March 25, 2014

Cy ~ Hexagons ~ Crochet ~ Quilt Show

We are back home again now from our peaceful retreat.
It was a tranquil setting to sit and stitch, and I got plenty of stitching and crocheting done.

The pink and white mohair patch (from last week) has had some more texture added to it.....

And (groan) another project started.
This is going to be a bluesey neck-warmer collar type thingamajig.

The main reason we went to "the other place" was to level the ground ready to put a pump shed in place over the water bore hole. (We need water just like everyone else does).
I was meant to be helping t'other-half to dig the shed foundation, but I got tied up (almost literally) with measuring and marking out the house plot. So when I eventually turned up at the shed site, he had finished it and actually had a smile on his face and said the ground was easy to dig. Job finished, we could go home now, and we'd only been there two days.
Now seemed as good a time as any to tell him that we couldn't go home because I wanted to go to the quilt show there on Friday.
That seemed to wipe the smile from his face, lol.
During breakfast on Monday he decided that he could fend off his boredom if he went back home for one night (it's a six-hour drive just one way) to pick up the shed panels, and bring them back to Hawkes Bay the next day, then erect the whole shed the day after.
I rather liked the idea of being left on my own for almost two days of non-stop-stitching.

Photo before the shed arrived....

Photo after the shed arrived....

And if I turn around 180degrees from that point...
you can just see our caravan through the trees.

I took my hexagon patchwork with me to Hawkes Bay because it's one of those projects that travels well and is easy to pick up and stitch at any little spare moment.

This is how much I got stitched while we were away. Great progress.

I only have about the same amount again as this left to stitch into these 3-hex patches, and then I have the lovely job of putting all those 3-hex patches together to form the quilt top.
Woohooo, slowly getting there. It has only taken me about 10+ years to get this far, lol.

Just in case you have studied the hexies in the photo above, and are wondering why some hexies do not have tacking stitches holding the fabric in place over the papers.... well, you see, it's like this...
The hexies on the left (7 of the 3-hex patches) were stitched in the normal technique from Saturday to Thursday of last week.
Then, on Friday, I went to the Wine Country Quilts Show

and, I'm sure you know how it goes... there were merchants selling their treasures products, and this one lady was selling glue pens for fabric. Oh my!
She was actually demonstrating on tiny hexagons and has made the most exquisite small quilts.
I fell for them straight away and bought the glue pen.
Then, back at the caravan, I could use the glue pen on my larger hexies.
Voila! I now have hexies that do not need tacking together first.
My only disappointment is that I've nearly finished making all the hexies for this quilt. I so, so, wish I'd found this product sooner.

 Now, I bet you are wanting to know about the actual quilt show.
I will be sharing photos in another post later in the week.
And the Pukeora Estate is worthy of a whole blog post just for itself.
But it's late now and I really must be somewhere other than my computer.


ladyhawthorne said...

Great progress on the crochet, the hexies and the shed! I'll be looking for the post on the quilt show.

Debra Spincic said...

That seemed to wipe the smile from his face

LOL!!! yea, been there too!

What a fun post, Cyra!

Suztats said...

Glad you had such a great stitching time while you were away. The crocheting looks so tactilicious! (if that isn't a word, it should be!) and I really like the colours in your thingamajig.

cq4fun said...

Wow, you shared a lot of good stuff in that post! Glad you had so much stitching time to yourself. I remember when I used to hate to go home because it meant getting back to all the routine stuff and little stitching time!

Judy S. said...

Loved seeing all what got accomplished during your trip away! Great photos of your property, too. Your neck warmer thingamajig is going to be really nice; I, too, love the colors. The hexie quilt is wonderful but looks difficult.

Barbara C said...

Cool trick with the glue pen. Now you'll be finished in no time flat.

Cyra said...

Thanks Angela. I shall post the quilt show photos on my own blog as it's going to be rather photo heavy.

Cyra said...

Men, huh!!!

Cyra said...

Thanks Suz. Tactilicious it is, lol.

Cyra said...

I have feeling that my stitching time is going to be in short supply over the next couple of weeks while we 'up' the house selling saga.

Cyra said...

I have been working with a lot of pinks and purples lately and I just needed a break from those colours especially the first weekend that we were away because it was so hot, and working with the cooler blue shades was good.

Cyra said...

Yes Barbara, I've nearly finished covering all the paper hexagons that I need for this quilt, then I get to the more interesting part of seeing the design come together.

QuiltingFitzy said...

I've never tried the glue pen, looks interesting. Sure love the colors on those hexagons. Have definitely been wanting to try some of the tessellated designs using fussy cutting or piecing too. Which method are you using to put your hexies together? I need to try that ladder stitch, I've always only done the overcast.

Debra Spincic said...


Cyra said...

I am using traditional English piecing over paper hexagons, with overcast stitching to join them.
I sometimes use ladder stitch for joining crochet squares together, but its much too slow a way of working (for me anyway) to be stitching this many hexagons that way.