Friday, 25 March 2011

Looking Up

After looking down and seeing hexagons at my feet I looked up and saw this........

I have passed this hotel so many times on route to Sidmouth and have never even glanced at it until the other day and saw the amazing roof tiles. My husbands comment was that the cost of the roof must have been very expensive as the slate is difficult to cut in a square let alone a hexagon. I also had another thought and at 10pm had to go outside and look at the front of my house and... yes, there below my window are hexagon tiles! Doh! Now why did that one not cross my mind sooner.

Take a good look in the box. There are 120 flowers in there, 1 jelly roll's worth. Also completed are 99 centres for the next batch of plain flowers. I may not be showing these again for some time so take a last look. Phew! I have loved every minute of making these and never tire of them. In stitching them they have had my darkest thoughts, tears, memories, good and bad and they have seen me through and out the other side. It is stitching in it's purest and simplest form and sometimes it is the best way to help yourself through a difficult day. I know there are many out there doing the same and it also tides you over until inspiration strikes to move on to other things. I make no apologies for this.

The weather has been so glorious and according to the weather report we are actually warmer than parts of Spain. Woohoo!. Rachel and I went to Sidmouth and sat on the beach. Rachel made herself a little bit of beach art.


Wednesday was all hands to the pump helping Kate to get ready for her first visitors. We also helped Wendy to celebrate her birthday with the usual opening of gifts and eating little pastries called yum yums. Pat was late getting there so we ate hers. Yum, yum. Sorry Pat. We even sat outside and had lunch. How good was that for March.

Last but not least. My friend Sue Lewis (on the right - friend Sue Marsh on the left)
had a lovely birthday gift from her daughter. Sue fell in love with the quilt on display at Cowslip Studio's in Cornwall and her daughter decided to take her back there to buy it. Sue said imagine her disappointment when it said sold on it and then for it to be handed to her as a gift. I hope my girls are reading this. The quilt was much admired by all of us at Apple County Quilters. What a lovely birthday and what a great treat.

Happy Stitching

Love Shirley.x


  1. Amazing where those hexies pop up!! Imagine them being 'under your nose' for how long...?? Love the quilt Sue's daughter bought her - I wonder if there is a pattern for it?

  2. For gorgeous hexagonal roof tiles put St Matthias Church in Budapest into Google Images - the roof is fabulous!!!

  3. A great spot on the hexies! It's nice to have something to tide you over, at least the hands are busy. That is a lovely quilt! Sue is a lucky lady.

    PS I was lucky to see your beautiful thimble keeper in use today. It really is stunning and Barbara is another lucky lady.

  4. I have just googled the church in Budapest and it is absolutely beautiful. Do google it everyone you will be amazed.

  5. Amazing what you see if you only look up at times..
    I think that quilt is beautiful..what a lovely surprise Sue received from her daughter..
    Happy Birthday to the ladies..
    Julia ♥

  6. I like Sue's birthday story. What a lovely surprise for her.
    Looks like you and Rachel had an enjoyable day out together taking advantage of the glorious weather.

  7. What a nice post you will be seeing hexagons

    I was talking with a friend yesterday about walking through some of the darkest days of my life with a needle and thread in my hand and how I'm sure that God worked healing in with those stitches...Amazing isn't it....

    Happy Birthday to your ladies and Rachel looks very glam on the beach :)

  8. Hexagon Love ...both in sorrow and happiness..:O))
    Good luck putting yours together...!!

  9. i am looking for hexagon shapes out and about in my city, melbourne, australia! see what you have started, it is amazing where you see them, but i have not had my camera! hexagon love and special thoughts, sewing is such wonderful company.

  10. I also googled that church in Budapest -- it's absolutely stunning. I would love to see it in person. Thanks for sending me that way.

    I doubt that I'll find many hexagons around me in our rural area of the country, but you never know. I'll keep my eyes open.
    My hexagons have been my friends during many stressful times in the past year. Yes, they are definitely my comforting little friends.

  11. A wonderful post. How good are those hexie roof tiles.

  12. Someday I'll have to try stitching up some hexies to see what the fuss is all about. 8)

    The quilt is absolutely gorgeous. What a terrific present.

    Happy stitching,
    Susan in Texas

  13. Beautiful hexagon roof tiles!!! Love your wonderful collection of hexagon flowers, they are comforting.

  14. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!!

  15. I was almost blinded by those hexies. You are obsessed dear girl! I even see them here in the currently planning wedding breakfast for Kate and Will. Are you? There isn't anything to compare with the pomp and ceremony the English do when called upon.

  16. What a beautiful gift, anyone would be delighted to have that quilt. So glad your hexies have given you solace. Hand stitching of any kind is so therapeutic.

  17. I just stumbled onto your blog and am just bowled over by the neatness and beauty of your hexagons. Pardon if you've already addressed this, but did you make the papers yourself?

  18. Hello Vicki,
    I hope you have returned to read this as I couldn't contact you any other way. I make my own paper pieces for hexagons by using isometric graph paper from Creative Grids. I draw out a whole page and then I photocopy by the hundreds and resort to good old fashioned cutting out by hand. You can of course buy them already cut out online or even find sites that offer downloads. Hope this helps. I hope you will contact me again and leave me your email address.
    Best Wishes.