I'll show you a couple of the rescued hexies in a moment but first I want to say thank you to a few people...
Thank you to the people who have emailed me over the past few weeks to check I was ok - it really means a lot to know that there are people in blogland who notice when I'm not around for a while and check up on me. I've simply been too tired to spend much (or any!) time on the computer and have spent many afternoons reclined on the settee attempting to watch a film (I tend to lose concentration/interest relatively quickly so it's not often I see a film/programme all the way to the end) or stitching a bit of a hexy. I've also been helping my parents get ready for a family party - every year all my dad's side of the family get together at my parents' house for a few hours on Easter Sunday afternoon/evening and there's always lots of baking and sandwich making to be done in the run up to the Easter weekend. This year I think there were about 20 adults (my aunties and uncles and cousins) and 12 children (my cousins' children) - that's a lot of cups of tea and beakers of juice not to mention the sandwiches and cakes! It's always lovely to catch up with people and it's great to see all the children playing happily together - hide and seek and running around is always popular!! I'm shattered (again!) now though...
Thanks also to Cherie@I be's Cheraldine for nominating me for a blog award - as I've mentioned before I won't be passing on the award (thanks for understanding, Cherie!) but I'm still honoured that you thought of me! If you haven't visited Cherie's blog she makes some lovely things. As well as making lovely things Cherie is learning to drive at the moment so please pop over, say hello and wish her luck for her next driving lesson!
Lastly I'd like to say thank you to a very generous and wonderful UK blogger who sent me the most wonderful care parcel after she realised that being too ill to work for several years meant a very small (minuscule!) fabric budget and sent fabrics that will be added to my Terrain charm packs as well as some machine needles and some lovely thread.
|My care parcel|
See what I mean about very generous? I don't think I can ever thank her enough but I hope this (and my gushing emails!) can go some way towards letting her know how grateful I am. I can't wait to get started on my Terrain quilt - just need to get these hexies sorted first!
Right, time for me to show you the hexy rehab...
First up was a mildly distressed hexy who was all over the place but didn't mind having her photo taken before being rescued...
'Someone' stitched the wrong edge...not that I'm naming names or anything but honestly, when you've made about 15 of the same style hexy you'd think you'd be hard pushed to make such a stupid mistake. Not at all - it required absolutely no thought! You'll be able to see rescued hexy a bit later when she's hanging out with her friends.
Next up was a rescue that was a little more tricky. For some reason I'd decided that having 12 pieces of fabric meeting in the middle of a block was a good idea - it wasn't. I soldiered on for a while as I'd managed with this hexy and another one of the same design but I think I got away with those because their centres are white and they're made from the same fabric whereas this hexy had six pink points and six grey points. Want to see a horrible centre?!
|Definitely a hexy in distress!|
Here she is reclining on her temporary ironing board - a (clean!) tea towel on top of an old (summer 2003) Next directory (which is the most useful catalogue I've ever had - I used to lean on it when I was drawing round/cutting out/gluing letters for display boards and now I use it when I'm drawing round my hexy templates as it stops the fabric slipping, I'll have to find a replacement if it ever falls apart or gets lost!). I had thought that I used this to press my hexies because I was too lazy to get the ironing board out but now, thanks to Lynne and her sewing tips, I now know that I'm resourceful and press my hexies this way because I get better results!
And now for her close up...
|Sob! Please rescue me!|
This was after a lot of pressing, starching and even some stitching through the middle to try to pull it together and it's still far from marvellous. I'd gone as far as removing the templates for the two '12 pieces meeting in the middle' hexies from the project box (swearing never to touch them again!) when I started to wonder if I could get away with putting a button over the centre and scattering a few over the rest of the quilt (so it didn't look like I was using a button to hide a nasty centre, even though that's exactly what I'd be doing! More 'oh look, there's a button in the centre of that hexy, what a lovely touch'!). Then a better idea popped up and waved at me and this is the result...
|Ahh...that's better! I could look at myself all day - thank you!|
I love it! In fact I love it so much I'm making another one (at least!) and I've added a hexy to the other '12 pieces meeting in the middle' hexy. I'm not changing the two I've already made but I'm part way through making one with the altered templates and it's so much easier!
The final rescue was the rescue of the ugly and radioactive hexy but I'm saving that for another day! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it so I stitched a replacement
|I'm so much prettier than that other hexy!|
And I've also stitched quite a few others so here's a parade of hexies
|Miss Hexy In Distress is in the middle looking much more composed!|
The stripy fabric in the middle of the bottom row was supposed to be usedfor a cushion back - guess I'm not doing that any more!!
And...(drum roll please!)...I've now made 101 pieced hexies - I'm half way there! Yippee!! I've been thinking quite a bit about how I'm going to sort out the arrangement of the hexies when I finish piecing the next 101 and how I'm going to join them. More pondering is required but at the moment I think I may have to add sashing as some of the edges are going to be a right s*d to stitch as the seam allowances won't all next together. (Some of the hexies sit better when they're swirled clockwise and others when they're swirled anti-clockwise but I can't guarantee that I'm going to be able to stitch a 'seams going clockwise' to a 'seams going anti-clockwise'. Which means that I may potentially be dealing with eight or more seam allowances all meeting at one point and going the same way and I don't really fancy tackling that!) Adding sashing will mean that I'll have to make replacement hexies for the two sets of 'three hexies make a big star' hexies that I've already made (they won't work with sashing) but I'm going to wait until I've stitched all the hexies before making a decision. All thoughts and suggestions are welcome now though so please speak up!
As a reward for getting to the halfway point I'm going to arrange all my hexies so far and take a group photo and I've also surrendered to my inner maths geek and worked out how many pieces I've stitched so far. I'll reveal all next time (well, next time I blog about the hexies!) but feel free to have a guess. No prizes but if anyone manages to get it spot on I may rethink that! (Not promising anything spectacular though!)
I think I've just got room for a couple of dog photos and a random fact or two...
Alfie has been to stay again and discovered just why Archie loves his bed in the conservatory so much. The last time he tried it he couldn't work out what all the fuss was about but this time it was much better!
|It could be a bit larger but works well as a tummy cushion...|
Three minutes later...
Random fact I can't abide the smell of hyacinths. It knocks me sick and I'm not too good with the smell of daffodils either!
Another Random Fact (Giles, this may cause you cake related distress so be prepared!) I still have (home-made) mince pies in my freezer, left over from Christmas - I keep forgetting about them!
Yet Another Random Fact Yesterday I finally (after needing one for years and not being able to find one I liked) found a letter rack for my kitchen - it was on sale in WHSmith for about £3 and I love it! I can't find it on their website but it's in the same range as this in tray. I smile each time I see it and, even better, I've got rid of the pile of letters, vouchers, etc. that I need to keep to hand but that irritated me by making my worktop look untidy!
I'll try not to leave it so long before my next post - I'm not promising though! I do have a draft post that just needs a little tidying before publishing so I'll either post that or I'll tell you about what I made after I walked round here and then attended a workshop based on the walk...
|I could have stayed there all day - it's so peaceful!|
See you soon (I hope!) and happy stitching until then!