Monday, December 29, 2008

Hexagon Fright

It's all very well to have these bright ideas and to design a quilt - or part thereof - around them, but if you don't have the tools (in this case, a 60 degree ruler or perhaps more importantly, the math gene) it can all end up being a bit of a challenge.
Read a brilliant way to make hexagons from 2.5" strips or Jelly Rolls, on someone's blog, but as I was never going to make a hexagon quilt why would I bookmark the page? ..... and I couldn't even remember if it was a regular site I visit or if it was one I just stumbled upon.............oh dear, took days to re-discover the blogger, May Britt's blog 'Abyquilt'. This link takes you to her tutorial, she makes is seem so simple.
http://abyquilt.blogspot.com/2008/06/hexagon-quilt-tutorial.html

As I couldn't locate a ruler, (got one on backorder from iddybiddy, a lovely aussie online store. http://www.iddybiddydesigns.com/
I decided that a hexagon template measuring 4" from flat side to flat side and a little fudging would be the go, well no, to order templates you need to know the side measurements.

So while faffing around drawing up a hexagon to measure the sides, and then deciding that a smaller hexagon would be prettier, I manufactured this little beauty from templastic. Hexagon templates not needed, VBG, use that money for more important (quilty) stuff.
I found that a little quilt basting spray schmeered on the rough side of the templastic helped to hold the templates in place when positioning the ruler to cut. It's a 90 degree ruler, no idea what I bought it for, why couldn't I have chosed a 60 degree?
I have now got myself a fine little stack of half hexagons and they are sewing together beautifully, however I can't wait for the 60 degree ruler to arrive because placing the templastic onto the fabric and then lining up the ruler around the edges to cut really is a bit of a pip.
But it all means that I will (well possibly, maybe, with a bit of luck) have my row done for the Row by Row swap due at the end of January next year, sounds so far off doesn't it?, next year, well it's only hours away. Eeeeek! I was going to achieve so much in 2008, well never mind, I'm sure that 2009 will be a great year for achieving.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Some serious examinations.........

Unfortunately the Friday night pressie opening didn't happen, so took my Angel parcel down to the Grandies on Sunday night, I let them open the box telling them that my Angel had said that there might be something in there for them, well that box was jam packed with goodies, and they all got some serious examination,

The rotary cutter was recognised, but the guard stumped him, "how can you cut with that?" he wanted to know, while the youngest was rather taken with the "pink measuring thing",

Hmm... a "cup for girls", and the lint roller got the comment of "why is this brush flat, Grandma?", "it's too pick up threads sweetie", "oh yeah, to get them of Yogi". What does that say about my sewing room floor?
Their visitor helped the youngest open the tin of buttons, "I could put some of those shirt things on my shirt"
"Yay, Grandma I have always, for a long time, wanted one of these" he knew straight off what it was and fixed his brother up right off the bat with a glass of water.

The youngest kept giggling and dribbling, little drips of water was all over the floor,
Some very artistic poses went with showing off the 'travellers toothbrush'

Two very pretty, flat beaded stars, the eldest looked them over for a very long time and then asked for one for his bedroom. - We will see about that -


And at the end of it all the youngest made off with the fabric, this little man just loves to fondle fabric, happy as a sandboy when left to poke around one of the scraps drawers, must be a little quilter in the making. He was a bit miffed when I packed up the box, sans their pressies, to go home.

Thank you to a wonderful Angel, you have made this swap a delight. The Grandies really enjoyed opening the parcel and looking at all the wonderful goodies.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The excitement builds......

....received an e-mail from my Angel Maddie (not her real name, she's a tricky angel this one), saying she had sent a parcel and to have the Grandies around when it is opened, well, this is one humungus parcel and I just want to tear into the box, but a call to the Support Team and they have agreed to pop up this arvo with the Grandies ......ooooh just about can't wait.

The brown parcel is from friends and it jingles when shaken, bet it got a few extra shakes and handlings on it's journey here. Will leave it for the Grandies to open as well.