Monday, November 23, 2015

A Hexie Workshop with Mary Clark

Mary Clark's Class Sample
This past weekend I took a workshop with Mary Clark on a new way to make Hexies. Mary spoke to the CAMEO quilt guild last week. Her quilts are amazing! This past year she was a guest teacher at the Sauder Farm Quilt Show. Her first appliqué quilt won best of show at Sauder Farm! Mary's quilts have appeared in books and she has taught in the Toledo/Michigan area for many years. She was a wonderful teacher. She was methodical and precise in her descriptions and demos. Not every great quilter is a great teacher. Mary is both!

Mary's samples of hexagon quilts and the Superior Under Thread 
Mary had several secrets to making Hexagons. First she used Superior Bottom Line Thread, a very fine thread that really does not show. For templates Mary uses a water soluble fusible precut hexagon templates from Hugs N Kisses.

She fuses the template to the wrong side of the fabric, cuts the hexagon leaving a quarter inch seam allowance, and then uses a glue pen to iron the seam allowances to the back of the hexagon.

Mary also had a new way of knotting the thread that allowed continual sewing. A gal made a video of Mary's instructions so we wouldn't forget! I hope the insertion of the video works.

My work in progress in class. The print fabric is my new kitchen curtain fabric. I wanted to make a teapot hotpad.

My finished project
The class also learned how to make the folded Bow Ties seen in on the table
Sorry for the lousy photos but here are several of Mary's quilts from her presentation.
Lots of half square triangles make this quilt spectacular
Rework embroidery, piecing, and that lovely house
This was made for Anita Shakelsford's publication Coxcomb Variations
Mary loves dimensional appliqué'
I used up all the my Fons & Porter glue pen on this project. But I was able to compete the entire project in 24 hours.

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