Sunday, 6 March 2011

Hexs, DJ, Log Cabin and Applique Tutorial

It has been simply ages since I posted. My back was playing up again, and then I had to get a small growth cut from my eyelid. It looked as if someone had socked me good and proper, but the swelling has gone down, the black is gone, and I am back sewing once again. I always thought if you were not feeling well, the natural thing would be to pick up a bit of sewing, but when I am off-colour, it is the last thing I want to do. 
Anyway, you do not want to hear my grumps and groans, you want to see some pictures!

I usually sew some of these hexagons, when I go on the ferry, so it is slow going. I want to make this quilt -
I saw this on the Net a long time ago. I do not know who took this picture, or did the sewing, but I thought the design was absolutely gorgeous!! It will take me years to make it, but I like being able to pick up and lay down the pattern, and still know where I am, when I go back to it.

 This is the latest Dear Jane block - I 3 - Family Album. It is hand-sewn. It looks wonky, but is just not well pressed.

I started this log cabin last year too, so this has to be finished soon. I am trying to be really good and not start any new projects. I have made a pact with myself that I have to finish two UFOs before I can start anything new this year. I was doing really well. I thought I would pick two small UFOs, trying to be sneaky , and that way I would get two projects finished quickly, and I could get onto something new! Best laid schemes o' mice and men and all that. I lost one part of a table topper and can't find it anywhere, and have run out of material to finish another! Mind you I have had a lot of UFOs, so don't need to worry about sitting around, doing nothing!!

I really love applique, but am always worried I don't get it right. My friend sent me this wonderful link to a tutorial or tutorials on Back Basting at  
There are three tutorials on Back Basting, and they are really good. I have permission from Marjorie to pass on the links, so enjoy the tutorials here, here and here!
Thanks, Marjorie (and Cyn for telling me about them!)
Till next time.


  1. Glad your eye is on the mend. Love your hexies.

  2. Hope this finds you feeling much better. I am kind of like you in when I don't feel well I don't want to pick up any sewing or quilting.

    That hexi quilt does look great. What are you going to make with your hexagons?


  3. Glad you're feeling a little better. You know what - I am making that hexie quilt too but don't think I have ever posted pictures. Every so often I have a mad splurge on it and then away it goes again. May be time to come out of the box for a while . Take care and thanks for the links to those exercises xx

  4. Happy to "see" that your eye's better! *grin*

    Tipping my hat to you (re: hexagons). I don't think I'd ever have the stamina to make THAT many.... let alone dream to make a quilt! LOL

    And WOW!!! another DJ block!

    Congrats on your achievements, Tich!!!


  5. I'm glad you are feeling better! Your hexies are great. I'd like to do some sometime, but I cannot seem to get myself in gear to do them. Don't know why. Your DJ and log cabins are great, too. I hate it when you think you have a good plan to fool yourself and then it all goes awry! haha!

  6. I have not been on my blog for ages and I was so sorry to hear about your eye and your back. I am glad that you are feeling better now. My guild had a quilt show and I was busy making ribbons for the past 6 months. I am ready to get back into sewing again.
    I love your hexagons. They are gorgeous!
    My youngest son is moving to Kansas with his girlfriend and I want to make a quilt for them before they leave here in June. I know it won't be hexagons possibly a scrap quilt.
    Take care of yourself