Patchwork pit stop, knits on hold briefly

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I have taken a little break this week from lacy knitting and ‘rediscovered’ an ongoing patchwork project which I have been dipping in and out of for about eight or nine years! This started off in my head as a cushion but I actually love making these these carded hexagons (reminds me of my grandmother teaching me how), so it’s progressed to a sofa throw and is now to become a bed throw, though it will be a while before it is finished and that’s totally ok for me. I like organic crafts and a change is as good as a rest. It uses mostly fabric from my stash with a little added here and there. I am sure I will be back to knitting soon.

Tacking card onto a few hexies! This is something I can easily do away from home, no fiddly sewing.
A larger pile of hexagons starts to turn into four rounds of stitched together hexies.
A few sets of four rounds that will become part of the bed throw. The colours are autumnal. The prints are flora and fauna. I still debate with myself what colour will join them altogether – possibly a deep shade of brown – still looking into that for the future (for fabric knowers, Moda plains are a-calling to me!)

I visited a friend’s mother yesterday. She has been stitching for most of her 75 years. I envy her houseful of patchwork throws and cushions. She even has one that was her own mother’s. Maybe one day someone might envy my own houseful of handicrafts. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?

20 thoughts on “Patchwork pit stop, knits on hold briefly

    Christine Yeomans said:
    April 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Looks good, I haven’t the patience for patchwork although I love the idea of it.

      tinaor responded:
      April 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      It’s been a nice switch – doesn’t mean anything much gets finished though at this rate!

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    April 13, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Looks good. Love the way you keep deciding it’s something bigger – I usually start, get bored and work out how I can make things smaller πŸ˜‰

      tinaor responded:
      April 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      This one project is a bit different to others – like you I sometimes go smaller! I think it might be putting off the finishing – he he! I think the design can’t go bigger though – unless it becomes a huge floor covering!!!

        Dartmoor Yarns said:
        April 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        Or a blanket to cover the house πŸ˜‰

        tinaor responded:
        April 16, 2019 at 7:57 am

        That’s something to consider, he he! It would make the street prettier than it is and it would make a change from new paint!

        Dartmoor Yarns said:
        April 16, 2019 at 8:08 am


    ReginaMary said:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Very pretty pattern. Don’t worry, you are well on your way to having a cozy craft-filled home!

      tinaor responded:
      April 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you for the positive-ness ReginaMary – I might be but a lot might remain half finished!

        ReginaMary said:
        April 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

        Have you ever been the recipient of someone’s partially finished project? Whenever I am given one, I can’t help but wonder who they were and what they were like or maybe if we would have been friends in life. Half-finished projects are ok too! πŸ’•

    tinaor responded:
    April 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Regina Mary – now that’s interesting. Yes I have and to finish them became a bit of a trauma/impossibilty. Luckily I knew recipients of three (one finished, one trashed, one remains unfinished). I purchased another at a charity shop which was a silly mistake (it was a tapestry) – the yarns were faded and most of them were moth eaten and had to be thrown – as did the half done project itself. I have never made that error again! I will never stop looking at discarded projects however, there may be one out there that I can finish successfully and love forever!

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    What a nifty project! Things that evolve over time like that always turn out the best πŸ™‚

      tinaor responded:
      April 16, 2019 at 7:57 am

      I hope so. Thank you.

    tierneycreates said:
    April 15, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Oh yes! I carry my paper piecing with me when I travel, it is wonderful handwork. I have hundreds of hexies made now that I am slowly sewing into rosettes.

      tinaor responded:
      April 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

      Good idea. I usually carry knitting wherever I go so I can sneak in a few rows – I also worry about getting ‘stuck’ somewhere and think it would be a waste of time to having ‘nothing’ to do!

    Judi Castille said:
    April 16, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I started a patchwork quilt years ago. Not sure where it is now. Hoping to find and finish now I have the space to set up my machines.

      tinaor responded:
      April 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Good luck with finding it. Perhaps you might have already finished a lot more than you remember (fingers crossed!) .

        Judi Castille said:
        April 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm

        I did have about 20 lengths tacked. But I will be making one soon regardless as so lovely and colourful. We have a really good charity in town who has tonnes of fabrics, so no excuses.

    Jinkies Kookie said:
    November 30, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I have a quilt project that I started many years ago, I just add a bit now and again. Its very hap-hazzard though! Various styles and designs as I have learnt something or just joined favourite fabric scraps as squares. I think your will look much more organized and professional! The colour choices are nice too.

      tinaor responded:
      November 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you Jinkies Kookie – I didn’t feel organised about this until really recently – say, October 2019 – despite being keen when I blogged about it. Looking back, it was because one of the large hexagon collections just didn’t appeal to me and I couldn’t see how it would fit in with the others and what colour fabric I could use to tie them all together. I decided to just scrap that one, complete one other, and have actually spent some time in the last couple of weeks stitching! I shall pop up a few pics of progress hopefully over the next few weeks – but I realise there is still A LOT of work to be done. Good luck with yours – random and haphazard can be fab!!!

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