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.)