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Hexagons

Hexagons

These little jewels are another attempt to reduce my scrap basket. (I think they multiply while I sleep.)

Right now my sewing room is a little disorganized while I move it yet again. (I have lost track of how many times this makes.) I am thankful to have a sewing room and I am super thankful for a husband that is remodeling our house, but it isn’t very sewing friendly.

Anyway, my sewing is my escape, so my escape is in the form of hand work right now.

If you aren’t familiar with hexagons they are sewn in the EPP (English Paper Piecing) style. It is a very easy and relaxing form of quilting that is also very portable.

 

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I bring my little papers and scraps along with me in the car, I bring them to doctor appointments, and even to work. I can sew a couple of these on my lunch break or when I have some down time. These are small hexagons. I like small projects. They measure 1″ across from edge to edge. I have seen much smaller hexagon quilts, but I thought this was a good size for a first project.

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My problem now is deciding how I want to put them together. I started out sewing all my little flowers together like the picture above. I then thought they would look better with some white space, so I stated adding a row of light fabrics in between.

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Now, I’m not so sure I like it. I would use both white space and non-white hexagons, except they don’t fit together right. Who knew?

I even started collecting hexagon quilts with all kinds of different hexagon layouts on Pinterest.

Have you ever made a hexagon quilt?

I’d love to hear which way you like it best.

Do you like the white or without the white? Would you sew them together differently?

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

 

Folded Fabric Fun Potholders

Quick Gift Idea

I finally finished something.

Need a quick gift for Christmas?

These or any pot-holders go together really quickly.

Believe me, if I can find the time now to make these, you can!

Between work and school, my sewing room has been pretty quiet, but I finally finished this set of pot-holders. They were so easy to make.

I wonder who will get these for Christmas?

Folded Fabric Fun Potholders

Folded Fabric Fun

What special project are you working on for the holidays?

 

Until next time,

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

Christmas Charm

Charm Quilt

Charmed!

 

I’m very excited about this! I’ve been wanting to write up more, but time hasn’t permitted.

I’ve had an article and pattern published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. 

 

So many scraps, so little time…

Dig out those scraps or organize a charm exchange for your group. The Quilt Pattern Magazine is a high quality online publication. The patterns are all thoroughly tested and I think they are even offering a free trial subscription. Check it out and have some fun!

 

Help is on the way…

Check out the magazine for complete directions for organizing your own charm exchange or for lots of helpful tips on how to make this quilt including complete directions.

Christmas Charm

Christmas Charm Quilt

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Have a quilty day.

Michelle

buttons

Buttons

Buttons:

Do you own a button collection?

I think most quilters do.

My collection is pretty small compared to some of my quilting friends.

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Button, button who has the button?

I don’t know why I have so many bright fluorescent colored buttons.

I do know that many, many of these buttons were cut off of old shirts and other clothing by my mother-in-law and my grandmother and my meme (I can’t add the accents). All of these women lived through the depression and the war and saved their buttons.

As a direct result of my families historical tendencies, I have a lot of pearly white buttons. These get in my way when I am looking for a certain color button.

Do you sort your buttons by color? That is what I am working on here, it will save me some time.  More time for quilting!

Have a quilty day!

Michelle

Pinspiration

Nope, I didn’t spell that wrong.

Have you heard about Pinterest? It works like an online corkboard where you can “pin” pictures from almost anywhere on the internet.

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You can check out my boards here.

I can post quilts, stuff for the home, pictures of food that I would make if I had time… and so much more.

Warning: Pinterest is addictive! 

It has been a long day and I’m tired so I think I will have a little pin time.  Want to come join me? 

 

 

Wooly-Wooly Quilt Pattern

Wooly-Wooly

Wooly-Wooly

Make this fun Wooly sheep project this weekend.

This adorable duo is available for you to download today at Craftsy.com

Pearl and Wooly-Wooly

Photoshoot crasher!

How it all started…

This little quilt was made out of 100% recycled wool. I used felted sweaters and other clothing to make this primitive little wall hanging. It was so popular with my friends and family that they all encouraged me to make it into a quilt pattern.

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The Original Wooly-Wooly

I know a lot of quilters don’t work in wool so I wanted to remake the quilt in a way that all quilters could enjoy it.

