Busy hands this week! We’re all giddy about hexagons over here. Cutting, basting, stitching…plump hexis are littering the house.
I started this project in a rush actually, seconds before we walked out the door for a 48 road trip across the country to visit family for Christmas. I’d spent days, even weeks, planning…oh yes, road tripping with 4 young children is not for the faint of heart. We’re talking pre-portioned snacks, books on tape, magnetic toys, lap trays, neck pillows, kid potties…so much planning actually, that I’d forgotten to plan a take-along for myself! With the kids literally buckled in the car, and my husband hurriedly calling at me from the front door, I snatched a couple of Chicopee charm packs, threw some needles, thread, and scissors in a zip pouch, and sat down at my desktop for 30 seconds to copy, paste, and print some big fat hexagons onto card stock. I ran out the door with no idea what this project would turn into, but it’s decided that it’s going to be a lap quilt with big, happy snowflake-flower-star-thingies.
My plan is to applique 5 or so of these to some natural Essex linen, and then stitch some pretty white Sashiko around the flower shapes. But how to applique them?? Shall I blind-stitch them by hand, dragging this impromptu quilt out into infinity, or machine stitch them? I hate to kill the purdy finished edges with zig-zags, but my machine doesn’t do a blind stitch or blanket stitch. I think maybe the hand applique will be worth the time. At least I’ve got 2 more flowers before I have to decide! :)
And everybody’s getting involved. Turns out my 4yo is a total rock star at cutting out the card stock templates. Oh, which, by the way, I’m linking to HERE, just in case you wanna print and give them a whirl yourself (if you do, note that I cut at the outside the thick-ish line, to keep things uniform).
I’m using those 6″ FreeSpirit “charm packs” (I always think of a charm as 5″, but these are 6″, as are all Westminster’s, I believe), so these 2.5″-sided hexis fit perfectly. The biggest ones I’ve been able to find in stores are 2″ sides, but it’s not tough to just print and cut them yourself…especially when you have a scissor-handed sidekick like I do.
Nora colored my sketch during our road trip, and is getting a kick out of telling me which colors we need next…”UM, Mom, no, we need purple next, puuuuurple.”
Well, I’m off to tackle this day…and hopefully a stack full of hexagons!