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16 April 2012

Busy, buzzing bee


I'm very excited.  I've got two things that I'm really pleased with to share this week.  Both of them are sewing projects and both of them are making me really happy right now.

First let's talk hexagons.  I think I'm smitten with hexagons.



Were you here when I talked about my rediscovery of patchwork hexagons?  Well, no-one was more surprised than me to discover that not only could I stick at hand sewn patchwork, I enjoyed it too.  A lot.

So, it wasn't long before the pull of those tiny, beautiful little hexagons were tempting me in again.  I started seeing them floating around the internet again and I succumbed.  I wanted to make a new cushion anyway, so it was perfect timing.

Plus the fact that it means I get to play with lots of heaps of beautiful colours again.  My favourite!




I don't know what it is about piling hexagons up?  Crochet squares or circles are the same.  These heaps make my heart leap for some reason.  Happy stacky, that's me!



There's some adorable fabrics in there too.  I'm afraid I'm not very certain on what a lot of them are, so if you see something you love, I'll try and help but I'm making no promises.  You see those fussy cut flowers in the middle there though?  That's Cath Kidston fabric, which I got about two years ago and they make me very happy indeed.

But, what to make with them.  Well a cushion, yes, but what exactly?  My original idea was to have one big hexagon clump in the middle, with maybe two or three rings of hexagons around the centre point.  When I arranged it though, it didn't look quite right.  It seemed to sparse at the edges and my 'clump' didn't look right.



I tried adding hexagons to the corners to fill them in but that didn't work.  I tried several hexagon 'flowers' dotted about but that didn't please either.  This wasn't going to be as easy as I'd thought.  I supposed I could just sew all the hexagons to cover the whole of the front.... it wasn't really what I'd imagined though.  Hummm...

Then, it stuck me.  I had the idea!  Hexagons and bees.  Bees make honey, in combs, hexagon shaped combs.   I was onto something I liked at last.

Time for you to see what I came up with....




.... a winding trail,



of a busy, buzzing bee,




flying next to my patchwork honeycomb,



out in the sun.

It's a busy, buzzing bee on a Beehive Cushion and oh yes, I love it so!  It's one of my most favourite things that I've made I think.  That's how much I love it right now.

I even managed to reuse the zipper from the much loved, but very old and tattered cushion cover that it replaced, so that was pleasing too.






It's going to live here really, that's what it was made for.




But for now, I'm going to leave it sitting in the sun.  Because it was a lovely day, the day I took these photos and it looks very happy in the sun.



And, I think the bee prefers it too.















Next time, I'll share the other sewing project with you.  (Ooh and, as it seemed that many people were keen on the idea, I've also been busy working on the 'Crochet Cushion Back Tutorial'.  So that's on it's way soon too.)

Till then...


S x









49 comments:

  1. Wowee! That is so pretty! I love where your mind went with the bees and the honeycomb and the hexagons... it's perfect! I also enjoyed looking, ahem, staring at the little pile of hexagons, all neat and tidy in their column. They just made me smile! :)

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  2. Your cushion is really adorable! Especially the combination bee and hexagons! Very cute! Liz (www.howling-liz.blogspot.com)

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  3. hello! A new reader/follower here and i have cushion envy... a very strange feeling. it's just the right amount of whimsy, cracking idea!

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  4. Hi there, I've been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now. Your work is beautiful. I wish I had that kind of patience. We 'collect' bees in my house since my husband studied them at university. So if you ever want to find a new home for your cushion....

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  5. I love your cushion, it is gorgeous!
    Also, can I be cheeky and ask where you got your tweedy chair??
    Alison
    x

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  6. Oh dear, this is soooooo sweet! I am in LOVE with it. It's adorable :)
    I guess, I'm going to make one for myself someday.

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  7. Ooh your cushion is loverlie, what an inspired use of shapes, colours and bees! looking forward to seeing the next project....

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  8. I love your cushion what a great idea :)

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  9. Oh, and the crochet lace trim - just perfect!

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    1. I think it looks simply lovely, I love using pretty colours and a nice grey together. I am glad I found your blog xx

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  10. Your cushion is absolutely gorgeous, I love it.
    Anne xx

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  11. Ohhhh I love this so much! Bee's are great (my favourite of all insects) and I am a BIG hexagon fan too! I completely agree with you, little stacks of hexagons are wonderful :-) Your sewing is very neat, it really is perfect x

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  12. Oooooooh I LOVE it!! Wow, so cute! I don't know how you do it, everything you make is so amazing!!
    Maria x

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  13. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the fabrics & colours and the bee is so sweet. I have a thing about bees at the moment as I'm trying to plant more bee friendly plants in my garden and on my allotment.

