Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fruit?? and I am in Love With Hexagons

Hello Everyone,

Yes, I am seriously behind in my blog reading and e-mails. However, I vow today to get caught up! Yay! But first I wanted to share this picture heavy post with you.

Earlier this week, I received this beautiful Edible Arrangement from none other than my hubby's boss. Yes, that is right. I couldn't imagine why, but a wonderful note was enclosed saying that he appreciates all the support that I give my hubby on the home front for all the long hours he puts in. He also understands that hubby is very instrumental to the success of their business and knows that long hours put a strain on family life. He just wanted us to know that this was not overlooked and was greatly appreciated. Well, we were all just blown away! Plus we chowed down the fruit.... especially the chocolate covered strawberries! Thanks goes to Frank! Here is the arrangement...

Now onto quilty stuff. I have been surfing the web and reading lots of blogs and blog posts regarding hexagons. They have always intrigued me, but I always seemed to be a little intimidated by them. But after reading about them for sometime, I decided to "bite the bullet".

I wondered if there was a die for my AccuQuilt that would accommodate English Paper Piecing. Low and behold there was!!! A die for the fabric and one for the freezer paper (exactly 1/4" smaller than the fabric pieces). I quickly ordered it and couldn't wait to receive it. When it was in my hot little hands, I got out some of my 30's reproduction fabrics and started cutting. Here are some of the results...


Here you can see the freezer paper cuts too...

Ironed to the back of the fabric, ready for basting...

First Grandmother's Flower Garden Block complete!!



More hexies cut and a quarter to show the size...


Second block complete...


I also now have a third block complete and working on the fourth. They really do go quickly. I just love doing handwork at night while watching the tube with kids and hubby. I can't believe how addictive these really are... unbelievable. My goal is to have a quilt made for the guest bedroom. I have no illusions though, it will take me years!

On another side note, remember the giveaway that I had a while ago. Well, Anya was one of the winners for the free quilting. I recently quilted her quilt and you can see it here. Anya did a fantastic job and I was glad to do the quilting.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next time...



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41 comments:

Anya said...

It looks to me that you've gotten the hang of the hexagons. Aren't they fun? Your blocks look great and the fabrics are perfect.

Thanks for the mention about my quilt. Your quilting on it was perfect -- thanks again for the generous giveaway.

Sweet P said...

I love Edible Arrangements. They are pricey, but so yummy! Your hexagons are cute.

karenfae said...

does the freezer paper stay on pretty good while you are basting and then stitching the pieces together?
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

MichelleB said...

Your hexagons looks great! That AccuQuilt seems like a great way to do the hexagons.

Stephanie said...

First I must say how terrific for a boss recognizing an employee and his family! Terrific.
Unheard of these days.

Before you know it you're going to have an entire quilt of hexagons.

Rumi said...

What a neat boss! We need more like him!
Your hexies are coming along nicely! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Victoria said...

You have mad skills and always blow me away!
(And Yay! for your Hubby's boss! We need more like that!)

Pat said...

OOOO...Edible Arrangements has a local facility near us and they do WONDERFUL work! Your hexagons are coming along nicely. I went to see Anya's quilt and can't figure out which is the one you quilted for her....unless I missed where it was stated there.

Sherri said...

Your hexagon blocks are terrific...and what a great idea to use your cutter to get perfectly cut freezer paper shapes and fabric pieces!

Purple and Paisley said...

what a nice thing for hubby's boss to do! your hexagons are beautiful and i went through your gallery again...you do wonderful work!

Crazy Bird said...

Your hubby's boss sounds so nice!!! And those hexagons look very time consuming but you're doing a wonderful job!

Helen said...

Wow, all those hexagons!! You are so quick with cutting all those pieces. Must be that accuquilt thing :) This is going te be a beautiful quilt. Love the 30's reproduction fabrics. Are you doing it by hand?
Your husband's boss knows how to show his appreciation. Good for him. He is showing some good leaderschip skills :) We need more like him!! Too bad so few grasp this.

Stina said...

Amazing is all I can say.. I wish you lived closer...and I definetly had used your business... :o)
Lovely blocks Jackie!!! :o)

henny said...

wonderful hexagon blocks, jackie. Btw, is the freezer paper (hard paper just like for the shirt's collar, isn't it?) going to stay at the back until you finished it? Because I never used that kind of paper.

Annemariesquilt said...

Anyas quilt was so wonderful and you have done an excellent job. Your hexagons are so smart , I am impressed.You realy save a lot of fabrics this way!!!

Anina said...

OK, now I need an Accuquilt! Cutting out those little hexes and there freezer paper buddies is such a pain in the you-know-what.

Teresa said...

Wow, that is unheard of for a boss to express appreciation for hard work - much less to the employee's family for supporting the employee. Must be a great company to work for.

