I love hexagons!

For so long, I have been wanting to attempt a hexagon quilt.  I am not sure what about hexagons intrigue me…but they do.  So…last year when I ran into some charm packs on sale at Craftsy, I knew that it would be the right fabric for my hexagons!  2013-01-22 18.44.05

I just love this fabric!  It’s Curiosities by Nancy Halvorson for Benartex.  So…last night I decided to break out my hexi template and start cutting.

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At first, I thought “Oh wow, this is gonna take me forever.” And because I am a new quilter (sort of) I didn’t think that charm packs are probably not the best cut of fabric for hexagons.  But whatever.  I ended up cutting them in stacks….and I cut 4 charm packs (40 pieces each).

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I love this fabric!

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160 hexies cut!

And because I am crazy about not wasting anything, I saved the itty bitty scrap pieces.

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My friend Melissa, who I talked about in the great big friendship blog, and who is super creative herself, has agreed to make a ticker tape canvas for my bathroom.  I got the idea from Crazy Mom Quilts blog post, which you can see here.

Also, I have put together (finally) my list of UFOs, WIPs, and upcoming projects.

UFOs:

*Gabby’s quilt

*Mom’s star quilt

*My winterscape quilt

*Crazy Daisy quilt

*Americana quilt

WIPs:

*Moda honey bun #scrappytripalong

*Regular size #scrappytripalong

*Hexagon quilt

*Ticker Tape canvas

*granny square afghan

Upcoming:

*Scrapper’s Delight from Sunday Morning Quilts (you can see it in this blog post)

*Postage Stamp quilt in pink/aqua/yellow

Linking up to Freshly Pieced.

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Wednesday’s WIP Update!

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Last night I began cutting strips for my #scrappytripalong quilt.  I started one this weekend with a Moda honey bun (that is 1 inch strips).  I am still planning on making a 2 inch quilt too.  Soooo, last night I started cutting strips.  I want to get all the strips cut from the fabric I have thus far, and then start sewing.  I am not sure how many strips I have, but I am really excited about the fabric and how it’s going to turn out!  Here is a picture of my stack of strips:

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I still have a lot of fabric to cut yet, and this stack isn’t cut into the 16 inch strips, just 2 1/2 inch strips of varied lengths.  I can’t wait to get them all cut so I can see what I have.

Also, I found a really awesome other scrappy quilt that I want to make over at Quilting and Other Craft Therapy.  It’s a string block quilt, and I know I have a lot of string strips!  Also, I have been inspired to start looking for a used in good condition more advanced sewing machine.  Mine just doesn’t have the capabilities that I need or want.

So, here are my projects I am working on:

*Moda honey bun #scrappyquiltalong quilt

*#scrappyquiltalong quilt

*My Mom’s queen size quilt

*Granny square project.

That’s it!  I am linking up to Freshly Pieced.

As always, keep Simply Delighting!

Love in the Mail!

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Don’t you just love getting stuff in the mail???  I know I do.  And this week, I received two great packages.  First was a pack of scraps from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Debbie from A Quilter’s Table recommend to check them out for scrap packs, and I did.  I was not disappointed when I received my pack from them!!!  It was very reasonable and there was a lot of fabric in the pack and they are beautiful.

Today, I received a package from Debbie herself with 2 ziploc bags full of fabric scraps!  I feel so blessed.  What a generous package of scraps to work with on my #scrappytripalong quilt.  Thank you Debbie for being so thoughtful.

Also, I feel like I have been having a creative block because I just can’t get together an idea of what I want to do quilting wise this year.  Nothing seems appealing, except the scrappytripalong.  I realized this morning–everything I had been working on the last quarter of 2012 was in rush mode.  I was so busy from October on that I never had a chance to enjoy the process or time I spend quilting.  Well…I decided this morning that even if it takes a year to do a scrappy quilt, or a month to quilt up my Mom’s quilt, I am just going to enjoy the time.  So…I am going to get a bunch of projects cut and then start working on them.  There are no deadlines to get things done (so far) and I want to slow down and enjoy something I started as a hobby, but then turned it into what I do with everything else…hurry hurry rush rush get it done so I can move on to the next thing.

