Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Preparing fabric for a trip

I shall be away from my computer for a few weeks, but have scheduled a few posts for during my absence. I shall also try to post via mobile Blogger from my iPad, but I haven't tested that successfully yet. 
I know that I shall have infrequent access to the Internet, so
I may not be able to respond to your comments very quickly.

Now I'm packing and preparing for the trip.

Cutting 1" hexagons for Grandmother's Flower Garden
This is something I once vowed I would never do again - Grandmother's Flower Garden. People change so I decided to cut up scraps and have something to do in the evenings. I really don't know how much time I'll have to sew but in any case I'll be sitting around at the airport for at least four hours altogether.

I don't have photos for everything but this is what I've done so far:
  1. Printed and cut out approx 400 (!) 1" hexagon papers using the template at . I used 120gm per m² card;
  2. punched a hole in the centre of each paper for the pin. I tried pinning through fabric and paper together but the paper buckled and I found it difficult to fold the seam allowance over. So yesterday evening through a mammoth rerun of Rizolli & Isles, Castle, Body of Proof, and King I punched a hole in the centre of each of the 400 papers;
  3. cut fabric into 2¼" strips and then cut using the Marti Michell Template set G into 1" hexagons (as in the photo above). Some of the strips were so small I only got one or two hexagons out of them.
Most of this is going into my suitcase but the minimum of supplies are going in my hand luggage along with a couple of dozen hexagon papers and fabric.

hand luggage sewing supplies

I'll post about the rest of the sewing gear later

Happy Sewing



Vireya said...

Bon voyage!

Dasha said...

Where are you off to Marly? Sounds intriguing.

Jo Ferguson said...

I love hexagon quilts and I've always wanted to make one. A friend bought me some pre-cut 1" cardboard templates (200 of them). I figured this was my sign to dive in. I'm looking forward to seeing how you progress so I can pick up a few tips.