From Paper Clips to Safety Pins


Don't you just love paper clips!! They're such a simple design and yet so handy.

I use them to hold my fabric in place when I'm tacking my hexagons, otherwise I sometimes end up with crooked seams, because I'm busy day dreaming or chatting away. It's especially handy for lining up fussy cut hexis. I learnt this tip from Melody on The House of The Side Of The Hill Blog. Her fussy hexagon flowers are amazing!
I know some of you'll will be thinking why dosen't she use a glue pen? Well, call me old fashioned but I enjoy basting hexis. It dosen't take long and it's satisfying to see a little pile that you've just sewn.
Sometimes I play little games with the paper clips while I sew. I usually just mix up all the colours without thinking. But other times I go for a more coordinated look.
My hexis are more a side project, great for filling in time, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, after dinner when I'm chatting to Gbf, or a quiet afternoon listening to quilty podcasts. All those times have added up over the past few months and the quilt idea in my head is starting to appear.
I haven't sewn down all of the the hexi rings yet. I keep swapping them around to see what combinations I like the best. They'll each have 2 rings, it'll look more interesting that way, more depth and colour play.
I've raided my Sis Boom collection for these. I'm pretty sure I've included a bit of fabric from 11 of Jennifer Paganelli's beautiful fabric ranges. It's only missing her latest - Girl's World Vibe and there'll be Crazy Love coming out in March but I'm sure some of those fabrics will find a place in this quilt.
It's wonderful when names for quilts come to you as you sew. So far I've come up with Sis Boom Blooms or Jennifer's Garden, but we'll see, it'll be a while before this quilt it finished.


I've also been quilting my Dancing In Your Head quilt. I happy to say I've finished! I just have to sew the binding on and it's a wrap! I'll post glamour shots of it when it's done.

I hope you're having as much fun with your projects as I've been having with mine!

From Paper Clips to Safety Pins

26 comments

  1. Loving your hexies. I'm a glue girl, I have no patience, yep, I know you're amazed by that revelation.
    There are so many yummy fabrics in those shots, I'm practically drooling.

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  2. Your hexie project is SO beautiful! You must have an amazing fabric stash! Lusting is what I'm doing!

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  3. Un sacco di suggerimenti interessanti!
    Io la colla non la sopporto, preferisco ago e filo....
    Ciao

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  4. Fab idea with the paperclips, can't believe I hadn't thought of that - I use binder clips when making bags after all lol

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  5. Okay...I am going right now to buy some jennifer p. fabric! I am loving the look! So amazing. And what a great idea to use the paper clips. I use freezer paper and iron my hexie freezer paper on the back side. It sticks and then I can get sharp edges. I can't wait to see how you are going to put your rings all together...you are amazing, Rachael!

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  6. I have a stash of Jennifer P fabric, and it's so beautiful I don't want to cut into it!! Love your colouring, I'm enjoying seeing the bright and colourful fabrics being used in quilts these days.

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  7. Rachael!!! How do you ever leave your sewing room? Auditioning all the different combinations of these gorgeous hexie rings would be far too much fun to abandon. I'm loving them all! Jennifer is going to be in 7th heaven when she sees these.

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  8. I love your paperclip idea. I'll have to try that next time I make hexies! I love love love your hexie quilt design. I can't wait to see it all finished up! The colors are gorgeous!!!

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  9. Oh Rachael this is so you...simply stunning...and the paper clips are so matching too!!! I remember learning hexies when we were in Blackheath but haven't done one since...perhaps another thing for the list!!!

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  10. I agree, basting hexies is very relaxing. I always adore seeing your amazing, vibrant and unique fabric choices. You have the most wonderful eye for colour. Clever little daisy.

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  11. Wow!! Your hexies with those fabrics are SO elegant, but fun at the same time. I'll look forward to your photo of "Dancing.." Congratulations on your finish!

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  12. Gorgeous hexies.....love the toile fabrics! And YAY on your Dancing In Your Head finish! Can't wait to see it!

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  13. Now who would think you could have so much fun with paper clips? Gorgeous colours!!!
    Love seeing all the gorgeous colours in your hexie rings, too!

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  14. Marg showed me the glue trick and Im a complete convert ...sorry but Im happy to cut corners wherever I can!

    I dont think Ive ever seen such bright and happy hexies. That's going to be one stunner of a quilt when you're done !

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  15. Not only do I love the color in that post but I love the container you have the paper clips in, very retro! Great idea to use the paper clips.
    I need to get back to my hexies, they are a lot of fun to make.

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  16. I love using my colored paper clips. I also love the smooth coating they have.
    Your hexies look great! I love the touches of the fussy cut pieces and the stripes add loads of interest - so fun!!

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  17. COLOR, talent, whimsy!!!!! THANK YOU for sharing! I too have joined the hex craze and you have sparked some new possibilities! I LOVE the way they are fussy cut!!!!

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  18. A happy post. The hexie circles are looking "Beaut" I really like the fussy cutting in relation to the modern prints. They just spin and twirl.
    Dancing is great Waiting to see the finish.

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  19. your hexie project is gorgeous ! What a colour feast !

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  20. The hexie quilt is a stunner and sure to be quite a winner looking forward to seeing dancing quilt completed. Oh and I must remember the paper clip idea very handy.

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  21. Those hexie's are gorgeous, I will raise my hand and confess..I suffer from hexagon-phobia :)

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  22. You really take fussy cutting to new level! LOVE the riotous color combos, especially the pinks and greens. Spinning indeed!

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  23. Those hexagons are looking mighty fine!!!

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  24. Everything you make is amazing. Again your fabric choices are wonderful.
    And I agree, I gave gluing my hexies a go but much prefer the hand tacking, I find it really relaxing.

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  25. wow rachel - that quilt is going to be awesome :)

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  26. OH my word! I really love how you left Sis Boom motifs uncut in the middle. Really beautiful! I cannot wait to see it all finished!

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