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hexie flowers and garden flowers

May 22, 2021

the garden is alive with colour

most of my daytime is spent digging, weeding and pruning

soon it will be too hot and the ground too dry to dig

(son and granddaughter have just arrived with more leftover seedlings)

then I’ll get back to weaving

meanwhile, in the evenings — many stitches, many hexies

now they all need to fit together – a complicated jigsaw puzzle

after two days of “playing around” I decided not to stitch a border around all the 7 patch pieces

there are 30 individual hexies in each border – so now there are two orphans

and another problem! there were two different large shapes that didn’t fit together

how did that happen??

it seems that when stitching individual flowers around the center it is necessary to start at exactly the same place each time

so there are 6 that are the same and 3 different – which was just lucky

placing the 3 odd ones in the middle row and the others top and bottom

created a pattern of spaces that made some sense

worried that when I moved them to stitch the sequence would be lost

I pinned paper labels on critical points so they would go back together – worked well

now to make several flowers all from the same fabric to use as fillers

and then individual dark green hexies to fill the remaining spaces

not the end of my challenges – how to square the large piece and add a backing?

 won’t panic until I get there

meanwhile, back to the gardenlook at the lichen on the hawthorn tree

 happy, safe, long weekend to all those in Canada

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  1. May 23, 2021 3:08 am

    Your garden flowers look lovely – I think you are a bit ahead of me there. Two days of heavy rain and strong winds have knocked the flowers off my bird cherry tree and the garden flowers are not quite out yet.

    Your hexies are beautiful. I have done that trick of marking a layout so I can take it apart. As fr the edges sometimes I have added the part hexies, sometimes done as Kate suggests and appliqued the piece to borders or a large piece of cloth and one time trimmed the I batting and backing to match the edge then whip stitched it all round because I wanted to keep the interesting edge.

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    • May 23, 2021 8:46 am

      Sue – Victoria is known for the gardens and we have a very mild climate, the gardens/flowers are spectacular this year. Thanks for the finishing advise, think I’ll try several options and see what works.

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  2. May 22, 2021 5:49 pm

    Traditionally, you either trim off the hexie edges that stick out, or else make half hexies and triangles to fill the gaps. Myself, I stitch the outer hexies to a straight-edged border, so as to keep the beauty of the edge, which I love, but it does mean a lot of extra stitching…

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    • May 22, 2021 7:35 pm

      Kate – thanks for the advise, I figured if I got stuck I’d give you a shout. 🙂

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      • May 22, 2021 10:36 pm

        Generally, I love whatever creativity you come up with, so I’m sure I’ll love your solution for this. Do shout if I can help, I’d be delighted.

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      • May 23, 2021 8:48 am

        Kate – Thanks – I’ll do a small sample piece when it comes time for the finishing and see what looks best. Will let you know if I need help.

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  3. May 22, 2021 1:11 pm

    The garden is definitely alluring these days…Thanks for the good Victoria Day wishes…Same back to you up the hill! Good luck with the hexagon flower arrangements!

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    • May 22, 2021 7:38 pm

      Kjerstin – everything seems to be growing bigger and better this year. It’s more fun arranging the irises and lily-of-the valley and they smell wonderful.

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