Hexies

by Karen on November 20, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever, quilts

Yesterday Mike and I ran to Little Rock for my doctor appointment and some shopping.  We did a lot of sitting and waiting at the clinic – every department seemed to be busy except the bone density people  – that went fast – the doctor was slow and I don’t usually have to wait much on him – the lab was pokey and busy!  Good news was that my bone density has improved after 10+ years of early osteoporosis (due to medication I am on) – the last two years of Reclast yearly IV injects are helping – so that was very good news.  We didn’t really do all that much shopping – looked for cabinet inserts for organizing but didn’t come home with any we decided we liked the ones we saw at home at our local Lowes better than the others!  I didn’t spend much time quilting until evening when I parked myself at the quilting frame and watched some tv while quilting.

I never did get around to answering comments from you all as I hate to do that on a little bitty phone and we were running around and I have to watch where I’m walking LOL.  But thanks for all the comments you leave.  I know I answered a few here and there.

On Tuesday night though I got some work done on Diamonds are Forever and this is going on forever it seems – it will be two years in February since I started work on this massive quilt full of one inch hexagons.  Down to the final two borders but it will still take awhile to finish.  Here it is folded in half so I didn’t have to move any furniture – I just wasn’t feeling like pushing and pulling that heavy coffee table out of the way – the area I worked on was the color prints at the top – I sure thought I got more accomplished while I was watching tv then I did.  Of course in this photo I now notice one color piece on the very right side that needs to be moved over one segment when I put it in I didn’t think it quite felt right but couldn’t see any other way to do it – – oh well maybe I will get it fixed today so I don’t forget it.  It doesn’t quite curve as it should.  That is what happens when you make up a pattern as you go!

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Yesterday while we were gone the mail lady delivered my ruler and pattern – now maybe I can make what should be an easy, easy quilt work out!  Hope to get started soon.  My colors are bright primary colors so I need to come up with a name for it.

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Warm weather is back in our area and rain in the forecast too of course – oh well, hope the storms won’t be bad like you all in the north are getting.

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Would you believe this quilt is about 1/5th of the way done!  Wow, just adding two ten x 10 segments finished this width across.  The quilt is 106 inches wide and 20.5 inches long.  Now to make 4 more like this and maybe a segment that is 3 rows x the width.  Hmm wonder how long this is going to take – I know for certain I won’t be working on it every day!  Here it is up on the design wall – I actually have it wrapped around the corner on the left and held in place with a piece of tape Smile If I didn’t have the fabric shelf on the right it would fit – but there you go – must make do!  So here it what Tumbling into Insanity looks like for now.

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And other insanity – Insanity Revisited – I forgot to take a photo on the end of the row again before I rolled it down –  Monday night I quilted the end triangles – rolled it down and moved to the other end to start on Row #11 –  I am linking to Freshly Pieced  today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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The beginning of row #11

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And the finishing line of the quilt is now in sight!  I would love to finish this by the end of the year – but I have to keep reminding myself to not push it – stick to the every other day plan and not to get the hand pains acting up again now that it is pretty much under control.

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To many quilts will be coming to an end too close together which means I will never get caught up on the quilting – Granny’s Got Style that I finished at the beginning of summer, the Diamonds are Forever hexie quilt is coming to an end and Tumbling into Insanity  – maybe on that one if I keep steadily sewing away – all are going to want to be hand quilted but I know I will not be able to do that – and then of course once I finish the applique on Floral Fantasy that will be added to the list as well!  I have two quilts waiting for me to machine quilt them hanging over the quilting frame to keep reminding me that as soon as the Thanksgiving holiday is over and company goes home that I need to get to work on one of them.  I think next year will be a year of quilting – both by machine and hand.  And we all know I will not be able to not make more tops – how about you – are you ever going to catch up and stay caught up?

Off to Little Rock today – doctor appointment (regular thing) and then some shopping – Melanie (my daughter) was supposed to come along – we planned it several weeks ago but she is on bed rest this week she had a sciatic flare and could barely move late last week and is on meds and bed rest until Friday at least.  Gradually she is seeing some improvement.  Mike is coming along instead – we will have lunch and get in some shopping – need to look for some cabinet inserts for the new cabinets in the kitchen – would like to be better organized – we well see what we can find.

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A little early for it but we did get snow – yesterday morning it looked pretty – but boy was it cold – we had the fireplace going all day and it probably will be going again today too.  The dogwood always looks pretty covered in snow/ice.  I am linking to Freemotion by the River today, and Quilt Story and one more – Esther’s blog: WOW.

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We ended up with about an inch but a lot of it was melted as the day went on – but because of a lot of our yard is in the shade it will stick around for a day or two.

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A little work on Tumbling into Insanity.

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Rounding off the corners on the top there of Diamonds are Forever – the next row all the way across will be the prints – then quite a few more rows of white.

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Progress on my Insanity Revisited Saturday night – I am almost done with row #10!

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Just a peak of the unfinished kitchen floor– making progress – my stove and refrigerator are both back in place in the kitchen – I made cookies! I baked potatoes and meatloaf – it was so nice to have my stove back – I wish I could have bought a new stove to match our refrigerator that we had to replace a couple years ago – but I am waiting for the stove to fall apart before we do that expense.  I have certainly missed baking the last several weeks.  More floor area to finish as you can see, trim to do in the dining room, cabinets to varnish and countertop put in but slowly it is coming together and most of it – probably not quite all will be done for Thanksgiving.

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I had a box of frozen cookie dough that I had ordered from our granddaughter when we visited them in September – school fundraiser – 4 dozen cookies frozen and ready to bake were delivered last week – I just had to immediately turn my oven on and bake cookies.

