Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Smaller They Are, The Harder I Fall

Tiny scraps have taken me hostage again.

As I've been trimming the Bowties for God's Green Earth I've been setting the small pairs of triangles aside. When the pile got too big I sewed them together with a scant seam allowance to create a pile of lovely little HSTs that finish off at 1.25".

Rather than wait for that pile to continue to grow and be shoved into a 'some day' corner, I went on the hunt for a new HST block to try. Enter Crown of Thorns.

At first I wasn't sure that I was going to be accurate enough to have blocks that looked any good, but by the second try I figured out the right pressing formula and it made all the difference.

The blocks are just a little over 6" and just adorable. These photos are a little on the dark side but rest assured that in the right light they almost sparkle.

I've got a feeling that the Crazy Lady might ride again because I'm imagining an entire quilt of these little cuties alternated with neutral blocks, but I don't know if I'll have the stamina for that. There might be enough for a border though, or to incorporate into a medallion quilt.

Time will tell, but in the meantime I'm enjoying seeing them up on the wall and imagining the possibilities, something I wouldn't have had if I had just pitched all of those little beauties into the waste basket. Now back to God's Green Earth so that I can get more scraps!...M

Sunday, July 23, 2017

All Together Now

It started soft and low but, if you listened very carefully you could hear the sound of the Hallelujah Chorus rising up from the love seat earlier today. That's because I was busy putting the last couple of stitches into the centre panel of large hexies on Anna Levens. All of the large hexies are now one big piece. Whew! There's still more small cream hexies needed to finish off the border around them all but this is a big milestone for me.

Despite all of my moaning and dripping about EPP, I seem to have finally found a method that works for me and lets me sit in a comfy chair, not always spread out on the kitchen table (the quilt top is spread out on the kitchen table, not me!).

There were times that I never thought I'd see this day, but here it is. Yippee skipee! Time to get back to my needle while the hexie gods are still shining on me. I'll leave you with another small miracle, and that's a photo of my lilies. They are just gorgeous this year....M

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last One

My summer evenings have seen me struggling to get my hexies together for Anna Levens.

As the piece gets larger I'm finding it more challenging to hold it properly so that I can sew everything together, so I've resorted to laying it out on the table and working from a flat surface, but I have to say EPP is not my thing. No-sir-eeeee!

It could be because I use a ladder stitch rather than a whip stitch to join them (I do that for my bindings as well), but whatever the reason I find the whole process much more time consuming that just picking up hand stitching and going to town.

That said, I'm happy to report that there's only one more to go and this centre panel will be together; then I'll need to finish up the border of small cream hexies around the entire thing. I'm trying not to think about how many hexies I have to add after that.

All of this hand stitching can work up an appetite so on the weekend we experimented with pizza on the BBQ. My sister Frances was in town so she made up the dough and then we topped it with prosciutto, peaches and mozarella; when it came off the grill we added arugula and a balsamic drizzle. YUM! We had enjoyed this while visiting our friends Rhonda & Brian a couple of weeks ago and I was dying to try it - thanks for the inspiration Rhonda. If you are not into making the dough you can use flatbread and it works equally well, you just won't need as much time on the barbie....M

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Things Are Greening Up

Whenever I can duck into the sewing room I've been putting together two or three Bowties at a time and my pile is starting to add up.

Here, in no particular order, is what I have so far. This is a fun block.

I'm using two different neutrals in each block, as compared to Maryse's approach where both neutrals in a block were from the same print and I'm liking the effect.

It softens up the overall layout and make it all that much more scrappy.

Love these little mice!....M