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Friday, March 22, 2013

"A Country Garden."

Hello,

Happy Friday.

I spent the day at sewing today, had a wonderful time working on a recent sort of un-planned project. This means I should have finished a few things before starting this one.


You see I have been cutting out hexagons, 626 of them to be precise. I know I will probably have to cut some more as the project calls for 667. I made my hexagons slightly bigger so will have to wait until I get it going to see how many I actually need.


This is the pattern that I am following called "Country Garden" from a book I picked up from a lovely shop in Narrogin called Narrogin Patchwork and Paint. It  is called "Everything Flowers - Quilts from the Garden" by Jean and Valori Wells.

The quilt in the book had 667 completely different fabrics. There was no way I could do this so I just delved into the stash and found fabric. I am using YLI Silk Thread in Grey to join the hexagons. As this wasn't available in town I did a bit of Internet shopping and my parcel was delivered yesterday. 


I have always wanted to know the finer points of quilting and I could remember going to a craft show in Perth many years ago and Liuxin was there and she is the one and only stallholder I can remember. Her quilting was absolutely stunning. I sent an email  asking if this thread would be suitable for joining hexagons and got a lovely quick response so decided to measure my finger for a thimble and get the book and DVD some needles and different threads. I can highly recommend The Thimble Lady.

Have a wonderful weekend, we are of to help Ainsley celebrate her Birthday and Julian's belated Birthday..  Bonnie went to Bali during the week and we received a email from Lucy this morning, she and David are in Taupo today and moving onto Wellington on the weekend. It seems that 2013 is the year for travelling as two more are of to New Zealand next month and one of them is going to the United States later on as well. Airports seem to be our second home this year.

Happy days.
Bev C


19 comments:

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi
Lucy and David were so lucky to be here today. It was the most perfect day.

All those hexies! Wow that will keep you stitching for a while

Linda

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Val Spiers said...

The hexie quilt looks like a real work of art. You are certainly off to a great start with all those hexies cut out.

marina said...

what a great hexie project, I thought you were making a bag for a minute there lol
shame you aren't getting frequent flyer points for travelling to the airport.

Maria said...

What a gorgeous Hexie project.. You certainly have made a good start.

Lounging with a Latte said...

Oh my gosh that is a lot of hexagons to cut out.... All the best with it, I'll look forward to seeing it progress. Mmm that lemon meringue looks delicious!

Melody said...

What a brilliant hexie project. It is going to be spectacular

Jess said...

This is a beautiful project, but also looks complicated... or not? : )
Wich you finish it to see the result!
Saludos!

Sharon said...

Hexies are on my to-do list. You have done a lot! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Petra said...

Hello Bev, your quilt with the heart's has a very nice color.
Your post before this wan I like the lemon pie when we were over there we eat the lemon slice and pie with jelly at the top, and de lemington cake. And we love it, we were in a bakery in Echuca and that was a very good bakery. We try also the meat pie and the pie with vegetables ooo they were lovely. I'm a little bit homesick at your beautiful country. But thats life. Over here it's very cold again, I wish you a great weekend, take care for all of you.
Greetings Petra

Bobbie Lynn said...

You have been busy in your sewing room. Wow, over 600 hexagons. Love they way they look in quilts and I have not tried them yet. The quilt pattern looks beautiful and can't wait to see your finished quilt. So nice to hear back from a fellow quilter/author. Have a wonderful weekend and happy travels to Lucy and David.
Blessings!

Fiona said...

Oh wow Bev, I love the look of your new quilt and it will be fun to watch it grow....
It's lovely to have all the travelling happening ...
Hugz

Anthea said...

Now that's commitment Bev! Good luck with it, I'm sure you will do a fantastic job... x

Pauline said...

Good grief, Bev. I go cross eyed just thinking about that many hexagons!

Michelle said...

That hexie project is going to look fab... there is always something new in quilting isn't there? Why did I never think to create a picture with hexies?

Terriaw said...

So fun to hear about all the comings and goings happening at your house! That's a lot of hexies to cut and sew. But it will be fun to have a project like that to work on.

Charlie and Wendy said...

It looks a lovely hexie project, and your photo is lovely with the pretty colours and cow. Wendy xx

Narelle said...

This is going to be a stunning garden. Is the house appliqued over the top or pieced in?
Love your gorgeous cow in the photo :)

Mitzi said...

I can't wait to see what your finished project will look like...that's a lot of little hexagons to sew together, but I know it will be fabulous!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Looks like a travelling bunch for this year Bev! I'm impressed by all those hexagons! Happy Easter to you and your family Bev...