Hey, everyone! It's Kasey, the Make-Do Queen from BombletQuilts, writing to you from VACATION!!!! Thanks go to Madame Samm for having me again, and to all of you for reading!
Today, I want to let you know how I stay busy, at home or away- WITHOUT BUYING ANY NEW FABRIC!
A while ago, I felt like I was seeing hexagons everywhere. At the time, I just thought they looked cool, but would take way too long for someone as impatient as I am. After we got settled in to our new house, though, I thought, "Maybe I should TEACH myself a little more patience."
An so I looked up English paper piecing, found a website with free templates to print, and started playing.
|Guess how many?............ 450!!!|
I use hexies that have .75" sides- half inch sides seemed too small, while one inch sides were too big for the scraps I was using. You see, my other dilemma lately has been that I have been trying to not buy new fabric since I'm still looking for a job. However, a lovely friend of mine had given me a bag of beautiful scraps. the hexagon size I'm using can easily be cut from pieces as narrow as 2" and still have a generous enough seam allowance. I've been able to cut her bag of scraps into over 1,000 hexagons!!!!
When basting away, I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with them. Then I saw this floor at our local furniture store:
My amazing husband had bought me 3 fat quarters as a cheer-up present in January, so combined with that floor, I came up with this pillow:
And I made a Kindle cover of some random scraps...
It's so simple to make- just measure 1" wider than your electronic, and make a strip that wide that is 2 2/3 the other measurement. Then I quilted it, folded it just enough to cover the Kindle, then bound it- Simple! (If you need more info, go ahead and email me- I can work up a real tutorial once I'm back home).
The great thing about hexagons is that they are portable. Before I left for this vacation, I organized a sewing kit in a plastic bag that our curtain came in. It has tone of fabric already cut, tons of papers I had cut apart, needle, thread, pincushion, and one of those tiny thread cutters- perfect for traveling, and TSA approved!
I love handwork like this- if you try it, you might get addicted, so watch out! But, it's relaxing, and since you can use scraps, it feels free!
So there you have it- I hope you enjoyed my ramblings. I'm in Florida, though, and the sun is calling this Indiana girl outside!
Have a great day, and thanks!