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April 28, 2015
Some blocks from Espritpatch

So I had lost my sewjo recently and hardly did any sewing, but at the week-end I managed to make the Bee Europa block for Tsoniki, all made of selvages she had sent us

And I also picked up my Sew Euro Bee an blocks from 2013 (I know that was 2 years ago...) Anyway, I decided to put them together to see what I needed to finish that quilt and realised that I was only needed 2 more blocks. I thought I was missing more so that was a nice surprise. I remember when we did the bee, some ...

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April 27, 2015
UK mini swap from Espritpatch

I didn't realised I hadn't blogged for so long but at least I have something to blog about!

The UK mini swap is over which means I have sent mine to my partner and I have also received one back!
I made a rainbow hexies for my partner. I made the hexies when we were on holidays so all was left was to applique them on the background fabric.
 I quilted with a very simple straight line quilting to secure the hexagons. 
I really like how it turned out and could have easily kept it. I also made ...

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April 9, 2015
More hand piecing from Espritpatch

Last week has been all about hand sewing or cross stitching as I was away from my sewing machine. It was a great way of catching up with some late blocks and also get started on new blocks. I made a second flower for my partner for March

My 1 block for the 350-blocks project challenge for April.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


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March 31, 2015
One more block from Espritpatch

Yes I did finish one more block this month, the last of the Get Your Hexie On block which was made of "big" (1.5') hexie all in low volume. I used an assortment from my stash to make Shirley's block

This bee is over now, this was our second round (year-long), let's see if we will do a round 3.
This block takes my March blocks total to 27.

And I am still playing with English Paper Piecing today, trying to finish my hexie flowers for March, but at the moment, this is still a WIP.

Miracle ...

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March 22, 2015
Hexie Pincushion Sale from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, just a quick note to let you know I have a pincushion sale tonight in my shop!…

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March 15, 2015
Catching up with blocks from Espritpatch

I was very behind with my Bee blocks in February so I thought I would start this month trying to finally catch up. And I have made some progress and sent a few blocks to their new owners.

There was more hand sewing with these hexagons for Cathy for February

and this Lucy Bee block for Uschy for Feburary

I also finished my arrow blocks for Rosanne for Little Blog Bee for January

And then I made a block for Siobhan for Bee Hive but I didn't follow the instructions correctly so I made another with the right size ...

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March 6, 2015
dun dun... dun dun from Charm About You

A fun finish this week, a shark pencil case for my son's friend using this tutorial.

It's not the most perfect sewing on my part but I enjoyed using a crazy stitch on my machine and hand stitching eyes - yeah I have no black buttons or white zips left, must add those to the shopping list! 

Yesterday was World Book Day and I let the kids chose characters from their favourite books. Joan chose a classic tale and wanted to be the gingerbread man - we made her mittens last weekend and I sewed some buttons on a hoodie ...

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March 2, 2015
Hand sewing week-end from Espritpatch

I didn't managed to get to my sewing machine this week-end but I did take some time out of the sorting, shopping, cleaning, planning etc for a little hand sewing. And that was a good start for the month as I finished my late flowers for January for Simone

and also my hexie block for January for Susan with some gorgeous Liberty

3 blocks for this month 350-blocks project, that's a good start but I doubt I will be keeping up the pace!

Linking to Design Wall Monday as these blocks have finally come down to be sent ...

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January 23, 2015
Tutorial: Hexagon cuff bracelet from Craft Gossip

Hexagon bracelet

Rebecca of Hugs are Fun took a few fabric scraps and whipped up this adorable hexie bracelet. This would be a great project to do as a group activity. It’s simple enough for beginning sewers plus the paper piecing can all be done by hand (no sewing machine required). Pick your fabrics according to the occasion, season or holiday. Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, but you have plenty of time to create a hexagon cuff or two.

Get the tutorial, Hexagon Cuff Bracelet, at Hugs are Fun.

{Image credit: Hugs are Fun}

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January 11, 2015
It's Sunday and I'm stitching slow.... from Linda quilts too

Over a month ago I posted how far along I had gotten on my Hexie Quilt here.  Since then I've been working on it quite a bit and it's now reached this size.  Since I only have one more of the 'blocks' that I had pre-made ..... I need to start working up some more of them.

It takes a LOT of paper hexagons to baste and sew together so while I was sewing along I started thinking about how I 'reuse' my papers when I remove them as they get sewn together.   
When I first started I did ...

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January 8, 2015
Slow but steady progress. from Sew Simple Life

Here is what we woke up to this morning, along with a two hour delay for school!!

I am still working on my hexies. It's going kind of slow, mostly because Nomers requires a great deal of my attention. But I baste when I can. I feel very old-timey when I do it because I usually sit next to the wood stove while I'm doing them.

Yesterday I spent some time reading about quilt history. I know back in the day English Paper Piecing was done using newspapers as the foundation and the paper was often left inside ...

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January 6, 2015
Hand sewing from Espritpatch

We spent last week in the Alps under the sun and blue sky, enjoying the snow and the ski with good friends. 

We had a fantastic holiday week but a terrible journey there and back. We spent hours and hours in the car, which has allowed me to do lots of hand sewing, while hubby was stuck behind the wheel.
I finished my flowers for Michell (December blocks)

as well as a very belated block for Uschy for I love Lucy International

All the blocks are in the post to their new homes now :-)
and these are my first 3 ...

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December 29, 2014
Hand sewing from Espritpatch

Not much time to sew these last few days as we have been busy in the kitchen or busy eating or busy spending time with family, etc...

But in between all these or while travelling from one place to the next I have managed to finish a few of my hand-sewn bee blocks. English Paper Piecing is so easy and portable when you are on the go!
I finished my flowers for Melody 

and for Michele

And I also finished my block for Judy for Get your Hex on!
That's 5 more blocks this month, taking me to 23 ...

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December 23, 2014
Bee blocks catch up from Espritpatch

After sending off all my swaps, I have tried to move to the next items on my list, of course there were the Christmas presents but also my Bee blocks, where I had fallen behind quite a few in the last few months. I didn't want to start the New Year with blocks due from the previous one if possible!

So I finished my block for Amanda for Get Your Hex On!

And also my blocks for Little Blog Quilting Bee. Some scrappy blocks for Gina

and also for Sheila

I made these stars for Dorothy for Bee Europa ...

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December 20, 2014
Tutorial: Hexie Lion Pillow from Craft Gossip

Lion Hexie Pillow Abby

Golden hexagons make up this friendly lion’s mane as the front of this hexie-shaped pillow. Maker Abby, of While She Naps, nailed this design explaining on her blog how this is the first hexagon pattern she’s created using EPP (English Paper Piecing). She shares the pattern and instructions so you can make your own version of this adorable pillow. She shows you a child’s version as well as adult, shown.

Go to Hexie Lion Pillow Tutorial – A Stop on the 12 Hexies Blog Hop at While She Naps

{image credit: While She Naps}

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