r ranson wrote:Cotton thread - I can't believe the current price. When I bought some in mid-2020, it was $1.14 a spool. Now it's at least $6.
Skandi Rogers wrote:Urgh this is making me want to do a patchwork cover (not a quilt) I think I'll "cheat" and use a sewing machine if I do though!
Hmmm... maybe parents trying to keep their kids busy for the summer when people are still not booking vacations away?
r ranson wrote:I went around a few thrift shops today. I don't know what happened between now and a couple of weeks ago, but their crafting supplies are empty! Crazy.
All you can do is keep watching if you're not in a rush. A lot of people are only just going back to shopping, so you may find if you wait a month, you'll have more to choose from, although prices may not drop. A *lot* of prices in the shops have gone way up in the last year, often for questionable reasons, and I'm not convinced they'll go back down.
It looks like a bedsheet big enough for the backing is going to start at $12.99. Although I am probably going to want the duvet cover which starts at 24.99. They didn't have anything that matched my vision and I'm still not certain I'm going to start this project.
Kate Muller wrote:If you can find a second hand wool blanket they make amazing batting for a very warm quilt. I was watching a youtube video about a quilter whose grandmother would cut up damaged wool socks and sew them together to use as quilt batting. Thrift store sweaters may be another source of low cost batting.
r ranson wrote:I can't get this idea out of my head. I don't know what it is about EPP, but something about it calls to me. Probably because it is so frugal.
And yet, when I read about it online, it seems like one of the more expensive quilting methods out there. Buying fancy cutters or cards and precut templates and fussy cutting tools and... That side doesn't interest me.
I want to use up scraps of cloth from old clothing and from sewing projects. Cut my own hexies.
I've done a few more experiments including a cute little pen case. The case had hexies 3/4" per side and this felt very comfortable in my hands. The larger hexies are hard for me to handle, so I think if I do go with a quilt, it would be between 1" and 1.25" per side.
I've also been asking different quilters in town about this style of quilting. They seem to think it won't work if the hexies are smaller than 2 or 3 inches per side. That it's too time-consuming or too difficult.
But in a way, their objections are also the thing that drives me on. I don't mind small repetitive tasks. My goal isn't to get it done, but to do the thing. To be doing the thing. I think I'll be sad when it's done.
Although I totally agree with Kate's suggestion that you do what you want, if I was doing this, I'd want to lay out the pieces, and groups of pieces to see that the constant colour/design change didn't make my eyes "go buggy". One way I would deal with that, is to try groups of the same coloured hexes together, and I'd be careful of zigzag rows of patterns. Many hexes making up an overall pattern such as the sheep picture you posted could work for me - just because the picture shows a small number of large hexes, doesn't mean that I couldn't find a way of getting the same effect with groups of much smaller hexes. Personally, I'd also make several sheep if I were do a similar pattern - sheep are groupies!!! Hmmm... no sheep on my farm would be such a clean, white colour either. Today at duckie bedtime, I had the dirtiest white duck to put to bed that I think I've ever seen - mud everywhere from her bill to her tail!
The larger hexies are hard for me to handle, so I think if I do go with a quilt, it would be between 1" and 1.25" per side.