Cottage Hexie Project

I’m very excited to be going to Honey Harbour (Georgian Bay) tomorrow for the cottage, so beautiful and relaxing. In between running around town to get ready to go mom and I were able to get all of our hexagons ready for hand sewing at the cottage. (Oh and knitters don’t worry I’m taking Noro Kureyon to work on squares for my log cabin blanket too!) As you saw from the last post I got my shot cotton material first and have been busy cutting up the pieces…

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We both decided to go with a 1″ hexagon. Mom had a pack of 600 so we should be fine…

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You can order any shape from this company. It’s great and saves a lot of cutting out of paper. Although, I do like using freezer paper because you can just iron it on and it sticks. With these we will have to use a wee bit of glue to stick but whatever.

After cutting a heap of 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric I used this handy dandy hexagon ruler that mom got me for my birthday to quickly cut the hexagons out. It’s a clever little ruler. It slipped a bit but you don’t need them exact anyways so I whipped them out fairly fast…

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Sorry, I thought I got a pic of me cutting them out but basically I lined up the ruler for the 2 1/2″ piece with the top and bottom of the strip and then cut the edges all the way across and then turned the ruler to do the other side o the hexi, if any of that make sense! If I need to cut more I’ll get a pic.

Soooooooo, how to organise and transport all these little hexagons? Glad you asked! Mom is super organised of course so we went on the hunt for a plastic organiser. We ended up finding something at Michael’s in the scrapbook organiser section. They were 40% off. We also added the removable tray. In total they were like $12!!! Can’t go wrong. They still have lots so if you are in Canada go get one for sure!…mine’s pink and mom’s is clear…

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Now we just have to do the sewing! They hold everything you need and then some. I like that you can lay finished pieces flat in the bottom. You can see all the tools inside. For paper piecing you really don’t need much. You need the material, paper templates, needle, scrap thread for basting, nice thread that’s more matching for sewing together the basted pieces, a glue stick, scissors, and a thimble if you like. I LOVE the Clover brand leather one you can see in both our boxes, some comfy.

Wish us luck and have a great rest of your summers. I’ll write again at the end of August when I have wifi again.

July Sugar Block Club

We are still on holiday in Jersey now but I thought I better get this post in before July suddenly slips away. It’s time again to show another Sugar Block Club block. I quite enjoyed this one even if I did make a mistake and have to turn four pieces around. It was another fun one and even though it did involve a bit of paper piecing it was super quick and easy…

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I made the flying geese blocks first…

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Next is where I made a “mistake” with the pink triangles. I say “mistake” because it still looked nice and would have been fine but I fancied sticking to the block so that it finished looking of a star…

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This is the altered version below. Notice the changed orientation of the pink triangles…

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The final pieces are done with paper piecing…

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I think it’s very pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of mom’s yet but I’m sure it’s equally as lovely.

Half Square Triangles

I promised lots of projects this week. Awhile ago I shared the half square triangle baby Christmas quilt that I was working on, check out that post here. The top had been sitting around for awhile, wanting to be finished…

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I didn’t think about the quilting too much but it ended up really pretty. It was a tricky one to quilt because the half square triangles create a lot of bulk at the seams. I’ll need to rethink the pressing direction if I do it again. I started with two lines on either side of a seam like I usually do and then decided to do some zigzags down each row. After I’d done a few it worked out that the zigzags were forming pretty diamonds. I kept going with that for the rest of the quilt…

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I chose some pretty blue Riley Blake dots for the binding. Doesn’t it look so cute all rolled up…

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Of course it had to get sewn on though…

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I’m just finishing off sewing the binding down but here it is. Looks a bit wrinkled but looks better in person…

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June Sugar Block

I’m excited because I have a lot of projects to share this week. First, I want to give special attention to the June block from the Sugar Block of the Month Club from Stichery Dickory Dock

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Mom beat me to the punch this month and I was pleased to see her email a few days ago with this attachment…

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Gorgeous as per usual. I love the dash of yellow.

I felt the pressure to keep up and worked on mine yesterday…

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I love the square all cosy with the triangles around.

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I love the fussy cut centre but realised I’d done the same for last month’s as well but in the turquoise colour way. See if you can spot them in this photo of the half-way point. How did it get to be June already!…

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UK Again

I’m home in the UK again. I have a cold and feel very out of sorts but it’s nice to be back at home with John. He’s felt neglected (ya right) so I made him a nice dinner last night (which made so much we’ll have it for about 4 nights in a row)! I have the recipe books from Fresh, a restaurant in Toronto that does wonderfully organic and foods with different fresh flavours. I’ve been meaning to make things from this book for years but just haven’t got around to it…

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A lot of the recipes are on their menu. We particularly love the rice bowls. I chose the Buddha Bowl which has a nice and spicy peanut sauce. I added grilled zucchini and julienned carrots. Look at my cute carrots! I love my new carrot grater…

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Yummy!

