Hexies and Flannel Pants

Handful of Scraps, Round We Go

The first week of September and such unusually cool weather to start the month off  high of 72 yesterday here at home and down in the low 50’s at night.  I had the windows open all day and I’m so used to it being warmer in the house at night that last night as I sat down to write up my post I thought I would be much more comfy for the rest of the evening in my winter flannel pajama pants – so I changed first and then sat to write and my legs warmed up nicely – maybe I should have had jeans on yesterday instead of Capris?

On Tuesday after I took a photo of the new star EPP project I did continue to work on it for awhile and then finished it up yesterday  – this is one out of 54 stars to do – all well be scrappy – star one of Round We Go – I might try to press those little ends under that are sticking out at the points for neatness.

Round We Go #1

And then as if I hadn’t had enough of EPP I got my neutrals back our for Handful of Scraps and put together another section for the neutral row.

Handful of Scraps

And this is where it stands now.

Handful of Scraps

In between hexies I have given the desk tops a second coat of varnish, as well as the door side that faces the hallway and the trim around it.  Got my exercise done, answered all my email, read part of a book – the newest JD Robb Secrets in Death – I must admit I am hooked on this series of hers and have been for years.  Knowing that the 3rd year in the series of Outlander is coming out next week makes me want to re-read all of the Outlander books (by Diana Gabaldon) as well LOL – I have the whole series on my kindle so I don’t have to hold those heavy books – that is one of the reasons I use my kindle so much – so much easier to hold then the heavy books!  I do believe I got a bit done yesterday.

What have you been up to?  Have any of you read the Outlander series?  I think it is getting to the time of year that I need to finish up the crochet sweater shrug that I started last year and never finished – maybe I need to take a little time off of hexies and do some crochet for a couple evenings instead. It is almost to the time of year to use it.

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23 comments… add one
  • Marianne Sep 7, 2017

    I’ve been wearing long pants for about 2 weeks now, and I’m even thinking of getting some new flannel ones to wear around the house during the day. It’s been relatively warm here in the mornings (in the 50’s). It’s fall, and it feels good even though this summer has been incredibly pleasant – not as humid, temperatures in the 70s.

    I was not an Outlander fan although I had many library customers who just loved the series. I like historical fiction and fantasy, but there’s just too much “intimacy” for me. I take it you haven’t been entrapped by “Game of Thrones.” My son brought over Season 1, and we watched 4 episodes. Too much violence – especially directed toward women – for me.

    I’m reading the latest Louise Penny mystery right now. She really knows how to build suspense. They take place right over the VT border in Quebec which is part of what drew me to her books in the first place.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      I haven’t tried Game of Thrones- maybe one day just haven’t gotten to it. I know it seems to be “the” program to watch right now

  • Gretchen Sep 7, 2017

    Your new EPP star is lovely. That is going to be a beautiful quilt! I’ve read a couple of the Outlander books but just couldn’t get into them. Like Marianne, I enjoy the Louise Penny book. I should be getting a call from our library soon about my hold on the newest book in the series.
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    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      the first Outlander book came out in 1991 and I think I started to read them as they came out starting around 1995 and so I have been reading them long before the tv series came – my daughter got me started on them – I think with a love of history and intrigued with time travel the two combined made it a hit for me. I have not tried Louise Penny and I will check and see what hers are about.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      I just checked my on line library to see if they have the first Louise Penny book to try it out and they have a waiting list I put my name on it – I will try it out

  • maxine lesline Sep 7, 2017

    Discussions here about quilting, weather, and books certainly make for an interesting blog. Louise Penny is considered to be an accomplished writer.. perhaps I should try one of her many books. A favorite author of mine is Beth Hoffman… famous in the 90’s as a quilt designer.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      I had never heard of Louise Penny before today in the comments! I put her first on one on hold from the library – well see if I like it.

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 7, 2017

    It’s in the 50s this morning in the DFW area , and really feels like fall with 86 the high today. Next week back in the 90s again, so a while yet before fall. Shorts all day still, lol. I have to find some books to read for my trip next month, once I start reading, I can’t stop. Thank you for letting me know where you bought your pattern from yesterday. It is a bit pricey, but you can reuse the templates for a lot of projects. Your star is so lovely, I love it! This is going to be a beautiful quilt. Your hexie quilt is so inspiring to me, I’ve done one star point and one rosette so far. This is such a fun quilt for me.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      Sometimes when buying a pattern I decide that it will be worth it as I will be working on it for a long time so that is a lot of entertainment for me – I don’t do it often. In the 50’s here at night too – and well be getting back to low 80’s daytime yesterday stayed chilly (72 lol) all day

  • Jeanne Bishop Sep 7, 2017

    I love the Outlander books and have read all of them. I also love mysteries and thrillers. You could say I’m a reader more than anything else, even quilting.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      I love reading too – but I think I do more quilting

  • joy Sep 7, 2017

    Wow, love your hexie quilt! I love making hexies but never seem to get them put together! xx
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    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      I never thought I would get into EPP but found I like it

  • Your new EPP project looks wonderful. You do amazing work!!! Like I said before I think your clocks in Arkansas go around much slower than ours up north because of all that you get done. Do you use glue to hold your hexis in place when you baste? I am planning on starting and don’t know where to start. I know there are sites I can visit on the internet but I thought I’d ask the expert first.

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      for small regular hexies I thread base – for this new project with the odd sizes I am glue basting, trying to use as little as possible and still keep the edges turned under. I just started EPP a year or so ago so no expert here 🙂 I think we move slower in the south – that is what I was told I was supposed to do LOL the heat you know – but I was raised in the north for the first 27 years of my life so I think I’m confused 🙂

  • Deb Sep 7, 2017

    How pretty that EPP star is!
    Winter jammies on last night as well ! Youngest son was going to a concert and texted that he was bringing the dog for me to babysit and probably staying on the couch. I said Dress Warm! It is going to 48 degrees tonight and I am NOT turning on the furnace when it is still technically summer! 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      LOL – yes technically summer but you are in the north – but I can understand being stubborn!

  • Clara Sep 7, 2017

    The Round We Go is so pretty! I can’t believe how much you get accomplished each day!
    Do the Round We Go-s get appliqued onto a fabric background when they are finished?

    • Karen Sep 7, 2017

      yes you applique to a background – each circle is about 7 inches diameter and then you decide how big of a square to applique it to – I think the one in the booklet made 9 inch squares and uses 48 circles there are 9 different circles and each are made 4 times – I’m not sure if I stated that right in the post. I tend to sew most evenings by hand and have no children at home or grandchildren – hubby works a lot of evenings right now so I tend to sit and watch tv in the evenings and sew for 3 to 4 hours sometimes – machine work I normally do for an hour or so in the daytime when I feel like it.

  • Mary Sep 8, 2017

    I haven’t read any of the Outlander books or watched the series but I do agree that the Louise Penny books are great reads. I tried watching Game of Thrones to see what all the hype was about and I think I lasted 20 minutes at the most. Too much violence.
    I have material picked out and need to start prepping for EPP hexies. They are so addicting.

    • Karen Sep 8, 2017

      I never started Game of Thrones but hubby has watched it I thought I might go to the first show and see what it is like but couldn’t tell if I would like it from what I have seen clips of.

  • LisaS Sep 12, 2017

    I love reading Outlander!! I’ve probably been through them 4 or 5 times.

    • Karen Sep 13, 2017

      you sound like my daughter, I think I have read them all 2 times – my daughter? I don’t know

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