You must know by now that I always need to be working on something. When I first started to quilt, I was introduced to English Paper Piecing. It was the perfect project for hand work. There were our 2 hour drives back and forth to the cottage every weekend, our car trips to visit family in other provinces, and the occasional holiday south. The problem was keeping everything together. And keeping the cute little hexies from getting all wrinkled.
Then a local quilt show held a challenge. We were given 8 fabrics and asked to create a 3-D Notion using all 8 fabrics. I knew exactly what I wanted to create. These pictures are of the original book, which I called a Hexi Holder. It was voted Viewer’s Choice in at the Quilt Show in 2015. Since then it has traveled thousand of miles by car, gone through dozens of airport security systems and has sailed on a few cruises. It is starting to look a little battered, but you get the picture.
Some of the things I like about it are:
- it is small enough to fit into any carry-on bag
- it is compact when folded up, but opens flat so that it can lay on your lap
- pages 1 and 6 have open and closed pockets
- page 2 is the thread page. It holds many bobbins of thread so you can take a variety of colours with you and simply pull on the thread when you need more. No more spools of thread that fall and roll into the most awkward places. The thread page also holds scissors.
- page 3 and 4 are page protectors. They are magnetic pages that snap together. This is what keeps small projects and small amounts of fabric flat.
- page 5 is the needle page. You can keep a variety of needles in place, and insert small objects such as a pen, a stitch ripper or a pair of scissors into the slots created by the felt.
- since the magnets work on all the pages, it doesn’t matter which page you have open on your lap. Whenever you need to put the needle down, you can simply place it on the corner of the page and it will stay there. No need to pin it in place, and no more loosing a needle in the seat or floor of your car.
Many people have asked for the pattern. It has not been published but if you are interested in making this book just follow along with me for the month of January. I will post new instructions every Wednesday.
The supply list is: (to print, click hand-stitching-book-supply-list )
- 18 fabric pieces that are approx. 12” square. These will be sub-cut as needed. If you are making the book out of a single fabric, you will need 12” x WOF for the outside cover, and 20” x WOF for the inside pages
- 1 fabric strip 2” by WOF
- ¾ meter Fusible Fleece (45” wide)
- 2 sheets of long plastic canvas (10 ½ x 13 ½”) or 4 small sheets (8 ½ x 11”)
- 5×8” interfacing
- 8” seam binding
- 6” zipper
- 4×4” felt
- 20” of ¼” self covered piping cord (soft cording often found in the upholstery section)
- 2 sets of ½” sew-on magnet snaps
- 4 small D-rings (2mm or ¾”)
- Clasp (large enough to clip on a small pair of scissors)
- 2 yards cording (that coordinates with your fabric)
- 4 beads (optional) that are large enough to fit on the cording
- Large button
- 2 pull chains that are 12-15” long (look in the lighting department of your hardware store)Many of these supplies can found around the house, or substituted with other things. If you let me know which items you are having problems with, I can give suggested alternatives.
Besides the fabric, make sure you have the fusible fleece and a button for week 1.
By week 2, you will need the magnetic snaps, interfacing, and D rings.
In week 3 you will need the felt and self covered piping cord.
The remainder of the supplies will be required in week 4 when we put it all together.
This at least, is the plan. Lets see how it goes.