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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

Happy holiday to those of you in the US! We are having a quiet day here in the world of hexies. 

Now, let me tell you about my Boston Butt! I actually cooked it Thursday night. I figured if it wasn't good, I'd still have time to go out Friday and buy some BBQ from a restaurant. The recipe calls for you to cook it overnight.  So yesterday morning we removed it from the oven and hubby used two forks to pull apart the meat.

OH MY GOODNESS! It was melt-in-your mouth tender! And the flavor is out of this world. It's really not hard at all.

After hubby finished, I decided that I wanted to cook more - I want lots of leftovers to share with my daughters! And for us! So I immediately went to the grocery store and bought more meat. And last night we did it again. It should be ready in a few minutes and then we'll have pulled pork coming out our ears!

You can find the recipe HERE!

And now some news concerning Hexie Love. I had a nice chat with Daughter 1 (the software engineer) and she has an idea we think will work so that I won't have to use Joomag any longer AND you'll be able to easily get the PDF of the magazine with no hoops to jump through! So excited about this!

We need to figure out the details and make sure it works. And I'll have to convert all my current subscribers to the new system, but stay tuned! I hope in the near future I'll have a better system up and running! Yay!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hexie Coffee...

I'm enjoyed my coffee this morning in my new hexie mug. I got the set at Sam's Club, though this is the only hexie design in the set. I claim this one as mine.

Yesterday I visited with one of my good friends (who will be quilting Odyssey). I was lucky enough to see some of her collection of family quilts - yes, her mother, grandmother, and even great grandmothers were hexie quilters.

Look at all the fussy cutting!

And here's the entire quilt. LOVE!

Hubby has the day off from work today. We don't have any big plans for the holiday weekend. I want to do some sewing (big surprise!) and some magazine work and some cooking.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


The day after I publish a new issue of Hexie Love, I'm always a bit tired. Whew!

For some reason a few of my readers are having problems downloading the PDF. Joomag (the magazine software company) tells me it should be working. BUT, please let me know if you have any problems - I aim to please!

The vast majority of you are having no problems. I've heard from many of you who are enjoying the issue and are planning to make several of the projects inside! So glad you are enjoying it!!!! It truly is a labor of love.

About Joomag:

I contracted with this company last year to handle my subscriptions and publish each issue. I've not been totally satisfied with their service. I've had lots of input from readers about their customer service experience with Joomag - not alway helpful or even correct.

I'm actively looking for a solution and a different way to get my magazine to you. I would also love to give the option of having it in print - a paper magazine for you to hold in your hands. Just know that I'm working hard on this behind the scenes.

Enough of that!

Today I'm taking a short road trip to hand deliver my completed Odyssey top and backing to the friend who will quilt it for me. I'm lucky in that I have a few friends in the area who are excellent long arm quilters. I try to share the love. I've been working on this quilt top for a year! So hard to believe it's done!

And later, I'm making a grocery trip - getting ready for a nice BBQ lunch on the 4th of July. Usually we just buy the meat from a local BBQ restaurant, but this year I'm trying my hand at cooking a Boston Butt myself. I have it brining now. I've made a rub mix. It will be roasted overnight in the oven - slow cooking. If it turns out well, I'll provide a link to the recipe.

I'm buying most of the sides - Publix has excellent prepared baked beans, potato salad, and slaw, so why make them? Some buns, BBQ sauce, and we have a meal!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July BOM! New Issue of Hexie Love!

Another fun pattern! And this time I only used 2 fabric, but you can use as many as you like.

AND, of course, a new issue of Hexie Love is now published! Go to the link at the top of the blog to purchase it. As usual, just $5.99 per issue. I do hope you enjoy both the BOM pattern and the magazine.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sneaky Peaky of the Next Issue of Hexie Love!

Are you ready? The next issue of Hexie Love comes out TOMORROW!!!! Here are just a few things you find inside.

The instructions for a FABULOUS hexie sewing caddy. I provides storage, a built in pin cushion, and a small design surface on the top. I use mine every single day!

And we're also putting hexies on a denim quilt, complete with pockets to store your stuff! Note that bottle cap - I love bottle caps!

And you can make your own hexie scissor fob. Another quick pattern!

But wait! There's more!

A detailed article about Inklingo, a scrappy hexie pattern, a small pattern "Just For Fun!," and more!  Don't miss it!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Down to the Wire

I love deadlines. They force me to work extra hard and fast to get things done. I do well under pressure. So yes, I had a busy weekend!

Today I hope to put the finishing touches on both the July BOM and the next issue of Hexie Love.


Tomorrow I'll share some sneak peeks into the next issue - it's full of fun projects!

When all this is done, will I take a break? NO! I still need to put a label on my 'Eye 1' quilt so I can ship it off next week for the AQS Grand Rapids show. And I need to put the finishing touches on the Odyssey quilt (which I've been quietly working on here and there). AND I have to get ready for a lecture and workshop in the Atlanta area next week. It's a good thing that I love to be busy! I should slow down a bit after that.

I have recently made a bit of a shift in my quilting career. I have decided to stay closer to home - no more travel teaching for now. I will teach in Alabama and Georgia. And maybe an occasional quilt show gig. But the magazine keeps me very busy and I have some exciting plans for Hexie Love in the upcoming year. I am only one person and I realize that I can't spread myself too thin. I do love to teach and lecture, BUT I just don't have the time to do it all. 

I'm toying with the idea of making a video to substitute for taking a class from me. We'll see...

Make it a great HEXIE Monday!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last Minute Hexies!

I'm down to the wire with this issue of Hexie Love AND the July BOM! Whew!

Here's the front over of the issue, coming out in just a few days. Thats a denim storage quilt on the cover. LOVE IT!

I finished stitching the hexies together for the BOM last night - today I'll appliqué them to a background square. Tomorrow I'll do the Perle Cotton Stitching. 

Another busy day...

But I think I'll have time for a grocery run and we're going out to dinner with friends later. All good!