HQAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I have been enjoying the slow rhythm of working on Grandmother’s Flower Garden in the evenings most nights after dinner.  There is something so relaxing about sitting and stitching after the dinner dishes are cleaned up.  My progress has been steady and slow as such things are in my home right now.img_8483

The white border around these two flowers was completed.  img_8484

Not much was done on this flower – the three pink hexis were actually sewn to the yellow instead of just sitting there.img_8486

I thought I’d show you my new hexi work box (instead of the gallon size zip lock I was using!).  One of my students gave me these delicious cookies at the end of our classes in December.  We ate the cookies and this tin has been sitting on my counter.  It is so pretty and such a good size I couldn’t get rid of it.img_8485

Finally, I found a way to use it.  The box hold my cut and prepared hexis while waiting to be sewn.  It really is the perfect size, looks pretty, and it is very convenient to have everything contained in one place while stitching in the evenings.

Please take a look at the others who are taking part of this HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) and if you’d like to join us with your project, please contact Kathy at the link below:

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharon,
KarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I am also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

December QAL and Slow Stitch Sunday!

Today is the day to update on progress for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt.  This is worked on at night while watching a favorite show or two with the hubby.  We enjoy a little down time together at the end of the day and this stitching both relaxes me and keeps me awake!img_8355

This flower was put together and most of the white border added.

And the pieces for this one were cut and started.  I have a plan for the next pieced hexi and will try to work on that for the next update.  Please take a look at all the others who are participating in this HQAL – this is such a group of talented and creative stitchers!

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link above. 

Also linking up with Kathy’s (a different Kathy!) Slow Stitch Sunday.

 

HQAL and Slow Stitch Sundays

For the Hand Quilt A-Long run by Kathy, I am still working slowly on the flowers for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  At the last update, I was putting together the pieced hexis for some of the petals

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5 complete pieced hexis and my messy work space!

All those pieced hexis are finished and the flower is complete!!

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12/1/2019 – HQAL update.

I really like the way these pieced hexis look; however, they were super, duper fiddly and I can’t say that I enjoyed putting them together.  Some of them are a little wonky – the pieces didn’t always fit together smoothly so I had to “force” some of them.  I’m hoping that once I press the life out of it and then hand quilt, it won’t be so noticeable.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I’m also joining up with a different Kathy for Slow Stitching Sundays!

HQAL and Slow Stitch Sunday

I have to say it again, it’s so good to pick up my needle and sew by hand on personal projects!  Right now for this Hand Quilt-A-Long (HQAL), I am working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt.  I had decided to do a combination of full hexis and pieced hexis.  This time I am working on pieced ones.

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11/10/19 HQAL Update – Block #3: Sarah – from The New Hexagon Book by Katja Marek

I managed to get 5 of them done and a little bit of the 6th one.  They are very fiddly – the more pieces there are, the longer they take.

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5 complete pieced hexis and my messy work space!

The pieces don’t get lost if I have them on this felt covered board.  I am very excited to be participating in Kathy’s HQAL once again!  Please check out the other stitchers also participating in the HQAL.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy

I am also linking up to Kathy’s Quilts (different Kathy!) for Slow Stitch Sundays.

HQAL Update

I’m late to the game – the update was supposed to happen yesterday.  Again, I have let the business of this time of year get in the way of working on my own projects.  Lots of creativity going on here, but not on “my” projects.  It will happen!  That’s not to say that I haven’t purchased fabric for my grandmother’s flower garden quilt which is what I am using for the HQAL.img_6080

This is the long fanned out stack of fabric that I have amassed for new hexagons.  Crazy, right?!

These are closeups – I really like all of them!  They scream spring and relaxation to me.  And I really, really want to cut into them.

This is the current hexagon that has stalled me.  Those little triangles are really little and fussy and I’ve just stopped.  I know that in a couple of weeks, when my camps start, I will have a little more time to work on this.  Sound counter intuitive, I know, but the kids will not have homework, they will not have after school activities, and during the summer we all share in the housework and cooking more so those chores will be more spread out.  I LOVE SUMMER!!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

HQAL Update-March & Slow Stitch Sunday

I haven’t been working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden all that much lately.  It sits in it’s box near the couch, but I have not been bringing her out.  I did finish one flower – it is the same as another one that I made.img_5536

I had found lots of this orange fabric in my stash when I originally started this project.  I was planning on only doing a few different colors and had cut and prepped a few flowers that were the same.  Now I have change my mind and want to do lots of colors and have more of a scrappy quilt, but I decided to sew these together as they were ready to go. img_5537

This is the baggie for my next pieced hexagon.  This one has pieces that are much smaller than I have previously worked with so it should be a bit more challenging.

These are the details about the Hand Quilt A-Long in case you would like to join us!  And I am also joining up with the Slow Stitching Sunday Group.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

HQAL Update – February & Slow Stitch Sunday

Every time the  update for our HQAL comes around it really doesn’t seem that three weeks have passed since the last update.  Time feels like it’s speeding by!  And yet, right after I post this today, I will feel like I have oodles of time before the next update.  I’m still working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I’m really enjoying every bit of it:  choosing fabrics, the prep and the slow hand sewing.  My stitches have gotten more even and I am a little quicker than when I first started this project.

 

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Flower #10

This flower is complete.  I really like the two greens together.  Originally I had a different green intended for the darker area and had glued the cardboard to the fabric and cut it out.  I had even sewn some of them; however, something you don’t know happened to them… our dog LOVES glue.  I have to be very careful and keep this project in a plastic box and place it up high somewhere when I’m not working on it.  I accidentally left the little pieces out when I went to bed and when I got up there were bits of fabric everywhere and the cardboard was gone!  Whoops!  The dog is fine.  She had no idea she did anything wrong and she’s so cute I couldn’t chastise her!  I just chose different fabric and started those pieces over again.  I am MUCH more careful with this project though.

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Flower #11

I started this one.  My next flower will be pieced and I’m looking forward to that.  At the last update I was asked to show all the flower together.  I took a couple of pictures and that’s how I know how many I have done.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I seem to be just focusing on which fabrics and whether I want to do a pieced flower piece instead of how many I have done.

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Flower #s 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

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Flowers 1, 2 and 3 with the border

Originally, the plan was to attach the flowers together as I went adding the green border as needed.  Once I decided to make the pieced hexis for the flowers, I stopped adding them because I think I want the flexibility to place them where I want them once I’m done.  Please see below for detail on this HQAL and information if you would like to join us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I am also joining up with Kathy for Slow Stitch Sunday.