So, we had some advance notice of this stay. I was able to cut up some OLD stash (most of it wasn't even purchased by me...I got it from a sister-in -law years ago after her mother- in-law died) into squarish pieces. I also cut hexies from freezer paper following directions I found on-line somewhere. Neat method where you accordion fold the freezer paper and staple in the middle of each hexie before cutting so you can accurately cut lots at once.
I made a little kit with needles, thread, pre-cut freezer paper and my scraps. It fit into a nice little box, easy to pack and bring along. I haven't had as much time to stitch as I thought I would. We've been pretty busy with visitors, procedures, games, doing our nails, and reading (we have started the Little House books - LOVE). We definitely make the most of our stays! But during quiet times, and nervous times, it's been nice to have something to keep my hands busy.
In retrospect, I wish I had made my template a bit smaller. I used a plastic hexagon template that was in a box of quilt supplies which someone gave me. I did make the freezer paper pieces smaller by tracing a 1/2 inch in from each side of the plastic, but, I should have gone even more. These are cute, but as I've been looking at project ideas on blogs and Pinterest, I find that I am drawn to the teeny tiny ones, like an inch on each side instead of an inch and a half. I am sure I will do this again, though, because I would really like to make some in fun, bright, modern fabric.
I don't even really know what these will become. For sure they will have to make lots of friends in order to become a quilt. And that might not happen soon - maybe not until our next stay. I keep having images of them arranged around low-volume centers in single flowers:
|I really like this print. So pretty.|
|Grandmother's Flower Garden|
I also just happened to notice that three of these pretties stacked up is equal to height of my current tablet cover, which I have been meaning to replace with something hand made. So, that might happen.
We are winding down our stay, and looking forward to home. And as much as I have enjoyed Slow Stitching, I am very eager to get back to my machine and all these ideas swimming in my head!