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Middle of October…. Already??

pin cushion

So much has been happening, I haven’t had much time to put a post together!  I just spent a few days up in Seattle with my daughter who took her state board exams to be a licensed cosmetologist.  She is moving home in a few weeks too.  Plus my husband’s hip surgery is November 15th, so we are trying to get as much work done as possible before he is laid up for a while.

Amongst all of this, I still have been making at least a little time to sew.   For the next Modern Quilt Guild meeting there is a pin cushion swap… FUN!  I had a great time playing around with some smaller pieces of fabric and this is what I came up with:

Pin cushion

It’s a little wonky… I didn’t use a pattern, just sort of wung-it.  Of course I HAD to use hexagons! I swear, I’m totally addicted to those little things! The top is quilted with wool batting under the top circle, and there is a pillow of flax seeds and lavender on the inside in the bottom to weigh it down. The rest is stuffed with poly fiberfill. I found a really cute old button to use for the top too. 
If I have time, I will try a second one and make it a little more clean looking for the swap… we’ll see how that goes!

I’ve slowly been working on my squid quilt as well.  It does take a bit of time to sew the hexies together, usually I sew in my sewing room and listen to books on tape. Since this will take a while I came up with a way to move pieces around so that I can take it downstairs to the living room and spend a little time with the family too.  I found a lid to a container and flipped it over. The divets around the edges hold my thread and needles fine and I can layout 8 hexies to take with me:

sewing to go kit

So far I have 7 lines of hexies sewn together and I’m working on the eighth:

squid hexie strips

At this point, I’m itchy to do some smaller projects. I’m afraid if I do that, I will lose steam on this project ~ and I love it so much, I just have to follow through!  I wish I had WAY more sewing time.   Oh well, at least I’ll have something to keep me busy over the slow winter months.

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