Sonya May hem

A stitch in my side

Hex and hugs and sausage rolls (?!?)

A story in three parts…

Part 1 : Hex

So, I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I finished my hexie top.  Ta-dah…



The Full Hexie. All fabric from Spotlight precut fat quarters.

Now, I’m going to admit straight off that the longer I worked on this the less I liked it.  I felt my colour choices were too jarring and it just didn’t seem cohesive.  But, now that I’ve actually looked at it from a distance (and behind a lens) I don’t mind it at all.  For me though, this whole adventure in EPP has really cemented for me how much I enjoyed the process.  I relished the opportunity to do some hand sewing – although my hands haven’t quite forgiven me yet! – and the slowly building up each of first the petals and then the flowers.

I have further plans for other EPP projects in the future – this amazing gigantic hexie is a must as is this beauty. Oh, and maybe this as well

It really is an addictive way to spend a few hours.  I now have to work out how to back and bind it and this method from Badskirt seems the least confusing and workable for me. Another option is this one from My Poppet.  A lengthy period of thinking music required at this point.


Hexie 3

Hexie 3

Hexie 2

Hexie 2

Hexie 1

Hexie 1

Part 2 : Hugs

My niece, Charlotte,  is turning ten in November – I simply don’t know where all those years have gone – and frankly she behaves more like an 18 year old than a ten year old. But anyway, a curious thing as her birthday approaches she becomes much more of a hugs and I love you kind of a gal… I wonder what she’s angling for… hmmmm…. in any case as I have already made her a quilt, this time around I thought I would make a beautiful bed cushion for her using the Warsaw Mermaid paper piecing pattern.

Me: What do you want to be when you finish school and have to work Charlotte…?

Charlotte: A professional mermaid.

There is no convincing her that mermaids aren’t “real”. Gosh, won’t I look stupid as she walks (flipper flops??) across the  stage to collect her Mermaid Diploma from Mermaid Academy.  {lol}

Part 3 : Sausage Rolls

No other reason than I’d really like to eat a sausage roll today.  But I won’t.

♥  Sonya May ♥



Ok – so it’s been a while. May in fact, ridiculous, the year is almost done!!

So where have I been… well nowhere really and everywhere. Mainly up and down. My dear father passed away in June after a long illness. While you can prepare for the inevitable you can never prepare for how you will feel as the days progress.

We found this lovely photo of him which none of us had ever seen before until we started looking through his secret stash of boxes and envelopes. It is a whole other lifetime away, well before marriage and children and responsibilities.



As a consequence I hadn’t much felt like sewing, until a couple of weeks ago when the desire to sit with Jacqui the Janome became too overwhelming.  Since then, I have completed some new bags for cousins, my mum and myself, finished hand piecing the top for the hexie quilt, chased up some sashiko and worked towards completing the binding on another quilt for a friend and looked at another old standing project that I had with fresh eyes.

I’ve also slowly been catching up with all my favourite blogs and getting back in touch with what everyone else is up to.  It’s been interesting to see everyone transitioning through the seasons as we head in to warmer days here down under while everyone in the north is grabbing the knitting needles and crochet hooks and looking for toasty projects to work on.

I promise to make more regular contributions to the old blog – I do miss it when I don’t do it.  Unfortunately, my only writing of late has been for job applications!  Certainly not the most creative of outlets although with long term unemployment I have developed a brilliant and quick system for knocking them out.  Anyone looking for a Library Technician of a certain age… call me…

Well, I hope you are all well and I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing and sharing with you all.

Until next time,

Sonya May



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