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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Hand Stitching On Sunday


Back in the olden days when I was still working, I was able to sew, stitch, knit, crochet, read, whatever if my work was all done.  I worked as a scale master in a rock pit so certain times of the year we were so busy I couldn't think and other times I just had to be there. I cannot be bored so I always had something to do.  I loved that my bosses were always interested (or pretended to be) in what I was doing.

One of the projects I worked on was hand stitching this hexagon quilt using plastic templates called Quilt Patis. (Julie at JayBird Quilts has an excellent tutorial on using these.)  This is still one of my favorite quilts.   I remember I wanted to make a small quilt just to see if I liked the working with these things.  I used up old fabrics that I didn't want for anything else.  I still love this quilt!

The other morning at 0 dark 30, I woke up thinking about a project I had started several years ago. I have never counted this as a UFO because I completely forgot about it. After finding it, I remembered I had planned to use these green hexagons in a vest.  I don't know what I was thinking because I have never been a vest wearer. So now a new plan is happening.

I started thinking of a wall hanging and the next thing I knew, I had it drawn out in EQ7 and couldn't wait to get started.  I thought I would replace some of the teals with truer greens but I've decided to leave them in.  I have several sizes of Quilt Patis and will make all the applique flowers from hexagons.  This coming from a person that wasn't going to do any more hexagons!

A few more greens to be sewn on and I can move on to the creams and blues. This is going to be so much fun!

See Kathy's fabulous project and check out what others are showing at Kathy's Hand Stitching on Sunday link party.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

What a FABULOUS project!! It looks wonderful! I had a night like that earlier this week, except it was 4:30 am. I ended up getting up and doing some fabric cutting until I was tired enough to go back the bed at 7 am.

Allison said...

what a great way to repurpose your hexies! I used to have EQ5, but i really never got the hang of it and eventually decided I'd rather spend my time sewing than using a sewing program. So I'm very impressed by people who can make it work for them :)

Grit said...

Wow, das ist ja super schön.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Cathy Tomm said...

Good to get the old project out. Love the hexies.

scraphappy said...

It is going to be a beautiful quilt. Way to find a use for something long forgotten!

Nancy said...

Your design sketch is quite a teaser. I am anxious to see this project progress.

Quilter Kathy said...

I loved this blog post! What time exactly is "0 dark 30"? I think I was awake then too! I loved that you work up with some creative inspiration that directed a misguided UFO into something new and fun!
Thanks for linking up!

Deb said...

So neat to remember a project and then completely rework it to get it moving again. Looking forward to seeing it's progress.