I just love your hexagons - your blocks are looking super.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

How kind of the boss, it looks wonderful and you know what else looks wonderful your hex blocks, wow does it go fast with your accucut!

maggie fellow said...

where can i find the die for the hexagons? will it work on a regular accucut machine?
maggie

Kristin said...

Your accu-cut die sure makes quick business out of these hexies! I love your flowers so far. I cut my 2.5" squares out, I like you way much better.

Janet said...

Jackie, I did a grandmother's garden but because I didn't know how it was done, I seamed each side with running stitch and backstitch. The advantage I found was not having to cut paper templates and pressing first. I just marked the corners with pencil and matched these. I'll post the finished quilt soon.

Karen said...

Good for you! Isn't it fun? I must get back to mine.

Eileen said...

Jackie, your hexagons are fabulous. What fun to sit and hand stitch them. They are a great take-along project to stick in a bag. Are you going to set them together with white?

Beautiful job on Anya's quilt.. I love the pattern you chose. She is a lucky girl! I'm sure EVERYONE wanted to win!
And that fruit. Yum! Sometimes that is the only thing I'm hungry for.

Glenna at Hollyhock Quilts said...

Hi Jackie--

Just checking in on your blog to catch up. I know what you mean about being behind! Since I started selling feedsacks again, it's cut, cut, cut!! But I love it!

You're doing some fun stuff. That Accuquilt hexagon cutting is fabulous! Can't wait to see the finish project many years from now.

Have a great week---

Thimbleanna said...

Now, that's a cool boss!

And if cutting hexagons doesn't sell you on an accuquilt, I don't know what would! That's very cool!

suz said...

Looks like you are having a great time with hexagons.
Congrats to your husband's boss too-in this day and age, he's one in a million!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The hexagons are beautiful enough but that fruit. Ohmygosh! It is deliciously pretty. You should feel very blessed in our current econmic situation that your husband is valued by his employer. Sadly not the case for most Americans including my laid off hubby. I'm happy for you though. It is good to see there is one employer who is showing gratitude for overtime.

Dawn said...

I love, love them! So retro & so gorgeous.

And the edible fruit arrangement looks so delicious. Hmmmm. Fruit and flower garden sewing. How yummy can you get?

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

um - that arrangement of fruit is beautiful! your hex's look amazing! Whenever I decide to be brave like you I'm sending you fabric/paper to cut - that seems like the way to go. I'm just not a template girl :)

Rose Marie said...

You are doing great with those tiny hexies. I thought they were big until I saw the quarter. Addictive they are and I'm hooked on them as well.

Carla said...

That looks so delish! Great boss. Your hexagons are nice. I don't have the patience.

Arlette said...

All I can say is, what a thoughtful boss. Too bad they aren't all that way, huh? Your hubby must be an exceptional employee.
I love your hexagons. I'm so intimidated by large quilts but one of these days I'm going to give this a try. Like you, I keep seeing them pop up all over blogland and it's starting to grow on me.
Aloha!

Mal* said...

Hexagon fever is definitely contagious.

Heleen said...

Your hexagons are beauties!and look how fast your going. and strawberries in chocolate hmmm. (Great boss.)

Iva said...

LOVE your Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks!
Good for hubby's boss for acknowledging not only his long hours of work, but the effects and inconveniences on family as well!

Janet said...

Well that's it, you're hooked now! Those hexagons can be addictive. Love the fruit basket and who doesn't want a boss like that, how thoughtful.

Melanie said...

Beautiful hexagon flowers! You'll soon have a whole bouquet.

Oh my what a wonderful selection of fruit! I'd love it too. I feel a trip to the supermarket coming on as the sun is shininghere so it's just the weather for a fresh fruit salad. :-)

Mary Beth said...

Those hexies are so sweet in the 30s prints. Impressively small size! I also saw some done in Fassett online recently. Those were cool too. I am so glad to see you have caught the hand piecing bug too. Sometimes I feel freakish b/c I hand applique and everyone else seems to be so much more productive w/ their machines. The hand piecing is so relaxing to me. Therapy.
I got one of those fruit arrangements last summer. The chocolate covered strawberries were THE BEST! What a thoughtful gift. Inspired by the arrangement, for a more festive fruit salad last summer, I dipped my own strawberries, put them on one end of a bamboo skewer, and stuck the other end into the fruit salad. They were a big hit!
I hope you are enjoying this warmer weather! Take care!

Jacoline (Lien) said...

Thanks for the comment that you gave me on the "last piece Blog". I made the quilt and I'm very happy with it.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Lovely! Your hexagons are only slightly larger than the ones in the quilt I made. I also made mine retro looking, but used vintage feedsacks from ebay. You can see click on it from the sidebar of my blog if you want to see. Good on ya!

Annette said...

The quilting on Anya's quilt is so nice! Perfect for a sweet quilt. I love your hexagons flowers. Someday I will finish one of those quilts. :-)

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