On a side note, I did figure out how/what I am going to do with my granny squares.  I have the project drawn out and know how many granny squares I need…like 420 or something crazy like that.  Good thing it’s a project that I just do while I watch TV…once again no rush!  I like that.

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Another Wednesday WIP

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What have I been working on?  I have been working on granny squares!  I am making 6 inch and 3 inch grannys.  I have about 40 done, and I need many, many more.  Thankfully, they go quick.  I have to design my afghan yet, so I am not sure how many I need.  Overall, it’s a nice, fun, easy project to do while I watch TV.

This weekend I have to get moving on some quilting projects.  My goal is to at least get my Mom’s quilt basted.  And maybe some other projects cut.  Maybe with them cut, I’ll have more motivation to get sewing.  I’ve been low in the motivation area!!!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

 

Getting Back in the Groove!

Happy Sunday ya’ll!!!

I feel like I have been missing from my blog for a little while.  I have been busy!!  The holidays seemed to fly by with traveling and then having company.  It seems like there is always something to distract me (namely my new-found obsession with the show Duck Dynasty) from creating my quilting/crafting/sewing to do list!  The latest distraction is my sweet, beautiful new great-niece Jaidyn Mariah (better known as Baby J).  She was born on Wednesday, January 2 at 10:01 pm.  Baby J and her Mommy, my niece Emily are doing well.  I was able to meet Jaidyn yesterday and hold her, snuggle her, watch her sleep, snuggle her, soothe her…you get the point.  Needless to say, I am in love, and who wouldn’t be with this sweet face?

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I was telling her how much I am going to spoil her in this picture.

Today I finally got around to getting some things together that I had on my mental to do list from last year that I kept telling myself I would do in 2013.  Here are a few of the selected projects I am going to start to work on.

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I finally got the back fabric for my Mom’s queen size quilt.  I just need to piece the back and then baste it and quilt it.  FYI, I HATE BASTING.  However, I want to get this quilt done and off my list so it’s project #1.

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Here is a better, clearer picture of the back fabric.

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I also want to make some place mats and or a table runner for my dining room table.  These are some of the left overs from my Mom’s quilt that will be perfect for my kitchen/dining room area.  I am going to try to do a triangle pattern for the patchwork.  I have never done triangles before and also am going to work on my FMQ with this project.

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Remember that shortcake quilt I made for my Mom?  If not, you can see it here.  I am going to make another with the fabrics above.  I am hoping to give it to someone special in my family that I have been meaning to make a quilt for.

And….I am still working on my granny squares.

Oh, and, a big thank you to Debbie at A Quilter’s Table.  She is generously sending me some of her scraps to get me started on a scrap quilt.  Also, she put on her Facebook page a link to my Scraps post.  Thank you Debbie!!

As always, Keep Simply Delighting!

Slow Down Sundays!!

I don’t know about you, but I needed a day to slow down and just spend some time doing nothing or doing something low-key.  Today is that day.  I only have a few days left of my holiday vacation and I plan to enjoy them rest of them doing some things I have been wanting to do.  I feel like one of the reasons I started this blog was to take a step out of my busy life and enjoy something, whether it’s cooking, sewing, crocheting, reading etc.  Well, it’s a different kind of busy for me, but a busyness none the less. 

I made a rough list of some projects I want to do in 2013.  It’s a short list with only about 10 or so items.  I want to finish up a few things that are hanging over from 2012, and then I am going to start to do some skill building projects to expand my knowledge.  I am looking forward to that. 

Meanwhile, I hope to spend the day making some granny squares and watching either a movie, some DVR, or the Food Network, HGTV, or the like.  Here is what I am working with.

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