Hexagon Update

Hexagon Diamonds 012713I’ve been hard at work on my hexagon diamonds quilt.  I now have all the diamonds that are put together sewn into 1 piece.  It is getting to the point where I have to stand on a chair and hold the camera over my head (almost!) to get a picture of the whole thing.  I don’t know what I’ll do when it gets more rows added on!  I’m busy working on all the half diamonds so they are ready when it’s time to add them in, and with making more black hexis.  Won’t be able to add diamonds until there are black pathways.  I’m hoping to have enough black made that as I put a diamond in I can add the black pathway as well.  I’ve set myself a deadline of March 31st, don’t know if it will be ready for quilting by then or not.  Right now this is the only project I am working on by hand.  I hope to work on more machine work during the day when Alex is napping, the next one I hope to finish is the hubby’s birthday Christmas present.  I’ll explain once I finish it!

2013-01-23 14.50.03_1We spend a lot of time sitting on the floor playing with Alex and I keep forgetting to get a pillow form when I’m at Joann’s, when they are on sale and I’m there I can’t remember what the size is I need, and when I’m at home and can get the size I never remember!  A couple of years ago I used triangle scraps (I think I cut them with the Go Value Die) and made this pillow cover.  Since I had pulled out a high loft batting for the ironing table and never used it and I know I probably won’t use it in a quilt since I don’t like mine that thick, I decided to fold it as needed and use that as my pillow form.  It’s not perfect, but better than spending a ton of money on a pillow form!  Alex loves to lay on it and watch tv, although we’ve decided to start limiting how much tv he gets to watch.  He’s turning into a couch potato!DSC_5913

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Design Wall Monday

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I’ve been working hard on my hexi diamond quilt. Since I decided to use it in the RV I have a deadline – self-imposed since we don’t have a delivery date or a camping date!  I have a few more diamonds completed, they just haven’t been added on yet because the colors are too similar to these and I want to spread them out.  I’m hoping to get another row added on in the next week, I managed to get an entire diamond put together while at my MIL’s for dinner last night.    Head over to PatchworkTimes to see other Design walls!

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Hexagon Diamonds

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I’ve mentioned a few days this week that I was going to concentrate on my hexi diamonds.  I’ve decided that with some extra borders this quilt should be large enough to fit on the bed in our RV.  So I have 6-8 weeks to get it done, because that’s when we get the RV!  I already know that I will do simple quilting, a line through the center of each “row”, might not make sense now, but it will later!  I started attaching the diamonds to each other last night, I think I’ll put them all together before I start working on making more diamonds.  I have all the diamonds and half diamonds kitted up, can’t wait to see what some of them look like finished!  Today is HeLP for Hexie-aholics day over at sarah did it!, go take a look at what everyone is posting!

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Cavs Cross Stitch Update

Cavs Cross Stitch 01-03-13Well I did it, I finished the first page!  As I think I said before I’m putting this aside for a little while to work on my hexagon diamonds.  I’ve been kitting more diamonds and I really like some of the combinations I have setup.  So back to the cross stitch, I only have 14 pages left to do, lets hope they go as fast as this one did!  The back looks terrible with all the confetti, but that’s ok since no one will see it once it’s framed!

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Late Night Update

I’m waiting for the end of the Cavs game, I just have to finish watching it before bed!  I just spent the evening working on cutting 2.5″ squares for the Wiggly Whimsy quilt and using those same fabrics for kitting up more diamonds for my hexi diamonds quilt.  I only need 9 more kits of diamonds and everything will be ready for the whole quilt.  Well, not the whole quilt because I will still need to get more black for the pathways between the diamonds.  I’ve decided that I’m going to put the Cavs cross stitch away for awhile (once I finish the page) and concentrate on the hexi diamonds quilt for awhile.  I’m also figuring on this being a good choice for taking camping, since everything is already kitted up it’ll be nice to work on at night or even during the day if we aren’t doing anything else.

The directions for the Wiggly Whimsy quilt say to cut a charm square into quarters so you’ll have 4 of the same squares in the quilt.  I’ve taken that to an extreme and I’m only using 1 piece in the quilt.  I will not have any matching 2.5″ squares in the quilt.  I’ve got 130 sitting here, I just need to find 18 more unique squares.  I think I’ll be able to pull from my 4.5″ cut squares to find what I need and I won’t need to cut into my yardage.  I absolutely love that I was able to cut so many fabrics tonight using my Accuquilt Go – I never would have been able to get all this done just using the rotary cutter.  I have TONS of black to cut for this quilt, not sure if I’ll work on that tomorrow or not.  But I will definitely be finishing off the colored squares.

Hubby did help me get the cubes put together, his part was easy putting the casters on.  We checked in the garage and garage attic and don’t have any pieces of wood large enough to use for the top, I’ll need to go to Home Depot this week and have a piece cut.

