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Sunday, November 6, 2016

One And A Half Years & It's Finally Done :)

Over a year and a half ago 
I started making these hexies,
to make a king size reversible quilt.

 Then I put it aside 
to make our daughter a birthday quilt.
Then my sweet Steve 
asked me if I would make him a Christmas quilt.
He loved it :)
After finishing it . . . 
I worked on the hexies quilt for a while.

Then I put it away again,
because I got the idea to make
both of my brothers quilts for their birthdays. 

My brother Ralph.
 Then my brother Mark.

Next I thought about getting it back out 
and working on it,
but we had a new great niece on the way.
 So I made this.

I got the hexie quilt back out 
and worked on it a while,
until Spring hit 
and it was gardening time, LOL.
Then summer and you know how busy 
we all get during summer.
Then came another baby in the family :)


 Well, the garden is all harvested,
and I have time to quilt again.

I finally finished it 
and it feels so good to have it done!

I said that it was a reversible quilt,
but I finished making the bed
before taking photos of the reversed side.
Oh well, it's a spring and summer side,
so I'll show you in the spring, LOL.


Now on to the next project :)
Winter weather is wonderful for sewing.
I'm really looking forward 
to spending more time
 out in the Art Barn just  . . .
sewing the winter months a way:)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

52 comments:

  1. That's a lot of loveliness created in a year. You're amazing!

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    1. It doesn't seem like I have done that much, until I look back . . . I surprised myself as well :)

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  2. All your quilts are so very pretty. How lucky all those people are to be on the receiving end of your beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you so much . . . It's my way of giving them all a warm hug :)

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  3. thanks for sharing your projects! sometimes good things take time:)

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    1. This is true and when you keep putting them back on the shelf, they take more time, too, LOL

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  4. WOW, Connie, what amazing quilts! I especially love the one you've just finished - stunning! xx

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    1. Thank you . . . it was so big, I don't know if I'll be tackling another that big or not, LOL

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  5. Nice!!

    Reminds me of my Grandma's quilts.

    I like your tags too!

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  6. Honestly, you get more done than anybody I know of, and you never seem to tire of doing for others. You are amazing! Think I've said that many times. :)

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    1. I think you have me up there on too high a pedestal . . . it's sweet to hear, and you are very kind, but me being amazing is stretching it, believe me :)

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  7. Very pretty! I have been afraid to try making a hexie. It is great that you kept at it and didn't give up! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, making hexies is really quite simple. Look into English paper piecing and make a hexie pattern. They are a fun lap project to do while watching TV.

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  8. Your quilts are ALL fantastic. What a wonderful legacy to leave for the generations to come. I love them all. I am really smitten with the paper doll blocks. Where oh where did you ever find those? They are REALLY cute!!! You do a fantastic job and I can't believe how many quilts you have made in such a short while. xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, I bought that fabric from Hancock fabric on line. If you go there look in their novelty fabric. I purchased it over a year ago, so in might be discontinued, but maybe not :)

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  9. What a wonderfully productive year and a half you've had! Beautiful work, sure to be appreciated by all.

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    1. You know, before I made this post, I really didn't have any idea that I had actually done that much quilting in that time frame. I kind of surprised myself, LOL.

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  10. oh wow. That's an awesome looking quilt. You are really good at this. All your quilts look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Ann, it is funny because not that many years ago, I was not interested in quilting at all :)

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  11. You must be everybodys favorite auny and sister with all those beautiful gifts you make. So glad you found the time to keep one for yourself. It's gorgeous.
    xx Beca

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    1. Thank you Beca, that would be nice, but hardy true, LOL. I have found that quilts are just a great way to give those you love a warm hug :)

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  12. your work is beautiful. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be for that little niece to pull that little quilt out when she is a mother herself. Truly special.

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    1. That is a sweet thought. Thank you for your kind words.

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  13. Your hexie quilt turned out just beautiful! I enjoyed seeing all your quilts:)

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    1. How sweet of you to say that, thank you :)

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  14. I bet it feels wonderful after all this time to have it finished, love the way you framed it. It looks terrific in your room!

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    1. Thank you so much and yes it feels great. After a while an unfinished project starts to be a burden, not because you don't enjoy working on it, but something about the anxiety of just getting it done.

