Monday, December 7, 2015

Piece Yourself Together Hexie Flowers

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Once again it's time for Anthea's "Piece Yourself Together" linky at "Hibiscus Stitches." Please click on the photo link below to see what others are doing with their hexies.

We've been on the road lately so I was able to get some hand-sewing done on my lifetime project of 1/2-inch hexie flowers. When last I showed you what I'd sewn together, there were 25 flowers. I now have 65 flowers and the piece measures a measley 21" X 31".

Upon returning from our travels, I was excited to find two packages containing flowers, both from fellow stitchers in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap."

Geraldine, my November swap partner sent me these lovely flowers. I really like how she combined the different patterns/prints in the second flower. They are both perfect. Thanks so much.

We have a new member from Russia. We sent each other test snail mail to see how long it would take to receive something from each other. In about 2 weeks, I received these flowers. I love the cheerful yellow centers and those pretty prints. Thanks, Debra

And finally, for my December partner, I've completed these flowers which will go in the mail tomorrow.

My partner is Debra who is asking for small prints in the petals and black and white stripe, checks, or lines for the center. I hope she'll like what I chose for her.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts Show

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I just found out about this wonderful Quilt Trunk Show from my sister. Its a place where we all get a chance to showcase our work on a blog post and link it up on this site. The Trunk Show is hosted by by Soma at Whims and Fancies. Just click on the photo below and you can go there too!
What a great place to see alll sorts of beautiful quilts made by our fellow bloggers. Here's the link:
http://www.whimsandfancies.com/trunk-full-of-quilts-2015/
I have two quilts I've made to show you. It seems like I've wanted a Christmas quilt for a long time but every time I thought about making one, it was almost Christmas and I never seemed to get it done. I finally started one in 2013, worked on it throughout the year, off-and-on, and finally finished by Christmas 2014. This pattern was from a Sampler Quilit-Along hosted by Beaquilter in 2013.
Here's another of my favorite quilts. My House Quilt is comprised of blocks from several sources. Whenever I found a house that appealed to me, I'd make that block and save it. Finally, I got enough houses to make a quilt. Well, the blocks are not all houses because I was getting anxious to see a finished quilt so a few blocks are not a house. Oh, and one year, I won some houses made by felllow quilters in a lotto hosted by Beth at Love, Laugh. Quilt blog:
http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com
Those are two of my favorite quilts, bad photography but great quilting, LOL.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Hexie Flowers From Far Away

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We've been traveling but when we got home, I found these gorgeous flowers waiting for me in our mailbox:

These hexie flowers came to Texas all the way from my September partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap, Michele in Wisconsin, USA.

I think they're so pretty and love the contrast in the two. One flower in those beautiful browns and the other with its sunshiney center and the little confetti-looking print. Thanks, Michele.

And then there was another envelope which came to Texas from further away. Here are these lovely flowers from Sara in the UK, my October partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.

What a coincidence, another lovely brown and 2 sunshiney yellow centers PLUS another flower with a confetti-looking print. I love the colors you chose for me. Thanks, Sara.

I'm off now to do my own sewing.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two Hexie Projects Getting Closer to Completion

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Hexies everywhere! I'm linking up with Anthea's "Piecing Yourself Together."

 

I finally feel like I'm getting close to finishing my "Rocksprings Wallhanging." Rocksprings is where our llittle ranch is located. My sister Ida paper-pieced a replica of our ranch house and I've been working on hexies to surround it. The hexies have been hand-sewn together and all I need to do now is fit the ranch house into the hole in the middle and put the wallhanging together in preparation for quilting.

Then, in my spare time, usually while watching tv, I continue to sew my little 1/2-inch hexies together.

The photo looks like a lot but it's barely a piece about 15 inches by 20 inches since the hexie flloweers are so small.

And finally, these two hexie flowers are off to my swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." She requested pink and/or purple flowers with a white or beige center.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Piece Yourself Together Tuesday in California

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This post finds me in California. We're visiting our daughter and family for two weeks. I haven't had a lot of sewing time, what with football games and other fun times, but I did sew my hexies before we came to California so I do have something for the Linky Party at Anthea's "Piece Yourself Together."
As usual, I'm trying to make the Australian deadline. Those time changes always have me playing "catch-up" with this linky. But anyway, here's what I have to show you today:
I also finished flowers for my swap partner on the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." She requested blue flowers with yellow centers. I'm pleased with the results and hope she will be too. That color combination should make a beautiful quilt when finished.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Piecing Myself Together and Pincushion Parade

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Once again its Anthea's "Piece Yourself Together" time. Anthea provides a linky at "Hibiscus Stitches" for us to show off our hexie creations.
What I started doing lately is sewing stepping stones around my little 1/2-inch hexie flowers and then sewing them together. Here's what I have so far.
That's as far as I've gotten since I've been making pincushions (well I've made one pincushion...well, I've finished a UFO pincushion I've had for a long time.) Anyway, I finished the pincushion shown in the previous post, for my sister, Ida, who blogs at "MySister Made Me Do It," and is hosting the "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade." Ida is providing a linky for us all to share our favourite pincushions.

