Sunday, November 23, 2014
I cut the extra black hexies to fill in and hopefully will work out from there...and so it goes when you didn't start with a "PLAN" (note to self--draw a plan BEFORE you start!!).
I hand basted all of these this week and some of these:
But I really didn't like how they looked filling in and moving outward --I had laid them all out and kept on walking by and knowing that something wasn't right.....
I don't have any of the original black print left so I am going to use these....
this afternoon I will be basting ....and auditioning.....
And that is my "take one step forward, take a big step backward" PROGRESS (????) this week.
Hugs from Hexagonia, Julierose La Blageuse
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I made one garland like the tutorial suggested but then one using paper hexi shapes and left the papers in, since its unlikely to ever need washing -
I also made up a matching Christmas fabric, log cabin, scrappy banner to hang across a pelmet of sorts.
Not long now till Christmas - arghhhh!!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here is how I've started my morning with a cup of "Joe" and travels along the mountain trails of Hexagonia. (Are you old enough to recall this song ????
"I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track, and as I go I love to sling my backpack on my back--valdereee, valderaaah, valder-ahahahahaha ....")My backpack being full of hexagons of course, lol.
I often have songs whirling through my head as I sit and sew.....I have found that I can baste about 10 hexies before I begin to feel it in my thumb. It's the holding between thumb and forefinger that does it to me.
So far I have made:
This pile of basted bright turquoise and hand dyed blues; French writing and more batik blues ironed are waiting in the wings. I will most likely iron more papers on the rest of the cut batik blues --that fabric looks like water, so I think it will look like the rivers near Monet's Jardin.
It is a grey, cloudy and cold day here; but my hands are warmed by the simple stitches I am taking.
My little angel is keeping watch over my aloe and pothos (excuse the wires on the side!) . She keeps me company while I stitch....
I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. I am linking with Hexagon Alley and with Slow Sunday Stitching. Hope to see you all there...
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Here is my very first hexagon piece; all hand done (except for sewing binding and borders on of course). DH asked that I hang it in our living room as he really likes it !
It doesn't even have a name-- way back in the 1980's that I made this one. You can see where I picked it up a few years ago and had run out of that lovely pink for the pathways--I still like it! ;--)))
I had a kit that I used to take to a local lovely historic park overlooking the ocean and DH and I would sit..... and I would sew.... and he would watch the shipping with his binoculars under the trees. Lovely memories --perhaps I should call it "Sea Flowers" and make a label....
Anyhoo..here is how my current piece-- Monet's City is coming along:
I have all the center rows put together, but I would like to expand this piece by adding rosettes around it. I will have to figure out a configuration that will fit--perhaps half-rings??
Anyone have any suggestions for me...???
And here is my little kit--right now being used for basting the French writing and water hexies that I have ironed (yesterday). I will need to cut some more I am sure (you GO!BABY! lol).
(I got that little labeler for my Birthday this year from DH..) .Sooo, I have been quite busy on this one...Come and visit to see what else I am working on at my blog.
I am truly happy to be a part of your group where I am seeing absolutely stunning hexagon quilts....hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Here is the beginning of my "Monet's City" piece.
And here is a little about thie background of this piece: Many years ago I used a different method for making those 1/2 hexagons: I sewed two long strips together and then placed my freezer paper hexagons with two points right on that pressed open seam. I had taken notes about this method from an old Quilter's Newsletter Magazine (can't recall which one) and thought I'd give it a try.
(I had traced out a whole freezer paper of hexagons and stapled three sheets together and hand cut them--yikes).
Now I have this wonderful die:
Here's what I did in 40 minutes yesterday afternoon:
I am now doing quite a bit of this:
I am anxious to see all of your hexagon works and to add my humble attempts to learn as I go along on my travels in Hexagonia.
Hugs to all, Julierose, La Blageuse
Monday, November 10, 2014
I'm looking forward to seeing what our new members are creating. Once again, today I had hexagons on the list, and I didn't get that far down the list. I'll try again later this week! If we haven't heard from you lately, how about posting an update on your projects?