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Friday, February 27, 2015

English Paper Piecing Triangles

Do you remember this quilt top I started early last year? I was on a roll and then I had the idea to start a magazine....yada, yada, yada...never got back to it. It's Daughter 1's eye. I've been REALLY wanting to get back to it. Yesterday I pulled out all the parts and pieces. There were three chunks made. Yes, this is English Paper Piecing. All by hand.

I decided to try to speed up the process a bit. I decided on the color for about half the remaining pattern. You can see the little swatches that I glued to the pattern. Then I cut a couple of small chunks from the pattern and MACHINE paper pieced them.

Last night I stitched the three large chunks together (by hand). This morning I'll attach the two machine paper pieced chunks to the quilt (by hand). Many more chunks to go!

I'm so excited to have this project underway again - really love it!

It's a momentous day here at The Hexie Blog! Today I'll reach 200,000 blog views! Thank you all for your support!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Polka Dot Hexie Wins!

 You all spoke and I listened! The polka dot wins! I need to make a few more flowers like this for my QATV step outs. I'll work on that today!

Despite having my nice Ikea cart by my chair for my sewing stuff, my side table has again become cluttered. There's even a dog head resting on it! :) This photo is from a couple of nights ago, hence the red wine. So I'm adding this to my to do list today! Clean off the table!

These two decided to take selfies on that same night.

Funny dogs! The third doggy was sound asleep and didn't want to be bothered.

Last night we took Daughter 2 out to dinner at Mugshots for yummy burgers to celebrate her finishing 4 exams. It was fun except for the fire alarm going off 3 times. Fire engines came. No fire. Just lots of noise! The food was good though.

I just have a bit of touch up to do on the next issue of Hexie Love - can you believe it's time for another issue! So excited about this one!

I'm feeling more caught up today than I have in a few weeks. Do you know what that means? I think I'm going to dig out another UFO to work on! I've had this one on my mind a lot lately - can't wait to get back to it!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hexie Evening

Last night hubby and I parked ourselves in front of the TV with the dogs and piles of quilts. And I hexied my heart out! Here's the stack I basted. I'm planning to use these to make step outs for my Quilting Arts TV segment. But what to put in the center of the flowers?

Do you have a favorite? I'm still deciding, but I have ruled out a couple of them.

This morning Cooper is snoozing in hubby's recliner. We're keeping our eye on the weather reports. The line of freezing rain/snow for Wednesday's forecast has dropped down near here. We don't get much of that here, so we'll see.

Yesterday I finished the March/April issue of Hexie Love. Yay! I'm going to put it aside for a day or two before it gets proofed.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

POTC Eye Candy

Aren't these the loveliest Patchwork of the Crosses blocks? I adore the colors. One of my good friends is making this quilt. She has made many blocks (I think more than 30) and is now working on the connector squares. Janet is an excellent long arm quilter and she cannot wait to get this quilt under her machine. I can't wait either!

Hubby's medical test went great Friday - thanks for your good wishes. (It will be my turn in about a month's time.) I've been a busy bee working on the next Hexie Love issue - it's full of fun projects, inspiration, and ideas. I have just two more articles to place into the software and then I'll spend a few days making it all pretty.

Yesterday I binge cooked. Have you ever done this? I went to the grocery store, came straight home, and cooked 3 different meals. In a couple of hours I had meals for us to eat this week and some to share with our daughters. And I didn't have to put any groceries away since I used them immediately. I did have a PILE of pots and pans to wash! But it was worth it. Now I don't have to worry daily about what we will eat in the evening.

Tomorrow I plan to get the April BOM stitched together - I need to get ahead... (it makes my life easier!)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hexie Sighting!

One of my lovely fellow guild members showed me this at our meeting last night. OOHHH...lovely fabrics, no? She's using the circle hexie technique from my books and an Edyta Sitar pattern. I saw another quilter working on hexies at the meeting, too. Yes, Miss Michelle, I spotted you!

Just a quick post this morning - leaving in a few to take hubby for his colonoscopy. Then we'll come home to nap, eat, and watch lots of TV later today. I think I have time enough before we go to pack up some hexie work for the waiting room!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Ikea Cart

Have you heard? Ikea is coming out with a new cart design! And isn't it adorable!? I love the fact that is has a flat surface on the top. Yes, I can see lots of space for some hexie supplies to have at the ready. And the white color is so crisp and clean. One of these would work in the bathroom, too.

I finished the appliqué on the March BOM this morning. I would not eat breakfast until it was done - haha! Do you give yourself deadlines like that? Tonight I'll be doing the perle cotton embroidery.

I also finished another Hexie Love magazine project this morning. Done. Photographed. Article written. Pages laid out. Love the feeling of accomplishment.

Are you at QuiltCon? I'm not - just too much to do around here! Maybe next time. I just saw where they have a new QuiltCon digital magazine - it's $14.99. Make an issue of Hexie Love a real bargain at only $5.99!

So how is your week going? Are you finding time to hexie? Don't stop! There's so much to make with them! I just designed a beautiful scrappy hexie pattern. You'll find it in the next issue of Hexie Love.

I won't have to cook for the next couple of days. Hubby has a colonoscopy scheduled Friday, so he'll be on clear liquids tomorrow. Poor thing! It's a good preventative test though, so worth the time and trouble. I need to schedule one for myself later this Spring. Fun stuff...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hexies, Hexies, Hexies!


I'm swimming in hexies today! What a wonderful feeling! I've basted both 1" and 3/4" hexies over the last couple of days. My supply is replenished!

I've worked on 4 different projects today. One of the is the 2015 March Block of the Month. I'll finish the appliqué tonight. The other three projects are all for Hexie Love - you'll get to see them soon, if you subscribe.

I'm still getting rave reviews on the magazine! If you haven't signed up yet, do it!!!!