Wednesday, 12 May 2010

hex love (with an edit)

Working on some hexagon love this week. Actually, every week for the foreseeable future, I think. A hand pieced hexagon quilt is no quick project. Not that that should ever put anyone off, because it's the most relaxing past-time ever. And it's done in your dead time - watching TV or waiting for the kids to come out of school. Any time when you're hanging around doing nothing. This is coming on holiday with me this year and I'm hoping I can get a fair chunk of it done on the flights to and from the US. All being well. BA are planning on walking out and striking when we're due to fly, so I'm hoping replacement chartered flights get put on to cover and we get to Cali safely and in a timely fashion. I won't start ranting about industrial action. I could. I do. Not here though, I'll bite my tongue and think happy hexy thoughts. I can always sew my hexes whilst we wait in the airport for the delayed flight, can't I? (Trying to find a silver lining...it's not really working).





I've also been sprucing things up here in Monkey Towers/FQ Headquarters. A new lick of blackboard paint, some re-hanging of pics and stuff. It's a lonely office to work in, as the other members of staff are sat in their own personal FQ headquarters in their own houses. It would be awesome cool if we could actually hang out together all day in a hustly bustly studio space surrounded by sewing machines and giant cutting tables. Maybe in a loft somewhere. New York would be nice. It's a bit far for us all to go to work though, and I think we'd be running at some massive losses profit wise with all the travel expenses. Not to mention the carbon footprint with international flights to and from work every week. Oh well. I'll settle for the fabric covered letters above my desk instead and dream of the loft space studio.
I bought those letters from Anthropologie. I was very excited when I saw them. So excited I got a nosebleed. Luckily the ever resourceful Brioni had a tissue, so I shoved that up my nose and all was well again.

Talking of all things Fat Quarterly - there's a giveaway going on for some Saffron Craig fabric. Go check it out, because that stuff is super pricey (but worth it - believe me, it's got a really nice feel to it and the colours are so fresh and crisp and spot on).

And whilst we're on the subject of giveaways... Julie has details of a heap that's going on in blogland right now. Just click on the button below and it'll take you there......

jaybirdquilts

EDIT - I just got an email from the people that do the media for the V&A. This is such a fun tool. You can upload a photo, it analyses the colours and patterns and turns it into a quilt pattern for you. Genius. Potentially useless, but a fun way to spend a few hours.

19 comments:

Cathy said...

Your Little Folks Hexies are divine, cute yellow centres. I love your little office, specially those fabric letters! xo

Lynne said...

Laughed like a drain when I read "So excited I got a nosebleed. Luckily the ever resourceful Brioni had a tissue, so I shoved that up my nose and all was well again."

RaisinCookies said...

Lovely hexagons! I've started my own hexagon project, and I love the portability of it. Enjoy sewing in your "dead time"!

Trash said...

hahahahaha, just imagining the response at Grazia if you proffered your uber-funky Nthn godess self with bloody tissues stuffed up you nose!

Hen said...

Hope BA manage a new flight for you. We were stranded in the Maldives because of the volcano and eventually, BA chartered a plane from a different airline to get us home. Just a word of warning, you are not actually allowed needles on the plane. My sister was forced to give up her tapestry needle to the stewardess and I had a pin from my cardigan confiscated! Studio looks good...

Andi said...

Hexes and Little Folks voiles. Could there be a better combination?

Katy said...

Hen - small sewing needles up to 2 inches and nail scissors (blades less than 3cm long) are allowed on BA flights. I suspect a tapestry needle would be a problem though, as they are much longer.

two hippos said...

I love small hexagons. I'm using all the left overs from my quilts that can be saved and when all is quiet at home I stitch the scraps around little hexagon templates.

lily boot said...

did I read this correctly - are you seriously telling me that BA is going on strike when you are about to go holidaying and fabric indulging in the US? They're going on strike!?!?!?!? Haven't they just had a period when they couldn't fly 'cause of a volcano and now they are going on strike. Oh my goodness. Thank goodness for hexagons or we may have to put a hex on BA!!! Mind you - they are letting you take wee scissors on board. That is a minor miracle. And thank you dear girl for introducing me to Saffron Craig - Julian thanks you too - he doesn't think I've been spending enough on fabric lately ;-)

One Flew Over said...

Oh what I wouldn't give for FQ central to be in NY...one can dream :)

alobsiger said...

Glad you're looking on the bright side of the strike possibility! Think how ginormous your hex quilt will be if there are waits at the airport! Glorious! Love the little folks hexes. I see that I'll need to order more yellow for the centers. ;-b The HQ is looking quite tidy. You need more stuff up on the inspiration board though.

zarina said...

Love the hexagons. Now contemplating to continue with the traditional layout and follow yours. Still not sure since i have put that somewhere and have no intention to pick it up that soon since I have a few projects I want to do till end of year. But then I can always pick it up as a break?

Poppyprint said...

Oh my, those hexes!!!! Great holiday plan, hope BA cooperates.

That Girl said...

Love your hexies! The are super relaxing aren't they?!? I'm working on my own long term hexagon project right now and it one of my favorites. Safe travel wishes for you!

Jennifer :)

wishes, true and kind said...

Your Little Folks hexies are to die for!

amy smart said...

I just ordered my first bundle of pre-cut cardboard hexies last night. I am so excited to have a summer project to carry with me to swim lessons, the park, my front porch. Hurrah. Thanks for the inspiration!

Dragonfly said...

fab link to the V&A thingy! Thank you... I can see hours being wasted away...
Love the hexagons too!

Melanie said...

How fun is that quilt generator at the V&A! Thanks for the link. I hope they keep it up for a while.

Your voile hexagons are fab-u-lous!! I just wannna touch them!

Jane said...

your hexies are gorgeous. I'm travelling overseas later this month and have been trying to figure out a project to take which I can do on the plane. Have you taken similar projects before? how do you manage without scissors?

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