more on Hexagons

Re:  the post about Hexagons, still loving them!

I deleted the last two pictures that you couldn’t see, then reloaded them, to update the post.  Hope this works as I have sewing to do!      Bye!


Hexagons, still loving them!

I was asked to post some pictures of what to do with hexagons.

First, when I cover the papers, I cover 6 identical units so I can make 6 petal flowers, or 3+3 petal flowers, finally add a center of choice.  I really love these 1/2″ hexagons – that is the measurement along one edge.

When I had a pile of covered hexis (say a couple hundred or so) the fun began for me!

pile of hexis

pile of hexes – I think that is grape juice in the glass.     lol

sorted to make flowers

sorted to make flowers – can you say ‘fussy cut’ !!!

layout #1

layout #1, with path hexis

layout #2

layout #2 with path hexis

As you are covering hexagon papers to create flowers, be sure to cover papers with the path fabric you have chosen, the project also requires lots of path hexis, don’t wait, work on them as you are making the flowers.

I’ve assembled both layouts to make  doll quilts size quilts, however I haven’t added borders  to either, maybe this winter?  These are ‘no deadline’ projects – gotta love those!

I have a new hexi project underway (I can’t help myself), see my July 2nd Journal entry.

Also if you write ‘hexi’ or ‘Hexagon’ into the ‘search feature’ on my Journal page (blog), the posts come up where I blogged about hexis or hexagons.

There are lots and lots of hexagon eye candy on Pinterest, and also lots and lots of new new and vintage EPP (English Paper Piecing) quilts on Pinterest.

EPP or hexis are wonderful handwork and take along projects.  Join in the fun!

Happy Stitching!





July 19, 1971

Russ and Jo were married 42 years ago, we had a really small wedding with immediate family.  I think there may have been 20 of us total.

Would you believe I made my dress?  Poly double knit!     🙂  Yep that certainly dates me.  It worked – fit the meager budget.

Russ and Jo 7:19:71



I’m taking tomorrow off (that means out of the office), spend part of the day at the studio sewing (gift to me) and make a nice dinner at home for us.

We will celebrate in a favorite restaurant when the weather is nice, guess that would be  Fall not Summer.  I wanted to be a June bride . . . . . almost made it.   🙂

I wrote the above post on Thursday July 18, things have changed, I get to spend Friday morning in the office after all.  Still hoping/planning for an afternoon of sewing, followed by a nice (make that easy to prep) dinner, burgers anyone?






I flew to Texas a week ago and went to a sewing Retreat with my friend Betsy.  I cut about 1300 squares the first day (assorted lights and darks), then sewed and sewed for 3, count them 3 glorious days.  It was a bit warm in Texas so  I was quite happy to stay inside and sew.

OK, you ask – why cut squares, why didn’t I cut strips.  I’m a control freak!  Mostly I didn’t want identical blocks, I wanted scrappy, so I cut squares and I can’t tell you what size, it is a secret.  Cutting squares was my plan.

I did get to shop for fabric at Lone Star House of Quilts in Arlington, TX and Common Threads in Waxahachie, TX – was fun to shop for repro fabrics and I’ve added to my fabric collection.  I found a piece from an Andover line (Winterthur, John Hewson) that I was looking for!

cut out lots of these squares

cut out lots of these squares

Some of the blocks made from these squares will be in a project for the new JLW Club for next year.

made a bunch of these HST units for a current project

made a bunch of these HST units for a current project


I flew home yesterday (Monday), and now playing catch-up!  I need get bills paid, orders shipped, groceries in the fridge, laundry, you know all the normal stuff you get to do other than the orders – then I get to go sew.    I need to finish sewing  a top together that is on my design wall, so there is room to play with what I sewed.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Happy 4th of July!

American Flag Lady - vintage

American Flag Lady – vintage

I think many will be blessed with a 4 day weekend!  What to do?  Maybe spend time with friends and family, or perhaps a mini vacation.  What are you doing?

I’m taking some quiet time and enjoy it with Russ, we will cook out and visit with neighbors.  I think it may be called a ‘staycation’?

Russ and a friend went fishing this morning on the Missouri River.  Russ took his boat, he has an open fishing boat, have had it for a long time (over 30 years).  After Russ retired four years ago to reconfigure the seats, he took out a bench seat, bought a new outboard engine and a new trailer that makes it easier to load and unload the boat, he can do it alone if necessary.

I plan to spend some time at the studio, sewing and designing.  It gets quiet around Holidays,  will take advantage of it and stitch!

Maybe I need to start another Patriotic quilt, love the skirt on the vintage Flag Lady, don’t you?  My star fabric is still in print, it is part of ‘Jo’s Best Friends’ group.

I wish you a very Happy 4th of July!



I’ve been adding some handwork in my evening schedule (and sometimes early in the morning before I shower – I know TMI).  My new work schedule allows evenings out of the office – a long over due change.  For years I felt I was suppose to work crazy long hours, happy that I finally realize the error of my ways.

My handwork skills are a bit rusty,  it is time to get back into the handwork groove.  I have a small appliqué project started, found my hexi project that I started last Fall ( 1/2″ hexis), and get this – started a new hexi project with 5/8″ hexes – no deadline is the mantra.  All my other hexi projects use the 1/2″ hexis.

Fall 2012 hexi project - view is the back side

Fall 2012 hexi project – view is the back side

I’ve stitched the flowers, added path hexis, joined the flowers to make diagonal rows, now I’m joining the rows together.  The picture shows that I’m in the process of removing papers from the center, leaving papers in all the edge hexis.  You can see – I  thread baste the fabric to cover the papers.  After the hexi rows are joined, I’ve cut the basting threads and am removing the itsy bits of thread and finally the papers.

Nice to have needle and thread in hand once again.

This is just a progress report – will show the front when it is assembled and the edges worked out.   Remember no deadline, so basically this is just a tease.

What are you working on?   🙂

PS – I have plans for a new hand piecing project – will let you know when I have it all worked out, I’m pretty jazzed about a new handpiecing project!

PPS – I’m going on a sewing Retreat next week – just a warning, who knows what I’ll start while hanging out with friends!