Owl and Hare Hollow SAL

I was hoping to have completely finished one block by now but other sewing with deadlines has got in the way, I’m nearly there though. This is a SAL by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Design, it’s being published in the Homespun magasine which unfortunately takes weeks to reach the UK, so many on the facebook group have finished all of month two and I’m still on the first one, it’s nice seeing all the colourway ideas though.

Three weeks ago I was stitching the embroidery for the first block…

These embroideries have 1/2″ hexagons all round the edge and there’s quite a few embroidered blocks, so whilst watching the coronation last weekend I set up a tray and a little production line for mini hexies. I made half a dozen or so from each fabric and also made some coffin blocks which are for the other blocks in this month’s magasine. I’d bought the pre-cut papers for the quilt, definitely a wise move! The fabric is then glued round the paper template with as little glue as possible, it’s fabric glue which washes out.

Once the embroidery was stitched I could then arrange the hexies round the embroidery. They were to fit within a 7″ circle, when I first laid them on I thought it was outside the ring and even then I didn’t think I could fit twenty round, but stitching them into a chain did make a big difference, though I’ve still only got nineteen!

To start with I chose one hexie from each fabric, but some just didn’t sit well, their styles were just too different or they were too light. In the end I decided that the main hexie I would repeat was the one whose colours was the inspiration for the fabric choice, a teal/jade background with big pink and peach flowers, others just had one or two hexies. Having arranged them they then needed stitching on, and that’s where I’m at now, I did do a few whilst watching the Eurovision Song Contest, so hopefully it won’t take long now to finish.

I’ve also started the second of the embroidered blocks, this will also have twenty-ish hexies round it. Then I’ve just got four blocks to make using coffin wheels and mini hexies, they shouldn’t take as long in theory! I’m hoping that the other fabrics will work well together in these blocks

Hopefully for my next update I’ll have a few more blocks completed.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, Daisy, and Connie

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the links to see what everyone has been stitching.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Owl and Hare Hollow SAL

  1. sandidureice says:

    Thank you for introducing this BOM. I have since taken out a subscription to Homespun and purchased the circle templates: I think I can manage to accurately cut the rest. What a beautiful quilt, and I love your first blocks. Thank you.


  2. claire93 says:

    so pretty with those tiny hexxies!


  3. Deb says:

    Oh my! That is going to be another fantastic quilt. I’m ready to watch the journey!


  4. wybrow1966 says:

    Have I missed this? It looks lovely – I love the mixture of embroidery and hexxies!


  5. kathyreeves says:

    These blocks look just wonderful MArgaret, I will enjoy watching this journey! Love the colors so far. ❤️


  6. Mia is mine says:

    Awww….such a beautiful quote! Your hexies look precious!
    Your second block is just as lovely! I love the blue stitch you used on the sides of the house…it looks like a lovely backstitch, but seems “wiggly”. It’s very pretty and adds texture to the design.
    Thank you for sharing such lovely pieces!


  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    I love your new project. I decided instead of starting that one to work on a UFO from 1999!


  8. Jenny Benton says:

    Such pretty stitcheries you are working on. I have to say I’ve never done any hexies.


  9. Amo says:

    If that’s a 7” circle they must be tiny hexis!


  10. Such beautiful, gentle work


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