Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hexagons Contained

I bought this cute little container yesterday at Joann's. Hexagons were taking on a life of their own, sitting down wherever they liked, in the most uninviting places.
My hope is that this gets too small very quickly.
That would mean a whole lot of progress. For now, it gets all my hexi's off the coffee table and the side table and the floor and everywhere else they have scattered themselves.

It's got a top tray for threads, needles and scissors, a middle tray for unfinished and not-put- together hexagons and a bottom tray for put-together hexagons. Perfect for now!

I found that EQ7 had a hexagon block layout.
Now I have a map of what I am doing.

I divided up my illustration into fourths, to help me see what I needed.
Always easier to see the parts, other than the "Big Picture".

Here is the start of my "following directions". I can do that if I write them! LOL

And I am still working on my zigzag quilt. Borders are coming along.

Note to self: Finish the top today. Looks like all the zigs have zagged in all the right places!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Covered Notebooks

To keep things interesting in my sewing room, unlike anyone else, I go from project to project, not always with a finish in-between. Today I got a finish. WooHoo! Yesterday, I also finished something, but that doesn't count because I have to scrap it!
I need some more notebooks for my Etsy shop and to sell at shows. So yesterday morning, I made this one. Last night, I tossed it! I made it too short. I should really write down the dimensions. It would make things go so much faster. DAHHHHHH!

See how the cover is too short.

This morning, I started another.

I got out my mothers old button tin. Notice the garter clip. I said "old" tin!

I auditioned a few possibilities, and settled on one combination of black and yellow.

This time I got it right!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hexgon Progress

I made some more hexagons. That's my unmade bed they are sitting on.
Fun before work! Once again!

I am liking all the dark centers. My plan is to cut enough for two flowers from each group of six fabrics and make them up. Then cut other fabrics. That way, there will only be two that are alike from any combination. I am itching to start sewing them together, but I need more made up first. Patience!!

Darn it. Now, I have to make the bed.

Monday, March 21, 2011


This is so not something I have made. But I would like to!!
This Hexagon Quilt by Isabelle Etienne-Bugnot is just my style, or what I would like it to be!

This would take a really large cleared off design floor for me to even attempt it.
And that will never happen.
I mean the cleared off part!

It has taken me a long time to even attempt making hexagons. I think it took off a couple years back. Where was I?? But when Accuquilt came out with a hexagon die for the GO cutter, I bought it. They probably came out with it a long time ago. Like I said, I am behind the times with this. With the die, I can cut the small paper template and the larger fabric hexagon all at once.
Anyway, it came in the mail last week and hexagons have become the perfect little sewing project to fiddle with while Dave watches all the basketball on TV in the evenings. And I don't have to buy any fabric. Is that good or bad?

This is what I have done so far.

I think I will make all the centers with a black print and then I have no idea what I will do. I am thinking this could take a lifetime to make.

My zigzag quilt looked quite different at one point over the weekend.
I put most of the borders on, pulled out my EQ7 design sheet and saw that I had sewn them on backwards. So with some serious un-sewing last night, IT STILL LOOKS THE SAME! I do have some of the rows sewn together. At least I didn't have to un-do that part. Don't you just hate un-sewing...such a waste of time!

This has turned out to be another great way to use up my stash. Good thing I have a stash. I keep hearing in the quilt stores that the price of cotton is going up. Maybe I won't give away anymore of my fabric!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I've got lots of photos to share today. Stick with me.
Finally, I downloaded my pics from the Desert Quilter's of Nevada quilt show earlier this month in Henderson, Nevada. Great show.
Andy went along with me. Of course, we stayed in Las Vegas. He says Vegas was great. Not so much Henderson. He is bored at any show! This may have been the last time I can bribe him into going with me! LOL

Here are some photos of the quilts on display.

"First Nectar Lone Star" by Darlene Finney

My apologies to the quilter. I forgot to snap a picture of the tag. The scotties sure were cute.

"Dragon Star" by Darlene Finney

"Winding Ways" by Sandra Foster

"An Ocean of Stars" by Carolyn Ratola.

"Frosted Pearls" by Terri Baker

Andy sitting in my booth. Very bored! Can you tell?
Andy developed some new software that we tried out at the show. Worked great. We knew exactly what we had sold, for how much and taxes collected. That was great, because in Nevada, I had to write a check for sales tax collected on the spot.
I would have been held captive otherwise, until I paid up!!
Best thing! I didn't have to count up all my inventory when I returned. Woo Hoo!

Besides, demoing ( is that a word???) my Stitching Lines at shows, we set up a lap top and have my Youtube video streaming the whole time. We found out that some people would rather watch that, then come watch me sew. Works either way!!

The flower quilt in the middle and the one to the right are two of the patterns I developed for Quiltsmart. I just recently started taking them to shows. They are Primrose and Tesselation.

And now here is what I have on my design floor at the moment. It's a zigzag quilt made with what else! Half-square triangles. I am still working on the border treatment. You can be sure it will be pieced!

It started out as diamonds. They were all pieced and sewn into rows. Andy said it looked like mud!! It's been reworked and colors were added!

Lots more rows to go!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Updated Website

Andy redid my website. I love it. Take a look. It's so nice to have my webmaster in my family! The photos change on the home page. How cool is that?
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