Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Serious Hexing Going On!

Well it's no secret at all that I truly love EPP and that I truly love the hexagon.  A while ago I saw a lovely antique quilt on Pinterest that had hexagons arranged in an elongated grandmothers flower shape.  I loved how it looked so I decided to start making some and see where it took me.
I am using 1" hexagons!
I am using 30's reproduction fabrics and Moda Solids!
I am going to make a sashing or pathway around all the shapes.
 No, I don't know what color yet!  I would love some INPUT from my wonderful visitors.
Please leave me a comment about what color sashing to best show off the motifs.  I appreciate your thoughts so much.  Have a great day and happy stitching.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Much Work, No Finishes - Yet!

I have been working hard on some projects.  The yarn eater afghan is coming along nicely.
 I now have five rows done in a 5 x 5 configuration.  I am going to be adding to the length now.
 It is cheerful and colorful.
Many years ago, before EPP became the "IN THING", I started a hexagon quilt to be a tablecloth for my large kitchen table.  I worked on it and then it became hidden under all the new projects.  I feel the need to finish an old UFO!  So out came the hexagons and I have been working like a mad woman on it.  I am so going to get this puppy finished.  
 I still love it even though some of the fabrics are starting to look fairly dated.  No matter!  I am forging on.  I have made progress since I took these pics a couple of days ago, so I will do an update really soon.  Amazingly I found the red sashing fabric in my stash.  You can't see it in the photo but it is a red background with tiny orange polka dots.  So cool.  Anyway dear friends, thank you for stopping by and I wish you a fantastic weekend.  Enjoy the rest of the Olympics.  I always feel like I am part of history when I watch them - so steeped in tradition.  Sorry about the bad pics - taken on my phone at night.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Some EPP and Yarn Eater

I have been working on a number of projects this week.  The yarn eater afghan is coming along nicely. I really enjoy making these blocks.
I have also been making some more 2", six pointed diamonds for the Temecula Quilt Co's challenge.  You make one fussy cut diamond star each week.  This week is number six.  I have made nine diamond stars so far.  I'm feeling a little smug being ahead.  We will see how long that lasts though.  I usually get behind really quickly.

 The one above looks like a sea creature.  The one below is fussy cut across a stripe.  It gives one that fabulous effect of a circle.

Here are some more square waiting for the last row which joins them to the afghan!  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Beekeeper's Quilt

I saw my  first picture of the Beekeepers Quilt in a Mollie Makes Magazine about two years ago.  I think it was two years ago because it feels like that, but I can't be sure.  I was taken by the knitted hexagons all stitched together into a quilt.  It spoke to me but I did nothing about trying to find the pattern.  Pictures pop up every now and then on Pinterest and again I admire it so much.  Well I now have the pattern worked out and I have made a few of them.   You can add little pictures to the hexagons by means of Swiss Darning.  I will do some with pictures.
 They are stuffed with fiber fill - just gently!  I am using Lion Brand Wool-ease yarn.  The original one was made with sock yarn but it is so fine and my tension is tight so they turned out really small.
 Of course you need a pouch for your knitting on the go.  This pouch is a pattern called Watcha Got.  I love the vinyl window so that you can see what is inside without even opening it.  It's perfect for my Beekeeper's supplies.
 The fabric for the lining is a red background with black bees on it from French General's Josephine collections.  The pouch is made with a mini charm pack and some yardage.    It was a fun pouch to make.