Friday, May 15, 2009

Hexie Land

Despite my (best-laid) plan to only work on hexies on the week-ends, and devote most of my quilting time to DD's quilt blocks, I've been so seduced by the hexagons that that's about all I've accomplished lately... hexies and a bit of knitting.

If you want to see my hexie progress, check it out here.

I did want to show you the wonderful little prize I received from Quilting Ranny - it came almost two weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to sharing. Thanks, Jean. The soap smells so divine! (I'm using the little zip-lock it came in to store my freezer-paper hexagon templates. They smell wonderful now, too!)

Beautiful Christmas ribbon and heavenly peach-scented soap.

The blocks for DD's quilt are all machine-pieced, while the hexagons are all hand-stitched. I'm enjoying the option of switching from one skill-set to the other.

Happy stitches to everyone! And have a delightful weekend.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Two Projects and Pot-holders

(All the dates on the pics are wrong - I keep forgetting to Fix It on my camera!)
Not too long ago I nearly burned myself using one of my old shabby patchwork potholders. I decided it was time to make some new ones. What a re-learning curve that was! After several false starts, ripping of stitches, etc., I think I finally got my pot-holder mojo going again. And... you know how one thing leads to another...

Old and Shabby!


Several years ago DD let me know that she really would like to have a quilt made by me...that notion has been quietly simmering on a back burner for a long time. But, when I got out all my fabric stash (nearly all of it is scrappy - and there's not all that much of it), I remembered DD's quilt request. So I decided it's probably now or never. I selected "Goose in the Pond" for the pattern - using green scraps for the half-square triangle "Geese" and non-green scraps for the pond ripples. These are fairly large blocks - finishing at about 15" square. I plan to set them with 3" muslin strips with little mini 9-patch blocks at the corners. So far I have 10 blocks done. I'm thinking about a "flying geese" border, but that's still a long time off. I'm using scraps as much as possible for this quilt - I have lots of lavenders, pinks, purples, blues but not very much in the warm color palette. I bought a couple of fat quarters to help things along. Here's a yellow...

The "Par-Tay" block!

Getting back into piecing/patch-work/quilting-in-general led me to search for quilting and crafting blogs, and because of that I found The Great Hexagon Quilt - Along Too, and I just couldn't help myself - I asked to join-in the fun. (Thanks again, Robyn for letting me in!) I had never done hexies (as they're called) before and had always really liked them, so I joined up and am now addicted. I'm also using scraps for this project.

More hexies soon (I hope).