Hilachas is the Spanish word for those little loose threads that fall all over the floor and sewing area as you finish sewing and snip the tail end of the thread off the sewn area. So does this blog entail the odds and ends of topics of interest, leaving more loose threads to ponder...
Today is the Tuesday that Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches has her linky where we can "show-off"
our English paper-piecing.
I've been working on this wall hanging like forever. My sister Ida made the little house in the center to depict our little ranch house. I've been making hexies and stitching them together off-and-on for two years and decided that it was time I really got it put together. This is what I'm working on.
I'm trying to fill in all those holes and make it look pretty. Hmmmmm, better keep working on that....
Other than that, I got a few little half-inch hexie flowers done.
And finally, got these flowers done for my swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap."
She asked for flowers in bright colors so I hope she likes these.
This is our last day in California visiting our daughter and family. We’ve had a wonderful time. We spent the week-end in the mountains and that was lovely as well. My grandson and I spent part of the time trying to master the "Selfie Stick," a stick that holds your phone a little farther away than the length of your arm to aid in taking better selfies. Here’s a photo of us and a "tree face." My grandson is holding the selfie stick.
Happy Easter, Everyone. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
Look at this nice little thread catcher I made. It’s useful for carrying around in your travel bag. You know we always need some place to put our hilachas (snippets) when we’re sewing on the go.
Here's how it folds up flat.
I found the tutorial for this on my friend Fiona’s blog and, with her permission, am posting the link here. You can literally accomplish this from start to finish within 30 minutes, maybe faster. Thanks, Fiona, for the tutorial.
Right now, my husband and I are in sunny California visiting our daughter and I’ve already gone to "Quilters’ Paradise" in Clovis. I just love the friendly people in that store and their inventory is fantastic. I finally broke down and bought the expensive "Hex N More" ruler there. As many hexies as I sew, I figure I really NEED this.
And, of course, I’ve been sewing hexies. Here are a few.
I need to sit down and re-count these one of these days. It seems like I have hundreds at least.
I just love working with hexies. I've got a couple of completed projects to show you today. This is a pincushion made entirely of hexagon shapes. You can't see the ones on the side that well in the photo, but those are hexagons as well. This was a really fast project.
This other project is kind of goofy looking. It's a little collapsible bowl. the rubberbands on the sides button up and hold the bowl together. It's funny looking so I'll probably never make another one since I have these two.
Time flies but you already know that. It looks like it might finally be turning into spring in our part of Texas. Yes! We’ve been on the road as usual, but that gives me time to do some hand-sewing. I’ve made LOTS of little half-inch hexie flowers. I still don’t have anywhere near the 800 or so we figured I’d need to make a decent-sized quilt but my numbers are growing. Here are a few of them:
Also completed are a couple of little quilts for the "Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge" hosted by Sarah from "Confessions of a Fabric Addict." This year there are three charities to choose from:
Option #1 – Layers of Hope - Quilting 911’s mission is to enhance the lives of 911 Telecommunications Operators and their families during times of illness, disaster, loss and tragedy by inspiring hope, faith and optimism with a quilt of warmth and comfort in order to make a positive influence in the lives of those who make a difference everyday.
Option #2 - Happy Chemo. You can choose to make quilts for Happy Chemo, an organization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients.
Option #3 - Because You Matter. The purpose is to make and give a quilt to a person who is having a hard time and would be comforted by a handmade quilt to snuggle up in. The focus is on children in foster care.
I’ve completed two little quilts, one for "Happy Chemo" and the other for "Because You Matter."
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24, NLT
Since I've joined "The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along," I've been busy trying to get the first rosette done. It took forever to do the prep work but I've now started sewing them together. Here's a photo. I've made the large hexagons, now to sew them together. I'm not sure if I like the outer hexies in red. They don't seem to go with the rest of them and, as my friend Janet pointed out, good thing I haven't sewn them together since one of the red ones is backwards. Here's the photo:
I continue to sew the little 1/2-inchers. Here are 3 more, total done is now 241.
And here is a photo of two hexie flowers that are already flying to the UK for my swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." Helen asked for purple or blue petals with white or cream centers.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. - 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Almost two weeks ago I said I was going to get back to blogging and then I took off on a mini-vacation with friends. We spent a week in Gulfport, Mississippi just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. I didn't even take my hand-sewing. But, now I'm back and I've been enjoying the day in my sewing room. You know how I enjoy sewing hexies so now I've joined "The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along" and it's taken me all day to do the prep work.This is a sample of what it could look like:
It all sounds pretty interesting and I've already started late since most of the participants are already sewing their second rosette and I've just spent most of the day cutting templates and fabric for the first rosette (shown in pink in the photo). Here's what I have so far:
Besides that, I've sewn a bunch of these little flowers made of 1/2 inch hexies. Here are a few of them.
I now have a total of 238 flowers that I've photographed and shown to you.