If you've read my posts over the last few years you've seen this top.
Click Here to see the first post on the Bricks Project
I am taking up the Bricks Project again. I've been on hiatus from this for too long. I had to switch gears when a few other projects took priority. . . but I'm back.
I still want the answer to the question I asked in 2011:
"How many small quilts could I make out of this one top?"
See the first 6 small quilts here
And #7 here
I once swore that I would never make a hexagon quilt but you know what they say, "Never say never!"
For # 8 in the series, I've decided to experience the technique of English paper piecing - the old fashioned way; trace and cut out my own papers. I know you can order them pre-cut but part of why I do these small quilts is to learn, experience and appreciate the way things were done before we had so many 'helps' on the market.
For paper I am using the little annoying inserts that fall out of magazines...a good weight I think for cutting the hexagons and making them removable.
Generous friend, Dawn (Collector with a Needle), gave me the metal template for tracing, (okay, I'm not a total purist), and she gave me a quick demo on basting the fabric to the paper. She has a lot of experience with hexies.
Today it went more smoothly. I tried using a small applique pin to hold the fabric to the paper and another of those pins to hold down the starting fold. That helped keep things from slipping.
I'm using up old spools of thread to baste. I don't go through the paper so once I've joined each hex on all sides I will remove those papers and re-use them.
Here's my growing pile:
My new question:
"Will I ever 'use up' all the fabric gleaned from that c. 1910 top?"