So, many many days later…. I finally finished the pattern.

It takes quite awhile from idea to prototype to writing instructions and testing and revising and editing.

Here is a close up.

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If you like “Country” , “Primitive” , or “Folk Art” ; this is the pattern for you.

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Did I mention there are full directions for a table runner too?

I always want to give my customers a little more.

Pictures to come soon….

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This pattern lends itself to your personal touches. It can be made in cottons, flannels, or especially wools.

The little flowers along the bottom look great done in applique or substitute buttons or yo-yos.

Take this pattern and combine it with your favorite tote bag or pillow pattern and you have a wonderful conversation starter or perfect gift for that extra special someone.

This pattern will be available for a limited time at the introductory price of just $4.50 for a pdf download at Craftsy. I will be adding it to Etsy and Patterspot in the near future, but I like Craftsy the best because it is available to download over and over and if I ever update the pattern to (add more cool stuff) you get all the changes!

Won’t you give these little guys a good home?

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

Introducing Wooly-Wooly

Wooly-Wooly

My newest pattern. I was trying to take some pictures for my latest pattern when Pearl crashed the scene.

Pearl and Wooly-Wooly

Photoshoot crasher!

She is so beautiful, I can’t get mad at her.

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Back to School Sale

Back to School Sale!

It is that time again. Everywhere you look you see Back to School Sale!

Does the phrase “Back to School” stir up feelings of happiness, sadness, stress or indifference? For me it is always a bit exciting with some stress mixed in.

It is often a bit difficult adapting to the new schedules and routines, but when things slow down a bit, it is often nice to have those routines. It is a bit easier to find a little “me” time when everyone has something to do.

Whether “Back to School” is great or awful there are sales everywhere to mark the season.

I figure I will jump on the band wagon.  For a limited time you can buy any of my PDF patterns at Craftsy for just $4.50. This is a great deal.

Blooming Bluebirds Quilt Pattern on Sale

Blooming Bluebirds
22″ x 22″

I’ll let you know why I think it is a great time to have a sale.

  1. Everyone else is getting something new, how about you?
  2. It is a really good time to start thinking about your holiday crafting projects. (My quilting patterns are quick and make great gifts.)
  3. I have new pattern coming out soon, so you can see if you like my style. (An adorable little Sheep Applique! Preview coming soon.)
  4. After the summer, you are just itching to start stitching again.
  5. It is a great price for a full size pattern.

These prices won’t last long so hurry on over to Craftsy and buy a copy of one or both of my popular patterns today.

Have a Quilty Day,

Michelle

UFO

Enough already

As many of my regular readers know, I have been working on a long overdue UFO. This Unfinished project was started about 16 years ago. I am happy to report that I have made a lot of progress on this quilt. I now have the entire top pieced. All I have to do is add the borders.

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Borders:

I love the look of pieced borders, but they can be difficult to fit into place at times. My problem with this quilt is that there are two separate borders that are pieced together so they must fit exactly.

My 16 year ago cutting and piecing is so different from my today cutting and piecing that things aren’t working well together.

Mismatched Borders

Mismatched Borders

It has come to the point where I dread even going to my sewing room because I have to face that quilt.

No amount of pinning or easing is going to fix this problem.

Enough Already….

This quilt is stealing my joy…

It is stealing my time….

It is stressing me out…

So, it is going back in the suitcase. 

I’m a little sad that it won’t be finished right away, but I just don’t have time to deal with this right now.

I have too many things I want to do and struggling with this is not one of them.

I’m not giving up…I know exactly what I need to do to finish the quilt. It is just going to take a lot of time and I don’t want to devote that time right now.

It’s okay, this quilt is just for me and I can wait a little longer.

How is your quilting going? Is there something that is stealing your joy, it is okay to set it aside….

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

New Paper Piecing Method

Hi Quilting Friends,

I’ve been busy working  in the yard a lot lately and keeping busy with the kids home.

Today, while on a little break I found this wonderful blog post on Paper Piecing. The wonderful part is that there is no paper to remove.

Check it out for yourself. Why didn’t I think of this! I can’t wait to try it.

Let me know, if you try it before me, how you like it.

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle