I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
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I like subtle colour graduations in my sewing and although I like all of these fabrics individually, I wasn’t happy with them together like this.
Well I got some time the other day and undid it all and I’m now (relatively) happy with this layout:
A couple of hexagons have been removed and the rest of the unsewn ones added. I don’t know what I’m going to make it into when it’s finished (it’s almost pillowcase size), but at least I like how it looks now.
I quite like it on the brown background too.
Stitching has now restarted. I will show you what it looks like when I’ve finished it but it’ll take a while, so don’t go holding your breath or anything will you? 😉
P.S. UPDATE: I wrote this on Friday night and saved it so that I could blog it in a couple of days’ time. Since then I have got so much sewing done that I thought I’d show you how far I got in the 24 hours after I took the layout photo above.
I was tempted to sew it on my machine (now that I can get to it!) as I would chain-piece a larger block-based quilt, but didn’t because I thought it might be a bit too fiddly. Hang on, I thought, chain-piecing might not be a bad idea. Not a traditional way of sewing hexagons, but the traditional way wasn’t working for me, so why not?
So I did.
Each of the columns you can see in the photo above was made into a little pile, and I just worked through one pile at a time, sewing one little seam at a time. I took time out to get the bus to Mr ClaireBear’s parents’ home for his Dad’s birthday meal, and to go to the supermarket to get a week’s worth of shopping, and I slept.
This is how far I got in 24 hrs, which represents about 5 hours of actual sewing since the last photo:
Remember in my last post when I talked about how much chaos and stress slows me down and I end up doing nothing?
Amazing how much I can get done when I’m not stressed about things.
It took 3 months to sew 9 hexagons together when I wasn’t happy about where it was going, and just 5 hours over 1 day to sew 44 hexes together once I was.
Of course, it’s still not finished, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. I can’t make it into a bag, pillow-case or a cushion cover, because I won’t take the strain of that kind of use.
I might just back it and quilt it and turn it into a wall-hanging, I’ve never done a wall-hanging before, it could be my first.
Let the compliments begin 😉