Sunday, 19 June 2011

after consultation....

.....with my creative advisor... aka mum, We have worked out how to finish my flower garden. Fortunately the apple didn't fall far from the tree, in regards to how mum and I like to do things. I had decided to take the  perceived 'easy' road and just applique the shaped edge onto a border but I haven't been totally happy with that. I am not a tidy or organised person most of the time but when it comes to crafting I like to be very exact and as near perfect as I can. Mum had suggested putting in half hexies to even the really uneven edge but I didn't want to think about more basting and stitching, I was a bit impetuous and just wanted to see the end in sight- quickly. A bloggy visitor had suggested the same. I gave into the idea as I know it is the only way I will be satisfied with the end result and am happy I did! It has taken nearly a year to get to this much progress a little more won't hurt.  Last night while re watching Harry Potter- the prisoner of Azkaban,( I am watching the movies again in anticipation of the new movie) I basted all the half hexies I will need to finish my top and some more green hexies to fill in the other gaps in the edges..
Feels good....
This is the progress so far with evening up the edges..

this lower edge will have basting removed and then I will add the border to form a straight edge.
I have also worked a bit on my 'Tis the season quilting. I was missing some brown pearle thread but found some in my stash so I was able to do the brown blocks. I have quilted around 8 blocks.

Am debating as to whether to make another one of these. They will be handy to stitch at night......
The sun has been shining in Melbourne this weekend so lots of washing and drying getting done.
No 3 son played his tennis finals Friday night and his team won! Talk about nail biting finish, they were drawn on points so had to count back to sets won. Glen got highest stats for the night so he was over the moon.
Today DH and Glen are playing father/son game at the club. It's good to have boys!
Hope you are having a great weekend!
marina

15 comments:

Melody said...

Your hexie flower quilt is looking fabulous.

BubzRugz said...

Your flower garden is awesome... and so is the Tis the Season.... I just love those fabrics... well done #3 at the tennis... I have to say I always loved watching my kidlets doing their sport... sunny here today.... catch up on laundry, wash cars.... pfft... now I can blog and sew...
Hugz

Charlie and Wendy said...

Marina, your hexagon quilt is so beautiful and the edging is perfect! I love the Tis the Season photo too, I must make that quilt one day!

Val said...

The straight edge looks really good. Glad you had some sun and the tennis sounds exciting.Your 'Tis the Season fabrics look lovely. The hand quilting in the nice threads is very effective looking.

The Patch Craft said...

I have just bought this pattern for Tis the Season. I have enjoyed siting at night hand stitching (Promised myself I wouldn't start a new project oops) Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

els koetsier said...

What will youre hexa's quilt be wubnderfull Marina. Good idee to make half hexa's for the border.

The fabrics of your stitchery's beautifull.

Cheers Els

Nicky said...

Love your half hexies - they look so cute but I guess even more fiddly to do. Soon be finished and you will be overjoyed when it is - a real labour of love this one but what an achievment!

Serenata said...

It will be well worth it in the end Marina, it is looking great! Very exciting that you have almost finished it.

Mistea said...

Lovely flower garden - I admire your patience. It really will be pretty.
Look forward to seeing your TTS finished, there are lots of wonderful versions around cyber space.

rosie said...

You are really motoring along Marina. I love the Tis the Season stitching...

Oddbjørg said...

I love your hexagon quilt!

carine said...

Hoi Marina, well done , your hexagones are so beautiful! The colours are very nice! I've finished the Candy-shop from my GDO , and the quilt for a friend suilter her first grand-daugher. Fiebe.... I've finished it this evening en show in the morning the photos of them on my blog.Let me know what you think about them, so I'm on the right track. Love and hugs Carine

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your flower garden looks great. I never thought of doing that. I haven't finished mine because I just didn't wnat to applique the edges to a border in case it ended up crooked. So thanks for that! Congrats to your boy!

Narelle said...

The half hexies do finish it off nicely.
Congrats to your tennis ace!
Enjoy the sunshine :)

Elyte said...

The extra work on your hexie quilt will be worth it and the time will go quickly.
Another "Tis the Season" quilt - why not?
Congratulations to the tennis star. Should you be booking tickets for Wimbledon next year?