Sunday, November 9, 2014

Back to reality

I recently returned home after a wonderful two-week vacation in Spain. We started in Barcelona, then took the train to Madrid for the second week. I couldn't suggest it more as a destination. The people were friendly and helpful, the food and coffee great and there were so many amazing things to see in the two cities. Like the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, roughly translated as music palace and rightly declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Can you imagine a more beautiful place? How could you even pay attention to the music with all this to admire? Just look at that stained glass ceiling, nicknamed the glow worm.

I used the vacation as a great time to finally jump into hexies. I fussycut a whole bunch of this great Japanese fabric I've had for quite some time. Hexies seemed like the perfect project for all its quirky little creatures. I stitched my first hexie while waiting in the airport, and then just kept basting until I got through the whole batch - a little over 100. It was the perfect craft while relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing.

The flights home made for a long day, but I wasn't too bothered because I started stitching my hexies together. The flight attendants and other travellers were quite intrigued by what I was doing, and a few even asked questions. I love when people are curious about handwork and genuinely admire what you're doing. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what I was doing. I read several tutorials on how to baste hexies before the trip, but not so much how to put them together because I didn't think I'd get that far. But it all worked out just fine. You really need to figure out how best to do something for yourself, anyway.

When I finally got home, the top priority (after a good night's sleep) was picking up my sewing machine. Reunited at last! It languished way too long at the repair shop, but it's sewing like a dream again. First I got back to the mini for my swap. It got pieced and quilted and now I just need to handstitch the binding. I love how it turned out! But you'll have to wait to see a picture because I don't want to ruin the surprise. I also made a mug rug to go with it and I picked up the perfect canvas I still need to make into a zippered pouch, and I'll put all the little goodies in there. Also since then I've joined two more swaps - how exciting!

Next up, I got back to two minis from Canoe Ridge Creation's mini quilt club. I pieced the October mini I cut out before my trip, then quilted both. The bulk of the quilting was with grey thread, then I decided to add in a bit of bright green. I think it looks great, although it's a bit tough to see in the photos.

This one I did simple straight lines with some wider spacing in parts.

The other is very densely quilted. I started by creating an X through the middle and then just had fun and kept switching what I was doing when I got a new idea. I really like how it turned out.

Here's just a close-up of the mini to show some of the quilting. You really need to have a good look at the whole surface to see all the interesting patterns that emerge from the intersecting lines.

So I'm back to reality, but thankfully that includes sewing!


  1. Looks like an amazing holiday. I love mindlessly stitching hexes too - they become kind of meditative. I just adore your quilting on these minis - so much detail and texture and all from straight lines. Nice work!

    1. I find straight-line quilting very meditative as well. The time just flies by.