Greetings! I have to wear the right leg brace whenever I am walking or standing for 5 more weeks – that means no driving yet. It’s also hard to reach my sewing machine pedal with the brace on so I am likely limited for a while longer on projects that require the machine. I’m focusing on hand quilting and appliqué and recently decided to start some hand piecing as well. I decided to start making fussy cut 5/8 inch hexagon “flowers” and I think this is going to be my first doll quilt for 2017!
Here are what I have so far (click to enlarge):
I’m thinking of appliquéing them onto a cheddar background (rather than connecting them with cheddar hexagons):
I use a “no baste” method to make my hexagons. I use an Ardco template, trace around the inside on freezer paper and cut out the pieces of freezer paper. I trace around the outside of the template on the fabric once I’ve identified the section I want to use:
I then iron the freezer paper templates onto the back of the fabric pieces:
Then, using a dab of water, I fold over the edges one by one and iron down in a clockwise rotation until all six sides are ironed over. The edges stay put, even though the “sticky” side of the paper is ironed onto the main piece of the fabric. The feel of the paper edge guides me as I turn it over in prep for the ironing:
And here are the pieces for this “flower” all done (but not yet sewn):
Very cool!!!! I don’t mind making the freezer paper templates and I love that I don’t have to do any basting! I love the mystery of wondering how these are going to look after they are cut and sewn and love the “surprise” when they are done. I like picking just the right centers to go with the “petals”. And these hexagon “flowers” are wonderful hand sewing projects! It feels good to get started on this year’s “Trio of Doll Quilts.” (By the way, the templates come out easily when I’m ready to appliqué them down to a background.)
On my Thailand trip we went to the far north of the country and visited a couple of the “hill tribes.” These are mostly Burmese/Myanmar people who migrated south into this area of Thailand. They still live in relatively primitive conditions and continue with their own cultural traditions. They welcome tourists and were eager to sell their creations – esp. scarves. The 2 tribes we visited were the “longnecks” – the women wear gold around their necks to elongate them – and the Aka tribe. The “longnecks” served us a dinner and played music and danced for us. They invited us to dance with them – fun!! Hope you enjoy the pictures (click on them for enlargements):
There are still more Thailand pictures to come in future posts!!!
Here’s a picture of me with the grandkids recently; they stayed with us for a couple days during their school vacation and I was able to play card games with them.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi