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    Hexie Dilemna

    I've been making 1 inch hexies for a grandmothers flower garden out of the mini charm packs (2"squares) using Civil War and Reproductions ones. I was going to alternate each flower light dark, etc. There seems to be more darks in the packs and my center is all the same. I'm not happy with them. When I put the darks together they seem to look better. (Pic on left compared to right) The fabric they are laying on will be what connects them together. Any suggestions. I am getting frustrated and want to quit but I love doing them.
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    Sorry only one visible try downloading the one with all blacks together.
    went back and realised you had put them all in one pic sorry. I miss judged the red in the left pictures light not dark.

    I think 3 definitely dark as you have done would look best.
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    I think you are right. There is more continuity and I can see the flower shape better when all the darks are in one flower. The other ones just look random and I don't think they will stand out as much.

    I have also been making hexies and have decided to arrange them in alternating rows--one with a border of dark hexies and the next with a border of light. I think it will sort of resemble a log cabin.
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    I love your fabrics, Sharon, and I agree that the all-dark flowers look better against the medium value of the background; that being the reason too, I believe, that the mixed do not have the same pop --- the medium value petals are getting lost against the background. Summarily: Value.

    But the romance of the Civil War repros is there and, using each and every one of the fabrics in the collection, I would take this approach: Set all your flowers around the same-color centers as you have done. Mix the darks, lights, mediums on each flower and set them in place. Then, to set them up with high contrast, quilt with a decorative stitch on the outside edge of each "flower" in a very dark brown or even black - perhaps 30-weight thread (size 16 needle, topstitch [sharp], large hole).

    Hope some of this helps.

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    Since you are going to use the light shirting to alternate each flower ... stick with using all of the light colors in the centers and all the dark colors for the petals. That will highlight each flower.

    Depending on what you use together, some of those lights may look like darks for petals. Play each of them against each other and against the shirting background. For example, the flower to the far right and top has a petal on the top right which is a light shirting - it just gets lost against the shirting. That one would definitely be a center. But some of the other "light" petals you have could remain as petals or be centers.
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    Are these all the hexies you're doing? What I mean is are you making more or these are the only ones? Your centers being the same is what will bring the hexies together. If you're scattering them about the quilt top you should still be ok. If you're going to connect them all together, you can but a light one from one group up to a dark from another group. Shouldn't be a problem. I believe they look fine.

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    thanks for your replys. No tessagin I am still working on more hexies. I only have about 250 done so far. Lots more to go. I think I will just continue making them and then play with putting them together.
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    i agree with the others, all darks as the petals.
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    Personally I think your issue is more your connecting pieces and that they are patterned. The value is an issue but the pattern is too. I've only done one GFG and I used a white on white as connectors. My Elongated Hexagons that I am working on now has connectors that are blue chambray. Neither are quite solid, but neither have popping patterns either.

    Just my opinion. If you want to keep that connecting pattern fabric, then I would keep darks on the outside petals.

    (and yes, it is hard to find a good connecting pattern fabric)

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    I might try something lighter for the background like what you used for the center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grammie Sharon View Post
    I've been making 1 inch hexies for a grandmothers flower garden out of the mini charm packs (2"squares) using Civil War and Reproductions ones. I was going to alternate each flower light dark, etc. There seems to be more darks in the packs and my center is all the same. I'm not happy with them. When I put the darks together they seem to look better. (Pic on left compared to right) The fabric they are laying on will be what connects them together. Any suggestions. I am getting frustrated and want to quit but I love doing them.
    I think there are too many values in your flowers that are the same as your background. Try making your background lighter or very dark and with not as much pattern in it and I think it will work - not enough contrast as it is now. Good luck with your project.

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    I have made many belie quilts..I find when using so many colors..the background and the center .Should be solid color to pull it all together..your centers are light enough design wise to be ok...but try some of your flowers on some solid color material..natural. or light tan would give u the effect u are looking for ..I think..since u want the flower to be the main draw to the eye of the looker..a good thing to do also is lay the background material down..put some flowers on top..then step back and look..if your eyes go all over the piece..and are not drawn to one thing...then u are balance with the colors.if something is off u will keep going back to it...when working with so many colors and patterns u have to give a break to it all with the solid connecting pieces..I also love working with hexie. I posted a hexie quilt I just finish a couple weeks ago.it would show u what I mean about the breaking up of color and patterns..

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    I never heard of a belie quilt....lol..the auto correct on this kindle has a mind of it own..Should have been hexie..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Belmont View Post
    I love your fabrics, Sharon, and I agree that the all-dark flowers look better against the medium value of the background; that being the reason too, I believe, that the mixed do not have the same pop --- the medium value petals are getting lost against the background. Summarily: Value.

    But the romance of the Civil War repros is there and, using each and every one of the fabrics in the collection, I would take this approach: Set all your flowers around the same-color centers as you have done. Mix the darks, lights, mediums on each flower and set them in place. Then, to set them up with high contrast, quilt with a decorative stitch on the outside edge of each "flower" in a very dark brown or even black - perhaps 30-weight thread (size 16 needle, topstitch [sharp], large hole).

    Hope some of this helps.

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    I am not a hexi expert nor do I play one on tv. Heck I've never made a single hexagon let alone a whole hexi quilt but I love this idea. I can picture it and I feel like it would look like something your great grandmother would have made with the dark stitching around them.

    Whatever you choose I'm sure it will be wonderful the fabrics are very pretty.
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    I agree that the darks on the petals look the best.
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    I think part of the charm of hexes is the different colors, light and dark in each so I think you solution would be to change your background fabric, either a couple of tones lighter or darker, that would set off more of a contrast with the light fabric hexes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I might try something lighter for the background like what you used for the center.
    I agree, if you use the same fabric you used in your centers, it would solve your problem

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    The fabric you are using for your centers would be a great backfround fbric.

    I like the medium to dark " petals" better. The light ones get absorbed into the background.

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    Is your heart set on GFG? There are loads of other designs you can make using the hexies where you can mix up your mediums lights and darks. I am a fan of forming the diamond shape with hexis.

    Like the first quilt in this blog, but please scroll down for some amazing takes on hexi quilts that should inspire you to continue on.
    http://suegarman.blogspot.com/2013_05_01_archive.html
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    Was going to offer a suggestion but when I read Jo Belmont's entry, mine would have been nothing more than a duplicate of hers. Love checked, too!

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    ​Sorry...typed in "hexie$" but when it printed out came out "checked........... what gives?????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    ​Sorry...typed in "hexie$" but when it printed out came out "checked........... what gives?????????
    Um, possibly your 'spell check' skipped too many classes as a teenager? Lol!
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