More on the Hexies

by Karen on July 24, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever, Inklingo

Yesterday started out early – we brought the camper to Little Rock for servicing early morning – dropped it off and returned home in the car – they are busy and no appointments taken so you are lucky if you get it back the same day – if you bring it in early more chance of it getting done the same day – but that wasn’t to be yesterday! – we will return most likely by Friday to pick it up.  Just didn’t feel like doing any shopping and we were heading back home by 9:40.  Glad we did as middle of the afternoon we had another massive rain storm – lots of lightening and two inches of rain – power went out once again but only for an hour or so this time.  I did unplug all the electronics this time!

I didn’t work on the hand quilting Tuesday night instead I worked on the row of hexies for Diamonds are Forever and finished that row yesterday while watching the depressing evening news – we do not watch much tv while traveling and I tell you I will not miss the news one bit although I do check it on the phone or the computer – briefly.  I added the three hexies on the bottom right after I took this photo – the row is now ready to attach!  Getting there Smile

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No other news for now!  Have you been busy?

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There really isn’t much going on new here – I did get more quilting done in the evening on Insanity Revisited.

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Slowly progress is made – but it is slow!!

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Mike spent part of the day cleaning the outside of the  camper – yes you can get on top of the camper and walk around on it, spraying it down, cleaning and checking caulking ect.  I’ve been slowly putting things away in the camper, going through things, taking things out and putting other things in.  Little at a time it gets done.  All well be ready for next month – so glad I can blog openly and know the house will be taken care of while we are gone – aren’t house sitters great!!

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It has gotten hot enough and sunny enough the last couple days that I had to spend some time watering the little garden and the log planters – I had completely forgotten about watering as it has been such an usual summer that I have barely watered anything all summer.  I went out last night to cut some spearmint and the peppermint pot looked horribly drooped over – I had to start watering right away – I hope it will look better today.

Enjoying the roses while I can.

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Concentrating on Hexies

by Karen on July 22, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever, Inklingo

Seeing as I have decided to set the 16 patch aside for awhile I thought I would concentrate just on the Diamonds are Forever quilt top and the hand quilting on the Insanity Revisited – wow just working on two – that is different!  Linking to Freemotion by the River today.  And here is a new to me link up Quilt Story: fabric Tuesday.  If you like to find new blogs to read for  more ideas it is nice to look at the links and see what others are doing.  You can check out more links at Esther’s blog she is beginning work on a POTC of her own now in between working on Love Entwined.

I got my last long row attached and if you look at the bottom you will see a string of 4 hexies – I put too many on it LOL – I do not know how that happened – maybe because in reality this is a complicated design!  I took one hexie off and used in the next row working on the side area where I needed three combined.

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When I start a new row I always lay the quilt out and lay out the first piece, making sure I know what I am doing!

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I got this much done on the new row yesterday.  I picked it up three different times to work on it – it doesn’t take long to hand piece once you get going (not EPP!!!) (people keep getting mixed up on that – hand piecing not EPP)

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One of my favorite books – I need to find another one of hers – I think I have made three quilts from this book! Colorful and mostly easy don’t you think – if you have it that is.

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Been busy running out to the camper off and on the last couple days cleaning and organizing –   At times there gets to be too many things added in during the trip and not taken out when we get home.  I still need to go through the small cabinet under the kitchen sink – where I stack my pots and pans and dish cleaning supplies – do I really need all this?  I have already gone through overhead cabinets and got rid of a few things and made space for others.  Maybe a little shelf under the sink to help stack things better and contact paper on the walls and “floor” of the cabinet to make it look cleaner – I’m thinking on it and need to take some measurements.

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Well yesterday I do believe was the last day of our nice weather – it took all day before it got close to 80!  What a nice week it was – but I do believe the A/C is back on today.  Can you believe the first US moon landing was 45 years ago yesterday! wow time flies – did you watch it on tv back then?  I did – my brother John (died in 1975) stayed up and watched it together while the rest of the family slept!  One of my memories of something that I did with my brother who was only 16 months younger than I.

Part of Sunday was spent sewing the rows of the patchwork together.  I have used the iron press on tape to put small pieces of batting together – I just didn’t know if I wanted to bother to do that was all I meant in yesterdays post, but thanks for all the suggestions.  All the rows are together now and the quilt is 48×48.   I think I will just leaved it pinned on the wall now until fall and decide then if I want to make more patchwork for it or add a border of some type? not really sure what I want to do with it but I grew tired (bored!) of working with the 16 patch and well finish it in the fall – I’m too busy right now to even think of beginning to machine quilt either that one or the twin size “Steps through the Stars”that was finished last month.  It’s ok to leave something be once in awhile! I just don’t like them to sit and gather dust too long before they are finished!  Just noticed the photo is a little blurry – sorry about that.

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Three more blocks were hand quilting on Insanity Revisited – yes for those that asked this is a Dear JaneIR is just the name I gave it.

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And last night while our daughter was over visiting I finished the last long row of Diamonds are Forever – here it is laid out on the floor so I could make sure all the layout was right.  I started stitching the row together while we watched tv and visited – and I got almost done with it!  The one problem I have with the white hexies is the unraveling!  Kona Cotton is a great fabric normally – but when you hand stitch after awhile it seems like all you are doing is leaving bits of thread all over the place!  Linking up to Stitch by Stitch:Anything Goes Monday, and to Judy’s Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

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I will pick it up over the next couple days and finish stitching this row and get started on the next – that one will have 10 diamonds in it making it a bit shorter!

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Did everyone have a great weekend!  The weather was just perfect here, I cut the grass while Mike has been finishing up some work on the house, grocery shopping done yesterday afternoon instead of today – I’m actually going to have to water the tree log planters today – we have not had rain in about 4 or 5 days now I think and the heat is going to start building up.

I have noticed that I have gotten some new readers lately and thank you so much for dropping by and leaving comments – I haven’t been on the computer very much the last couple days and haven’t responded to many comments – I do read them – Also thanks to all who order Craftsy classes and supplies from my links – I do appreciate it.

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Yesterday was still in the mid 70’s but today – back to the 80’s then the 90’s – I guess summer in Arkansas is still here – sure was nice to have those cool temps while they lasted!!  Linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday.

I got all the blocks going across sewed together then realized the quilt measures 48 inches across and crib batting is 45 x 65!   Hmm might have to cut a row or two of blocks off of each side Smile LOL – not sure, I really don’t intend now for this to be bigger than baby size – I’m getting tired of just patch work – I need to put more baby quilts aside – I’m out of them right now.  I might get the rows sewed together today and then well decide – I will probably need to make two more rows in length but really do not feel like ripping blocks off of each row – cutting them off sounds like a good idea right now. (maybe I will use iron on tape and make the batting wider? don’t know)

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Insanity Revisited more blocks done on Friday night to relax after all that driving.

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I was gone just about all day yesterday visiting my mom – it takes round trip close to 5 hours of my day driving and 4 hours of a visit.  But with planning an upcoming trip I had to plan a run up to mom’s as well.  I also got in a visit with one sister and her two girls – I picked up mom and then we all met to eat and do some retail therapy.  My sister’s oldest daughter after a two year stint in a remote Alaskan village teaching is home for the summer and leaving in a couple weeks for a year of teaching English in Mexico.  That girl does love to travel.  But what was appropriate clothing teaching in the wilds of Alaska (believe it or not jeans and sweats were acceptable) is not the right clothes for teaching at a private city school in Mexico.  The girl needs a new wardrobe.

Insanity Revisited from Thursday night’s quilting:

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