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!

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!

Catching My Tail

apron 1
I’ve been working my way through my fabric stash, finishing up projects I started ages ago.  I love wearing pretty aprons while I cook.  I have to wear an apron, because I’m a messy cook!  Wearing a fancy apron is a little like playing dress-up and I can get away with it;)  This one is McCall’s pattern M5825.  It was so quick and easy to put together.  I don’t know why I’ve been holding onto this fabric for two years!  The fabric is Moda from the Oh My by Sanae collection.

apron 2
This is some more fabric I’ve been holding onto for a couple years.  It’s also Moda, but I don’t know the collection names.  Sorry.  I love love love this apron!  It’s a tutorial I’ve had pinned for some time and finally got around to making up.  It was a bit more involved, but nothing very complicated.  It’s so pretty that I’ve decided I can only wear it while making yogurt or baking.  No grease or tomato sauce will come near this one!

Being a very amateur seamstress, I’ve mostly sewn using fabrics from the chain stores.  After sewing these aprons, I can really see and feel the difference using quality fabrics makes in the results.

sewing projects (5 of 5)
I’m still finishing up the English Paper Piecing projects.  I hand stitched the hexies to a length of linen.  Now I’m going to continue to hand stitch around each one.  I also switched over to triangles to make a little bunting to match.  I find that I don’t get quite the level of point-matching-accuracy with the triangles.  I don’t know if this is because I made my own templates – something I’m not likely to do again – or if triangles are just harder than hexagons.   I figure I plan to hang this up high, and one would need pretty good eyesight to see the mistakes, so it’s all good.

sewing projects (4 of 5)
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with these hexie flowers yet.  More tea towels perhaps?  Or they might become coasters.  I kind of like that idea.

sewing projects (3 of 5)

Here are two more projects that are on my worktable for this week.  I’ll tell you more about them later!


Oh dear.  I have a new addiction.  Paper piecing and Mini Charm Packs.  I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, and decided it would be a good project for while I’m here with Mom.
I love how easy it is to do.  It’s a perfect project to keep my hands busy while visiting or watching TV.  And I did squeal (several times!) at all those corners lined up so perfectly!  I have never ever been able to do that with regular patchwork techniques.

When I get home, I’m going to sew this piece to a rectangle of linen to make another kitchen cloth.

Because I was out of little squares and jonesing for more, I had to run to the store!  I need some more ideas of what to do with my hexies.  I found this and this on Pinterest.  And I’m already dreaming of making a quilt!  I need to rein it in and focus on a few small projects first:)  Do you have any ideas for me?  What have you made with hexies?