Thursday, June 20, 2013

Aurifil thread and Hexies at 50,000 ft!

What do you do on an 7.5 hr flight? (well, ok - I took a 2 hr nap...)
You create darling 1" hexies using
Brandy's Mylar Hexagon Pieces #551 (88) 1" pieces
Bonnie and Camille fabrics, various collections!
Aurifil 50wt thread
John James quilting needles Size 8, JJ12008
Brandy's website has ALL her fab mylar pieces & templates.  I usually get mine from Soft Expressions because of the 10% off.

I get my dreamy Aurifil threads from Red Rock Threads; their prices, selection, and quick service is great.

And of course: my go-to site is Missouri Star Quilt Co for discounted precuts, yardage of the quality fabric I adore, rulers, patterns, and my favorite needles by John James.  I use every one of JJames Quilting needles sized from 8-11.  Sign up for MSQC's Daily Deal!  Their speedy, affordable service really cannot be beat.

I stitched on planes, trains, and in automobiles.  Creating over 350 darling hexies.  Need to find a cute jar to hold these treasures.  I have heard Hexie quilts referred to as Lifetime quilts...  I cannot imagine how difficult it would be using paper pieces instead of the impenetrable mylar pieces.  I could stitch away and the mylar controlled my needle from inadvertently going all the way through front to back.  Super, super, super crisp edges, also.  

Stitching Hexies was the source of much discussion with seat mates and fellow travelers.  The quilt created (sometime in my Lifetime) by these hexies will remind me of this wonderful trip celebrating 35 years of wedded bliss to the finest man I know.



10 comments:

kraftier said...

I wish i could do hexies on a plane .. i´m not allowed to travel with scissors or needles on board , just a book ....

I am Just One Mom said...

OK, so I also thought the TSA would prohibit scissors... BUT I am rather addicted to hexies and the long flights were perfect for that sort of activity.
So I printed out TSA's guidelines from their site and it says scissors with less than 1" of blade are acceptable! Hip hip hooray! I stopped by my LQS and asked if they had a tiny scissor for flying with and Voila! The polka dot scissors are all handle and just a 3/4" blade. I wrapped their policy around the scissors and let it go through the scanner. No problemo.

It sure made threading the needle over and over again a breeze to have a sharp scissor cut on the thread.

KaHolly said...

I've stitched hexies on an airplane many times. They are my 'to go' project when I travel, even the half hour ride to the supermarket!

Sylvia Klein said...

I have a question, are the hexies precut? And thank you for the tip of scissors on planes.. Sylvia klein

Bev said...

I retired from a Airline and they have ALWAYS allowed scissors, crochet needles, knitting needles after 911. I was working at that time and they NEVER said you could not have these onboard......

Jake said...

Actually, the scissor rule is 4"...

Christina said...

I also like the discussion that happens when sewing in public

I am Just One Mom said...

So true, Christina! Are people surprised needles are still made and there are people that know how to use them? Or are they thrilled with the beauty we can create?

Haley said...

Beautiful hexies and congratulations on 35 years! He really is a wonderful man! Love you both!!

Jake said...

Blunt nosed scissors at 4" or less are allowed!