As if I didn’t have enough things going on around here (new roof, new siding, new windows, etc.) I decided to start two new quilts just for me. I have a bunch of red, cream, and brown charm packs sitting around so I started a HST quilt with these colors. I will need 600 of them as they finish at 4 inches. So far I have 50 done. I am hand piecing these at night. The past couple of nights were very productive; I got 60 HST made. Just need to press and trim.
I know I can get these done faster by machine but there is a reason behind me hand piecing these, it gives me practice for hand quilting. Those tiny stitches I use when running the seam is so similar to hand quilting. I like my results so far; the stitches look fairly consistent and are getting smaller. By the time I have 600 of these done, the stitches should be even and small.
Next hand work at night project is an English Paper Piecing (EEP) one. I found a large stack of 10″ x 22″ tone on tone cream pieces in my cabinet. I don’t remember what they were for anymore so I decided to start a hexagon quilt for myself. This one will need 672 two inch hexagons and a little over 100 half hexagons for the edges. Since starting mid week I have made 100 of the hexagons.
I have 50 more paper pieces to do today and then I have to wait for the mailman for my order to arrive. It will give me time to get my squares cut for the next round of hexies.
Here’s a photo after the sewing on the binding. Yes, I use a lot of clips. This is what works for me. A Facebook friend said it best, “it trains the fabric to fold back before stitching.” It really does.
Busy weekend ahead, getting June’s Jacobean Bouquet BOM ready to ship on Monday, finalizing the drawing on another fall design, startig work on a winter wall hanging and table runner. Lots of new projects in the works. What’s everyone up to?