Sunday, April 24, 2011

hand-piecing

I haven't been able to find much time at the sewing machine this week.  The number of work-related things I need to accomplish before Tuesday (that is, day after tomorrow...gulp) has been slightly daunting, and has left me with little creative time.  But I will be able to switch gears soon -- or at least to rediscover something approximating "work-life balance." 

In the meantime, I have tapped into the pleasures of handsewing -- eminently do-able in the little 5 minute windows between student papers, while waiting for water to boil, or while playing a footsie version of "London Bridge" with my littlest one (yes, I can stitch, sing, and elevate my legs simultaneously...I am a multitasker!).

Inside this pretty tin box (lovely ladies selling insecticide)...


is everything I have needed to do a little hand-sewing  




of a tiny but growing field of hexagon "flowers"




but I have run out of pre-cut paper hexagons, and the ones I cut myself from printer paper are flimsy...so....I have 1200 paper hexagons on order (!). 

That should keep me busy!

Eventually this will make a nice "grandmother's flower garden" quilt, and I'm in this for the long haul....But I do already have an idea in mind for another hand-pieced project.  My biggest challenge in the next month or so is finishing up a few projects -- so I can start some new ones!

I'm curious: how many projects do you have in process?

2 comments:

Helen said...

Too cute little tin!! Gorgeous little hexie flowers too!

Now, if I had to work out the answer to your last question, I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight!!!!! Let's just say it's more than 5 and less than 20!

Prof. S said...

That makes me feel a little better, Helen! And I agree: sometimes it's better not to enumerate, simply to enjoy working on one project at a time....