Unraveled Wednesday – Week 42 of 2020

Hi, friends. Today I’m linking up with Kat at As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday – a weekly gathering of readers and knitters who share their projects for the week. I debated whether I should even post today but I managed to make progress on my hexies quilt in the last few days, so here I am!

Reading

I have finished nothing in the last week. I’ve started 5 books since our last gathering, but have had a hard time finding the interest and focus to finish anything. Which is a shame because there’s so much I want to dive into! But I’ve made it 60% of the way through an audiobook, so I might have something to share with you next week and I’m heartened that this is only the second week without a finished book this year!

Stitching

I finished sewing on all of the white backgroud hexies that I had prepared. You might be able to notice that I finished filling in the background at the top and then started on the top left quadrant, towards the middle. This looks a little crooked because of where I have the background hexies sewn right now, but I think it will end up a rectangle!

This is what about five hundred 2.5″ white squares looks like, with the glue stick for scale. I dreaded cutting them, but managed to do it in about 45 minutes yesterday during quiet time.

Here’s about 200 of them glue basted into hexagons. I used all of the hexagon papers I had, so I’ll sew on this chunk and then pull those papers to baste more. This should be enough to finish the quadrant I’m working on, plus most of one more.

Before cutting all of those squares, I was thinking, what’s the point?! and spent a few days wallowing. But then I buckled down, cut the squares, and started glue basting yesterday, so I think I’m back on track to making progress. Plus, I have a queue of audiobooks that will make lovely companions!


Thanks for visiting today and I can’t wait to catch up with all of you this week!

18 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday – Week 42 of 2020

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  1. This is incredible! I have absolutely no idea how this works (sorry), but I can only imagine that it IS a ton of work, so KUDOS for sewing this afghan by hand!! It looks really beautiful. Is this for your husband and you or something for the whole family to use?

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    1. “Because this quilt is going to be beautiful!” was a sentence I had in this blog post originally, but ended up editing it out for some reason. Ha! I agree with you completely 🙂

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  2. I love seeing your process for the hexies! From cutting squares to glue basting to sewing, the point may be that it’s a wonderful creative process that will lead towards a beautiful quilt. I think you can be proud of where you are and where you’re going!

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  3. Okay, my interest is piqued! I had no idea this was how hexies are done! How fascinating.

    I too struggled to find a book to settle in with, but I started the latest Armand Gamache… he drew me in and it feels so good to be there in Paris with him.

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  4. I’ve long been intrigued by this method but never fully understood how it worked. So you glue the fabric onto paper hexagons, sew the fabric, and then remove the paper? And then presumably wash out the glue when you’re all done? It seems like a huge project, but at the same time, it’s the sort of thing you can do a bit at a time and still feel a sense of accomplishment.

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  5. Having just finished Winthrop Women, I am on the hunt for another book.
    I too am making hexies, and boy howdy they are time consuming, but like you it is time to buckle down and start sewing. Your hex quilt is amazing..

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  6. That is an impressive pile of hexies! I did a small hexagon quilt using precut paper pieces but that was a long time ago and we hand basted all the edge – no glue sticks. That put a damper on my motivation to do more. Your quilt is going to be an heirloom,

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    1. Thanks, Juliann! I started this quilt with thread basting, but it took a REALLY long time! I’m impressed that you did a project completely thread basted 🙂 The glue has made this possible!!

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  7. Katie, I am in AWE of how much progress you’re making on that quilt (and – ahem! – how much you still have to go!) …. still, confident you’ll finish. and hoping you get to listen to a few good books along the way!

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It’s actually coming together much more quickly than I’d anticipated at this point. I might finish that top left quadrant by next Wednesday’s blog post! If I can finish a quadrant a week, then that’s VERY good 🙂

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