Apart from the mini hexies, I also made some progress on my other hand sewing project, Nebelwald (Cloud Forest).
I’ve sewn the tiles into sections and joined two more rows to the central part.
Next time I’ll be showing you the complete layout, if it all goes to plan.
Only four new units got made this month as I missed one week of crafting.
Units finished: 16/42
Tiles used: 1,540/4,140
But I was able to carry on designing – until I ran out of pins and space. The panel will end up slightly longer than expected, so the bottom row is lying on the floor. 🙂
Sorry if the colours are looking strange. They’re quite ok on my screen, I hope this is true for yours. I’m still experiencing some computer issues and can’t properly calibrate my screen.
This is my June update on the mini hexies (sorry, a couple of days late).
Blocks completed: 12/42
Tiles used: 1,140/4,140
The first two columns have been joined. As I only have so much pins, I’m designing as I go.
Height is about 102 cms, slightly more than I expected. So far, the panel is 28 cms wide.
I’ve already got some more tiles pinned to the design board but need to sew the Ostseemorgen panel first which is sitting next to it before I can continue.
Next update around the end of the month.
Some process shots showing block construction –
pinned tiles – joined into strips
strips joined – templates removed
I didn’t feel much like posting for the last three weeks because of another ‘brain drain’ so I’m trying to give you a couple of update posts on what I did since then.
Starting with Nebelwald (Cloud Forest) – The three rows that are going into the center are joined together. Not that piecing the strange tiles is lots of fun, but I wanted it that way. 😉
This is the lower half of the panel, laid out on my small design board. Amazingly, I had the exact number of tiles I needed.
As you can see I finally decided upon an oval layout. The finished panel will be appliquéd to a background fabric.
presorted hexies with matching threads
I had 3,601 hexies, made another 359 and discovered that I’d need still another 180 to make it a square. Templates are already drawn and cut, fabric patches are ready to be basted.
The first units on the design board, hexie size: 1 cm (3/8″) – yes, that’s tiny. I love tiny. 🤓
I think it will take me a while to fill the space – my design board is one square meter in size (1.196 square yards approx.)
There’s no plan or layout, just a rough sketch, I’m designing as I go.
I’m in hand sewing mode so here’s another one from the UFO Lottery list, Mini Hexies (working title).
Some of the containers with hexies presorted by colour and pattern
Next to the tiles for Cloud Forest sat the box with 3,601 thumbnail sized hexies I had made from part of the fabric from an abandoned project. I’ll have to make 359 more for the layout I have in mind. No hexie flowers or diamonds, but something abstract this time, like this.
But first I need to complete the batik penties project to get an empty design board. Only 40 more blocks to go.
One more from the UFO Lottery List, this is Nebelwald (Cloud Forest), I pulled out this project a couple of days ago. Started in January 2007, the box contained 827 pieces (or tiles). During the last couple of years I auditioned different layouts but never made a decision which one to use.
Finally I went for the original version that requires no additional pieces (like squares or diamonds).
I’m sewing units from four tiles like this which then get joined into strips.
Not sure yet if I should make a rectangular panel or an oval one to appliqué onto a base fabric.
But first I’m going into mask making for my sister and her husband. They have placed an order as from Wednesday on it’s compulsory to wear them (or at least ‘something’ like a scarf or a simple piece of cloth) in shops and buses. I think I’m going for the scarf/cloth version myself, I can hardly breathe wearing a mask. The sample I made makes me look like I’ve got a bad skin condition – white with different dots in shades of pink. 😷
Not one of my favorite projects from the UFO Lottery list. Somehow this was cursed. I added pieces to the bottom of some of the rows, only to find out I didn’t have to. I unsewed them. I sewed them back on. Thought I had understood how the pattern worked. But still I sewed and unsewed. 🤬 🤬 🤬
I decided not to complete the remaining rows because a) it was so unnerving and b) I needed the design board. So I’m ending up with sixteen instead of twenty rows. And when I had finished adding the last row, I noticed there was a green one missing at the top. So I sewed it on.
My sister and I discussed finishing and she came up with some good ideas. Remarkable, because she has no concept of patchwork and quilting. 😉
This goes back onto the ufo pile for a while. Supplies of batting are low and will get used in more important pieces.
Statistics – In June 2017 my UFO Lottery list contained 100 items. At the end of 2019 the number was down to 50. Most of the projects were finished, some abandoned or used for something else. Two more off since then, they were ripped apart and became part of something new, see below.
Batik pentagons (in progress) – What began as a scrap project with an intended layout of 6 x 6 blocks has now become something bigger. The panel was ripped apart, which provided tiles for four blocks of each colour. 37 blocks are finished, 43 blocks need to be sewn together, more to follow.
before – after
Pastel pentagons (in progress) – Only four tiles per block this time, one quarter of the blocks above. Made from the ripped strip and the contents of one project bag (leftovers from a former project). Enough tiles for 165 small blocks, the remaining went into the project above.
Repair work – My sister asked if I could replace a patch in a cushion cover I made her. When she brought it she mentioned that some seams had come apart, too. Closer inspection showed that the whole thing was almost falling apart. She thought I could repair it by ironing-on a piece of fabric from the back to support it. 🤣 I suggested a new panel, we chose the fabrics and I went to work.
Before and after repair
Improv piecing (in progress) – The supply of shopping totes from my sister has arrived and I’ve got interesting stuff for a couple more pieces now. The first top is nearly finished, I’ve already got an idea how to quilt it.
Photography – I joined a free weekly photography class in December. The place where we meet has its three year anniversary celebration week in March under the motto ‘Sustainability’. We were asked to provide some pictures for display at the café (I’ll try to take some pictures for next month’s entry). This is one shot that didn’t make it onto the shortlist, a photo collage of my paper beads made from recycled papers. Built-in camera feature, should use it more often.
And, sadly, one casualty – I broke another hand sewing needle.
I’m still struggling with anything concerning writing and getting ideas into written form. And still no idea why I have these difficulties. The psychotherapist recommend to see a neurologist, the neurologist recommended a psychotherapy. I’m glad I saw some real professionals… 😛
Therefore, I’ve decided upon monthly updates about what’s going on at The Boudoir, hoping I’ll be able to scratch together at least some words.
So, January –
‘Experiment’ was the word for 2020. And then a strange thing happened – I rediscovered my love for English paper piecing.
Fiona’s Fall – top is finished (from 8 strips)
Batik pentagons – two new projects coming up, all batik scraps large enough made into pentagons, plus a deconstructed panel as well as a strip (both from and off the UFO list)
I’ll use the dark blue and brown ones for the first project, the light ones will go into the second one, 29 blocks laid out so far
P4-43 – patches joined into strips – to be continued
Socks – two new pairs
And finally, some experimenting with improv piecing – a couple of shopping totes cut up and reassembled with some scraps left over from older pieces, a hand painted panel (by me) and some fabric with hand lettering in copper paint (by someone else), I need more bags and am waiting for supplies from my sister