Hexie Workshop

Welcome :)

I love a good workshop and yesterday I was lucky enough to go to one. One of our regular quilt group members put on a little workshop to show us how to make hexagons using our sewing machines – and no y seams!

Of course it was one of those super cheat methods which uses lots of half hexagons joined together. The good thing about it is that as long as you cut everything accurately then it all goes together easily.


Here is a tutorial of the sort of thing we did over at A Quilting Life – thanks Sherrie.

We used a 60 degree triangle ruler to measure out the half hexagons instead of a hexagon template but it all works in a similar way.

We used 2 1/2 inch strips to cut out half hexagons, making sure we cut an even number of each colour (so we could join them together to make a whole hexagon!).

We spent quite some time putting our pieces into just the right arrangement- we put them on top of wadding which acted like a mini design wall. Then sewed our pieces together into strips then sewed our strips together to get our hexie masterpiece!

We were working on making cushion covers but Sue, our tutor, showed us a couple of things she was making using the half hexie blocks.

Grandmother’s flower garden


Half hexie picture


Of course no one finished their cushion covers – we were all chatting too much ;)

Until next time,

Chris x



Welcome :)

Thank you for your kind Get Well messages, my wrist and arm are feeling a bit better but I know that rest is the only way to go so my sewing activities have had to be slowed down somewhat :(

I have been playing with some 3 D flowers though.



These remind me of the chrysanthemums that my Granddad used to grow each year. He used to have a patch in his garden, close to the house, which he filled with these lovely flowers and in the Autumn we always came home with an enormous bunch of them for our home.

I’m not sure what I shall do with them but whatever it is I shall do it slowly!

Another thing I’ve finally got round to finishing is this table topper which I started here.




So one finished project and one started project ;)

Until next time,

Chris x


Hawaiian Finish

Welcome :)

I took some hand sewing with me on my recent trip to Barcelona. Something to while away the time as I rested my feet after all the sight seeing and I managed to finish the quilting on my Hawaiian block.

When I got back I didn’t waste any time in making it into a cushion cover and it’s now resting on my favourite chair.

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What do you think?

Looking at the photos has made me realise that I now have an Hawaiian cushion and a Welsh cushion on my chair – maybe it’s time for me to make an English paper pieced cushion ;)

I also took some sewing to do on the plane – these little framed hexies were started a while ago at my local quilting group – and it was good to get them finished and ready to sew together which, now I’m home, I’m in the process of doing.

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My friends were surprised that I was allowed to sew on the plane (needles, pins and scissors being potential weapons, although my scissors were nail scissors so had tiny blades).

I’d be interested to know if anyone has had a problem with doing this on a flight? The flight assistants didn’t bat an eyelid as I stitched the hours away.

I’m linking this post up to Esther’s WiPs on Wednesdays, it’s Esther’s birthday so why not go and wish her a happy birthday!

Until next time,

Chris x

Sore Feet in Barcelona

Welcome :)

I’ve been quite absent lately haven’t I? But that’s because I’ve just come back from a trip to sunny Barcelona. We’d never been before and hubby and I spent all our time walking round trying to fit in as much sight seeing as we possibly could.

My absolute favourite place was the Sagrada Familia an, as yet, unfinished Roman Catholic Church which was designed by Gaudi. The building work is ongoing and it’s well worth a visit.

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The creativity of the building literally took my breath away, and judging by the expressions on other visitors faces I wasn’t the only one.

I know photos don’t do the building justice but do go and visit the official website here for a glimpse of the incredible architecture.

I did do a little making before I went away, I made a little draw string bag to keep my undies in.


This is a very thrifty make as the white cotton was an old sheet and the blue flowers were from old shirts. As you can imagine it feels really soft.


I even did french seams so there were no raw edges inside.


the channel for the cord was a bit of my son’s old pyjamas (or at least I hope they were his old ones ;) )


The edges of the flowers are all designed to fray when the bag gets washed  – so hopefully it will get a soft shabby chic look to it in time.

It’s good to be home, my feet are very grateful to be allowed time to recover :)

Enjoy your week end.

Until next time,

Chris x