Saturday, 19 January 2013

I've finished faffing...I think!


Long, long ago (well, 13th August 2011 - it feels like a long time ago!) I started piecing hexagons, along with many others, as part of Lynne's hexalong, which was inspired by this fabulous quilt by Lizzie Broderie.   I decided to go for a 'Miss Marple's garden' look for my quilt - a sort of typical English cottage garden look and all which that phrase brings to mind, without the dead bodies! 

It's been quite a while since I last laid out all my hexies, when I had pieced 101 of them, so I was really looking forward to seeing them all again and finding out if the quilt was going to work.  On Monday I laid them out (on a blanket on the front room floor) and I think I'm finished faffing with the layout.  At least, I am unless you all have changes to suggest!

It took ages to lay them all out.  I had to start somewhere so I started with the hexies that had seams going anticlockwise, so I could put them together and surround them with hexies without seams at the corners (to make the piecing easier)...

Arranging hexies 1
The first few - I was feeling quite overwhelmed at this point!
Then added others around them...

Arranging hexies 2
At this point I thought I'd be there all day!


At one point Archie woke up and discovered he'd been asleep longer than he thought:

What's going on?
What's going on?


When did all this happen?
When did this happen?


I don't suppose you're finished yet?
Any chance you're almost finished?  Or fancy a biscuit break?


And still I added hexies:

Growing...
I think it's starting to work...


Still growing
Hmmm...there's a long way to go!


Until I was done...

Hexies!
Phew, I made enough!  I was beginning to wonder if I'd missed counted!



...and Archie realised he was stuck:

Stranded on the wrong side of a sea of hexies
Stranded.

So I built a doggy walkway:

Doggy walkway
Now he knows where he's allowed to walk instead of staring at me and looking pitiful!



I must confess that I had a little wobble when I saw all the hexies together.  I often fall slightly out of love with a project at this stage, I think it's because I've got to merge the image in my head with reality.  One night I decided that design R stuck out like a sore thumb and should be culled so I shared the photo with three wise friends who told me not to consider it!


After a couple of days I got a bit sick of looking at it and wondering if it was right so took Sarah's suggestion and covered them with a sheet - such a good idea and one that I'll remember for the future.


After a bit more faffing, this is how it looks now (six days later):

Hexy map 2
A multitude of hexies.


Some close-ups of each section:

Top left
Top left


Top right
Top right


Middle left
Middle left


Middle right
Middle right


Bottom left
Bottom left


Bottom right
Bottom right



If you're wondering about the fate of the hexies that were under threat of hexicide...one of them made it.  (It's in the photo of the bottom right section.)  The other one is in the box with the others that were culled long ago and may, one day, be turned into mug rugs, dusters or similar!


If you spot any changes that you think I should make/consider making, please shout!  I would like honest opinions, please, so if something smacks you between the eyes and yells 'Move me!' (or even 'Cull me!') then please say so!


Once I'm certain of the arrangement (I'm about 80% sure at the moment) I can make my map and start organising the hexies into labelled piles, ready for stitching.  I'm not the only one who can't wait to get the front room carpet back:

Any chance this will go soon?  I'm sick of it...
Any chance all this will go soon and I can have my bed back under the big radiator?

(I'd gone out and left him curled up under the little radiator (you can't see it in the photo, it's on the wall to his right) and didn't want him doing the bed dance across the hexies so made a barrier, it's not normally like that!)


Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some finishes from my FAL to admire (yes, finishes - more than one!), some zips to buy and a dog that thinks it's teatime...

Monday, 14 January 2013

A Hexy Interlude (Alternative title: Hexy Overload!)


I've spent this afternoon faffing about with my hexies and thought that while I faff some more lay them all out and try to sort out the arrangement I'd bore you with share some yet more photos of the hexies.  This time I've photographed them in design groups so you can see all the similar hexies together.  There are a fair few photos so I'd make yourself a (large!) cup of tea before you get going...

Oh, and if you click on them you can see them in Flickr - there are some other photos in my Hexies set, just in case you haven't had enough by the time you get to the bottom, including four hexies that have already been culled...



Design A, part I
Design A - the first half



Design A, part II
Design A - the second half (the safety pins are marking the hexies whose seams rotate anticlockwise)


Design B
Design B


Design C
Design C


Design D
Design D


Design E
Design E - a really simple hexy, to offset all the fancy pants hexies!


Design F
Design F


Design G
Design G


Design H
Design H.  I think I need to swap the lilac spot for white, it's just not working as it is...


Design I
Design I


Design J
Design J


Design K, type I
Design K - type I


Design K, type II
Design K - type II


Design L, type I
Design L - type I


Design L, type II
Design L - type II


Design M
Design M


Design N
Design N


Design O
Design O


Design Q
Design Q (Design P was culled!)


Design R
Design R


Design S
Design S


Design T
Design T


Design U
Design U


Design V
Design V


Design X
Design Y (Design W was culled!)


Design Z
Design Z


After I'd labelled 'design Z' I had to move to a different alphabet! 

Design α
Design α


Design β
Design β


Design γ
Design γ


Design δ
Design δ


Design ε
Design ε


Design ζ
Design ζ



Two of the hexies you've seen are under threat of hexicide...these two!

Under threat of hexicide...
The hexy on the left is almost definitely going to be culled...the fate of the one on the right is in the balance!


That's it for hexies - if you want to see more photos (I can't imagine you would but there are photos the edging pieces, whole hexies, etc. if you're interested) then head over to Flickr!



And just to completely finish you off...

A few people have asked if I wrap Archie in his bed or if he does it himself.  Well, it's not the best example (he can go on for up to four minutes and travel across the room before he's happy) but here's proof that I have nothing to do with it!  (Sorry about the sound in the background, I was watching 'The Big Bang Theory'!)

video



So comfy...
Yes, I wrapped myself up...it's the only way to get it right!



I'll be back when I've sorted the hexy arrangement and made a map...I could be some time!!!  Actually, I may be back before then as it might take weeks to get that sorted!


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