hexie

400!

I guess I'm better at sewing than blogging. I know I've been making this crazy quilt longer than I've been blogging but sheesh! My sewing is pulling way ahead. I supposed I shouldn't complain, eventually I'll have to quilt the thing and at least I'll have a backlog of hexies to blog while you patiently wait for it all to be done.

All this commentary is brought to you by the number 400, as in I just finished my four hundredth hexie triangle! In celebration, I'm posting a favorite and bonus double block photo! The fabric came from my friend in Australia and is a fussy cut of the same fabric as the yarn balls block I posted way back as hexie #35.

Hexie count: 44-45

Green and Grey

I was planning out my next post and noticed that my photos of late had tended towards green and grey. I looked through what I'd shot but not posted yet and couldn't really come up with something that broke the pattern.  So I decided not to fight it.

I think the fabric came from Jo-Ann. 

On a mostly unrelated note, I love the song Green and Grey by Nickel Creek. It's one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands and just right for this post. Treat your ears for the next three and a half minutes.

Hexie count: 42

Bump on a log

Did you sing that song when you were a kid? The one about the hole in the bump on the log in the middle of a tree that just kept going and going? That's all I can think of when I see this photo. Honestly, that's why I'm blogging it right this very minute, so I don't have that ear worm of a song stuck in my head every time I look over my to-be-blogged hexie photos. 

The fabric came from a scrap bag at Handcraft Workshop and I believe that the print is an old Ed Emberly print for Cloud9.

Hexie count: 41

Surf Shack

I get my fabrics in all sorts of ways. First, I ran through every single woven cotton of a reasonable weight that I had in my stash (which, before this project, was pretty tiny!) Some comes from generous friends looking to share the textile wealth and free up some space in their own stashes. The rest I buy.

Because I only need six hexies per fabric (sometimes if it's a specific pattern I can get two separate triangles out of the same fabric. I'll have an example of that soon.) I tend to buy the very smallest cut I can. At Jo-Ann stores differ on the minimum cut (I've been told 1/9yd, 1/8yd and 1/18yd depending on which store I was at and which cutter I was talking to) but it's pretty universally small. I try to buy from the red tag section on a 1/2 off red tag day. If I plan it right I can spend around a quarter for a cut. Local quilt and fabric shops are different. Often they have a quarter yard minimum, though many will let you choose if you'd like a 9"xWOF (width of fabric) or a fat quarter. Factor in the fact that local stores tend to carry a much higher end fabric and usually a 1/4 yard cut works out around $3. Simply too much for every block in my quilt but worth it for a special fabric here and there.

This fabric was a special buy for me. I got it while on my birthday vacation to LA back in May. I managed to sneak away one afternoon while my husband stayed at the hotel with my napping toddler and I had 90 minutes of uninterrupted solo fabric shopping. I got tons of hexie fabric and a really great sweatshirt fabric I'm dying to cut. I loved this print so much that even though this particular shop would sell me 1/8 yd I bought a half. The little houses are just so cheery. I couldn't help but want to squeeze the last few juicy moments from this summer.

Hexie count: 40

Between a rock and a hard place

This fabric was a gift from my friend Meghann as a part of a knitting bag swap. She made me an awesome Road Trip Case (by Noodlehead) that used this fabric. It is a large scale print which sometimes makes use for hexies more difficult because a large print can be really hard to translate in a piece that is only 1" wide on a side. I sort of love them anyhow. They become like a pretty jigsaw puzzle that I have to figure out how to make play as nicely as the originally fabric or come together to approximate the larger pattern across several hexies. I think my favorite example is my Japanese crane triangle. I'll have to dig that one out of the pile and photograph it, it's soooo good, one of my favorites of the whole bunch.

Anyhow, I think this one is really cool. And the rocks felt right at home in Phoenix.

Hexie count: 38

Desert flower

Thanks for bearing with my on my impromptu bloggy summer vacation. Between the heat, travel, family and just being crazy busy my poor corner of the internet got a bit neglected. Fortunately the making of the hexies plugs along (I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of 385 triangles finished and many more in progress). I even had time to photograph another batch on a recent visit to my parents in the Pocono Mountains. 

I'm in Phoenix, AZ today where the high is a mere 106F/40C. At least we missed out on last week's 117 degree day! (Though we were in Austin, TX where the temps were barely more than 10 degrees cooler.) Oddly enough, even after all this heat I'm not ready for fall. Endless summer, baby. Here's a beach hexie for you. The sand feels at home in the desert where I am today.

The fabric is a scrap of an Amy Butler print that I got from Handcraft Workshop, a lovely sewing shop in Mount Airy. I highly recommend a stop in if you're in the Philly area.

Hexie count: 37

Knitterati

You might not know it from reading my blog, but really, I'm a knitter. Have been since my mom taught me when I was 15 (backwards and twisted, but knitting nonetheless!). I have a wonderful group of friends on the knitting/crochet/weaving/anything yarny website Ravelry. (If you are at all into yarn work/wool craft and aren't on Rav yet 1) Where have you been? and 2) Get thee an account ASAP!) Anyhow, yet another lovely Rav friend (most of the gifted fabric you see here is from my wonderful Rav friends) sent me fabric that I'm showing you today. This one is one of my all time favorites. It features knitting cats (featured soon) and balls of yarn. Some of my seam allowances are crazy small but I have no regrets, I had to eek out every last hexie I could!

