Half a Hexie

On Saturday, I sat down with Doctor Who, cut into 3 yards of solid orange and blue, and taught myself how to make hexagons! I love this little guys! I find it so calming and relaxing to just sit and sew a straight little line. I’m planning on making this bigger and bigger until I’m tired of sewing these suckers together.

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Earlier, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to make anything of my Solids and Alligator flannel due to a fall out with the friend for whom this quilt was for. After a lot of thinking, I figured that continuing with this quilt will help in the healing process. Plus, if my friend and I ever make up, it will be ready and waiting for them.

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These lonesome hexies wanted to say “hey!”

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If I plan on making an entire quilt out of these hexies (which I’m guessing are about 2 inches), I’lll have to make a whole lot more! Cutting these thing out is so tedious to me… But I have Doctor Who to keep me company!

-Linking up to W.I.P Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

P.S. – Remember to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side! Nominations begin tomorrow (Nov. 1). Look for Butterfly Path (#388), we’re in the Best Categories of Throw quilt, Home Machine Quilted quilt, and Quilt Photographer.

P.P.S.- Happy Halloween!!!

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Ta-Da!! Its Magic!

Warning: Here comes a picture post!

Do you guys remember this regular, ole picnic basket?

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How about now? Ring a bell yet?

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Good! As you all know, I planned to turn it into my own custom sewing basket after I saw one on Pinterest. Well guess what!? Its done!!

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The outside is spray painted a solid white. Pretty bland, I know. But…..

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Shazaam! Not bland on the inside!

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The basket bottom is lined with a solid “happy orange” as I like to call it.

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The top is also lined with “happy orange” and also has a pocket with elastic in it. The pocket is a light orange with red/orange polka dots.

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I am in L-O-V-E with this ribbon! It has hedgehogs!!! I lined everything with this and even made a little bow for the top.
I am uber excited to fill this baby up and use it like crazy! I’m so happy that it turned out good (IMO). I am not a DIY-er so that just makes this all the more special to me. Also, I am working on making a new matching pincushion that looks like a hedgehog…. So far, it looks like he’ll be so ugly he’s cute…I can live with that! Im also making a matching thread caddy (because we all know I need another!)
In the end, I used 4 fat quarters, 1 1/2 spools of ribbon, 2 cans of spray paint, a whole bunch of hot glue, and the basket. I would estimate it at costing $40 total. So maybe its not the cheaper way to go, but now I have a basket that’s 100% me, and that’s priceless. (I’m sure someone that’s a better bargain hunter would be able to make it for a lot cheaper.)

P.S.

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Guess who else likes it!

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I can’t end this post without a cute kitty pic, now can I?!

Ma, Look What I Made!

Look what I made again! Its another thread caddy/needle holder.

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I made this one for my mom because she thought mine was so cute and because she started her first quilting class. We brought her to the dark side, muhahaha! Anyway she loves it and so do the ladies in her class. She didn’t even have to show them before they started oohing and awing.

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This one is a gazillion times better than my first one. I kind of want to make myself another one… You can never have too many, can you?
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I absolutely L-O-V-E these little guys! They’re sooo handy and adorable!

On a side note, I found out what was wrong with my sewing machine. I had the wrong sized bobbin in…. Oops. In my defense, no one has ever told me there were different sized bobbins!

Sewing Basket Update

Yesterday I was able to go to JoAnn’s and, among another things, got the stuff I need for my picnic basket turned sewing basket revamp. I got four fat quarters for the inside lining. There are three bright oranges and a softer orange with polka dots that will be used for the pocket on the top.

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I also got a satiny white to color the basket with. My favorite buy of the day probably has to be the ribbon I got to line the edges of the fabric. It has hedgehogs!!!! Squeeeeeee!!!!!

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I can’t wait to get started on this project… But I think it will be best if I wait until I’m done with my Orange Quilt. (Which I haven’t made any progress with since I ran out of thread.) Hopefully I’ll finish him by the end of this weekend… That’s not aiming too high right?

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Itchin’ for a (Hand) Stitchin’

Late last night I was really craving a finish and some hand stitching. So I hopped on Pinterest and found this uber cute thread caddy/ needle case thingy. And since there was some hand stitching that had to be done, to my fabric drawer I went!

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Isn’t he cute!?!? I choose a jungle flannel print because I’m really only a three year old in an adult body.

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(Excuse my lack of manicure and terrible blanket stitch.)

It’s such a clever idea (my dad said I should patent it… I wish). And it’s really simple to make. So you should all go here, stop drooling, and make one for yourself. Go. Shoo, shoo!

A Busy Day for the Mailman, Part 2

Yesterday, along with my A for Alligator print, Mr. Mailman also brought me an eBay find all the way from Georgia.
After seeing this on Pinterest (my obsession), I knew had had to have on myself.

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So I ordered a huge (19 1/4″ x 13 3/8″) vintage picnic/sewing basket. I’m so uber excited to transform it!! I just have to figure out how to line it with fabric… and find things to fill it with… This is gonna be fun…

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Im also using his revamped vintage suitcase as inspiration. I love the pocket on the top, so I’ll definitely try to recreate that.

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Dontcha wanna make one now?!?