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  15. I am 'sew' very impressed... I have been fascinated with 'English paper piecing'' and have even gone so far as to make a Mug Cozy with the hexi's... but that's it so far...
    I would love to make a Hexi coverlet,,, but am afraid it would end up in my UFO basket... lol!
    I luv how yours turned out... oh and all of your quilts are so lovely.
    >^..^<

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    1. You are so sweet! As you can see, I only used the hexies in the center. They are very time consuming, but those quilts that are nothing but hexies are the true works of art and heart. Maybe someday I'll actually make a full hexie quilt, I hope so :)

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  16. What a wonderful story of all the quilts you have made just during the last year or so. I too am amazed at how many you've made.. and the lucky recipients... oh my! Each one is special and unique in its own way.. and I love how you put some photos in with the blocks fro your brothers. The one for Riley with the paper dolls is so darling.. and your hexie quilt is so pretty. I've always wanted to try hexies... I haven't had anyone to teach me.. but I'm going to try to find a tutorial somewhere. My aunt always loved paper piecing and I need a good lap project! You are a very talented and BUSY lady! xoxoxo Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I am going to look for a good You Tube link to email you. I learn so much from You Tube :)
      Thank you for your kind comment, you're a sweetie-pie :)

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  17. I am so impressed by how many quilts you have made lately! I know that everyone in your family must absolutely love these beautiful gifts...straight from the heart!

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    1. There a gift that brings a warm hug with it. I know that my granddaughters and daughter curl up with their quilts whenever they read, and they read all the time :)

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  18. I loved the way you told the story of your quilts. You do beautiful work and how happy everyone who received one must have been. I really like the labels you attach to them too. Now we can look forward to spring and seeing the reverse side!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I know that was lazy of me, but it was laundry and house cleaning day. By the time I got my chores done and made up that bed, I didn't feel like tearing it apart to remake it with the other side just for a picture, LOL. If I was younger, I might have done that . . . but not at my age, LOL

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  19. Your quilts are just so lovely!!! Each piece is filled with so much love!! You can see it!! Thanks for sharing with all of us...much love!!!

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    1. Hi Sandra, thank you and double thank you for picking me as a winner on your give-away. I'm excited!

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  20. Oh My! Connie that is Some Quilt! It's beautiful - and you have made so many other lovely quilts in between! You go girl!!

    I'd like to thank you for your continuing interest in my blog - which I have neglected for over 4 months. (And which is becoming less and less textile based) Your comments always cheer e up, and you have prodded me to return to blogging! Thank you again my lovely friend! xxxx

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    1. Hello Sweet Lynne, your blog is one of my very favorites. Your bubbling personality come through in your writing and I always wish the posts were longer. Your textiles are amazing, but there is so much more to you than that. I love reading about your festivals, your camping trips and your musical friends. If I lived in the UK I would make a point of meeting you in person . . . maybe some of your enthusiasm for fun and enjoying life would rub off on me. I am delighted to hear that you are blogging again:)

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  21. It turned out beautifully! You do some lovely work Connie...such a talented lady! I know you will enjoy your hours spent in the art barn this winter. I am hoping to spend some time in my craft room on my upcoming 3-day weekend. I haven't been very creative lately. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hey, being a kindergarten teacher, you have to be creative 24/7 . . . it's the kind of job that you take home with you even when you don't want to. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and your kind blogging friendship :)

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  22. Gosh when you look back at what you've been making, you sure have been busy.
    But this does look good, so well done.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I know looking back and realizing all that I had done, surprised me, too :)

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  23. It's a great job, Connie, well done! I always have wanted to be able to make something similar but I unfortunately didn't learn this wonderful art.
    Congrats!

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    1. I learned it mostly from You Tube. There are videos for everything:)

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  24. Every quilt unique and beautiful and filled with love. Congratulation! It's truly lovely. I can't wait to see your next creation! May your winter be filled with many happy hours of sewing.

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    1. You are so sweet . . . I'm looking forward to winter, with no lawn and garden chores and lots of time to sew. By April I'll be ready to get out and dig in the dirt again. . . I love living in an area of the world with four seasons :)

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  25. Good Evening Connie, My word, your quilts are stunning. Each person will have been so happy to receive their quilt. At the moment I am making a hexigon quilt, and I am loving it. I do think it is the type of quilt that can be picked up and put down again. I love how you have made it into a reversible quilt. I think you can tell.... I LOVE YOUR QUILT.
    Connie, you are definitely a very inspiring women.
    Best wishes
    Daphne
    ps.... I loved your cowboy boots filled with flowers....a brilliant idea.

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    1. Have fun with your hexie quilt. I enjoy paper piecing, and like doing it, as a winter TV watching project :)

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  26. Oh my. I recognize the pattern of putting something down to start something else, but my problem is that I never finish any of them! I love your quilts. I'm planning a cross-country move, and I just decided that rather than throwing treasured old clothes away, I'd have them made into quilted pillows. I hope that idea turns into reality!

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    1. Your idea sounds lovely. Don't forget to save all the buttons from those clothes into your button jar.
      I hope you post your project, when finished. Moving is a big job . . . don't work too hard :)

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