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Ya know, if you let things sit in the back of your brain for a while, sometimes (stressing the *sometimes*) you actually come up with a solution. :-)
The Forever Project that I just finished involved 4 hexies sewn together in a "diamond".
I had a whole BUNCH of them leftover since I seriously downgraded my Forever Project to a baby quilt. A crafty friend of mine took a lot of the leftovers but quite a few remained. I had piled them into color families and was staring at them. Hmmm. What if I simply stitched all the like-colored diamonds into a color block? Whatever size it turned out to be, that would be the size.
Then, I could stitch the color blocks together. Hmmmm. That was certainly possible. In fact, it would have been the perfect way of dealing with all the leftover diamond units. And I had given away a ton of them. Ah well .... it's not like they are difficult to produce and I still have a lot of scraps, ya know.
I started stitching the orange diamond units together. I gotta say, that although orange isn't my go-to color, my eyes are liking this arrangement a whole lot better than the baby quilt Forever Project.
Side line: Mr. Pirate & I went on a weekend-long road trip to an area that we hadn't visited before. This small central California town (Colusa) even had a quilt store! We visited it and I bought 2 charm packs, mainly because I can subcut a charm into (4) 2.5" squares and that's what I need for my hexies. :-)
Well, one of those charm packs had some orange-y colors in it, which meant that I needed to incorporate those new oranges into the ones I already had. EXCEPT (why is there *always* some sort of obstruction with my projects????) because I had not anticipated making more/new hexies & diamonds, I had not brought my templates with me. So, I was unable to use the new orange charms this weekend. The oranges were put on hiatus until we returned home where I could access the rest of my supplies.
Here's where I am with the oranges:
I need to incorporate the new oranges with the rest of the "old" oranges. Then I'll move on to other colors.
As I was stitching on the hexies, I was thinking that ... cripes, I still stuck in this 4-unit hexie project. One that I'm not *terribly* interested in but it's a way to use up the rest of the diamond units. I *do* have another applique project waiting for me .. that bird applique! I had brought it to the Retreat but never pulled it out.
THEN, it hit me! Why hadn't I thought of this before????? Since I'm not all that interested in the diamond hexie unit project and Mr. Pirate & I are starting to ramp up our small (and not-so small) road trips for this year, it occurred to me that I can work on the bird applique while I'm **at home** with all of my supplies and watching TV (which is typically when I do my handwork). That project can get advanced and eventually finished. The diamond hexie project can be my CAR Forever Project!! I'm truly not interested when it gets done. Hexies are *perfect* for a traveling project. This seems to be a win/win situation for me! woo hoo! :-)
I'm rather pleased with myself. :-)
Pardon me, Pirate, but some of those hexies you label as orange look suspiciously pink to me.
Perhaps it is because I am averse to pink that I am objecting to some those groupings. (Pink gives me the shivers. Maybe it's my computer screen playing tricks with the colors ...)
Eh, pink.... more coral and it has a distinctly orange cast when grouped with the other oranges.
Glad the post office didn't fail.
Judy you got it spot on. It is a small item and will be on display close and personal on a table and a beautiful finish like that would be amazing. Wonder if she will accept the challenge.
I am sure Dee is capable of controlling the fabric for the challenge. The issue is the cat ... Ranger the most adorable kitty in Texas might find loops on a small quilt just too irresistible.
I can see the gleam in his eye. But he might be slowing down in his old age ....
But he might be slowing down in his old age ....
... much like us all. :-)
He has his moments. We had to put the quilt cover back on the new sofa, he was doing crazy cat one evening and started to claw the corner. Though I'm thinking he had ulterior motives, his new favorite spot is on the quilt of course. Maybe that was his intent all along.