Friday, August 30, 2013

Hexies by Halves PDF Pattern and Quilt-Along Highlights

That's right!  The Hexies by Halves PDF Pattern is finally done and up for sale in my shop.  I've gone through the whole pattern, added some additional photos, and clarified some things.  I'm very happy with it, and I think everyone who participated in the quilt along would agree that the instructions are very detailed and even a beginning quilter can successfully complete this quilt if they already possess basic sewing skills.  Besides this specific pattern, it contains sections on choosing fabrics, basting and preparing your quilt for quilting, simple machine quilting, and binding.

One of the most fun things about hosting this quilt-along has been seeing the pictures of your finished projects come in.  I know there are going to be more pictures coming.  Each participant took the same pattern and really made it her own!

Marianne from Adventurous Quilter made this beautiful quilt with different browns she had in her stash.  I love how it turned out and the way she photographed it really shows off those quilting lines.  She's a great quilt photographer and took some other beautiful pictures you can see here
Linnae made this lovely pink and blue quilt.  She had extra hexies and made it larger.  Since it wasn't quite large enough for a twin bed, she added a border.  I love her arrangement with the large pink flowers on a blue background.

Linnae made this lovely pink and blue quilt.  She had extra hexies and made it larger.  Since it wasn't quite large enough for a twin bed, she added a border.  I love how she made a patterned arrangement with the large pink flowers on a blue background.

Emily used similar colors, but without the blues.  I love the variety in scale she used with the large polka dots and floral prints mixed up with the smaller prints.  The low value (light colored) hexies contrast nicely with the high value (bright) hexies.  Emily also took the time to match of the stripes in her hexies.  (Wow!)  She chose to make a larger quilt as well by using more hexies.

Paula from Sewy Stuff chose to use a bundle of Black, White and Current from Sisters and Quilters for her fabrics.  I absolutely love the richness of these colors.  You can see more pictures of her beautiful quilt here on her blog.  She said this was just her third quilt!

Kellye chose to go with only four fabrics and arranged them in a repeating pattern.  I love how it gives the quilt a whole different look.  I think an arrangement like this could work great for a school colors quilt.

Tracey broke all kinds of "rules" about what kinds of fabrics to choose...and it turned out awesome.  I'm thinking I may need to rethink some of those rules.  She had a lot of Peanuts Christmas fabric that had been used to make her kids' Christmas stockings.  She really wanted to use the fabric because it was so sentimental to their family and her kids loved to see the fabric used again.  You can visit her blog Reflections here and see more pictures of this quilt and other crafty things she's made here in her Flickr photostream.
Some of the prints had large scale pictures that definitely had an "up" and "down" to them, but she cut those hexies out so that the pictures all faced the same way.  I think it worked great!

And last, but definitely not least... Kristin from Sisters and Quilters (shop here and blog here) made this top using some layer cakes and yardage.  You can click here to read more details about how she modified the pattern and used a template to work with a layer cake.

Keep those pictures coming!  I'd love to do another highlights post as more of you finish your quilts.

Click here to purchase the Hexies by Halves PDF Pattern for your very own!

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  1. Congratulations on getting the pattern done and ready for sale! I love seeing how the different fabrics came together for totally different looks!

    For anybody who is thinking about this pattern, JUST DO IT! The large pieces make this come together quickly, and with simple basic sewing skills you can do this. Polly's instructions and pictures are clear and easy to follow.

    Thanks Polly for letting me quilt-along with you. This was a great confidence builder for me as a newbie quilter.

  2. Thanks for your kind words on my quilt top. I can't wait to see the whole thing finished! I've already purchased and started cutting out fabric for a second hexie quilt. This is the highest compliment I could give a pattern designer!

  3. I, too, plan to make another! I loved the pattern, and the instructions were great! It goes together quickly and allows for so many looks, it's irresistible!

  4. oh gorgeous!! I just may have to get that pattern... I'm thinking of all the fun I could create! WOuld love for you to link this up to my link party {tasteful tuesdays} going on now!

  5. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!


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