Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A pair and pears...

I'm pretty satisfied with what I achieved in the sewing room yesterday!
After showing you the applique pear blocks in Monday's blog post, I thought you might like to see the full quilt top today...

  The piecing was really simple, but can you see how fussy cutting those pears before applique really brought the quilt to life?

Blossom saw it for the first time this morning and declared it "Wow!", so the look I was going for had an effect on my first viewer. Hopefully I will soon have a morning to machine quilt it. 

My friend Fiona Ransley of "Designs by Fee" has just released a four-part BOM featuring ABC framed hexies in a quilt, and it's so sweet!
Now, despite Fiona's repeated attempts to assure me they are quite easy, I have never made a framed hexie...until today. After finishing the piecing of the pears quilt top, I thought it was time to squeeze in one more little project from another designer's creative mind, and Fiona's hexies were my choice.
I won't be making the quilt due to my own time/design/work restraints, but I thought the individual alphabet letters would be perfect for personalised gifts this Christmas.
So my first little hexies are being made for my pair of girls, Kezzie and Blossom (aka Elizabeth)...

They have different styles and favoured colours. Blossom (Elizabeth) recently swooned over these two fabrics in my stash so it wasn't hard choosing fabrics to use in a project for her framed hexie...

 The hexies are small, so I used two strands of thread for the E and the two large flowers, and just a single strand for the bird, smaller flowers and all the stems.

Kezzie loves her reds, and this beautiful piece of folksy red and cream fabric has been patiently waiting to be showcased in a gift for her...

Just as I was finishing her 'K' the grey thread ran out so I dashed out to Spotlight this morning for a new skein. I'll complete this hexie tonight, and frame it in a solid red for placing on the background fabric...

I think the girls will love them because I sure do!
If you want to see Fiona's completed 'Alphabet Sampler' quilt you can do so HERE on her blog.
All info about signing up for the 4-part BOM is there as well.
Imagine all the things you could make with them...

Blossom finishes her most recent 5 week house-sitting assignment tomorrow and will be home with us again, so Bob-the-dog will be the happiest furry fellow on four legs in town!
Quite devoted to each other those two are. Rather lovely.

Have a great day, my friends,



  1. It al looks so lovely, the colors the little birds and the pears, it makes me want to take op my needle instead of my iron this morning, but I have to do ironing first!
    Happy day, hugs

  2. Pears look beatutifull - thank you for inspiration!

  3. My first reaction-to the pear quilt-was WOW as well!! Lovely. I'm going to use the pear template to make a felt/material table runner .

  4. the pear quilt looks fantastic. Have tried once to do the framed hexies, a disaster is what springs to mind so will check out your link and see if it helps, yours look very nice indeed

  5. How beautiful Jenny. I do believe you have the magic touch.

  6. I love the pears, and the fabric used. Better hide it when I come over...I do have a big bag!

  7. The Pear Quilt is just lovely, Jenny. The fussy cut flowers really make the pears. I love it. I like the hexes you are making for your girls too.Beautiful design.

  8. I particularly love the little hexies with the striped borders and the cute birdie. The pear quilt is gorgeous .You always come up with some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.


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