Hexagon quilt

How many people spend as much time planning their holiday sewing as they do the holiday itself? (substitute 'sewing' with craft of choice). My cunning plan was to make a hexagon quilt. Ambitious eh? It all began when I saw a demonstration of a sizzix template cutting machine and saw how easy it would be to cut hexagons, and then I thought that hexagon hand sewing  or 'english paper piecing'  would be the perfect travel companion. A long story cut short - I bought a cutting machine and had some hexagon die cutters for my birthday. If i needed further justification, I would be making a quilt for us, which is something I haven't yet managed. I could imagine myself sitting on a balcony in the Alps with a glass of wine and some hand sewing, occasionally glancing up and marvelling at the mountains. All this of course after climbing every mountain and fording every stream (singing as per Julie Andrews).

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hexagon and mountain view

hexagon and mountain view

We didn't manage a long walk today, but that's because we did an epic one yesterday and now we're having a day off. Instead we drove up the mountain for a coffee and a fantastic view of Mont Blanc

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Then we had lunch back at the apartment and then drove (not walking) to Sallanches in search of a sewing shop as don't like the sewing needles I brought with me - a good excuse I thought. Anyway, we found a lovely shop called 'Tissus de Savoie' which had a fab range of Savoyard tea towels and tablecloth type things, but also a little sewing section. I couldn't resist some Savoyard patterned quilting material for a future project, although it might make it into the hexie quilt. I did buy some aguilles too!

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