Sunday, May 22

Hexagons galore!

Oh My!  I thought this would be a simple pattern to take on! I'm beginning to rethink that thought!
I guess it really isn't to hard it just take time and a great deal of cutting and sewing the same shapes and
pieces over and over again.  It begins to get a bit boring and you think it will never end!

I originally found this pattern in an old McCall's Quilting magazine.  October 2008.  When son was here
visiting in  August, I told him to give me some ideas as to what type of quilt he would like. So I gave
him several magazines and books to look through and this one of his choices.

I purchased many of the fabrics at Hancocks in a 50% off all quilting fabric sale.
Some I purchased at my favorite home town quilt shop. Those I had to cut into the 2.5" strips.
The last fabric I purchased was from Connecting Threads and I bought
precut 2.5" strips!  Saved alot of time! 
I matched colors and then sewed two strips together.

Then I cut those strips into triangles using a 60 degree ruler.

Fliping that ruler back and forth to get all those triangles was a real pain.

I am sure there was an easier way to do that but I don't know what it is! 
From each strip set you get at least three pieces per colorway and have an extra couple left over.

The pattern in the magazine calls for 162 of these half hexagons. So I made all 162 of them!
Plus several more.

I put these on my working wall to see lay out the colors, then once that was done,
I began to sew one row across. Then I sewed two rows togethers and pinned back on the wall.
That is where I am at now in this quilt.

I now have to sew the two rows sets together.  That is gonna take a bit of work.
Some of them I can see are now going to line up correctly.
I think that comes from some stretching but mainly because I started on this project before Christmas and then when I started back this month I couldn't remember exactly what size I cut the first ones!

Oh well,  it will all come together like it should!
I just hope Nathan likes it!

Tuesday, May 3

Lookie what I got! For FREE!

Fabric Sample Books!  Lots of 'em!

A co-worker has a freind who is a fabric rep. He mentioned my love of
quilting and she mentioned she had some old sample books!
Hurray for Friends with Friends!
The fabric samples are really for furniture and draperies but some are
Sooooo gorgeous.
All I can think about is a Krazy Quilt!  Some pieces are already embellished with
stitching in several different colorways.

There is also some beautiful tapestry like pieces.

Most all of the patterns are in several colorsways.
There are even some FUN patterns with several different pieces
that go together.  Some have a small embroidery design too!

Most of the pieces are only about 10x12" so how ever I use these, it will have to
be a small project or projects!
Now I do have enough for a good size Krazy Quilt.

So if you have any ideas or patterns you might want to share, please do!
I'm thinking table runers, small wall art, maybe mug rugs!

I just LOVE Freebies!

Thanks Paul for thinking of me!

Sunday, May 1

The Seeds are Sewn

Literally!  This weekend my husband, our daughter and me got the garden started.  We had purchased  small started plants, tomato, squash, zuchini, cucumbers and my personal favorite, okra!  I love that stuff and way, fried, pickle, stewed!   We put 13 tomato plants in the small area. 
 In the larger garden we tilled up 5 rows. Right now we have
beans and okra planted.  We will fill the rest with more
beans seeds and the corn plants we have already started in mini pots.
In the first row we have crooked neck squash, zuchini and cucumbers.

Here are my okra plants.
I am proud of my hubby as this weekend he has walked more than he has since his last back surgery.
The garden has given him a reason to "Want" to move and do something.
He actually was able to walk behind the tiller some. He did have to take breaks often.

We still have about 100 corn plants to get in the ground. OF course me and Lauren get to do that.
He can't do any bending like that.   I know every inch and every joint in my body aches!
But all is good!  OH I did find a piece of broken pottery in the garden.  We have found indian arrowheads out there before, so maybe they walked the same ground we do everyday!

I can't wait for the first tomato!  YUM!