And no, I obviously couldn't resist photographing a yarn print on a knit sweater.

Hexie count: 35

Bump it up

I don't know what it is but I love this shape. Scallops, clam shells, fish scales, baptist fans. I love it so much that I actually just bought more of this fabric in tan. I harbor an ambition to make Latifah Saafir's Glam Clam quilt. So yeah, I'm really digging on this particular hexie triangle. I like the orientation I ended up on, it's totally not what I saw when looking at the fabric on the bolt.

The fabric came from Jo-Ann and it reminds me of Smile and Wave from the Koi collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale, one of my all time favorite fabric prints.

Hexie count: 33

Sunshine day

The weather is absolutely perfect today. Sunny and warm but not so hot as to be sticky. Perfect day to sit in the shade in the backyard with a good book. I have no resistance so I did just that. I even painted my toenails while I was at it since it's impossible to ever be in a bad mood when your toenails are a happy color. (Copyright Shayna's Life Philosophy) Mine are a shiny orange as befits my upcoming trip to the beach.

Laser Face discovered dandelions this week. Seeing her face when I held up the little white puff ball and blew away the seeds was so wonderful. She was so amazed and happy. I love the daily discoveries. The world is so big and new to her. I try to live that way myself as best I can too. 

Have a sunshiny weekend!

Hexie count: 31

Point the way

This fabric came from Jo-Ann's. I am really pleased with it, it has such a nice hand. It's a great combo of geometric and organic. Thinking about it now I almost wish I'd bought enough to make myself a top of it. Speaking of tops, I finished two blouses last week; my first real garments in about 10 years. I'll play show and tell with those soon. But first, hexies!

Hexie count: 29

Party Cats

These cats are hearty and they're here to party!

I loved this print so much I bought a 1/4yd at retail because I just couldn't leave it there and that was the smallest cut I could buy. Leaves a bit of leftover for something fun I guess. I was walking around my neighborhood shooting hexies and saw my neighbor's motorcycle. I couldn't pass up the photo op. If cats could operate vehicles, you could be sure they'd ride bikes. Ride hard, meow loud.

Hexie count: 28

Waste not want not

These hexies were some of my very first. I made my daughter a cloth book from a panel. The instructions were printed on the fabric. Being the craft hoarder that I am I couldn't pitch the leftovers simply because I didn't need them anymore. To the hexie machine it went.

I love text fabrics. Like a whole lot. If you're listening fabric manufacturers, make more fabrics with tons of text. But plain text. I bet you could get a chapter of Pride and Prejudice or something else off copyright. Put that on a nice voile... oooh all the librarian type seamstresses would snap that up in a hot second.

Hexie count: 27

Return of the hexies!

Thought I'd never come back, did you? Hah! I've been stitching like a mad woman (tons of hexies, two blouses and a machine pieced quilt top) and finally managed to get out and photograph another batch of hexies while I was at it.

And because the name of the parenthood game is multitasking, I did it while walking the baby, the dog and the husband to and playing at the playground. I'm a little obsessed with how well the blue of the rubber flooring goes with the neon green of the hexie. A match made in 80's heaven.

It'll be back to regular posting from here on out. Thanks for stopping by!

Hexie count: 26

Procrastination Station

It's been a little quiet around here and for that I am sorry. I am down to my last triangle that I have photographed. I then made the mistake of not shooting a bunch more when it was sunny and 73 degrees on Monday. My brain kept telling me that as long as I had something to blog about, I shouldn't sweat it. Can't trust that brain, it's full of mush.

Though I may not have more hexies ready to go, I have been sewing up a storm on my machine (and by hand, but the stacks of basted but not yet stitched hexies are decidedly less fun). I finished my first free motion quilted quilt, a toddler size for my sassy thing. That'll get a post of its own. This week I've been working on a large throw quilt in Kona and Cotton+Steel. It's going together so fast (thank you precuts!) and is looking so great I can't wait to finish it up and show you that too! (Though you'll just have to be happy with the top. I am kinda stumped on how to quilt it.)

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Anyhow, we both know you're really here for the hexies not excuses, calendar notes or even pictures of my adorable kid.

This one is another from the African fabric my dad brought back the first time he went. It actually has a really nice hand unlike most of the others which are definitely synthetic. I think it might actually be cotton. It looks pretty cozy nestled there with it's buddies the ostrich eggs.

Hexie count: 25

For those of you keeping track, I'm up at 267. Only 350ish to go. GAH.

The getting of knowledge should be smelly

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows of all time. I've always loved this particular exchange from the episode "I Robot, You Jane."

Jenny Calendar: Honestly, what is it about them that bothers you so much? 

Giles: The smell. 

Jenny Calendar: Computers don't smell, Rupert. 

Giles: I know. Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a - it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It's-it's there and then it's gone. If it's to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should be, um, smelly.

I'm with Giles, I love a good book. 

Hexie count: 24