Saturday, November 29, 2014
I've spent the week since last we chatted (lol), figuring out how to fill in my edges in and with what fabrics. Finally--ta-da--I saw the Light (house...hahaha). (DH collects them...)
so that the serrated edge is even....
Last evening my DH retired early as he has thrown his back out moving our ride-on lawn mower into its winter resting place--and I went into my room and cut more freezer papers and ironed them onto more blue lagoon batik hexies to add somehow...this is really all so "by the seat of my pants" sewing. BUT I am so enjoying it. ;--))))
I hope you all had or are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday....
A big hexie-hug from Julierose, La Blageuse
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?
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
And I have a mini too. After trying different fabrics, I found the right one to put on the next row.
As every month I made six new blocks for each of these. Here you can read more.
At last two new stars, number 17 and 18. And there will be more the next months.
I didn't find the rest of the dresden plate blocks, so you'll have to wait another month for them. Welcome to read more about these projects on my blog.