I seem to have very little free time these days, and so lots of little projects that I think I'd like to try have been put on the back burner. My dad decided to intervene by getting an unexplained stomach ache last week, which landed him in the hospital for a few days of tests, which meant an unscheduled trip to Pennsylvania for me. First things first, he's out of the hospital and doing well, and I'm back home. But since I knew it was likely I'd be doing a lot of sitting and waiting, I took a little project with me.
Paper-pieced quilt hexagons. If you enjoy hand-sewing, and you have an abundance of tiny pieces of fabric (guilty on both counts here), these are fun. Also, these were small enough that I could put the whole project in my purse and take them along.
I'm going to take the coward's way out and suggest that if you don't know about paper piecing, you should Google it to get better instructions than I'd be able to provide. Basically, you cut out little paper templates, fold and baste fabric around them, sew the pieces of fabric together, then remove the paper templates.
I got quite a few done, and my parents were eager to participate in multiple rounds of "Which Hexagon is Your Favorite?" We all were surprisingly fond of the orange one. As a rule, we're not orange people. We're quiet, sober Lutherans, so we tend more to colors like beige. Not always the best color for a quilt. It was probably good for all of us to move a little out of our comfort zone.
This is the next stage, which is adding a solid-color border before joining them. I'm not exactly sure how this project will finish up, but I'm enjoying the process. And I'm grateful that my dad seems to be OK, that I got a few unscheduled days with my parents, and that, oddly enough, a worrisome situation ended up being a bit of a break from the everyday.