Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Owls

I found a new owl design and just couldn't resist

If I keep going like this I will have a ton of baby quilts before long

Monday, July 23, 2012


I was cutting up with my grandson last night flicking water at him and thought I pulled my middle knuckle out of joint - WRONG.
The pain was horrible.
Only thing I could do was hit up the emergency room. My husband was a dear - he took me and sat there for the 3 hours it took for them to tell me it was a pulled ligament and put it in a splint with a referral to see an orthapedic.

 So today I went to the orthapedic. I have a ruptured tendon. They custom made the brace and I can't take it off for 6 weeks. Six weeks - I have so much to do. Hopefully I will learn how to adapt
So a lesson from me to you - DON'T FLICK.
The Dr said this happens more than you would think.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Red Quilt done

I worked all day Saturday trying to get this done and I took it out of the frame around 10.
The pictures aren't that great. I can't seem to take very good pictures but that's probably a good thing too - you can't see all the mistakes.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Folded Flower Hexie Tutorial

Let's see if I can go through this without being too confusing.
First thing is to cut out some hexigons. I made mine out of charm squares because I wanted a larger size. I usually starch the fabric - it holds a crease better and is easier to work with. Also I hand sew mine but that is a preference.
 Fold the hex in half and finger press. Rotate it and make 2 more folds.

Next make a fold bringing the flat side in to the previous creased line.

Do this for all the sides.  That will be six folds. If you prefer to use an iron to make the folds make sure to only press the outside edge.

Next fold 2 sides down and pinch out the corner to make the 1st pleat. This should have a crease on each side so you can see where it is.

I hand sew (or machine) along the crease. This is not necessary but I felt it would help keep the fabric together better.

Open the pleat and finger press flat. Now fold the bottom outside corners in toward the middle of the pleat

I usually use my needle to bring in both sides at once. Finger press (or iron) this down and you have the 1st petal.

Now I tack the point so it will stay in place while I work on the remaining petals. Continue this process for all the petals to complete the flower.

I am cutting another hexigon out of fusible batting that I am putting inside my hexies.
Complete about 3 petals then insert the batting or put it in when you begin.

I now have a completed flower hexigon with all the petals tacked in the center.
I haven't decided what to put in the middle yet. I have tons of buttons and that would be the easy solution but I think I want something with a little bling. So I have been playing with the idea of 8mm crystals. Of course neither of those ideas are set in stone - who knows.

Hopefully this isn't too confusing. If it is just let me know and I will try and explain it differently.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Take Along Project

This is my take along project to give me something productive to do when I'm away from home.
I have always wanted to make a hexie quilt so I started cutting out my hexes from some charm packs.
 I made a template and started cutting. So they aren't perfect and I have to trim them up when I use one. I made an offhand comment to my husband that if I had a GO it wouldn't take me as long and they would all be perfect.
Well -  With the help of my daughter he ordered one and it should be here tomorrow. (I have to remember to watch what I say around him)
I thought I'd make my hexies with the folded flower on one side. It's really easy to do. I'll put a tutorial on here later. I have been starching them so they will hold a crease better. I'm about a third of the way through the stack.
I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with the center - button, jewel or something else. I'll work on it.
 I have cut out a bunch of smaller hexes out of fusible batting to put inside. Hopefully the GO will help with cutting the batting
These are just a few I've done trying to perfect my technique.
I'll probably wait till I get them all done before I start putting them together.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My 4th

I spent my 4th in the sewing room. I thought about getting out in the yard but the heat kept me in. It did rain pretty good late in the afternoon but then became steamy.
I managed to get another block done for my BOM - of course when I say block I mean one of each.
As you know the top row fabric came with the BOM and the second row is my fabric. I am really liking my fabric more and more. It takes about 3 hours to make 1 block
I also got in some quilting. I finished the row I was working on and rolled it.
Funny - I look at other blogs and see such awesome work and when I look at mine all I see are the mistakes. I guess that's good - makes me want to be better