I love Friday Night Sew In (hosted by Heidi and Bobbi). It happens just often enough to make me feel like I actually make some progress on my projects and not so often that I end up having to miss it all the time. I don’t work on Fridays, so it usually works well for me to sew at some point during the day. This is what I worked on last night.
Firstly, I put together this backing
for this quilt,
which my friend Linda P. and I are making for friends who are getting married. These are SO not my colours but I really like the quilt. This is the Bow Tie pattern but when made in this style it is called True Lover’s Knot.
I received two little packages with big gifts in them this week. I received my “welcome” hexie from Jane for the Inchy Hexagon Swap. I’ve been in this swap since the beginning but it’s nice to get a welcome no matter when it comes. She also sent me another package of hexie papers from Joanne who sells them at her store. She contributed a sample pack for everyone in the swap. So generous.
And then I also won a package of hexie papers from Joanne – she is having some giveaways to celebrate her new blog.
So I am set for a while for hexie papers, although I use them up quickly Thank you to Joanne and Jane for the lovely gifts!
At the end of the evening I started working on thank-you hexies…
When I make the hexies I put a lot of preparation work into them. First is picking the fabric, then cutting the pieces from the fabric. Then cutting out the papers (when I don’t have some precut on hand). Then I iron the fabric around the fabric. I know most people don’t do this step but I find it just makes it easier to baste them and have the edges turn out sharp. I do back basting, just catching the corners with a couple of stitches. Some people baste right through the fabric and papers but then the stitching needs to be removed later. With back basting that isn’t necessary. Then after a last iron the hexies are ready to sew together into flowers.
I am off today to meet with Linda P. and get that quilt ready for quilting. The wedding is in two weeks. Eek!