A little inspiration

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For me, inspiration for a new project can come from multiple sources, but more often than not my favorite projects are born from an odd, yet fabulous moment. I have bought an awful lot of stuff over the years. Sometimes I know what I am doing with it, but honestly, most of the time not. I just get what I like, and hope for the best. This is the perfect example of that.

I bought a couple of fat quarter packs of this Westminster fabric line from a discount store (Tuesday Morning). I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just liked it and knew I needed enough of it to actually make something. Then, on a separate shopping trip, I got this book, “Sizzlin’ Sixties” by Heather Mulder Peterson from Anka’s Treasures. It was in clearance. On yet another shopping trip I also acquired the “Hex N More” ruler by Juliei Herman from Jaybird Quilts. I’m a ruler hog. That’s all I have to say about that.

So, how did this project begin? By me trying to clean up my sewing studio and coming across the fabric. All of the sudden something popped in my brain and before I knew it, these three items found themselves on my cutting board. The book doesn’t actually use the ruler in the directions, since the ruler didn’t even exist at the time of publishing. I love stuff like this- perfect opportunity to combine a pattern I like with a tool that makes it easier.
Hex? 2As I started pouring over the different options in the book “Sizziln’ Sixties”, it hit me that I wanted this quilt to have some drama to it, so dark grey seemed the way to go with all of those pastel-ish fabrics.  So, I got to cutting 2 1/2″ strips.

Hex? 3After matching and piecing a pastel fabric strip to a grey fabric strip, I pulled out my handy-dandy ruler.  The section of the ruler pictured here is simply the 60 degree angle.  I lined up the ruler on the 4 1/2″ line and began cutting my wedges.

Hex? 4Each time you cut a wedge, you get the mirror image of that wedge in your cut.  So, one one wedge, the dark grey is the bottom half of the triangle, while on the next wedge the dark grey is the top of the triangle.  I started playing with options on my design board, but as you can see, things quickly got out of hand…

Hex? 5All of these layout options came from the book, and I am really excited about the possibilities with this little wedge!