Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SPEED-not all it's cracked up to be

Another week, month, year has sped by and leaves me in it's wake wondering what I can say I have accomplished. Whatever it is, it is not enough, I can tell you that. 
I have been working on a little hexagon treat that I shamefully copied from Jo Morton. Well, I did change mine a bit. Jo made the most darling little tree skirt! I hope she won't mind if I share her photo. She is amazing! Follow Jo's blog!

 I added another round of hexagons to mine and made a table topper. I think it will look darling with some greenery on my round kitchen table. The hexies are 5/8 inch. I learned that you measure hexagons by the length of the side. I was able to purchase a couple packs of them at a quilt shop over the summer. It is enjoyable stitching in the evening while watching TV. But let me tell you, these babies take forever! This project has been every evening for a month! In this case speed is not involved. Just consistent stitching!

 Somewhere on line I saw where someone finished the edge of their project by adding hexagons all around the underside of the quilt. Again, tedious, but what a nice edge you get. I should have stopped there because I am not at all happy with my hand quilting on this project. Maybe it doesn't need to be quilted. Can I get a hands up for that?

 I happened upon this project in the December 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine while sorting through my magazines. The design came from a vintage project that Ann Hermes adapted. This is one I wanted to make when I first saw it. I always have scraps, and they prompted me to get to work. I enjoyed this scrappy, wonky project so much that I just kept making blocks, and now I have a much larger quilt like this that I adore! Plus it feels so good to find yourself at the bottom of the scrap box!

 On another note, I have been having a terrible time posting to my Facebook for Patchalot Patterns. Things just don't seem to show up. It is very frustrating. And you know I don't post to my blog like I used to. But I am on Instagram and also on Pinterest. In fact I just noticed that I have 91 boards on Pinterest. Someone please save me from myself! I do think it is a great way to catalog photos of quilts and things that you like. I would prefer to fine tune it a bit, but so far making more boards is my only option. I have so many boards now that sometimes I am not sure where to pin an item. So I make another board.

In reference to my last post, I am now into season 12 of Midsomer Murders and they have become a little spicier and perhaps a bit more graphic. I hope I didn't recommend something that you find offensive down the road. Oddly, it didn't seem as provocative to me as American TV. Then again, my head is down stitching for a good part of the program!


Libby said...

Oh how I love those hexagons!

Kyle said...

All of your quilts are super cute. The R & W hexies would look fantastic quilted or not, especially if your were just going to use it for the holiday season. ( but then there's Valentine's Day and red and white could fit in there, oh, no). You're at the bottom of your scrap box? Another, oh, no.

Janet O. said...

If the lovely red/white hexie project is a table topper, does it really need quilting?
How did you get your scrap box empty? I thought they just kept multiplying overnight.
Maybe I came in on the later seasons of MM, and that is why it was too much for me. : )

Karen said...

I was thinking about you earlier today and wondering what you had been up to. This answers my question. Nice seeing a post from you.

Lindah said...

It is good to get a catch-up post from you. When I don't see any posts, I just imagine that you are busy with those beautiful grandchildren.
I love the look of the hexagons. A few years back, I gathered all the supplies to keep myself busy as I recuperated from surgery. I think it was the tedium of sewing those little rascals together that actually speeded up my recovery. I have not picked up the project since then.

Gloria said...

They are definitely still filming MM. I saw a sign indicating filming at a local location on my way to Quilt Group last month.

There has been at least one MM filmed in the winter -set around Christmastime - using Denham Village as one of the locations. It involved an uncle who was a stage magiian and an inheritance.

Have you tried Dad's Army? Only half an hour long and a light comedy. It was shown before the watershed so noviolence or swearing or sex!

(The 'watershed' in the UK is 9pm and TV shows are supposed not to show explicit scenes before then

AnnieO said...

I have not caught hexie fever but it does seem to be fairly contagious:). Your little projects are sweet. Is there no support for Facebook? Maybe there is some setting that needs tweaking. Happy Fall!

~Niki~ said...

scrappy quilts are the best. love your blog :)

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your hexies! A few years ago I decided that I wanted to jump on the hexie bandwagon...oh my! I'm with you - they take a LOT of time. I basted the individual pieces in no time, but it took me hours to sew together one flower. Therefore, that is all I have...ONE flower! I'm amazed at all of the beautiful hexie projects in blogland (yours included!).

Jeanne said...

Love all of your hexagons! That little cross stitch piece is just like the one on my shelf!