the right project and it has the word glory in it !
 I love the look of it in this quilt.

Raw edge applique is my favorite applique method... btw, this is all done on my new Janome.
 First, I FMQed the center of the flower, then used Prisma pencils to color them. Then I put batting behind it and used a blanket stitch to applique it. I took a couple of stitches right in the center, to give it a puffed up 3D effect, and mimicked the flowers with the quilting.


While I was quilting bubbles between the  blades of grass, I was singing "Tiny Bubbles"



This wall hanging was "sew" much fun to make !
I am happy to report,  I am healed of hexaphobia !
 I wasn't traumatized for life after all !
 Soon, I may even try to do some hexies with those little templates and papers ....but I didn't say how soon !
Thank you  Debby for all your work and sweet emails to keep us informed,
and to our friend  Madame Samm for reminding us to
Please check out the Hexie Queens sharing this day with me !
Day 3: Thursday, August 22
More Stars in Comanche (you're here, right now)

Oh, I almost forgot !
 (There's got to be a chicken in this...right ?)
 While I was outside this morning taking pictures, 
I caught Henrietta at work.
 She said to say HI Y'all !
Tomorrow I'll be off to the retreat  with my new sewing machine and new jammies in hand !

While I'm there, I'm going to pick up something nice to give to one of you !
 I don't know what yet, but I'll know it when I see it.
Tell me what block or thing YOU hate  really dislike to sew.
I'll announce the winner the last day of the hop and I will be happy to mail it anywhere.
Have a great day and God bless you.

120 comments:

Madame Samm said...
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Madame Samm said...

Oooops I see the list below duhhhhhh be back later...just pinning everyone first...

Amy said...

Oh Vicki! What a beautiful little story to go with a great wall hanging, I was wondering where the chicken was, so glad she made it into your post. I have a BOM block that is half finished. I just can't seem to finish it up. Have fun! ;)

Theresa said...

Oh, I love this quilt! Beautiful!

Madame Samm said...

Ohhhh my back now...love this wall hanging..and a lovely message in it too..your hexes are absolutely brilliant..have fun this weekend...in your new pj and new machine..

Heleen Groot said...

It turned out beautiful! Really gorgeous. I am glad to hear you have fully recovered from your hexafobia! That means we'll be seeing more of what you cook up right? There is no specific block I really dislike doing. However, I- for the longest time - could not applique round shapes. Everything turned square or triangular. So, of course, I started on an all applique mystery quilt. I am happy to report that I am now fully fledged in round-shape-applique! Practise really does make perfect....who knew! Hi back to that lovely Henrietta!

Vera said...

Looks great! Great pics too! Well done.

Suze said...

What a beautiful quilt - beauty for ashes. I love how you made the hexie come to life with your quilting. You did a phenomenal job. I enjoyed your story of the double knit quilt. I cannot imagine trying to sew hexies in double knit. I kept thinking that had to be a nightmare.
For a long time, I did not enjoy doing applique. I was making a king-size quilt - all by hand - templates, cutting with scissors, hand piecing, and hand quilting (days before rotary cutters). My then husband told me my applique was not centered on the block (of course, we didn't make them larger and cut them down after appliqueing). We bantered back and forth and he asked for my seam gauge. He said it was off 1/16". He knew that from clear across my rather large living room. Recently, I told him how that had hurt me and the quilt is unfinished in the attic. He said he has always been able to tell things like that - a trait he got from his engineer dad. He said he couldn't believe I could get it that close. So, it was all a big misunderstanding that caused me to hate applique for a long time. Then when I took an applique class years later, it wasn't taught like I had been taught originally and I was frustrated. Now, I'm finally getting the hand of applique. I haven't tried "small" pieces yet.
Thanks for participating and sharing your amazing creativity. I hope to see you in more hops very SOON!

S Walker said...

Fabulous wall hanging and very unique. You almost make me believe I too could like hexies. In addition, I'm not overly fond of hand applique. swalker287(at)gmail(dot)com.

Qltr89 said...

For someone who disliked hexagons, you sure turned out a pretty awesome modern hexagon quilt. And the FMQ is gorgeous! I can't honestly say that I dislike any blocks or disliked sewing anything. My parents always taught me to try something at least once. If I'm a little intimidated by a block or any sewing project, I shy away from it until I have to face it. For example, my sister commissioned me to make her a bed quilt. I wanted her to really like the bed quilt I make her so I faced my fear of triangles and made her a queen-sized quilt from the free patttern called "Delectable Inspiration" from allpeoplequilt.com. Here's a photo of that quilt on my flickr account:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutu-qltr/8918091522/in/photostream

Now I embrace triangles. Thank you for sharing your story. I want to see more modern hexagon quilts on your blog.

