In thinking about both trips, I knew I wanted a couple of small portable sewing projects to bring with me for the breaks in wrangling children. One of the projects was my slow summer stitching, which I quickly finished in Montana then got to wear (more on this soon). My second project was hexagon English paper piecing.
I had never done English paper piecing before these trips - at one time I probably would have thought it was too fussy for me - but since I love the hand stitching of the Alabama Stitch Book projects, I figured I would probably like making hexagons. I was right.
Sewing these hexagons was relaxing and fun, because they sew up so quickly; after working on them on and off, I now have 90 finished hexagons. The flight attendant thought I was crazy to concentrate so hard on tiny fabric squares and paper hexagons, and to sew everything by hand. I love that the materials are few - cotton thread, hand sewing needle, a pin, small scissors, fabric squares, paper hexagons, and a bag to store everything in. I bought the 1" hexagons, because I wanted something small enough to use up small fabric scraps but not small enough to be ridiculous. For directions, I referred to these and these and these found via this. I cut my squares with scissors, not worrying if they were perfectly straight, but I did cut a 2.5 inch square out of thin cardboard to use as a template.
So, what am I going to make with all these hexagons? I'm not completely sure, but I think they will most likely become pillows as I could use some new ones in my den. Even though sewing these hexagons is fun, I think making a quilt out of them might border slightly on psychotic. If I do mention a quilt in the future, please remind me I said that.