Fabric Stash

The stash is growing! I ordered some on sale packs of fabric from Green Fairy Quilts and they arrived yesterday. I seem to be collecting Christmas fabric. I need to get sewing. They look so cute when they come all tied up…

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This baby Christmas fabric is quite cute and some of the smaller prints will go with other things…

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I have been making quite a few quilt tops with Aneela Hoey fabric so I thought I may as well get her Apples pack as it was on sale!…

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One of the pieces unfolded, adorable…

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You also have to love Oliver + S for their kids patterns and now fabric. Here’s a peak at the Jelly Roll but I didn’t want to take it too apart sorry…

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If you haven’t seen Oliver + S sewing patterns here is an example of one that I got to do for Lady Sophia but unfortunately I think I waited too long and it will be too small for her now! Apparently her mum says she already into 4 year old clothes and she’s 2 and a bit. A tall beauty she will be!…

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Jam Packed Weekend

Well, John and I sure do pack it in on the weekends. I don’t know how he has the energy sometimes because he often must be quite jet lagged. Feel that we need to make the most of our stay here though.
On Saturday we headed north to the Peak District to visit a distant relative who had been kind enough to put me up years ago when I was backpacking around. The Peak District is a stunning area of the UK. It feels like you are in the middle of a Jane Austin novel!

On the way there we found a quilting store in an old church…

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I picked up a few things that I will share tomorrow. Today’s post is all about the weekend!

We were able to go for a nice bike ride as well but I really do need to get in better shape if I’m going to be cycling so many hills! After our ride we went for a nice meal at a quaint pub up in the hills…

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(Russell and John outside the pub.)
It was a lovely visit and we hope to go back in the fall. (Hopefully, with with my grandparents!)

Sunday was a whirl wind…

After setting off from Russell’s we tried to make a few stops to take some pictures of the Peak District…they don’t quite do it justice though…

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On the way home we stopped at another National Trust site, Hardwick Hall. I think this might have been one of my favourites so far. It was built by Bess of Hardwick in the late 1500’s. Apparently, she was quite the formidable character. There was a ruins of the old house on site as well as the preserved new home. The old ruins were amazing, especially because you could walk up to the top floor at one end to look out. Check out the beautiful plaster work that still exists…

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Of course the kitchen bakery room, my favourite place!

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Beautiful view of the new house from the old ruins…

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I love the free audio tours you get for the ruins at some sites. It makes it so much more meaningful, you’ll have to visit to hear it!

I wasn’t blown away by the new house BUT I very appreciated it because of the tapestry work. I have never seen a house where EVERY wall was covered in gorgeous tapestries from floor to ceiling. I’ve seen it in other houses on certain walls but not in pretty much the whole house. They were terribly faded and the trust is working to clean and preserve them. It was nice to be able to take pictures in this house so I will share a few…

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This house was occupied up until the 60’s I believe so it has a more modern kitchen…I want it!!!…

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Outside the grounds we also got to visit another little Trust site, the Stainsby Mill. It is still a working mill which is quite unusual. The volunteer inside was very informative and eager to tell about the mill and how it works. It is a bucket mill wheel which John was impressed to see…

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We bought some spelt flour that came with a bread recipe I’m going to try.

And the day kept on keeping on…

We were passing by Nottingham so John took me to the white water centre that used to be his second home. He was quite nostalgic about it but thought it was looking old and not quite as impressive as he remembered it, maybe because he’s spent time recently at the new Olympic site!!!…

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Then we drove home! Phew!!!

Random Finds

Yet another rainy day here!!! Will it ever end? To combat the blah we braved the weather today to look for quilt batting. The first store we went to was all home decor fabric so I looked on the trusty iPhone and found a quilt shop called Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead, a town about 20 min away. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a mix of traditional and modern with no countryish fabric in sight. Of course John took some pics without me knowing…

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Of course I got a few things…

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I couldn’t resist this fabric for a little boy maybe…I have the kids making rockets with a white back ground but I do love the navy…

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I’m trying not to get England fabric that is too tacky. I like these. I think they have a lot right now because of the Jubilee and Olympics this year…

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On the way home we passed by a street with barges at the end of it in a canal (of course John spotted the area as he loves boats of all kind). It is called Apsley Locks and there are condos built around in a square. I think it would be a neat place to live. John could kayak every morning!…

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As we were driving in I saw a sign for a Vegetarian restaurant. It was perfect, by the water with gorgeous food. I will definitely take mom when she comes to visit at the end of May. We started with this lovely beet root, chilli and coconut soup…

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Then we had a spinach and feta crepe and an eggplant and chickpea curry with couscous and sweet potato wedges, yummy…

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When we got home I could put together the quilt for my friend Liz’s sister who is having a baby soon. I hope she likes it. I think it’s modern city chic baby. Hopefully I can manage a cool free motion quilting pattern that will look pretty on the light grey fabric…

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And the back…

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