Gill said...

Wow! Your quilt is stunning!! Now all I have to do is overcome my dislike of sewing curves!!
Thanks for sharing!

charlotte said...

Brilliant solution to your affliction. I love morning glories. I think I may have hexaphobia too. That and paper piecing of any kind are the two things I have never done. Maybe I need to get over it.

KaHolly said...

Is 5 Roosters the highest rating?? If so, then this project gets a 6!

Martina said...

Oh this is so beautiful and special! Looove your little quilt. So glad you joined, another idea on my wish-to-do list.Lol! I really don't like to sew zippers in.

Denise Russell said...

AWESOME quilt!!! What wonderful quilting, too! As for blocks I hate... well... so far anything that has a curve to sew!

JoyceLM said...

Gorgeous wall hanging - thanks for sharing. I hate set-in seams.

Susan said...

Your wall hanging is lovely!
I hate to sew a block that has many points that meet and I end up with a bulky lump!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your quilt is stunning! I actually have thought that hexis remind me of Morning Glories, so you're not alone in that.

Frances Campbell said...

Beautiful way to use hexies. I have always a little afraid of stitching a hexie but after seeing the variation on this hop I might actually (maybe) try one.

withajoyfulheart said...

Love, love, love, your Glory quilt!!! Me, I'm irrationally afraid of pointy pieces LoL. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jeanie said...

Oh my, Vickie... I love everything about this little quilt! Great fabric choices, great use of hexies, great scripture and great quilting! Just a wonderful job!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Vicki!!....your piece is gorgeous...I just love it. I don't blame you at all...I don't care for sewing hexies either; but they weren't bad in small numbers...lol.

I really hate doing the 90degree corners...getting that pivot just right.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Beautiful kwilt and your kwilting is stunning!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Vickie this is simply stunning. Over the top beautiful! I think I have your hexaphobia, or did until I saw this! Blessings, Marlene

Judy said...

Your quilt is beautiful, I like everything in it, the psalm, the flowers, the quilting! Is is GREAT!
Thanks for sharing

Michele T said...

Your wall hanging is lovely - awesome quilting designs too!! I stay away from blocks that are too busy with too many pieces... I'm just a simple, northern girl ;-)

Linda said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!!! I love putting scriptures on my quilts and you have done such a great job of it!
Have fun on your retreat! I've been to a couple in the hill country, too! Great place to quilt!

Just Quilt It said...

I have fallen in love with this quilt--I love morning glories, and this is a great scripture. Some days, I need this on my wall to remind me to lift my voice in praise. Excellent, excellent job! The fabrics are perfect, as is your quilting. Thank you so much for sharing--I really want to try this! :) You made me smile today!

beaquilter said...

CLUCK CLUCK - that's chicken for HI back :) love the hexie flowers and the bible verse

Mystica said...

The scriptures on the quilt is a lovely idea. Never seen it done before.

I don't like doing circles!

giddy99 said...

I have an irrational fear of piecing curves for a quilt, and will cross the street to avoid it.

I can't imagine making hexies out of double-knit (top picture) - that would be difficult... did you say double knit?!? :)

Tanyia said...

this is just beautiful! I think this hop was just the push you needed!

MooseStash Quilting said...

That a fabulous project. I can't thank you enough for showing me that hexies can be fun. Love the stitching method. I was never one to love the hand stitched thing, I'm way to impatient! LOL!! I need to check out Craftsy classes again. Whew!

patchouli moon studio said...

Vickie your morning glory is beautiful! I love everything you did on it. I agree fusible is my favorite applique too. I didn't join in on this hop because hexagons aren't my favorite to make as they take so much time from the cutting of them all and the sewing. I would have ended up on that LIST for sure, lol! But you found a great solution by doing applique and only 3 at that, lol.

Jodi said...

My sons ripped shirts and pants! I keep telling him, I am a quilter, I don't do alterations or fixes!

Bonnie58 said...

I almost hate to say it, but hexie's really aren't my favourite, although this hop has shown me such a variety of ways of creating them that i am starting to get itchy fingers again. lol. Thanks so much for sharing.

Margaret said...

Wow what you did with that wall hanging is fabulous. Thanks for sharing

evelyn said...

Thank you for sharing your story about your mom's quilt. Glad you got it finished for her. I love your morning glories-just inspiring.

Beth said...

What a beautiful quilt! That was really nice of you to finish your Mom's quilt. I have always been afraid of hexies. I may have to try it now. Thanks for sharing.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Be still my heart- your wall hanging takes my breath away as usual!

