Quilting

I jumped in feet first – my pieced hexie journey begins….

I’ve completely lost my mind and started yet another project!  But you know what?  I’m ok with that.  We creative souls seem to understand that it’s perfectly normal to have several projects going at once! Right??
Anyhow, this morning I decided to head over to Craftsy and see what in the world that was all about.  Wooooo – there’s a whole new world out there!  Classes on line.  Classes on line at a good price, that I don’t have to get out of my jammies, put my face on, fix my hair and get in the car to get too.  Darn it – I now have another addiction…. Craftsy.
I was interested inparticular about these “Pieced Hexies” I’ve been hearing about at the quilt shop and through other bloggers, Pinterest and FaceBook!  Pieced Hexies – yep – that’s my newest project.
I took a class to learn all about this method of pieced hexagons and I really enjoyed myself.  Jammies on, coffee in hand, hair pulled back in a ponytail – no makeup on and I could relax in my favorite chair and enjoy learning with Queen Bee Bella my kitty sitting next to me.
Mickey Depre is the brain behind Pieced Hexies  you can visit her and enjoy her class on Craftsy by following this link or clicking on the photo above:
This is a brand new class, but I’ve been hearing the “buzz” and chatter all around me about this class and her book!
Pieced Hexies by Mickey Depre – by my favorite publisher Kansas City Star!
Here’s Mickey herself – love the shades!
In the Craftsy class, Mickey explains everything in such an easy to understand way – just like she’s sitting right here with me!  And I could even ask her a question if I wanted to – on Craftsy they offer the option of asking questions, and you can take notes all right there!  It’s really neat! 
All the way from cutting the fabrics the right sizes to fit the english paper pieces, to her great way of basting, and then how she secures the corners on her hexies.  Awesome – just awesome! I really enjoyed this class.

Isn’t this above design cool!  I see visions in my head already of making something using my favorite reproduction fabrics like the one above.  Maybe a small wallhanging with this type of design in the center – like a medallion style little quilt???

These are 2 samples that someone else who took the class made!  Aren’t they neat!  Oh – and that photo before this one – that is also a sample from a student!
I’m super excited.  I pulled out a scrap basket and I’m just going to tinker around with this today and see what mischief I can get into.  I’m so pleased I jumped in and took this class.  Super fun and super easy!  I love it!
Here’s a few more pictures for you of pieced hexies below that I found on the internet.  I’ll catch up with you later – it’s a nice sunny day out, I’m going to grab my jacket – go sit on the deck and start prepping some pieced hexies!  WooHoo!
And just an FYI – this is not any type of paid promotion or anything like that.  I don’t get into that.  If you’ve followed my blog long enough or follow me on FaceBook – you know I like to share with you anything fun and cool I find.  If it has to do with quilting and enjoying a new to me technique – I’m there and I’ll tell ya what I think about it!
Quilting

Stars In Progress!

For the past week or so, I’ve had a new project brewing in my mind.
These cute little antique 4″ finished stars that I bought a year or so ago have been my inspiration along with this:
This is an antique quilt top that I also bought a year or so ago.  I love this quilt top – so many wonderful old fabrics in it!
So I set out creating my new design in EQ and then went on to pulling fabrics from the stash!
A yummy pile of “light” fabrics.
Excellent pile of reproduction fabrics – oh how i love color and design!
Then I set out to make a test block:
Oops – cut off a point there – oh well – life goes on!
Then with the assistance of my boss Bella:
We starched and cut fabric for most of the day yesterday!  Bella is such a good boss to have around – she doesn’t say to much or complain, but let me tell you – she was really being a stinker last night and had to be in the middle of everything I was doing!  She was really intrigued with my hot iron and she scared the daylights out of me with how closely she was getting to it to sniff it out and see what was going on! Thankfully, no kitties were burned or hurt in this process!
After quite a busy and long day of starching, ironing, cutting and many breaks! (Remember – I’m still recovering from Carpal Tunnel surgeries – and yes, I do take frequent breaks when doing repetitive work like cutting and ironing because my hands are still healing.  If I try to do something for too long of a period – I get an achy feeling in the heels of my hands and sometimes a few fingers, so I take breaks and stretch and do my exercises just like I’m supposed to be doing! Did you know it can take up to a year or more for complete recovery – if complete recovery ever does occur?  Oh yes – quite interesting stuff!)
Here is the result of a days work.  44 little piles of yummy fabrics, cut to size and ready to be created into tiny little 4″ finished size stars for my next new pattern design!
Want a sneak peek?
Not much of a sneak peek – but trust me – you’ll see more of this in the future!  Think – cottons and wool – pieced stars and yummy wool applique blocks!  Oh joy – I’m going to have a super fun day today! And I hope your day is just as fun!
Quilting

A Little Bit Of My World…

While outside this morning watering my pretties in my garden, I took a few pictures to share with you!
Of course there is a quilt in the backyard decor today – this is an ebay find – a “stinky” one too!  I opened the box and the musty smell about knocked my socks off – outside it goes until it smells a bit better!  LOL
A bigger shot of the quilt “airing out”.  You can see my daughters flowers that she planted in the pots on the deck railing!

 Any suggestions for the above wheelbarrow?  It’s in a nice shady spot for most of the day and I need to get some good shade flowers planted there in the next few days!

 These crazy bushes shown above have over taken the side of my home – but they are so pretty when in bloom!  I need to cut these back this fall – big time!!!

 Our garden stone above that the kids and I made a few years ago!  Love this!