Friday, August 30, 2013

Call before you come over

I was singing, "Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day" and then I started looking around and realized my house has hexitis.  You know, that thing that happens when a hexagon quilt has to be finished and nothing else gets done.  In my case, it was the Hexipop Swirl quilt for the Be A Hexie Queen Blog Hop that caused this disaster.

 

Guess I better take care of a few things before I do what I really want:

My friend Nina at Quilts, Life and Balance has been making blocks for The Big Blowout Block Drive over at Alycia Quilts and I want to join in.  The blocks are for Quilts of Valor

Hoping I can make a few blocks today after the big tidy up.

Happy Weekend,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hexipop Swirl, My day in the "Be a Hexie Queen Blog Hop"

Today is my day to participate in "Be a Hexie Queen Blog Hop."  There has been great anticipation for this day.  Not only to show what I've completed, but to complete it.  It  has been a non-stop hexifest here at the cabin.

Welcome to my blog and thank you to Madame Samm and Debby for making this blog hop happen. You are both incredible cheerleaders.  Thank you to our sponsor Connecting Threads.

With out further ado, I present Hexipop Swirl.  

Hexipop Swirl hanging out at the castle.

This 70 inches of wonderful hexiness is made of 331 English Paper Pieces.  I hand pieced every one and have the scars to prove it.  (See previous post)  lol.

 
I foundation paper pieced the center and worked out from there.


This is how the pattern came about - colored pencils and hexie graph paper from Printable Paper.  I decided to make the quilt hexigon shaped for some fun, but I was thinking of those great big lollipops when I was creating the pattern.


We have a little park here in Dodge City with fairy tale play things which include Cinderella's coach and a castle.  Since we are princesses and queens  in the hop I thought I'd do a photo shoot there.

I pieced the back to make it as colorful as the front.  Those 60 degree triangles almost threw me for a loop, but with help from hubby and his calculator, it worked out perfectly.  My binding is pieced to match each side.

I quilted using one of the decorative stitches from my machine.  It really worked well with the walking foot.  I swirled from the center to the outer edges.  (That's not real clear, is it?) If you click on the pictures, you will see a larger picture which shows the details.



Wait, that's not all, believe it or not.  I managed one more hexie project, but this one is ALL by machine.  giggle, giggle.  This picture shows the vibrancy of the colors on the quilt.


This quilt is a gift to my niece, Maylie, so I made her a 12 x 22 inch pillow to match.    The flower petals are two sided and made to flap around. 

 
Maylie had her very first day of school this week and I bet she'll be ready to snuggle with her new quilt for a nap.  She will love the bright colors and she is so stylish that a Hexie quilt is perfect for her. (Yep, I'm a proud aunt)

Thank you for stopping by.  Please visit the other Hexie Princesses that are posting today.


Day 6: Tuesday, August 27
Creatin’ in the Sticks (you are here)
 
 
 

 
I love Hexies and plan on making many more hexilicious projects soon. 
Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Norma Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.
 
 
Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter.  I love you! 
 
 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sewing with Band Aids

I know I haven't posted much lately, but I HAVE been sewing.  See...


Tomorrow is the beginning of the "Be a Hexie Queen Blog Hop" and my day is August 27th. 


 
I'm pretty sure a Hexie Queen wouldn't have fingers that look like this, so maybe I'm not the queen.  I'm sure having fun, though.  I just love playing with cardboard and fabric. 
 


Here's the complete schedule for the hop:


Day 1: Tuesday, August 20

Debby Kratovil Quilts








Day 2: Wednesday, August 21





Why-Knot-Kwilt

Day 3: Thursday, August 22

Words and Stitches

Day 4: Friday, August 23

Sew Peace to Peace
Moneik Quilts

Day 5: Monday, August 26

Nunu’s Quilt World

Day 6: Tuesday, August 27

 
 
Thank you to Madame Samm and Debby for making this blog hop happen.  Be sure and come back on Tuesday, August 27th (my daughter's birthday) to see what I've been up to.  I wish I could show my quilt, but it has to be a surprise...
 

They say the weather is going to return to a heat wave, but we've been loving the cooler, RAINY weather.  Yes, I said rain.  It sure makes it easier to sew up a storm when the sky is nice and overcast.

Loving the green around here,

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pause...

Between making my daughter's king sized quilt and hand piecing another quilt, there hasn't been a finish here in quite awhile.  BIG projects take so much time.  Don't get me wrong, I love these projects, but sometimes we just need to finish something to keep our sanity.  Right?

Today I pushed pause on the other projects and made a pillow to go with the king sized quilt.


Part of the trimmings of the pieced border on the quilt are triangles that make 2" half square triangles.  There are 36 of them in this pillow with 5" borders.  The pillow is 18" x 18".

 
 
Someday there will be a quilt and other pillows to show, but for now I will enjoy this little finish and share it over at Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
 
On to bigger things,