Vivian said...

Love the wallhanging, it is very pretty. I don't hate but I can't seem to get myself to finish my swoon quilt since the blocks take so much time. I must say I do absolutely HATE cutting for blocks. Thanks.

Needled Mom said...

Great idea for the hexies. Like you, I just cannot get into sewing them together. I love all of the ones I see, but it is just not for me. I'm also not a fan of hand applique.

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow its lovely - love your quilting on it.

Gina said...

I love morning glories and your wall hanging! It's absolutely gorgeous! You did fantastic! Your Mom's hexie quilt story is touching and funny at the same time. Thank you for sharing that with us. Also thanks for participating and inspiring me today!

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

I do love this! You've done an amazing job!! As for something I hate to sew... Well, I shouldn't say hate because I'm sure I'll get better with practice, but really, triangles give me a headache... matching up points is not fun to me!!

DeborahGun said...

I really dislike curves - I just can't do them! Love love your quilt - it is amazing :-)

Mara said...

Very beautiful! love the color and the quilting, glad you got over your hexaphobia. I just found out I really don't like having to change the color of my thread in the middle of a project, silly, huh.

barb said...

wow! just think, if you did this beautiful wall hanging while hating hexies, imagine what you can do now that you like them! i have made several detailed applique quilts of sun bonnet sue and umbrella ladies til i dont much care for applique at the moment. have a safe trip and a great time. blessings, barbara babscorbitt at gmail dot com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

I do some mending for people and I really hate replacing zippers. Sometimes they come out really good, and sometimes they come out stinking ugly!

Quilting Tangent said...

Beautiful morning glories wall hanging, reminds me of stained glass especially with the sun coming through it. Don't have a piece or block I dislike, but I'm new to quilting.

Jodi said...

I have the inherited form of Hexiphobia - I will explain...
My Late Grandmother and Mother started 2 single bed "Grandmothers Garden" hexi quilts (hand pieced with the papers) for my sister and I almost 30 years ago. Now my Gran has been gone about 25 years and the quilts remain unfinished. The fabric choices now look dated (80s not vintage) and confronting the thought of unpicking a single stitch of my grandmothers work is unbearable and the thought of finishing it with some of those fabric hexi flowers is beyond my brain... as I was explaining to my quilty friend as we sewed together - we just don't know where to go with it but my sister and I are teaching ourselves to EPP so we can finish our quilts before our daughters (now 3 and almost 2) are old enough to inherit our hexi-phobic quilt problem.

feltfree på Åsly said...

Nice your projects

InGa said...

I do understand,,,, thats why I did not sign up to this hop. My hexies are laying unfinished, and looking at me every day. ( I did Not put it away, yet)

Yours turned out just lovely :-)
Beautiful wallhanging, and the story to go with it.:-)
Have fun this weekend...

apple blossom said...

absolutely gorgeous wall hanging...love it totally

Mary said...

Great quilt. Thank you for sharing.

jan said...

Well I think you wallhanging is stunning. You did a fantastic job on the quilting. I hope you have a blast!
ox jan

jan said...

Oh and I actually dont like sewing pinwheels.
xo jan

JanesQuilting said...

Adorable, I love the fabric that you used. And the embellished flower (Hexies) Just Beautiful!

JanesQuilting said...

Adorable, I love the fabric that you used. And the embellished flower (Hexies) Just Beautiful!

Kathy L said...

There's not much I dislike about quilting. What I really dislike is mending!! Thanks for the chance to win.

Shauna said...

ok I have such a hard time with eight pointed stars, they are pretty to look at, but I don't like sewing them.

Sharla Trueblood said...

I am afraid of hexies, love how they look, but not sure if I will try them or not

Linda J said...

I love how you made lemons out of lemonade, so to speak, Vickie! Gorgeous quilt. You just proved that the shape does not have to be tediously hand pieced.

I have that ruler too and am just learning to use it. So far so good.

Block I hate doing? Lemoyne Star

Nellie Duclos said...

Love your quilt-and I also have that album but it's tucked away with all my others from long ago-LOL!

Carla said...

This is beautiful in all it's glory. Thank you for sharing. I have a flying geese phobia. I don't know why, but I seriously dislike piecing them.

KTMae said...

The flowers are so pretty.

KTMae said...

Right now, I would say my least favorite quilt block is any that has Y-seams that are machined pieced.

Susan said...

I love your morning glories and the verse you added. One of my favorite things to do is add verses to my creations. the one thing I do not like to do is alterations. Fixing broken garments are not high on my like list. Thanks for making me smile this morning.

