Slow Stitching Stars & Triangles

This week’s slow stitching will involve adding some background pieces to this star (which, when completed, will be number 33). I also intend turning the black and white fabric into as many triangles as possible so I can work out how many more stars to make. I am sure there is a more scientific and mathematical approach I could take but I’m more of a lay-it-all-out-and-see-what-fits kind of girl πŸ™‚

Slow Stitching 13 December

Do pop over to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching link up to see a gorgeous array of quilting, applique, cross stitch and embroidery. And then on to Life Under Quilts to see what other EPPers are up to.

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Snap!

This week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment was to sketch something that snaps. Here’s boring grown-up mama’s interpretation:

snap - v

And a much more fun 10 year old’s interpretation:

snap - r

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Triangles

I’ve been basting triangles in my setting fabric so I can work out how many more hexagon stars to make. I took advantage of a sunnyish day to lay it out for a “see where I’m at” photo.

With triangles

I reckon if I stick to 40-ish stars then I’ll have enough of the setting fabric. This will be a smallish lap-size quilt but I’m happy with that! Although I might consider adding borders…I’ll just have to see where the muse takes me πŸ™‚

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In the Hoop at Last!

Today’s Slow Sunday Stitching will consist of making a start on quilting my hexagon scrap quilt. Yes, it’s in the hoop at long last!

In the hoop

Last week’s lone star has transformed into a lone star in a hexagon. It’s number 32 so far.

Hexagon star number 32

Do pop over to Kathy’s Quilts and see what other Slow Sunday Stitchers are up to!

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Brown

This week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment is to sketch something brown. Whatever the colour, Rafe can think of some foodstuff he likes in that shade :-). Here’s some brown Organic Brown Sauce. It’s very nice with scrambled eggs.

brown - r

I chose to draw this little brown toy doggie. His legs aren’t quite as stout in real life!

brown - v

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(Extremely) Slow Stitching

It has been One of Those Weeks, with very little time for stitching, so all I have to share for Slow Stitching Sunday this week is this lonely star:

Pink partial star

I hope to find time to get the outer pieces on soon!

Linking up with Life Under Quilts.

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Celebrate Buy Nothing Day this Friday!

When did Black Friday even become a Thing?! Yuck. The UK Buy Nothing Day website describes it this way:

The anarchy that ensues on Black Friday has now become an absurd dystopian phenomenon. The big retailers use the event to spin out highly competitive one day offers, which often creates a rabid free for all. Black Friday is creating a brand of shoppers who will trample and fight each other to get their hands on next years landfill.

Why not escape the shopocalypse and buy nothing this Friday?

The Story of Stuff Project has a pledge you can sign here. This is the pledge:

β€œThis year I pledge to join people around the world in celebrating “Buy Nothing Day” on November 27th. I will say no to more Stuff and yes to loved ones, yes to sharing, yes to life!”

If you’re really committed, you might even consider going 200 days without buying anything new like this lady who was prompted to undertake this after the death of her father – her story is well worth reading.

And if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do, here’s a little embroidery I did a few years back for Buy Nothing Day:

buy nothing

Enjoy!

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It’s All About the Hexagons

I have taken a break from my stars this week and finished off this pincushion and needle book for a friend:

Pincushion and needle book

The hexagons are English paper pieced and appliqued by hand. I basted them without going through the papers this time, which meant I could leave the papers in for a nice crisp edge when appliquing and then cut away the back to take the papers out afterwards. I would use that method again for small hexies like these.

I have also *finally* made a start on basting my hexagon scrap quilt ready for hand quilting.

Here it is all laid out ready to baste:

Getting ready to baste

And here’s a progress shot:

Quilt basting in progress

I am looking forward to hand quilting this over the winter months – a favourite way to pass the dark, cold evenings!

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and I am pleased to see that Life Under Quilts Monday Morning Star Count is back too!

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Adventure!

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme was “adventure“. Rafe drew this rather marvellous picture of a compass:

adventure - r

For mama, no adventure is complete without a picnic:

adventure - v

What would illustrate adventure for you?

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Liquorice and Midget Gems – or a Double Helix DNA Molecule?

Today, we made a DNA molecule from liquorice sticks, midget gems and tooth picks. As you do. I hated science at school. I am loving learning science alongside the boys as a home educator. Science can be fun – who knew?!

DNA

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