Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Hexie Love Curved Hexagon Ruler



I've gotten SO MANY questions over on Hexie Love Open Studios about my ruler. So I decided to go over how it works again today. As you see above, it has various markings. Some are marked with an 'S' and some are marked with a 'P'. 


The ruler is designed to work with 2" hexie papers. 

The purpose of the ruler is to mark and cut your own hexie papers into a huge variety of curved pieces. The 'P' markings on the ruler are lined up with a point on the hexagon paper.


The 'S' markings on the ruler are lined up with a side on the hexagon paper. P for POINT and S for SIDE. Easy easy. 

I like to mark my papers and carefully cut them apart with paper scissors.



 There are so many different combinations of curved pieced hexagons you can make from this! You can combine 'P's' and 'S's' on the same hexie paper.

Under the tabs at the top of the blog you will find FREE old issues of Hexie Love magazine - there you will find the pattern for Bliss which uses this ruler.

I typically don't link my blog on Hexie Love Open Studio, but today I will.

I do have some rulers left - you can only get them from me. They are $24 with free shipping with in the US. If you are out of the country, you will have to pay for shipping. If you want one...please email me - juliacwood@mac.com - and provide your Paypal email so I can invoice you.

Have a great weekend!



Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Beach Vacation


 We're back home after a few days at the beach. Ahhh. We live only 3.5 hours from the shore. But we have never gone much, primarily because we've always vacationed at the family lake house - a different kind of water. But Hubby and I decided a beach getaway would be fun and it was!

The sunsets were glorious!


We stayed a little off the beaten track where it wasn't crowded. Another ahhh.... We didn't have to sidestep around lots of people to find a spot in the sand.


From Hubby's perspective...


And from mine... yes...hex on the beach!




 For us, a trip to the coast means lots of fresh seafood. Oysters and crab cakes.


Firecracker shrimp.

Grilled amberjack sandwich. Not to mention the crab claws. And flounder.  And fried shrimp. Yes, we ate our way though our trip. Yes, I've gained a few pounds. Time to get back on track, but oh, it was fun to splurge!

This morning I already have the laundry going. I have a small meeting with a friend at 9:30 and then coffee with other friends at 10:30. Nothing like coming home to a full schedule! Haha! But I do hope to hexie this afternoon.

By the way, over on Facebook LOTS of people have been joining Hexie Love Open Studio! Yay! We're over 1100 member now! If you've asked to join and have not been accepted yet, please try again. I think I hit the 'Ignore' button for one or two people accidentally instead of the desired 'Accept' button - my bad!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Slow Day


I sat on my bum yesterday. Whenever I'm machine quilting a project, I hit it hard. So this past week was hard! Haha- as hard as it gets for me anyway. Which is not very...

Yesterday I didn't do much at all. Okay, one load of laundry. But little else. I read a bunch though - does that count for anything? And a tiny bit of hexie sewing. Tiny bit.

What are your plans for the week? I'm thinking it will be a hexie week for me. Lots of hexies, I hope!

Stay tuned - tomorrow I should have a fun picture to share...


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ain't No Sunshine is DONE!


I'd planned to finish this while watching college football. But I finished it BEFORE football even started!


And I have to admit...even though I don't like the color purple, I do love the quilt!


I'll be throwing it in the wash to soften it up and make it nice and crinkly. And it will go in my new cabinet, on display. This one might be gifted to someone who needs a pick-me-up. I like to have some quilts on hand for gifts. I have no idea who will get this one, but it's nice to have it done. It looks pretty in the backyard, doesn't it?

Since this was complete....I worked on hexies during the games. After I went to bed I had an idea. Do you have your best ideas while falling asleep? I do! So according to my falling-asleep-idea...I need to take apart the individual hexies and sew them in a different configuration. Okay, I will!

Have a nice day, everyone!





Saturday, September 16, 2017

That Final Corner


Yesterday morning I finished quilting the final corner. Then I trimmed it and stitched the binding around the corner. And last night and hand stitched approximately half the binding down on the backside. This baby might be finished today!


This is what I had handy when I wanted to make a grocery list - a used curved hexie paper - haha! Groceries were bought, laundry done, dishes put away. Plus the corner of the quilt was completed. All before lunch!

Today will not be so busy. I'm glad.

Have a relaxing day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting....


I hit it hard yesterday! I just kept going and going and going on the machine quilting. I pushed myself longer and harder than I had intended. Finally I knew I needed to just stop for the day.

But I wanted to work on the quilt a bit longer. I realized I only had one little corner left to quilt. What to do?

I decided to put off the final bit of quilting (my shoulder blade was a bit sore), BUT I did go ahead and trim all the sides of the quilt except for that final corner. Then I decided to make the binding. I sewed the strip together, pressed them in half....hmmm, why not go ahead and stitch them around the trimmed quilt (except for that corner). BOOM!

So now today I can machine quilt that little corner, trim that little corner, and then stitch the binding to that little corner. I'll be ready to work on hand stitching the binding in my recliner on Saturday while watching FOOTBALL! Boom!

I think after this one is done I'll take a little break from machine quilting. I still have more top that need quilting, but I've done the ones that were the highest priority. Yay!

We may go to the lake today to make sure there was no storm damage there. We'll see...

Have a fun day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My New Acquisition


Forgive the dark photo. I bought this a few days ago from our local Facebook yard sale group. Love it! This glass and metal piece is from Ikea and is PER-FECT for storing many of my completed quilts. Now they can be seen and admired without being stuffed in a closet. Yay! And the best part was that it was already assembled! Happy Dance!

I didn't do any machine sewing yesterday, but today I'm ready to attack the machine quilting again. Hope I can get another chunk of it done today.

Have a good one.