Excelling in Procrastination

I always have the best intentions. I even put a goal date/line in front of me to help with motivation. the problem is… I excel in procrastination.

I am an expert in putting one project aside for a bit of a break only to move forward to another new project instead of back to finish the old.

Luck O' the Irish table runner

Here is a good example…

Last year on March 14th I posted about this shamrock table runner. Even declared that I was going to have it done by 17. Confession time. It hasn’t been touched and still looks just like this. No batting or backing has been added or quilting done.

NTF Easter hexie 3

Yesterday I was digging through the sewing room shelves and out popped some Spring themed hexies I was playing with last year. I loved them. Still do.

And again, had every intention of getting these put together as a table topper for our Easter dinner. Didn’t happen last year and again…not going to happen this year either. We will be having dinner without a cheery centerpiece.

 

And then, oh dear… I ordered this

NTF Bonnie Hunter Scrappy

and …well… I see many more projects and UFO’s in my future.

Wishing all a Blessed and Happy Easter

With or Without a Cheery Table Topper… 

Until next time… Happy Stitching…. 

Sewing Needle with Red Thread

 

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Hexie Explosion!

Hexies are like rabbits. You start by making one, then two and before you know it your life has been taken over by these cute little hexagons.

After a while some of them beg to be used. At least I thought I heard them begging for attention. So I gathered a few together and decided placemats and mug rugs were the way to go for now.

Made some placemats for my brother and sister-in-law.

NTF spring hexie placemats

They didn’t turn out too bad so I decided to do a set for myself in my colors.

I love the red and apple green together.

NTF red and green flower placemats

Until next time… Happy Stitching! 

Sewing Needle with Red Thread

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

It’s a rainy day here in the Pacific Northwest. (There is no real news in that.) So far we are spending these early spring months indoors while our lawn grows out of control. This also means all gardening will have to wait. Well, maybe not all…

NTF June Tailor hexagon templates

A while back I purchased a package of June Tailor’s Simple Shape – Hexagons templates. (Because sometimes you have a coupon that is so good it MUST be used even if there is nothing you really need.)

My mother-in-law used to make Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts all the time. This was her go to quilt. At the time, I wasn’t impressed. But times change…

NTF first hexie

So today while the clouds leaked, I cracked open the package of templates and awkwardly made my way through my very first flower… It was a proud moment.

Now the bug had bit and I had to do another. This time I would experiment with a little streamlining of the process. I drug out seven templates and made all the pedals at once.

Yeah, I know. That would be the obvious thing to do in the first place but I had no clue what I was doing.

NTF hexie 2

 

I held the template in place with a dab of glue from a glue stick. Then I spritzed the edges with a little spray starch before folding the edges over and pressing, creating the hexagon. (The template pops right out and the starch holds everything in place.)  

I found a little pin helps to hold the two hexies being sewn together helps stop any shifting.

NTF hexie 6

 

 

Now I can’t wait to make more. They are easy. the pieces can be made ahead of time. They are small and portable. They don’t take much material which makes them a great scrap buster. (All mine today were from my scrap box)

 

I’m now hooked on hexies(because my other four quilting projects wasn’t enough.)

NTF hexie 4

Until next time… Happy Stitching!!!

Sewing Needle with Red Thread