More Hexie Love

Mom's tea towel (3 of 4)
My crafting life is all about hexies hexies hexies!  I just finished this tea towel for my mom.  I sewed the hexie flowers onto a piece of cotton/linen blend fabric.  I added a crochet edging.

Mom's tea towel (2 of 4)
Yesterday was her birthday, so I added a little embroidered sentiment.

Mom's tea towel (1 of 4)
and some flowers:)  I hand stitched the hexies, and machine stitched them to the towel.

Mom's tea towel (4 of 4)
I’m working hard on a goal of finishing up all of my in-progress sewing projects.  Next up on my work table, I have a small hexie quilt I’m making for my granddaughter, and I still need to finish the wonky log cabin table mats.  They are all pieced; I’m now assembling the layers and quilting.  I hope to be able to show my progress next week!

Autumn in July

wool felt applique autumn banner (1 of 1)
It never fails.  Each year, I start thinking of autumn long before summer even dreams of being over.  I may be even earlier this year than most; although, I think I say that every year too!

We had a much needed cool, rainy day here in Salt Lake yesterday.  I used it to pretend that it was autumn.  I opened the windows and pulled out some wool felt I had picked up last year and not gotten around to playing with.  This is the first panel in a wall hanging I’m making.  I recently gave my bead collection to my daughter.  Now, I’m wishing I’d held back just a couple tablespoonfuls to embellish this banner.  There is more to do on this section.  I’m going to stitch a leafy vine held in the crow’s beak.  He needs an eyeball.

I think it’s curious how typically I’m drawn to a sleek, modern (even if it’s mid-century) look, but when autumn comes I pull toward primitive styled decor.  I guess because it’s homey and gives a feeling of warmth and coziness.

We’re having another lovely rainy day, so I think I’ll keep working on my stitching, dreaming of pumpkins and crows.

A Stitch in Time

wheel of the year (1 of 1)
I sit here, forcing myself to write a blog post.  All I really want to do is curl up in a chair and stitch.  I’m afraid my old “friend” depression has sneaked up on me again.  I always think I’m going to be vigilant and catch it before it catches me, but by the time I recognize what is happening, I’m already sliding down that slope.

I do acknowledge that it’s summer, it’s hot, and I tend to get depressed this time of year.  There is something about having the house closed up that messes with my brain chemistry.  Other things are at play too; I’m really struggling with the state of the world.  Every day some new horrible thing has happened.

I wrote a few weeks ago that I wanted to do an ongoing Friday Activism post.  That idea was interrupted by traveling, but also, I just feel so overwhelmed with all the sadness, war, and hate in the world that I can’t face the page.  My goal was to write about topics to raise awareness, and to offer ideas of small things we can each do to support human rights.  Instead I find myself completely clueless and feeling helpless to make any difference in the world.

Another element at play in my mental state is that Craig’s and my personal world is in a state of flux.  Limbo really, as we wait to learn about big changes on the horizon.  I’m not ready to write about that yet, out of fear of jinxing it.  Suffice it to say our world will turn upside down, one way or another.

And so for now, I’m just biding my time, allowing myself to ease through this depressive state that I know from experience will pass.  I’ve been stitching on my “wheel of the year”; it helps ground me and remember that time does pass and things will look bright again.  And I will be able to open my windows again:)

On another sad note, many of you are familiar with Pam and Diane, mother and daughter from Gingerbread Snowflakes and Craftypod.  Two weeks ago, they lost their husband and father to a heart attack.  Diane has set up a donation page to help with the unexpected costs involved.  It’s so terrible to have to worry about money when one is grieving.  If you can help at all, please stop by the donation page and leave a small offering.

Monkey on My Back

patchwork and embroidery (1 of 6)
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem.  Fine!  I have a problem, ok!  I am absolutely addicted to making hexies.  The squares and individual hexies in this box are a quilt in progress.  I still don’t know what the peachy flowers on top are for.   I’ve decided though, even if I wasn’t making anything out of them, I am quite happy to just sit of an evening and make these little shapes.  Feeling the texture of the fabric, looking at the colors and designs, and the needle pulling thread is so soothing and relaxing.  Except when I stab myself with the needle and draw blood, which I do at least once a night.   I don’t have to think about it so my mind can wander or I can binge watch Orange is the New Black.

patchwork and embroidery (4 of 6)
I’m still hand stitching the top of this kitchen cloth.  Again, even if I never finish, I just like looking at the pretty colors:)

patchwork and embroidery (2 of 6)
I have the triangles pieced for the bunting.  Now I’m sewing a muslin backing on each one.  When that’s finished, I plan to stitch them to a length of grosgrain ribbon and hang it over my kitchen window.

patchwork and embroidery (3 of 6)
I alternate between working on these and stitching hexies.

patchwork and embroidery (6 of 6)
This is another project I’ve been finishing bit by bit.  It’s a picnic set of a couple cloths to put over food and some napkins to match.  I have a big piece of blue and white ticking that I think would make a nice tablecloth to match.  It might be too blue.

patchwork and embroidery (5 of 6)
And finally, since I haven’t finished my other 393 projects, I felt it was time to start a new one.  Inspired by Pam at Gingerbread Snowflakes I’ve embarked on an embroidery piece that will celebrate the wheel of the year.  Back in April, Pam first posted about her embroidered Norwegian Primstav.  I was intrigued and decided to start my own interpretation.  So far I have part of a sun to mark the Solstice.  Perhaps I’ll finish that up by Saturday!  If I’m not sewing hexies.

Pam has been one of my strongest cheerleaders lately, working harder to promote my blog and shops than I am!  I was just tickled that she followed my tea cozy tutorial and posted the results.  Pam has a most wonderful blog herself, with lots of craft projects and yummy cookie recipes.  Do go check her out!  You won’t be disappointed!