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  14. Oh wow i love love love it!! If you dont mind me asking, what kind of sewing machine do you use? I am lusting after an embroidery machine right now but need to save pennies (albeit lots of them!) first! ;)

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! I love your choice of fabrics and colours and the bee is so sweet. I have a soft spot for bees at the moment as I am trying to plant more bee friendly plants in my garden and on my allotment.

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  16. I absolutely love this! I also love bees and I could see this pillow on my sofa!

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  17. This is wonderful! How clever are you? The bee is just delish and the patchwork devine!

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  18. Yep!!! You are addicted. I will send the doctor over right away...hehehe.

    Lovely patchwork!

    blessings, jilly

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  19. Oh, this is such a sweet pillow!! Love all your fabrics, and the sweet bee!! I live making hexagons, too!! I just order really large ones, to do a rug for my kitchen!! ;) xo Heather

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  20. You are officially the crafter that makes my jaw drop! It either drops or I gasp everytime I see your finished results!
    I have a hexagon cushion underway at present and keep going though how it's going to look in the end in my mind.. I certainly haven't come up with anything as brilliant as this!

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  21. Wow Sandra this is just gorgeous and you photographs and words are just as lovely...you are one talented lady....LOVE your hexagons and sweet bee :0)
    Jacquie x

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  22. Просто шикарная медовая тема! Мне очень нравится!

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  23. Oh my gosh, it's one of the most beautiful cushions I have ever seen, I love it!!!!! The little bee detail is perfect and the plainer fabric really gives the busy hexagons some balance, I'm not surprised how much you love it,I would be totally the same! Oh I'm looking forward to seeing your crochet back tutorial - I haven't had time to start my new cushion cover with my precious debbie bliss yarn yet but when the time comes, if I can crochet the back too that would be fab! Have a happy rest of your week, Jenny x

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  24. It's beautiful. Such a simple but effective idea. I love it :-)
    x

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  25. Well, Happy Stacky, that's one beautiful cushion.........the little buzzing bee is perfect.......isn't it great when a plan comes together.

    Lovely blog, lily x

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  26. That is one gorgeous cushion. And the bee is just delightful! x

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  27. Absolutely GORGEOUS! The bee idea is inspired - well done you. Love it!

    Hx

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  28. Really lovely you should be very proud it looks great on your new chair

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  29. Hello, I'm just starting on my first hexagon adventure, and seeing your beautiful cushion has really inspired me to get mine finished. It's a lovely idea bees and honeycombs together.

    Bertie x

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  30. It's just perfect, two of my favourite things, hexies and bees!
    It really is just beautiful thanks for sharing.
    Kandi x

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  31. Wow, just wow! I love this so much, what a fantastic idea, & it looks so lovely with your chair. I really want to give hexies a go, they are so pretty! xx

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  32. Wow Sandra, what a gorgeous cushion.....you are so talented. I love the bee detail!
    Looking forward to seeing your other seeing project :-)
    Carole x

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  33. Beautiful! Well done! lol x

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  34. I love this pillow! I'm inspired to make one just like it for my mom for Mother's Day. :) Thank you!

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  35. Hello dear Sandra! Your hexagons and fabrics are so sweet! Oh, I LOVE your gorgeous cushion!!! You did a beautiful job with it! Yes, bees are a perfect match with the hexagons and I love your little appliquéd bee! You are so creative and sew beautifully! Look forward to seeing your next project. xo~Paula... The cushion matches your new chair perfectly!

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  36. I love your bee hive cushion and it is PERFECT in the sun.....

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  37. That is so great! Plus your hexagons are covered in bees. What cold make a fabric bee happier then fabric flowers?

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  38. What a beautiful cushion ... and I love the link from the hexagons to the bees.

    By the way pop over to my blog if you want to see my finished 'cherry' cardigan ... I know you have a soft spot for cherries!

    Fleur xx

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  39. That is the sweetest pillow!

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  40. LOVE your cushion! I have just dabbled in my first ever batch of hexagons over on my blog, and I have a new found respect for people who make whole quilts as it takes a long time. but it is so worth it, they are beautiful. Nice to have a bit of hand sewing to do in front of the telly in the evening :)

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  41. This is so pretty. The embroidery is absolutely the perfect addition.
    Teresa

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  42. Your pillow is adorable! So nice colors and beautiful fabrics! Great finish work :-) J.

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  43. I am just a strippy quilt maker usually, simple squares machined together, but your lovely cushion (and enthusiasm) have inspired me to try some hexagons again..

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  44. Hi! This cushion is great!
    I'd like to try it in different shade of yellow... honey stuff :)

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