It Must Have Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Some time ago, I dug out my wee hexies and started to think about what I would eventually do with them.

The fabric I’m using is a sort of 1940s nursery print with teeny, tiny, ditsy florals and spots and some mini scottie dogs.Β  I had a design idea in mind which would emphasise the childlike element and bought some handwriting practise fabric from Spoonflower.

I started joining those wee hexies into wee flowers.

The perfect substitute for my usual evening telly watching activity of crochet because my house is now full to bursting with blankets of both fabric and yarn.

I started making some hexagons with the handwriting fabric.

But the original design idea has deserted me completely.

I think I had some thoughts about appliquΓ©ing the flowers onto background squares of the handwriting fabric but those thoughts are lost in the mists of time.

Something will come to me eventually.

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  1. #1 by thecontentedcrafter on April 17, 2020 - 11:50

    Darn! Every time I read a post where hexies are mentioned I feel I have to put down my doodle pens and start cutting fabric….. I got as far as rescuing some cotton squares that once were going to be part of a quilt and sat in a bag for twenty years when that idea died. I have a template and the mismatched fabric to practise on……. but the doodles are compelling…….. I like that alphabet writing fabric!

    • #2 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 11:59

      It’s fun isn’t it? – I searched for handwriting fabric everywhere as it was something I had pictured in my mind and eventually saw it exactly as it was in my head for sale on Spoonflower. Shame I can’t remember exactly what I was going to do with it.πŸ™„

      • #3 by thecontentedcrafter on April 17, 2020 - 20:51

        It’ll come back to you – probably at 2.00 some morning ……. πŸ™‚

      • #4 by tialys on April 18, 2020 - 11:14

        Probably and then I’ll lay awake for hours thinking about how to make it work – this is something that happens often with me.

  2. #5 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 17, 2020 - 11:58

    Your hexies look fab. A shame you’ve forgotten your original idea, but it will be in the back of your brain somewhere. If you don’t think about it, it will surface sometime. Just write it down when it does.

    • #6 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 12:10

      Writing down project plans is a good idea and one I shall try to adopt going forward. I have lots of dressmaking fabric I bought to make certain outfits and lots of quilting fabric to make certain quilts but which fabric with which pattern has, again, become lost in the mists of time.

      • #7 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 17, 2020 - 12:58

        You’re right it is, but my comment was actually more about my own experience of being frustrated because I’ve forgotten something then remembering it, then ten minutes later forgotten again what I remembered πŸ™‚

  3. #8 by Kim on April 17, 2020 - 13:00

    That looks astoundingly time consuming. I’m sure you’ll remember what you had in mind. Probably when you’re feeding the dogs or something 😊

    • #9 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 14:05

      It is, especially if you cut out all the papers and fabric hexagons yourself – which I haven’t so far but will probably have to resort to if I want anything bigger than a cushion cover. However, it’s a pick up, put down project which suits at the moment.

  4. #10 by tinaor on April 17, 2020 - 13:22

    I love hexies – said it before ! My own hexi project has morphed over the years from a cushion to a sofa throw. It is still a phd, no actually can’t even say ‘half’ as a phd but when I pick it up and stitch a little I am still enjoying it. This week, a couple of hours in my garden in the sunshine made me happy – especially as I didn’t drop the needle or pins at all this time!

    • #11 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 14:04

      That is the good thing about hexies isn’t it- you can pick them up and put them down again when the mood takes you and, if you do that often enough, you’ll eventually have a thing of beauty.

      • #12 by tinaor on April 17, 2020 - 16:40

        True. I think my hexi project was conceived at least 9 years ago!

      • #13 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 17:50

        Although I don’t know why I’m laughing – I’ve got some projects that old hanging around.

  5. #14 by katechiconi on April 17, 2020 - 13:32

    How much of the handwriting fabric do you have? The quantity might be a clue to what you’d thought about doing with it, perhaps. Failing the original idea, how about putting a border of handwriting hexies around each flower, and then joining the bordered flowers with a single ditzy print hexie separator? That’s if you have enough handwriting, of course.

