Monday, April 27, 2015

Holy Hexie Day!

I returned home from getting my new pair of glasses –and dropping off the book orders to the post office, and making a run through the bank, and Fed Ex….

Little did I know when I returned home I would find a box stuffed full of…


No one ever expects these things…and when it happens, I am just so overcome!

This box came with a story:


I can’t tell if it is blocks or just parts at this point!

The note reads: 
Dear Bonnie,

I don’t know who would appreciate these hexagon blocks more than you.  They were given to my mom 30 years ago because she was a quilter and would know what to do with them! 

Rows of blocks, and single blocks too! 
I follow you religiously and know your fondness for all things scrappy, vintage and hexagon.  These certainly cover ALL bases! 

Individual blocks, close up! 
Feel Free to pass them on  ((Ahem!! NO WAY!)) store them, or play with them any way you please.  It’s my thank you for all you do! 

Close up of rows!


Back sides!  With papers still basted in place on outer edges!

See you in June in Western NY – My First Bonnie Class!

Mary L.S. 

Singles with fun papers!


Look at them all!  Oh, the possibilities!

PS –Look at those stitches!!
Oooooeeeee!  I have no idea how the original maker ((who is not named anywhere)) was planning on setting these rows…I’ll have to play with them and see what is what, and see if I can figure it out.

The UPSIDE? English paper piecing means it will be easy to replicate the hexagon shape she was using, size –etc….so it would work for me to assemble these together.  She used what feels like plain utility muslin.

I wish I knew the story behind all of these wonderful dress prints.  Were they leftovers from making clothing?  Were they shared bits from friends?

Good thing I’ve got new glasses…I see a lot of hand work in my future!


Yep, it’s good to see!

They may look similar to my other ones, and they are but the lenses are a different shape.  And better yet, my bifocal prescription is stronger so I can see to thread needles…this is good!

And I know you can’t tell from the photo, but the best gift to myself from my trip to Maine ---LOBSTAH earrings…fun!

Gonna go study these papers some more – maybe there is a date in here somewhere?

Have a great evening, everyone!

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Bente Antonsen said...

What a wonderful gift! Love to see what you will make from it.

All good things said...

Many thanks to Mary for gifting this to you. What a wonderful sentiment.

Alison Saunders said...

The blue one in your hand looks like it says Friday, August. but I can't see the rest.

Have fun with these hexies!!!!!

Mary Cooper said...

I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Anonymous said...

Would love to know more about the one that says "milder whiskey blend we praise."

Anonymous said...

What a lovely generous gift. I can't wait to see how you put them together.

Susan L.

pcquilter said...

I can't even think of the words for such an incredible gift. Those hexes are so you. I really want to tell you how happy the picture is of you with your new glasses...the pose, the smile... All makes me smile!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

such a wonderful gift and treasure. She sure sent them to the right gal, you will do wonders with them.

Penny said...

The beautiful Hexies(gift)are absolutely wonderful and I agree so you!(So envious)Eager to see what you do with them!

Anonymous said...

Bonnie, if you look at your pictures with the rows of hexagon flower blocks, can you see that if you put these rows together using colored hexies you would see diamonds of colored hexies and then the flower blocks?? Too fabulous for words. Lucky you!!! Carolyn Barnett csbbobbin@yahoo.com

Leanne said...

Oh how lucky are you!!!!! These are just beautiful and I love seeing all the original papers in them... I always ask at antique stores if they have any quilt blocks but nope, never do. Cant wait to see what you create with them Miss Bonnie x

Sandy said...

Kudos to the wonderful donor and looking forward to hearing more about how the vintage hexie story develops. Their life is not yet over. :-)

Sherry in Carrollton, Texas said...

Bonnie, I need new glasses like yours. Where did you find them? Can only find round ones, which I don't like.

Sewgirl said...

Wow! What a wonderful windfall. I am confident that they were sent to the right person.. Looking forward to see how they end up.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Oh you lucky one, such a wonderful gift. Have fun with it.

cityquilter grace said...

wow what a gift....i would love to get something like that as i wouldn't do that many hexies....oooh have fun!

Patricia said...

How wonderful! Hope we see what you do with them.

Barbara Bailey said...

What a wonderful gift! I have never attempted paper piecing but I will at least try. Anxiously waiting to see what you create with all those hexies.have fun!

Ramona said...

I have GOT to ask! What weight are the papers in those hexagons? They look like newspaper clippings!

Have fun!!

markay vintageformeforever said...

Oh Bonnie you are just so blessed.....I love the new White brand turquoise sewing machine, it goes so beautifully with the new 4 patch cross you are working on.
And those wonder vintage hexies, cannot wait to see what you come up with on them. Have a blessed day, and cannot wait for quilt cam. Markay from Ky.

Dody said...

How fitting. I've recently been bitten by the hexie bug! I found an old hexie quilt top my mom made with lovely vintage fabrics. I'm trying my hand at hexie now. They are very additive.

Anonymous said...

Love the hexie blocks you were given, you're a lucky girl. very deserving though. You do so much for the quilting community and keep us in projects and keep making us want to make more and do more. They would look great with a solid old fashioned color putting them together maybe. I am sure whatever you do with them, they will be perfect. I am working on Carolina chain in repro scraps. It's looking good. Safe travels and love seeing the smile on your face.
Natalie in Maine

Rose Marie said...

What a wonderful treasure you received and so deserving. Enjoy playing with them and all hexie lovers are waiting to see what you make with them.