Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hexagon Handwork

Wow, it has been a while since my last post...and so much has happened.

Like me, you are probably undergoing some form of quasi-quarantine in an effort to slow or stop the progression of the COVID-19 virus.  Thank goodness for quilting, right?  The social isolation is not so bad for an introvert like me with hobbies but social butterfly types like my mom and sister are really feeling it.

Over the past two months, I've stayed true to my plan to work on UFOs and projects from my stash.  First, these English paper pieced hexie flowers, to become a Flowers For Emma quilt by Sherri McConnell.

Making the flowers is a great little portable handwork project.  But now that I'm stuck at home and have 20-something made, I started appliqueing them to the pieced background squares.

I'm using my sewing machine for the applique.  I have a Bernina Q440 and the blindstitch (#7) works great for this.

You can see the stitch in the photo below, enlarged.  In real life, the stitches are not noticeable and will disappear even more in the texture of the quilting.  I used white thread to match the background and have the #7 stitch set at a width of 0.9 and length of 0.6.  Yes, that length is tiny and I better not have to do any unstitching because I don't think my seam ripper will fit in the stitches.

So far, so good and it only takes a few minutes to sew each block.

I'll be back again (sooner!) with more updates.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year, New Quilts To Make

Happy 2020!  I'm not big on New Year's resolutions but this year I want to spend more time doing what I love and that means making more time for quilting.  I'm determined to find a way and make a plan.

As part of more quilting, I have two over-arching needs:  tackle some UFOs and thin out my fabric stash.  In December, I gave in to temptation and bought a kit and a fat quarter bundle in the Fig Tree 12 days of Christmas sale.  When my package arrived, I had a tough time finding a place to store the new fabric.  I need to whittle my stash down to what can be reasonably stored in my sewing room. Right now, I  have a couple of bins in the attic and I tend to forget what's up there.   But I have a couple of ideas for quilts that will use some of my stash.  And I shudder to think how many UFOs I have hidden about. 

First UFO is this set of hexies I made in 2018.  They are still in the box!  This is going to be my first project to tackle because I know exactly what I want to do with them. 

A couple of months ago, I came across this pattern online, Piece & Love quilt.  It was "heart" at first sight!  I have charm packs to use for the heart.  My next step is to ransack my stash to see if I  have background fabric on hand, otherwise a trip to my LQS is in store.  I'd like to make this in February, though it will not be quilted in time for Valentine's Day. 

Last year, I saw this Summer Moon BOM all over the internet but was not particularly interested until I saw the quilt in real life at my LQS.   They are offering it as a block of the month but I think I could make it from my stash.  I'm mentally debating it, and also considering whether to do it slowly, as a BOM, or work on it start to finish without interruptions.  I've made a couple of sampler quilts but never done a BOM before. 

I continue to work on my hexie flowers for Flowers for Emma.  I'm not in a rush; this could be my portable project for the next year or so. 

Do you have quilting goals for the new year?

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