    • #15 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 14:15

      I bought 1m of 110cm wide fabric and do think I had some idea of appliquΓ© which I’m not that keen on doing so I might have selectively ‘unremembered’ the plan. I have been playing with some layouts although I haven’t covered that many papers with the handwriting fabric yet so it hasn’t been very illustrative. I did try handwriting flowers with a ditsy centre and also a couple of different ways of separating the current flowers with handwriting hexagons but don’t think I tried the border as you suggested which sounds like it might be good. I think I’ll cover some more papers with handwriting and then I’ll have a bit more to play with when trying out designs.

      • #16 by katechiconi on April 17, 2020 - 19:56

        I keep a notebook in which I work out how much fabric I need for specific parts of each project, plus a swatch of the fabric. It really helps to look back at it if I’ve forgotten what I’m supposed to be doing! Plus, as I’m a visual person, the cutting diagrams I draw for myself when working out the quantities usually tell me how I’m meant to be using it! Good luck with developing your new solution!

      • #17 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 20:05

        When I grow up I want to be just like you. 🀣

      • #18 by katechiconi on April 17, 2020 - 20:07

        What, with chemo brain so I can’t remember anything unless I write it down…? I think not! But certain habits are useful.

  6. #19 by Laurie Graves on April 17, 2020 - 16:05

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Wonderful fabric.

    • #20 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 17:51

      It will probably be a surprise for us both πŸ˜‰

  7. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on April 17, 2020 - 16:37

    I have absolutely nothing to say about anything that small. πŸ™€
    The Spoonflower fabric is evocative of September & Autumn. βœοΈπŸ““
    Or maybe I’m just futilely wishing for cooler temperatures . . .

    • #22 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 17:51

      I know! Get me and my small stuff lately.
      Is it already overly hot where you are then?

      • #23 by CurlsnSkirls on April 18, 2020 - 13:18

        We’ve had another cool few days, but the above normal is forecast to start next week.
        U.G.H. πŸ₯΅
        They’re already forecasting the number of hurricanes and their severity. Not good, as ocean temps continue to rise abnormally.
        How is France taking the beginnings of EU countries opening up? I do hope it all goes well. From what little I’ve seen/read, people are extremely cautious. Which is a wise choice, IMHO. Hope you’re staying comfortable, and safe! xoxo

      • #24 by tialys on April 19, 2020 - 10:18

        We are, thankfully, relatively lightly affected here but a lot of France is in a bad way. One of our neighbours threw a party in his garden the other day and another one disappeared in his car a few evenings ago and hasn’t yet returned so not everybody is taking it seriously apparently. Anyway, we’ve been locked down for another 4 weeks so we’ll see what happens after that. I think everybody will eventually have to think about getting back to some sort of normality otherwise I can imagine there will be civil unrest in some quarters.

      • #25 by CurlsnSkirls on April 19, 2020 - 12:51

        Thank goodness you don’t have higher-ups promoting that unrest. 😬

      • #26 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:41


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  8. #28 by magpiesue on April 17, 2020 - 19:53

    My first thought was that you’d planned to use the handwriting print between the ditzy hexies, sort of like sashing. This is why I keep a studio journal in which I record projects begun and any intentions I may have for their completion. My brain is not to be relied upon anymore.

    • #29 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 20:06

      It seems that neither is mine!!

  9. #30 by kathyreeves on April 17, 2020 - 21:41

    The new idea will probably include the best if the old one, even if you never remember what the old one was exactly! At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m in your shoes.πŸ˜†

    • #31 by tialys on April 18, 2020 - 11:15

      Well, if I never remember the old one and I’m pleased with the new one – whatever that turns out to be – I’ll be happy.

  10. #32 by nanacathy2 on April 23, 2020 - 09:18

    I’m sure it will be gorgeous whatever you come up with. Imagine being as organised as the lovely Kate, with written records and swatches- I go for the shoving everythng into a bag and hoping I remember what I was going to do, which probably explains why I have so many not yet started projects!

    • #33 by tialys on April 23, 2020 - 09:44

      Kate is my hero. She inspires me but, deep down, I know I’ll never be that methodical and organised so I go with what I’ve got.

  11. #34 by Beads and Barnacles on April 23, 2020 - 23:02

    Ooh hexies. I finally got mine out of time out and sewed some together yesterday. You never know I might get onto the next colour strip sometime this year…
    Yours look so cute.

    • #35 by tialys on April 24, 2020 - 10:16

      I keep laying them out on the coffee table and trying to decide what to do with them but I’m not there yet. Something will click eventually I’m sure.

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