Kwilt Krazy said...

Your wall hanging is devine my dear! I took that class too, Love it! I don' t know what I hate/dislike yet. It might be hexies ha ha, I am still working on my project. I only have a couple of days left.

maggie said...

Your story touched my heart and you were such a blessing to your mother as well.
The glory quilt is just stunning!! I love how you added the scripture. Wonderful!
cheers,
maggie

maggeimine42@gmail.com

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Vickie. I am loving your little wall hanging. The flowers are gorgeous with all of that pretty stitching. You did a beautiful job.
I have never tried paper pieceing nor am I tempted to try. It really looks so hard to me. I think that I could just applique the pattern a lot better than I ever could get it done by paper pieceing.
I hope you have a wonderful time at your retreat!

Joye with an e said...

I totally dislike paper piecing. It makes me feel so dyslectic! But I enjoy hexagons.

rag55 said...

Your Morning Glory quilt turned out Beautiful, such a novel idea to play with hexies!!!! And your quilting is just gorgeous! !!!! There is not much in quilting I dislike but....... I am working with a foundation paper piecing project right now and taking the paper off is a real pain!!!

Lou said...

Beautiful!!!!!
Love the way people are making hexies into things besides plain hexies:) haha!!! Great imagination!
I haven't found anything yet that I really hate to make... may dislike and never make again but Hate is too harsh:)
Have fun at your retreat!

Nancy M. said...

I have yet to figure out how to work with triangles and get it right. It is very frustrating but I will not give up. Have a great retreat.

Carol said...

Your beautiful quilt makes me happy, makes me feel fine. Actually, it makes me warm all over. Really, it is just so gorgeous! Say "hi" to Henrietta for me. :O)

madebymeinred said...

I can't believe such a beautiful quilt came out of hexaphobia. This is a gorgeous quilt! You never fail to knock me off my feet.

Janarama said...

Your quilt is stunning! Love the colors you used. Just beautiful!

BizyStitches said...

I've only done hexes with English paper piecing once and I wasn't very fond of it and haven't done it since and that was many years ago. Your quilt came out perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Angelia Lanouette said...

How clever to make a morning glory out of a hexagon...beautiful!! I am a new quilter and haven't found anything yet that I dislike. I'm sure that might change when I get around to trying curved seams. The one thing I can absolutely say that I dislike sewing is the patches on my husband and sons Boy Scout uniforms. Thank you!! anglanouette at gmail dot com

Britt-Inger said...

Your wall quilt is amazing, I love the thread painting and the quilting is wonderful. Such a happy and colorful work of art. Thanks for sharing

Debby said...

Love your chicken. Love your blue Crown of Thorns inspired quilt. Very inspirational and the work is divine. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity for taking a plain muslin hexie and giving it meaning and purpose!

Lisa said...

Your Wall Hanging is so pretty, and well Henrietta is precious! I hate to sew pillows that have tasseled trim attached to the front not in the binding... OH MY it will make you say ugly words!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

BEAUTIFUL quilt and your quilting ist stunning, very well done!
Wish you lot of fun at the retreat ☺

Rachaeldaisy said...

Vickie, You are Brilliant!! This is such a wonderful amazing quilt and a super creative way of using hexagons , and using the new skills you learnt from your class. You are a super star!!

Linda said...

HI SUCH NEAT PROJECTS!
I DO NOT LIKE TO MAKE "PRARIE POINTS"!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Tami C said...

I am glad that you are healed of hexaphobia! Your wall hanging turned out beautiful. My mother-in-law loves morning glories. I'm sure she would just love it too! There is one block that I fell in love with years ago. I've just been too afraid to make any lemoyne stars because it requires Y seams.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a gorgeous wall hanging. Love the way it turned out, and so creative, and the quilting is spectacular. I haven't met a block that I didn't like yet. What do I hate to sew though is when DH asks me to mend something, because he has usually totally demolished the item and expects miracles.

Brandy Pettit said...

The thing I dislike sewing is anything that is made with stretchy material, like dresses and such. I'm just awful with it, but so often it's the nicest feeling fabric! I hope you have a fantastic time at the retreat!
~Brandy

quiltmania said...

I love your wall hanging. The thread art is amazing!

Renea said...

Love the wallhanging. I really don't have a block that I hate to sew but the thing I struggle with is picking fabrics for my quilts.

sandra said...

I love those beautiful Morning Glories and I loved your story that went along with. You tell such wonderful tales I went back to read about your Mother and hexie quilt but I really wanted to see picture. Thanks for sharing with us , I hate blocks with lots of points and tiny triangles no mattering try anyway.

