Somehow I greatly underestimated the number of 1.5″ hexagons I’ll need.

Actual numbers:
86″ x 100″  – 1479(+44 half) – Queen size
106″ x 106″ – 1895(+46 half) – King size

Right now I’m trying to decide if I’ll just go of the queen size and drop my goal of a king sized quilt – but it almost seems silly to stop when just over 400 more pieces would get me to the desired size. I haven’t had any time in the last month for machine sewing – so maybe my mood will shift and I’ll be more inclined to keep basting away when I get a machine sewn quilt finished.

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2015-10-07 12.12.17The raw pieces for this quilt are clicking along at a wonderful rate.

While I roughly planned on 1 year to make the hexagons I have roughly 75% of the pieces made after only 4 months. Currently it involves 28 prints and 8 solids.

Though I think a few prints won’t make the final quilt. I’ll probably make way more than needed so that I can cull the ones who don’t fit for better projects in the future.

I might be biting off more than I can chew, but I’m going to try diving into hand quilting head first. Inspired by the lovely Jana, and needing a travel friendly project I’ve decided to start at English Paper Piecing quilt with hexagons.

My goal: A queen sized quilt in 365 days.
Well, I want all the hexagons basted. I might delay stitching them until I figure out a design.
CD Design’s calculator figures this will take me 1346 full sized 1.5″ hexagons. (+44 half ones).
Johanna Masko states you’ll typically get 30 1.5″ hexagons from a fat quarter of fabric.
Therefore, I’m planning for 47 fat quarters. 5 hexies basted per day – 35 per week.

My first order of fabric arrived from Stay Home Fabrics on Monday and I spent a little time cutting some of my first fabric pieces. Here’s a few samples (not to scale of prints).

Fabric Swatches

The Globe Museum was my favorite part of Vienna, original post with pictures can be seen here.

While leafing through the editions of Imago Mvndi : a review of early Cartography (GA 101 .I45 v 4-7) it opened to this page detailing the origins of the Globe Museum.



A Globe museum has been established in Vienna by engineer Robert Haardt. At the outset a private venture, the musuem was made a state institution in 1945. The collection, hitherto in engineer R. Haardt’s private apartment, has now be placed in special premises. The pictures show a part of this collection in engineer Haardt’s private apartment.

Its purposes include: To show the development of globes in originals, copies, pictures, as well the collect world maps in original or reproductions with pertinent literature. To collect artistic representations of globes in pictures, on sculptures, engravings, etc. To compile a world catalogue of early globes.

— Imago Mvndi : a review of early Cartography, page 65

Gelände- und Kartenkunde, Handbuch für militärisches Aufnehmen und Kartenwesen für Offiziere, Offizieranwärter und Wehrsportler sowie zum Selbstunterricht.

Full title: Gelände- und Kartenkunde, Handbuch für militärisches Aufnehmen und Kartenwesen für Offiziere, Offizieranwärter und Wehrsportler sowie zum Selbstunterricht.

This amazing 1942 Nazi military manual for officers, cadets (and athletes?) is filled with beautiful diagrams and cartographic details. It comes with a pair of red-green 3D glasses – though the only anaglyph image is the cover.

As a side note: the first method to produce anaglyph images was developed in 1852 by Wilhelm Rollmann in Leipzig, Germany. (Wikipedia)

British Isles Pocket AtlasWhile shelf reading at the Map & Data Library, I spied a handsome little 1935 British atlas, and on the inside cover found the inscription:

Major C. P. Stacey
C. M. H. Q
London, January 1941

Incribed title page - Major C. P. Stacey

The first hit when looking up “C. M. H. Q” is a informative page by the National Defence and Canadian Forces explaining that:

Major (later Colonel) C.P. Stacey was appointed Historical Officer, General Staff, at the Canadian Military Headquarters in London, England, on 11 October 1940. His task, as conveyed to him by Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar, Chief of the General Staff (the officer responsible for recommending Stacey’s appointment) was “the collection and preparation of material for future use of the official historian and the placing on the record of historical material not otherwise recorded or available.

Colonel Charles Perry Stacey (1906 – 1989) served oversees until 1945, and later served as a Professor of History at the University of Toronto from 1959-1975.

The Head Map Librarian, Marcel Fortin, knew all about this atlas. Then again, he’s worked here much, much, much longer than I. Finding goodies like this in the stacks is always delightful.

Canadian Military History isn’t a strength of mine, but it is fascinating.

Inside the British Isles Pocket AtlasG_1810_1935_004

It’s a tiny little thing. Roughly 11cm by 15cm, now tucked safely in the Brittle Book section.

My dear friend, recently divorced and generally heart broken, told me that Grumpy Cat was his spirit animal. Another beloved friend, Jana, helped me get hooked on fiber art recently so I made this Tard felt portrait.


Grumpy Cat (2012) 12x17cm – wool felt – Diactus