Wednesday, June 2, 2010

i got it!

Thank you...to everyone for all your tips and words of encouragement. I have finally got it! My stitches are looking much better, thanks to all the great advise and guidance. 


Heather very patiently helped me get my ladder stitch down (finally)....and although it wielded great results, I was too slow at it. I think it would take me a few years to finish if I kept it up, so I have finally settled on a straight stitch. Mainly because I can actually move at an exceptable pace (i do however still think it will take me a year to finish). To get a little extra practice and to see what my hexes would look like quilted, I made this.......


This will be shipped out in the mail to a friend as a little surprise gift, hopefully she likes it! I am new to making potholders and need much improvement, so hopefully she doesn't mind it's imperfections!! There is a bit of decorative hand stitching on the inner edge...I am not sure it really shows up in the pictures but if it does, it was completely inspired by this binding, made by Red Pepper Quilts.

Outside of that, there hasn't been much sewing going on around here....and I fear there won't be for a while. I am off to Portland tomorrow for a 4 day visit with one of my dearest friends (YIPEE)! It is a mild stone for me, I have never left my family for such a long period of time before and am a bit nervous!! Although, I am looking forward to the R&R, pure girl time......and of course the shopping!! Any suggestions of shops that are a must see? Then it's graduations, trips to Disney, Knotts.....and a month of packing up our house. We are moving up to Orange County in July and after 6 years in this house, I think it will be quite a bit of work to get it all packed into boxes. So if I am not around much for the next few months, you know why!

9 comments:

  1. I am in love with your creation! You got me started hexing!!! I did a grandmother's flower over the weekend. We are moving to Korea in Aug. but my stuff will be packed up for 2 months...that's how long it takes to get there. So instead of freaking over the fact of not having my sewing machine I ordered 600 paper hexes so I can hex all summer long. I am having the hardest time picking out a fabric line. Anyway thanks for motivating me!!! Hey after Korea we are moving to Beale AFB near Sacramento.

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  2. LOVE your little hexie potholder!! So on the hexies for the potholder did you use the ladder stitch or straight stitch? I'm trying to decide what to do. :)

    have fun in portland! and it sounds like you have a big summer planned! hope you enjoy every minute well except the packing and moving that is always a big task with a family.

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  3. That is so fantastically cute Chris! I've been wanting to make some new potholders for awhile now - you might've inspired me!
    Portland is going to be so fun! Bolt and Cool cottons are great quilt shops, and you must go to Ken's Bakery for pastries. If you need any other restaurant recs let me know - I have tons. Have a great time!

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  4. I have been hexing a dog bed for my puppy Maddie. I can't wait to read all of the suggestions that people wrote to you. You had all of the problems that I have been having!

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  5. That potholder is terrific! I'm piecing my first batch of hexies to make a potholder too. The stitches are totally giving me grief, but I'm not too worried since it's just for me. However, I'd love to learn what worked for you. Will you give details on your blog? I just subscribed!

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  6. wow chris - absolutely perfect! I'd say you definitely have it!! That potholder is to die for - your friend will be thrilled I'm sure (though I think it's actually too cute to even use!)

    good luck with the move!

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  7. I think you are much too hard on yourself. I think this looks wonderful! :) Have a wonderful summer :)

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  8. Fabulous hexies and potholder! Have so much fun with your friend! Relax, catch your breath, have fun, and get energized for your move.

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