ShirleyC said...

I love your wall hanging! It is so unique and such a great story. I hope you have fun at your retreat.

Anita said...

Love your story. Your wall hanging is stunning! I'm not crazy about Appliqué. Enjoy your retreat!

Rhonda D. said...

Love your morning glory hexie wall hanging! thanks for sharing with us!

Teresa in Music City said...

Hexies were the thing I never wanted to do too until this Hop - that's actually why I signed up for it, to force me to play with them and see what all the fuss was about :*) I love your quilt - it's gorgeous!!!

Cindy said...

Lovely little quilt. I like how you used the hexies. And your quilting is wonderful. Pebbles is something I would love to try one day!

Emily C said...

wow. Love the quilt. that is a very creative way to use hexies.
Some things are not for everyone. I personally have not tried hexies or paper piecing. I can usually tell when something isn't for me.

Sowing Stitches said...

My #1 sewing dislike....mending.
Now to get that out of the way...
and on to much nicer sewing/quilting delights!
Once again you have treated us with a wonderful creation!!! :)

Josie McRazie said...

Flying _____ Geese!!! I have another word I put in there but I won"t use it because it is NOT very nice!! ;O) For some reason mine NEVER fly straight!!! I think they must be drunk!!

vicki said...

Well, i haven't made many blocks so I am not sure what I dislike yet. Thanks for the giveaway and your quilt looks great! vickise at gmail dot com

Beth Strand said...

Great wall hanging! My least favorite to sew are matching diamonds. I do them...I just don't enjoy them as much as others!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

How cute! I love the 'glory' of your morning glories. Have fun on your retreat. Maybe you can make a hexie bluebonnet, or some hexie cactus.

Robin said...

Well, that certainly turned out great! That is a beautiful wall hanging. I, like you, am a little intimidated by hexies. Hopefully I can overcome it as well as you did!!

DeAnna S. said...

Beautiful wall hanging! You did an excellent job with the quilting and thread painting.

Carol said...

Love the morning glory quilt--brilliant idea! I do not like to do Y seams--too time-consuming and easy to make mistakes. Thanks for sharing your quilt!

Charlene S said...

Your Glory wall hanging is gorgeous. I dislike the double wedding ring pattern. So much work from beginning to end!

Sandy said...

Your morning glories are beautiful...what a great idea! I absolutely hate to sew clothing...and so I don't! Thanks for sharing with us...and chicken too.

Nancy said...

I dislike hand applique. It looks beautiful in/on quilts, but it is not my thing. But your morning glories--that was such a great idea for a quilted project.

Karen said...

I love your hexaphobia story and really hope you are cured. The double knit fabric would certainly make it unpleasant to sew!

I don't hate half square triangles, but they do frustrate me. They are in nearly every quilt block, and I just don't feel proficient at making them, so they are a source of frustration. I am a fairly new quilter and am working my way through various methods of making them. I haven't tried the triangle papers yet, so maybe that will be my answer to perfect HSTs! Hope your retreat is going great!!

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya Vickie!!! What an inspiration. I would have never thought to use the hexies as morning glories. And I love morning glories too. You did a magnificent job, so lovely. Have fun at the retreat. Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Cathy's Chatter said...

Just beautiful! I love your quilt!

Shannon said...

What a beautiful wall hanging. I love the colors and the quilting. The scripture is perfect!!

Kathy H said...

Loved the morning glory quilt. One thing I hate to sew is buttons. I feel like they never really go where they should, either sewing them by hand or machine. And some of those quilts are so cute with buttons!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I don't like sewing any block with bias edges. When I stitch HST's I use Triangulations. No bias edges that way.

LJ said...

I'm doing catch-up on the hexie hop so I'm just getting to you. For someone who didn't love hexies your quilt is fab!! Your thread stitching is spot-on!

Marianne said...

love your solution to the "hexaphobia" I have it too. I hate hate hate hexies and almost ended up on "the list" because I kept running into problems.
I am just now getting around to commenting on everyone's projects.
I love the quilting on your wall hanging. The tiny bubbles would have me jumping off a cliff.
So much detail !

Sarah said...

A wonderful project - I have never heard of using prismacolors on fabric - do you have to seal it any specific way or is it just not washable? The morning glories are a perfect to overcome hex-aphobia.

Cindy said...

Morning Glories are one of my favorite flowers and your wallhanging is just gorgeous. I dislike machine applique, need more practice, but seens like I can never get my machine adjusted how I want it to look.

nicolesender said...

I have yet to master sewing a decent curve so I'd have to say I dislike sewing curves!
micolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com