Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Airplane Hexagon Production

So, the important info. How many did I make?
(and I'm remodeling the blog, so ignore the crazy if you clock over from reader)


I made just over 90 - with about 75% of those on the flight there. I got lots of interest from others on the way to the bathroom and the flight attendants. They loved the cuteness.

I didn't have any trouble at all carrying these on - both long flights and the inter island flight mid week.


I used a latch-lid container. Nice and slim but room for all my stuff.


Here is my little set-up. I took on a TON of needles and pins both. No scissors, but they are allowed under a certain size.


This was my best idea. I hot glued several craft magnets to one edge. They held perfectly. When working, it was much easier to place my pin or in-work needle on the magnets than inserting into the travel case. Also I wasn't worried about them flying around with all the bumps from air and people.


I used this needle threader with the little cutter on it. One less thing being able to leave scissors at home. And after threading large tapestry needles with yarn and embroidery floss for so long, I seriously can not thread a sharp needle. It is so annoying!

This little Clover thing worked very well with, no surprise, the gold-eye sharp Clover needles. A few other types I tried didn't work at all. Even one that was labeled as "large eye". I would thread up about 7 needles at once and line them up in my case. That way I wouldn't have to stop so often.


This fun little pile is a sample of some goodies I found in my post-vacation mail!


Kauai Sunrise
{As Mark photoshops our vacation, I'll probably be posting some Hawaii faves for a while.}

Hanalei Valley Rainbow (double!)

20 comments:

Stephanie said...

What pretty sunset and rainbow photos! You look like you got a lot accomplished on the flight, and so many pretty fabrics :) I really need to start some of these, just not enough time in the day. Maybe I need to plan a flight to somewhere! :)

~Michelle~ said...

nice hexie set-up! and are those hawaii photos edited, or SOTC? because if they're SOTC, I would say no photoshop required!

Nichole said...

i like your plane setup. i need to hot glue some magnets into my box. that's so practical!

i love the hawaii photos! SO pretty!!

jess said...

You are torturing me. :x With the Kauai shots, I mean. But those little hexies are so so cute!

Rebekah said...

so cute! I love when craft projects get contained in their own useful containers like this :)

esquiltingpassion said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. I loved your little kit, what a great idea. I have been making small yoyos for a scarf,and I have a kit but I like your idea for the magnets. I also have a question about the hexies do you make a pattern for each hexie and do you leave it in after you are finished? I am hexi-challenged.
Elaine

Dee said...

How very organized and way too cute. Knowing that Hawaii was a dream and thanking you so much for sharing your adventures and the pictures are to die for!

L Johnson said...

What a great travel set up! Love the new blog look and those photographs are amazing!

Goddess in Progress said...

So. Much. Cuteness. And, as always, I adore your thoughtful organization! Perfect way to bring a craft like that on a plane!

I am totally bookmarking this. I think I need to start making hexies just so I can have sewing to bring with when I travel! I'll be in Chicago and Wisconsin for two weeks this summer, and we're flying to Hawaii in November. Perfect time to start some hand sewing.

What would you recommend as a good size to start with? I certainly don't want to go itty-bitty, but I don't want it to be too huge, either.

Also, I can't remember if you said this before, do you leave the templates in after you've basted them, or can you take them out easily?

-Liz

Kris said...

What a great setup! Good luck with the blog redesign, looks like it's going to be great!

One Flew Over said...

They look great, looking forward to seeing them all sewn together!

LindaB said...

great photo's, wish I was there...your hexie set up is great..I never thought I would need one of those needle threaders, now I can see how good they are...I have just started on my "hexie" journey, so thanks for the great tips...I have been painstakingly cutting out hexie shapes around a template, but I noticed that you only cut out squares...should I be doing what you are doing...do you have a lot of material at the back...will it make any difference or is it personal choice...I am sure it is a lot quicker....LindaB (aust)

peaknits said...

How clever! Thanks for sharing!

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jaybird said...

90 is impressive!! i tend to be more productive on my flights out than on the trip & flights back too!

Evelyn said...

Wow, that last photo looks impossibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Leslie said...

i love your travel set up for the hexagons! the pictures you have of hawaii are beautiful

amy smart said...

Augh. Those pictures are incredible!! Keep them coming. I think Kauai is heaven on earth.

And, you are a genius with the magnets in the traveling case! I am going to totally try that one.

Valentina said...

What a gorgeous setup! Inspiring!
Sounds like a heavenly vacation...
sigh

Erin said...

Awesome way to organize your hexies! Not even just for a flight ... love the glued on magnets!