Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Hexagon Project: Blocks 33-37

I’ve had a productive month with my English paper piecing. In five weeks, I’ve hand sewn five hexagon flower blocks, bringing my total up to 37.

Five multi-coloted overlapping hexagon flower blocks in a row on a white background.

The last time I wrote about The Hexagon Project, I had just cut the last of my card stock into paper hexie templates and ordered a pack of 600 pre-cut templates online from Nancy’s Notions. It was my first order with them; the product description didn’t mention the weight of the paper and there weren’t any reviews, so I was anxiously awaiting my delivery.

Well, they arrived on time and I’m so happy! The paper weight is a little lighter than what I’ve been using, but still thick enough to be called card stock — remember, I was originally using card stock that was too thick to fit into a home printer. I want to punch holes in the centers of the hexies, and that will be simple enough.

An open package of paper hexagon templates with some templates spilling out in an arc, next to a machine sewing needle on a white background.

Plus, the store included a free 80/12 universal sewing machine needle in my package. I’m more excited by this surprise than I probably should be — sometimes the little things make a big difference!

At some point in the past few months, I thought that I had passed the halfway point as far as the number of flower blocks needed for a queen size Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I set out all of the blocks this morning, then crunched some numbers. More realistically, I think I might be a third of the way there. Oof.

How do you stay excited about long-term projects?

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