Thursday, November 4, 2010

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

It's that time of year again
to take my cue from my feathered friends
and migrate south for the winter . 

Tomorrow I journey from New England
to San Antonio, TX
to sponge off  visit my daughter
for a few months. 

Heaven forbid I don't have something
to keep my little hands busy! 
Luckily, there are many sewing projects
that are perfect for travel,
and hexies are my first choice to occupy my time 
during this trip. 

I always keep hexies on the ready
and use them in many different projects
throughout the year.  I like to take the time
to embroider different centers onto each flower
to give the finished product
an extra special look.

While rummaging through
some old quilt magazines,
I came across this project
in the June 2001 McCalls Quilting
magazine.  I am a big fan of
Grandmother's Flower Garden,
but thought this might
be more manageable,
and a bit more challenging
to construct. 

This is what I've accomplished so far.  I couldn't resist the urge to begin sewing the flowers together, even though they weren't all constructed.  By the time my plane lands in TX, I'll have all the flowers completed, ready to add them on.  Too bad I'll have to visit a local quilt store to purchase fabric for the basket and background. 

While I'm on the subject
of flowers, I can't resist
showing this beautiful,
Massachusetts rose!
Now, off to put the finishing touches on packing!


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Have a wonderful time in Texas with your daughter!
Soak up some sun and warmth for me. :-)
Love the idea of the embroidered details in the center of the hex blocks!


Linda Reeder said...

You can do that kind of work while stuffed into a plane seat? Wow.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: Neat cature of the red rose. Have a wonderfu trip to Texas.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Oh, have such fun, and be warm. I am all about being warm in the winter. Don't manage it nearly enough!

Poor you, having to buy fabric...oh, well, buck up! I love your "hexies" and how they come together. Lovely!

Carrie P. said...

Have a great time. Your flowers are great and I noticed that one with the embroidery right away. A very nice touch.

Heather said...

Have a safe trip, and enjoy the warmer weather!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Have a wonderful time visiting your daughter! We lived in San Antonio for a while - such a wonderful city.

I love how your embroider the centres of your hexies - can't wait to see your finished project.

Finn said...

Have a wonderful visit with your daughter. Love the hexagons, and all that can be done with them. Your new project is awesome! Hugs, Finn

KimQuiltz said...

Have a safe trip!

Leovi said...

I love the hexagon design of these flowers with a well-balanced palette. Greetings.

John said...

Have a safe journey karen, and enjoy your time in Texas. Sounds warmer then then the UK at this time of the year. John

walk2write said...

It must be nice to have a daughter who's independent and sponge-able:) Did I detect a little clearing of the throat and perhaps a grin when you talked about what a shame it will be to have visit a quilt store away from home? My sister maps them out before she leaves home for a trip somewhere.

Just Ramblin' said...

Love your new "hexie" project. Can't wait to see the finished project. You've got to be quick to get all those sewn on your flight. Since I'm late reading this, hope your flight went well and that you are settled and ready to go shopping for that fabric.

Denise said...

I love the look of all the projects your taking with you and what a beautiful red rose. Have a great flight and look forward to hearing about life in San Antonio with your daughter.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I too think that's a neat idea doing that little extra in the centre of the flowers. I too enjoy doing the hexagons.

Gill in Canada