No pictures tonight, I’ll take some of my 148 colored 2.5″ squares tomorrow when they are all cut.

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Hexi Wreath Ornament

I follow a blog for hexi’s and they posted this last month.  In my spare time – ha ha ha ha – I pulled some green 2.5″ squares and whipped up a wreath.  I couldn’t decide which way I wanted to put the front and back together, I ended up putting together the front pieces, then the back pieces and stitching them together with the ribbon in between.  It didn’t take too long and I ended up with a cute ornament for the tree.  I might work on putting these together throughout the year so I have them next year for presents.  Oh who am I kidding?  I’ll end up waiting until the last minute and do them all the week before I need them!

Hexie Ornament

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I’m still here!

I haven’t been working on much quilting lately, no time at the sewing machine and the hexagon diamonds have taken a back seat for awhile.  I spent most of August and September working on a cross stitch present for my parents 40th anniversary, now that it’s been given to them I can talk about it.  Unfortunately I was dumb and didn’t take a picture before I gave it to them!  I should be going to their house this week and will see if I can get a picture.

I’ve also been working on some Christmas presents, which I can’t talk about until after the holidays.  I have 1 stitched up and I am working on the 2nd, still have 1 to go after that.  We just made some decisions yesterday about presents that I am making, boy do I have a lot of work in the next 2 months!

Still looking for a hand quilting class to take.  I’m debating seeing if there is someone in the guild that would teach me.  I seem to be taking more of an active role in the guild.  I am now doing our guild blog.  I need to go back and put the newsletters going back to January 2012, but I don’t think there is any hurry. 🙂

Alex is now 2 and I can’t believe how quickly the time goes by!  He’s not talking yet, but some words are starting to come out. He’s so smart (I know, every mother says that!) and understands so much!  Since I don’t have any cross stitch or quilting pictures, you’ll have to settle for one of Alex’s 2 year pictures.

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I went to Joann’s today because I needed floss for some upcoming projects.  I should know better than to walk around that store!  Besides the 22 skeins of floss I got a few other things that I probably didn’t need.  7 fat quarters (on sale!), 2 packages of precut hexagons (clearance!), a sock loom (on sale!) and 4 skeins of yarn (clearance!).  With all the coupons and discounts I saved a lot of money on it all.  Hubby still might kill me though! 🙂  I’ve always wanted to knit socks, but I don’t know how to knit.  When I saw this loom a few months ago I almost bought it, but today it was 25% off. I just finished cutting up all the hexagons with my 2.5″ square die for my Go, they are just big enough to cut a 2.5″ square and have the corners nipped off.  I have all the fat quarters to cut up still, plus the ones I got in Amish on Monday.  I’m getting ready to “kit” up more diamonds even though I’ll be starting a new cross stitch project soon.

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I’m back!

I know, I’ve been gone for awhile.  I wasn’t posting because I didn’t have any updates.  I do today!  I finished Month by Month last night.  It’s stitched on 28 count Zweigart in Pearl Linen.  Now I just need to find the right frame and figure out where to hang it.  Now on to the next cross stitch project!

Yesterday we went to Amish country.  Took my father-in-law to lunch and stopped at Lehman’s.  They have an outlet on the other side of hte parking lot and I ran in to see if there was anything interesting.  I found a couple of fat quarters for 1.25 and a BUNCH of thread really cheap!  I got 2 YLI spools (the big ones) for 2.99 each and 6 spools of Gutermann for 2.95 each.  I couldn’t pass up that deal!

I also finished another hexagon diamond and started the next one. Almost time to kit up some more!  Still trying to find a hand quilting class so I can start quilting the hexagon quilt, but I’m in no hurry.  I have a lot of projects to get done in the next few months, some are Christmas presents I have planned, we’ll see if I get any of them done!

Hope to be back soon with some updates!

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Working hard

I’ve been working hard on a very old quilt the last few days and I’m happy to say I’ve made a lot of progress!  This is the 2010 Quilt Show BOM.  When I started this I had just found out I was pregnant with Alex and somehow through the year I managed to get my blocks done on time until he was born in October.  Took me awhile to finish the November and December blocks, and I worked on it a little the last time I went to the guild sew-in.  I’ve put on 4 borders and I have 4 borders left to do.  I need to sort out the half square triangles that make up the next border and work on putting them together, but today I’m planning on getting the scrappy car quilt on the frame and quilted.  Since it’s only 36″ x 36″ I doubt it’ll take long to quilt with a pantograph, but I’d like to take something to guild for show and tell this month.  It’s been so long since I’ve shown anything!  I’m also thinking about taking my hexagon quilt, even though it’s not quilted just so I can show it off, I’m really proud of it!  I think I am going to use some already made binding I found in the cupboard for the car quilt, I think it might be enough, and it’s a scrappy binding so it’ll fit with the scrappy squares.

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