Not only that, BUT there are lots of prizes! Check out her blog for all the details and to link-up. Wednesday is the last day to link-up. Good luck. Can't wait to see your pretty pincushions.
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pincushion Completed for the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade

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So, I'm sure you've heard that my sister Ida, who blogs at "MySister Made Me Do It," is hosting the "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade."

In doing so, Ida has created a number of new pincushions to give to you and to ME! She surprised me with 2 more beautiful and functional pincushions. Here's the perfect pincushion nestled in a sewing kit and perfect to drop into my purse and take with me wherever I go along with my hexies.
Ida is so creative. She made this darling sewing kit from an eyeglass case. And then she continued and made another take-along pincushion which is flat with the pins stuck in the sides. It's hard to describe but just look! It's another perfect pincushion to take with me.
 
So, with all this pincushion-making I decided to dig out a pincushion UFO I've had for a long time. It's made of wool pieces that I sewed together and embroidered on one of our road trips and never finished. Well, here it is, all finally done!
This is for Ida. It's not as awesome as her beautiful creations but maybe she'll like it.
Ida is providing a linky for us all to share our favourite pincushions. Not only that, BUT there are lots of prizes! Check out her blog for all the details and to link up.
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Ida is providing a linky for us all to share our favourite pincushions. Not only that, BUT there are lots of prizes! Check out her blog for all the details and to link-up.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pincushion Parade and Prizes

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Today I have pincushions to show. This all came about because my sister Ida, who blogs at "MySister Made Me Do It," is hosting the "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade." Ida is providing a linky for us all to share our favourite pincushions. Not only that, BUT there are lots of prizes! Check out her blog for all the details and to link-up.

Meanwhile, I'll show you my pincushions. I'm disqualifying myself (before Ida does) since, well, you know, it doesn't seem right if I were to win...

PLUS, Ida has already given me so many gorgeous pincushions, such as this one which I've photographed on it's side so you can see it's a pincushion on a frame. It stands up like a regular picture frame and is ideal for sitting on my end table while I do some hand-sewing as I watch television.

And then there are these 3 which are perfect, each in it's own way and also made for me by Ida:
They all look good enough to eat but I especially like the one in the middle because the pincushion top lifts up and reveals a perfect little container for my thread clippings (hilachas).
But my all-time favorite made by Ida is this one:
It's a little jar where I keep my unique buttons. The pincushion part has fabric with pictures of Sunbonnet Sue and is just precious.
Last, here are some pincushions I've made.
Most of you know how I enjoy sewing with hexie shapes. The ball is made of hexies and pentagons. It took me a while to learn that a ball can't be made entirely of hexies. I had to actually dig up my son's old soccer ball to see the shapes it was made from. The pincushion to the right of the ball is made entirelly of hexie shapes. I found the pattern online for the cathedral window pincushion and the little bitty one is one I use in my travel sewing kit. Which, by the way, I would love to have the pincushion kit Ida made from the eyeglass holder. It looks perfect for travel but how could I possibly ask Ida for another pincushion after she's already made so many for me?
I'd love to see some of your pincushions and if you'd like to be part of the fun, just pop over HERE for all the details & to link up. There are even great prizes to win. Join in or just take a look at the other pin cushions in the parade.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fires and Hexie Flowers

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The above words are quite true for us. There was a big fire in the area around our ranch a week ago.
We weren't there but our neighbors were. They kept us up-to-date on the fire. It came within a mile of their ranch and they're about a mile from us. In total, 16,000 acres were burned, including 4 structures which "they" said were not permanent homes. That still doesn't sound good since our ranch house is not our permanent home either. Please add the people who lost property to your prayers. The fire is now out and no longer a danger.

 

On to happier topics, here are a few hexie flowers I sewed on our trip to the ranch. (We're here now and all is well on our property.)

I'm linking up to Anthea's "Piece Yourself Together." Check this out to see what others are doing with their hexies.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hexies With Anthea

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Hello All! I'm trying to make the Linky Party at Anthea's "Piece Yourself Together." I didn't get to the linky on time the last time. It seems like Australia is a day ahead of Texas....

So saying, here are some of my usual 1/2-inch hexie flowers, my lifetime project:


I also found an interesting project at the "sewcanshe" blog.

I actually made 6 potholders but my sister, Ida, dropped by and I gave her one. The edges look kind of crooked in the photo but they are a product of the photographer, not the seamstress. These were a fast project and actually worked best when I followed the instructions. I sewed a binding on the blue one and that was somewhat tedious. Then I decided to read the instructions and see how the tutorial said to do it. What was done in the tutorial was sewing around the lining and front all around the edges, leaving an opening for turning etc and then quilting. Much easier.

Now I'm off to see if I make the linky this time so...

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