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Needlepainting: Iris and Rose

The iris I mentioned in my last post is finished! And I’m extremely happy with it.  It now hangs on the wall in our main bathroom.

After it was finished I was still in the mood to stitch, so I turned my attention to another flower that had been on my mind. A rainbow rose.  

I traced it onto sulky then stitched it on a black background. 

I did make some changes to the colors to go with what I had, but the rainbow rose worked up quickly. 

My next project was going to be needlepainting a small waterfall landscape. After studying some drawings I drew up a design, transferred, and outlined. And after a little bit of stitching realized it’s not the right project to hold my attention right now. 

What to do. What to do. 

Out came the hexies to play. 

150 basted. 10 stitched into twos. 71 to still baste. Then I’ll need to drag out some more fabric to cut up. 

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Hexie Craze

Well, it appears that the hexie bug has hit my house.  No known cure. The symptoms can vary but may include looking at fabric in different ways, cutting out hexagon shaped pieces of paper, cutting out circles or hexagon pieces of fabric, mixing and matching the sewn pieces, and more.

My mom has been making hexies.  Lots and lots of them (over 2,500 just for ONE project).  I enjoyed arranging them, but resisted the bug.

The hexie bug did infect some of our friends. They started making their own hexie.

Then it happened. My immune system must have been compromised.  The hexie bug hit. I grabbed fabric.  I borrowed a hexie paper punch. I punched and cut and sewed.

My pile grew and grew.

Then! A project idea hit my brain!

I’ve been working on it here and there when I’ve had small breaks between clients.

I’m attaching the final round then I need to make a backing piece that fits this size, Sew them to batting, add darts, and it’ll turn into a hexie soup bowl cozie!
Hopefully.  🙂

Cat-Proof (?) Christmas Tree

A few weeks or so ago my hubby and I were on our way home from date night, talking about random things.  One such topic was our new kitten, Molly, and the Christmas tree.  We already knew that Penny would be in the tree practically before we would have it fully up.  Not sure about Ginger but considering she was a feral cat her first few months of life, she’d probably be in the tree as well. 

So my hubby says, “what about a quilted tree to hang on the wall? About 6 1/2 feet tall or so.” My mind immediately pictured graph paper and I started sketching out some details while we continued home. 

The next day while I was waiting on a client I grabbed the real graph paper and sketched out the quilt top. 

Then I made a few changes to the bottom section where the tree skirt would be made separate and added after quilting, that way I could make it more 3D. (Thanks mom for the suggestion!). Then I started figuring out block sizes. 

Then the fun part, picking out the fabric! Followed by the not as fun part of cutting all the squares.

The white has a design on it. Little Christmas trees!

Tonight I finished making the blocks (I assembled it in 4 patch blocks as much as possible). 

And by the time dinner was ready (roast in the oven so…I determined dinner was ready when I finished sewing…) I finished putting the top together. It still needs a good press and I need to figure out the borders.  

But here it is! 

190 5-inch squares, 20 HST. The tree skirt and ornaments are going to be 3D elements added after the quilting is done. 

This was my “patten” once I was done: 

Current finished size is 75×70. I’ll probably stay small on the borders. we only have 7 1/2 feet from floor to ceiling and we want this to hang on the wall. 

Finished Placemats and Miss Molly 

2:15 am Thanksgiving day I put the last stitch on the last placemat.  What a great feeling to have them done in time to be able to use them with Thanksgiving dinner! 

This is the fall side:

Little Molly had to help me check them out:

They looked great on the table, if I do say so myself:

They are reversible with the other side not being seasonally themed. 

So, little Molly in the above picture? Yeah, we caved in and decided to keep her.  She has helped bring Ginger out of her shell and they play together all the time.  And they cuddle with me at the same time sometimes too. 

Such a change from when we first brought her home and had to bottle feed her. 

Molly Monster is practically fearless, very social, and very loving. 

Fall Placemats 

Friday night I really wanted to sew. You know that feeling. You just HAVE to sit down in front of the sewing machine and get to work. 

Helps if you have fabric too, of course.  🙂

I have some double-sided fusible placemats so I cut my fabric into strips and started sewing.  

Right now I only have one side done each on 4 placemats. I want to get 6 done in a fall theme, then the other side will be in another theme, that way they are reversible. 

Now to figure out two more patterns for the last two.  Then I can work on figuring out the other side.  🙂 

Are you working on any fall projects? 

Yellow and Turquoise 2-color Block

Fiber Art Junkies monthly meeting was last night, so I can now post my latest block in our 2-color challenge.  Last month’s meeting we drew the colors yellow and turquoise/teal from the bag.  I was a little leery of this combination, but I made it work.  

After some thought I decided to make the block from yellow fabrics. It appears that my photo of the bare block has disappeared though. hm…

Since the block was all yellow fabrics, that means my stitching is all in the turquoise/teal. 

This is a color combo I don’t think I would have ever put together on my own, but I’m pretty happy with how my block turned out. 

Our next colors are: 

This one should be good! 

October’s 2-Color Challenge Block

Our FiberArt Junkies meeting was last night,  so I can now share my October 2-Color Challenge Block.  Our colors were gray and fuchsia.  Fuchsia is a hard color to pinpoint.  It’s pink  and purple mixed together.  And what’s fuchsia to one company is dark rose to another company. Since I was primarily using DMC floss I went with what I found online listed as their fuchsia colors.  

I did all the fabric in grays and all the stitching and beads in fuchsia.  

The hat is my favorite part of this block.  

Unfortunately,  the color on these beads rubs off very easily so most of them have turned silver.  

This is another of my favorite sections, with the little “roses” and beads and Swirls.  

I also redid my red and white block as I decided on a theme for my blocks.  

I did the fabric in white on white fabrics then all the stitching in DMC red floss and beads. 

The little dragonfly was stitched by following the printed dragonfly on the fabric. 

My favorite section here is the beaded wavy line and the bit just above it with the swirl, leaves,  and circles.  
November’s colors are turquoise/teal and yellow.  This combination could be interesting…or a disaster.