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Friday, February 8, 2013

Making Plans

Some of the time you just have to have an opps to get you out of one mind set and into another that is more creative.

I had the hexagons all laid out. I started sewing from the middle and figuring out which was the next one to pick up wasn't easy. In the end it became almost impossible to be sure I had the right one.

And then the board tipped over and the hexagons were all on the floor. A really big opps. 

Now, I know I could lay them out again. I actually did it more than once, after all. But it occurred to me that wasn't the way to go.

And I know I could make sure that the shape, once finished would be squared off, but my plans were to mount the finished hexagon project onto a piece of fabric. Did it have to be squared off? Did it have to be round? Could it be a shape that just happened?

I thought about it and my answer was yes.

It doesn't matter what shape this ends up. It can be regular. Or totally irregular and rather wonky. It just does not matter.

Irregular just might be exactly what I want. At this point I've separated the hexagons out into piles by value. I've sewn a few more onto the grouping I've got. I know were the 3 or 4 on the bottom are going to go. I've got a vague idea of where the group on the side of the board should go as well.

And what is really weird is that I know, roughly, how I'm going to quilt this. It is going to be a wall hanging, not any kind of blanket. I've got some other things to think through. Should I do some hand embroidery on it? Beading? What colors will I use to quilt it? One color? Multiple ones? But I've got time for all of that.

Meanwhile, I've got another project in process. It is time to pick out a quilting pattern for the square in square blocks on the table scarf.

I have Leah Day's book of the 365 quilting patterns and I went into it and made a list on my notebook. The page I photographed has notes for both the table scarf and Bloom. I had a full page of designs I liked for both of the projects. The design I chose for the table scarf is Granddaddy Long Legs.

I drew out the pattern about the size I'll be quilting it. I can sew much better than I can draw on my desk. The desk has some weird bumps on the top. It makes the lines more out of control than they should be.

But I like the design. It is one I can do. So it is the one I am going to try to do.

I also need to watch the videos for the three designs I am looking at for parts of Bloom.

And I still need to get stitches on my needles for that first pair of socks.

Take care all.


  1. I love story about the hexagons! Keep your options open!

    That quilting design should be a fun one!

  2. It's great that you can be so open-minded about the hexie quilt. It must be relaxing to just go with the flow. I really like the quilting pattern you chose. Your book sounds interesting; I'll have to look into it. Have fun with your quilting!

  3. Sometimes the "oops" moments make the prettiest finished product. I love your little hexagons!

  4. I fully support your acceptance of randomness, and I think in the end you'll be more satisfied with this than if you had tried to find the perfect placement for each piece. Look forward to seeing how it comes out!

  5. I like the way you're thinking. Bumping the hexie plan and going at it a new way will probably turn out to be serendipitous. I love when that happens!

  6. First, let me thank you for visiting FlyAwayHome. I love visitors :-) especially other sewers. I love making these little hexagons but not really sure what to do with them. I love your idea of a wall hanging with possible hand embroidery and beads. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. Love your hexies! Mine are my favorite project to work on. Random is a lot more fun!

  8. Love how this project is evolving and how the oopsies are encouraging you to try something new!
    It will be fun to see how the project comes together and what creative touches you are inspired to add.
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  9. Wow! Your hexies are terrific! You will have a gorgeous quilt some day soon!

  10. You're a busy lady, Stella! Your hexie project sound very interesting - can't wait to see what you end up with! Whoop whoop!!