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What to Do with Lots of Extra HSTs

What to Do with Lots of Extra HSTs

Oh yeah!!  We finally get to show you what Sue made for each of us.

The Hexie Turtle introducing themselves

Remember back in the spring when she showed you her plan to frame her Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging.  She mentioned that she changed her mind and added in a second red print fabric.

What she didn’t tell you was that because of the changes she made to her original sketch plus a small multiplication error when figuring out how many half square triangles she would need (she forgot that the method she used made 8 hsts at a time instead of 4,) she ended up with lots and lots of extra 1¼” hsts.

So what does Sue do when she has a whole bunch of teeny, tiny hsts leftover?

She makes teeny, tiny turtle quilts!

Yes, that’s right. Sue made a quilt for me and Lanie and one for Rexie too… even though he’s a boy and he wasn’t sure he wanted a quilt especially if it was all girly with flower fabric in it. We tried telling him they were star bursts but he said they still looked like flowers to him. So Sue didn’t use any of those in his quilt.

Want to see them? Oh good!

But first I have to tell you about the fun we had supervising her and making sure that she fixed any mistakes she made.

We started by picking out what pattern we wanted for our quilts.

Rexie picked out the one that looked like candy cane stripes.

Rexie picks out his quilt pattern

I chose the zig zag one.

Lexie chooses the zigzag pattern

But Lanie didn’t like any of the ones on that page. We looked at hundreds and hundreds of sites and still she couldn’t find any that she liked. Until….

Lanie chooses the DNA quilt

That quilt was called DNA and Lanie loved it because she wants to be a scientist when she grows up.

It didn’t take Sue very long to start sewing.  And she only made one mistake.

She sewed one of my zig zag rows on the wrong way.

Zig Zags sewn on the wrong way

We spotted it right away and Sue got out that pointy thing in the picture. We don’t think she likes unpicking seams very much. She did an awful lot of mumbling under her breathe.

But finally all those little hsts were sewed together. Aren’t they pretty!

I like mine the best. But Lanie and Rexie each say theirs is the best too.

The little hst quilt tops

Even the backs looked cool before Sue started basting.

Backs of the turtle quilts

Sue hand-basted our quilts just like when she makes big ones.

The Hexie Turtles watching their quilts being basted

For someone who wasn’t even sure he wanted a quilt, Rexie sure did watch Sue closely.  Especially when she was working on his quilt.

Turtles watching while their quilts are being quilted.

We didn’t get to see her put the binding on the quilts because by the time she finished quilting them, it was late and she told us it was bedtime!

When we got up the next morning, we were sure our quilts would be finished but we couldn’t see them anywhere. They weren’t in the sewing room. And they weren’t downstairs.

When we asked Sue what had happened to them, she told us that they were on the line drying. So we hurried outside to see.

The turtles' quilts hanging on the line

Dave had made a clothesline just the right size for turtle quilts!

Here’s mine!

Lexie's Zig Zag Quilt


Rexie's quilt

Lanie loves her DNA quilt.

Lanie's DNA quilt

It was fun watching our quilts blow in the wind.

Turtle quilts blowing in the wind

But do you know what’s even more fun?

Going to sleep each night snuggled up in them!

 Turtles wrapped in their quilts ready for bed

Goodnight everyone!




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  • Quintuplicatemom
    December 21, 2015 3:19 pm

    absolutely adorable!

  • MA
    December 21, 2015 11:07 am

    Aww! Little turtles need little quilts, for sure. I’m sure there might yet be a campaign for matching wee pillows too?? Once you start the demands never end! I’m sure the turtle sized clothes line will be seeing lots of use in the future.

  • Susan
    December 20, 2015 6:09 pm

    Okay, I smiled a lot and might even have laughed out loud a time or two. That Dave can even make tiny clothes lines! Those are the greatest little quilts. Love the story. I wonder if there’s a children’s book or two in your future and the turtles’?

  • Jenny Benton
    December 19, 2015 4:21 pm

    I’m still smiling – what a fun post! Thanks so much!

  • Rachel
    December 19, 2015 3:21 pm

    What a delight for all! Gorgeous!

  • Terry in California
    December 19, 2015 2:25 pm

    SUE I really look forward to seeing what is new on your blog. I appreciate the time you take coming up with such fun ideas and share it with us. Hope you and yours have a wonderful 2016. I look forward to sharing it with you!

  • Mary
    December 19, 2015 10:37 am

    Those are so cute….a little Christmas warmth. Those turtles should be hibernating at this time of the year.

  • Stephanie
    December 19, 2015 9:44 am

    You crack me up! Love the turtle sized clothesline.
    Merry Christmas Sue ans Dave.

  • Gretchen
    December 19, 2015 9:17 am

    Well done! Warm turtles!

  • Kate
    December 19, 2015 8:17 am

    A delightful post, Sue … I’m still smiling!!
    Merry Christmas

  • Bobbi
    December 19, 2015 9:13 am

    Those are great! And I love your mini clothesline.

  • Patricia Cash
    December 19, 2015 8:27 am

    Too cute! Thanks for the laugh and info.

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