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.

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Yesterday was her birthday, so I added a little embroidered sentiment.

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and some flowers:)  I hand stitched the hexies, and machine stitched them to the towel.

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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!

Monday Musing

August stitching 2014 (3 of 3)
I have lost my favorite crochet hook.  The last time I remember using it was in April at my mother’s house.  That’s how long it’s been since I’ve done any serious crocheting.  I needed a break from that, but I didn’t expect it would last this long.  Now I’m ready to crochet again, but can’t find the hook.

August stitching 2014 (1 of 3)
Back in April is when I discovered English Paper Piecing.  Most of my down time since then has been spent sewing hexies.  I’ve been pulled to other sewing projects as well, anything that lets me look at bits of pretty fabric.  I decided to try my hand at wonky log cabin squares.  I’m mostly happy with the way this table topper is turning out.  I wish I’d made some of my log cabin strips wider, and the sashing strips less wide.

This project is an illustration of just how out of focus my mind has been.  I didn’t read the instructions closely, otherwise I would have known to cut the sashing strips again.  I had a piece of black fabric for the backing.  I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and I cut it too short.  At least I was able to salvage that to make the bias binding, but I’m getting exasperated with myself!  I’m lost inside my head instead of engaging in what’s happening around me.

August stitching 2014 (2 of 3)
This is some fabric I picked up last year and didn’t get around to using.  I cut it wrong too; I sewed the little cat fabric into a tube, cut it in half to make two, then realized that I had sewn it with the cats going sideways instead of up and down.  Luckily, again I was able to salvage it, but geesh!!

My goal for this week is to pay attention to what is going on around me and to what I’m doing!  I’m trying to put those thoughts that keep distracting me away for now.  I can come back to them later when I can actually do something about it.  For now, I need to go buy a new crochet hook apparently. And some more black fabric:)

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.

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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:)

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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.

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I alternate between working on these and stitching hexies.

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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!

Hexed!

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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.
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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.

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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?

Crafting Fun

tea towels and pincushion jars
I’ve been in a very crafty nesting mood lately. I made some more tea towels. Yellow and aqua is such a happy color combo, don’t you think?  I still think they look like burp cloths, but they are pretty in my kitchen:)

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I added some crochet flowers to the front of one.

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On the other one I used Diane at CraftyPod’s tutorial to make kansashi flowers and used them to cover up the places (some of the places!) where the corners didn’t line up.  Oddly enough, I had more trouble lining up corners on the second towel than the first, even though I went to more effort to make sure I was being exact!  I sewed on an upside down yo-yo to the top of my flowers.

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I added a loop to one corner of each towel for hanging.

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I’ve been trying to work through all the craft pins I have on Pinterest too! I loved these jars so thought I’d start there.

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On the first jar, I followed the directions and glued down the excess fabric on the inside, with a hot glue gun, and added a paper circle to cover it up.  I did the same on the second, but this time it was too thick, so the lid wouldn’t screw back onto the jar.  I took it apart, heated up the glue with a heat gun this time, peeled it off and tried again.  Instead of glue this time, I sewed a fabric circle onto the back.  That was actually a little tricky.  If I do this again, I’ll use the hot glue, but make sure that the glue is closer to the center, inside the area where the lid screws onto the jar.

I have a stack of fabric on my work table waiting for my next projects.  I’m planning on this apron, and an oven mitt to match my tea towels.  And I love quick and easy projects like this tissue holder to give quick crafty gratification when there’s not time to finish a big project.

What are you working on this week?