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I never did get around to working on the hexies yesterday – instead I got out my box of mini tumblers that you might remember traveled west to the mountains with us – I haven’t touched them since the end of September – I decided seeing as I was waiting for my specialty ruler and pattern to arrive for the other quilt I showed the other day I would get the tumblers out to work on.

Tumbling into Insanity began as a hand piecing project but because of my hand pains I will be machine piecing it instead – plenty of hand piecing going on with the hexies and the applique with Floral Fantasy.  These are the 2 1/2 inch scrappy tumblers.  I am linking to Judy’s Patchwork Times today and to Marelize’s Stitch by Stitch.

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I don’t know how long I will work on it before I tire of these little pieces and switch to the bright colorful fat quarters for the new quilt – bigger pieces too so it will go faster – but that is the nice thing about quilting – one can change projects as desired!!

We didn’t wake up to snow yesterday – finally started to get a little sleet in the evening and the weatherman says it should be snowing in the nighttime –and sure enough – I am writing this at 9 PM Sunday night and it is snowing – I do hope it is just a little bit – we still have leaves on the trees here – I don’t want the branches to get too heavy this early in the season.

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I guess I will find out in the morning how much more snow accumulated. Not much more than a dusting right now.  I haven’t even gotten around to putting the chair cushions away yet.

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First of all I got all the torn patches in my sister in laws old quilt patched over and it is now folded and put away until I see her again – who knows when – she doesn’t live close by and I really don’t want to mail it.  It will wait until I see her.  I spread it over the top of the bed to view – kind of got an odd view here – I do have room to walk around the foot of the bed but here it doesn’t look like it LOL

The parts replaced are in the lower end of the photo – white print/brown print/ a stripe and then a blue in another row and a green print.

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A close up – the long area had been one color but it looked better with a mixture I think – a long strip would have stood out too much.  I don’t know how much use she can get out of it before it falls apart some more – but maybe she can have it lay out over a chair or over the foot of her bed.

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The scrappy quilt is done – I finished the applique yesterday – in places it is messy, other spots are neat.  A lot more practice will be needed on this stitch before I turn out anything great with machine applique I think.

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I’m showing the messy too – just so you know we all need practice when we start something new LOL.  Now I’m I right to assume that the stitches that run along the line should have all been on the white fabric butted up right next to the green and then “buttonhole” on the green as it is? Not both on the green as it is in some places?

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I picked out this blue gingham from the stash shelves to use as the backing.  I hope to get started quilting this after Thanksgiving.

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I messed up in my pattern design from what I showed you last post – all sides are supposed to be the same size – mine aren’t – my math skills are horrible – I broke down and ordered the pattern and the ruler and hope to get started on it next week – this was a practice run which made me realize my mistakes.  I made six pieces that go to the design and realized my mistake when they didn’t fit right – so glad I did a practice run and didn’t waste fabric.

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Work started on the Diamonds are Forever on the last two sides that need more pieces added – and a lot more to go!!  My slow Stitch Sunday work will be on my hexies – go to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday to see what others are working on.

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Are we waking up to snow today? don’t know yet as I’m actually writing this the night before – if we do have snow I will be sure to take a photo.  Thank you all for your comments on the AccuQuilt Go machine – generally overall I only had one negative comment on the machine and those of you that have it like it.  I will most likely buy one later this month.

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I have been thinking of purchasing an AccuQuilt cutting machine for some time now – my main draw back in not doing so is the price – the machine, the dies, the matts, ect – it all adds up.  If you have one — what do you believe the pro’s and cons are to them?  Do you end up just making quilts that you can use a die for?  Some of the quilts I make I see no die for and wonder if I would really use it enough to pay for it.  There is a Thanksgiving give away right now at the Accu Quilt sight so I will wait for sure and see if I win one first – doubtful – but still waiting.  In the meantime tell me what you like about them and what you do not.  This is the one I would get if I get one.  The main draw back that I see is the price of the dies (and the machine) and then you have to replace the matt off and on.

I worked steadily once again on Insanity Revisited on Thursday night and made a lot of progress all without pushing it too much, some of these were easy blocks to quilt.  On some of the blocks I am just not putting in quite as much quilting as I used to do – that is another of my considerations for my hands – still be pleased with the quilting but don’t go over board.

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The outside of the vine is completely appliqued in place by machine –now to do the inside part of the vine – so I thought that this was a good time to take the photo seeing as I had forgotten to when I had glue basted the vine in place.  I think the quilt is 56” square?  It took two days of off and on sitting at the machine to accomplish this so maybe by the weekend I will be done?

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I have just been itching to start a new project – something easy – something fun – I have seen this pattern all over the net the last several years, I have seen it go by different names, Tiny Dancers, Kaleidoscope, and I’m not sure what else.  There are special rulers and patterns – I printed off a pattern I saw on pinterest and made my own templates.  It really isn’t that hard to do if you have a triangle ruler and we all have straight rulers to use too.

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I got several bundles of this fabric several years ago – I used a few fat quarters from it for some of my Floral Fantasy blocks and still have plenty left over – lets see how many blocks I can get out of these – called Dimples.

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I won’t get started on this new project until I get this vine done on the scrappy quilt so it will be out of the way and off the table.  I will wait until after Thanksgiving for sure before I start any machine quilting as I will be moving the sewing machine to the dining room most likely – work is coming along on the kitchen/dining room but not done yet.  Getting closer!

Does anyone else know of other names for this quilt pattern?  I know I have seen it a long time but a lot of the “modern” quilters seem to think it is new – is it?

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