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July 25, 2014
Paint Mini Quilt from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends!

I finally finished another mini quilt / table runner this week and I am so excited to share it with you all!

Modern Handcraft - Paint Mini Quilt

This features a beautiful new line called Paint! by Carrie Bloomston at SUCH Designs for Windham Fabrics. I convinced my roomie at Quilt Market to let me have this charm pack sample of Paint and I am so happy I did. My favorite swatches are the paint swatch print, and I love the grays and newsprint fabrics.

Modern Handcraft - Paint Mini Quilt Modern Handcraft - Paint Mini Quilt

I thought it would be fun to do a mini quilt fading from light to dark and in color order ...

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June 29, 2014
My newFO for June and some lovelies in the post from Espritpatch

June is nearly nearly finished and until yesterday I hadn't touched my NewFO challenge. I got all the fabric I needed out of my sewing room last night and spent some time cutting. I had chosen to start another triangle after my Mum hinted not so softly that she really really liked the one I made to my friend in April and that she would really really like the same one. I had lots of leftover of fabric anyway so I got back to the cutting board with the leftovers and a few extras from my stash to cut ...

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June 23, 2014
Hexie Pincushion from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

It's nice to have a small project to do while on vacation, or even just sitting outside enjoying the weather. This little hexie pincushion is a fun little project. I first saw it on facebook and fell in love with it. This pattern is  part of the Sew Over The Rainbow quilt along hosted by Victoriana Quilt Designs. You can check it out on her Facebook Page. The FREE pattern can be found HERE.... Benita, Thank you for the great pattern, it's adorable when finished and you can never have too many pincushions. It would also make a ...

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June 13, 2014
Hexies on the Road from Raleigh from Becca's Crazy Projects

On the trip back from Raleigh, NC, last Sunday, I used my hex punch to make a stack of papers for some EPP.
I also basted the rest of these centers for scrappy flowers.  I love how these flowers will become the center for a field of flowers.  I still don't know how this project will work out, but I'm willing to let it come at its own pace.
Because I am slightly crazy (hence the crazy projects) I also chopped up some charm squares (my papers work great with a 2.5" square) to work on another ...

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May 23, 2014
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry: Mini Quilt from Modern Handcraft

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Wait, is this a repeat post? Well, it pretty much is, but now I actually have my binding on so I can finally enter it! I shared this mini quilt with you all just the other day – or the last post if you want to scroll down (there is a tutorial attached). This was a quilt that I was inspired to make after my trip home from the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh using a mini charm pack that Carolyn Friedlander had given me. I knew that I wanted to whip up something for the Blogger’s Quilt ...

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May 20, 2014
Hexagon and more hexagons from Espritpatch

I seem to need a deadline to be able to work and get focused so with the mailing deadline for the Modern She Made Swap looming, I knew where to concentrate my efforts over the last week or so! The theme for the swap was hexagons, so of course I couldn't pass this round! My partner's mosaic was quite varied and I settled on a mini quilt for her. And to fit the theme I picked a quilt with hexagons which would finish in an hexagon (similar to my long-standing UFO September in the hexagon). I went smaller ...

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April 1, 2014
Hand stitching and a last-minute PE bag from Espritpatch

As usual I had great plans for the week ahead and the week-end last Monday but most of them went out of the window. On Tuesday evening about dinner time, Miss Strawberry Shortcake announced that she needed a PE kit for...tomorrow. Of course I had some fabric to make drawstring bag but I hadn't made it yet as it hadn't been required. So after my exercise class, I did set off to make her bag. In all honesty, it didn't take long, probably about 30 minutes in total but that wasn't on my to-do list ...

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February 26, 2014
Hexies from Espritpatch

I did find more time for hand sewing this week, especially yesterday courtesy of the train company which was running with huge delays thanks to an electrical problem. That made my commute far much longer than normal and gave me time to finish my February flowers for the Inchy Hexie swap. Jennifer wanted some vintage looking flowers so I hope these ones fit in her garden.

I also received those lovely stepping stones from Maree

and some from Michele too.

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday and WOW.

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January 9, 2014
In Progress from Espritpatch

During the holidays we have covered about 1500 miles (2200 km) and spent about 30 hours in total in the car so of course I had plenty of opportunities and time to hand sew! I progressed on a few EPP blocks which are almost ready to go. I worked on my Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Cross blocks for the I love Lucy Bee as I have some catch up to do. The bee started in November but I only received my templates early December and of course in the run up to Christmas I never started my blocks ...

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» Chipper Piecemaking

My First Showing

When my Pastor's Wife learned I was published in AQ Magazine, she asked me if I would like to share some of my quilts on the Artist's Wall at our church.  I smiled and agreed to the request.  I spent several days sewing bindings on quilts I had procrastinated on and several days sewing hanging sleeves to each quilt.  I was ready to meet with Robb and Mary Ellen this past Saturday and here they are!!
This is my Star Watch quilt just down from the others.  It's BIG!

From left to right and ...

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January 6, 2014
» Chipper Piecemaking

My Hexagon Technique is Published
My Secret is out...Hexie is published in AQ Magazine!

The rest of 2013 was spent working on a magazine article for the January 2014 edition  American Quilter Magazine.    
I'm focusing on teaching machine pieced hexie's.  This technique demonstrates a faster machine pieced hexagon quilt than you can hand piece!  I've taught this technique for the past 20 years and Michele Duffy was so kind to ask me to write this article.  One of the amazing aspects about this method is it can be applied to other 60 degree patterns like Tumbling ...

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December 27, 2013
Hand piecing from Espritpatch

Commuting is a waste of time and I do that for about 2 hours everyday. Thankfully my commute is on the train, which means that I can use the time as I want. So when I get a seat (not always in the evening), I usually play with some English Paper Piecing, hexies or others. This month, I had the added pleasure of serious train problems which doubled the commuting time and meant that I finished my cute flower of 1/2' hexies for Isabel for Get Your Hex On.

I made these 2 flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swap ...

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December 4, 2013
Hexagon Tree Skirt – Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends!

Continuing my Hexie Holidays projects with today’s tutorial showing you how to create a lovely Hexagon Tree Skirt!

This tutorial uses the same basic steps of applying hexies to your project as my Hexagon Mini Quilt. 

Materials needed:

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November 26, 2013
a new hexie pillow from Sotak Handmade

Hello, happy Tuesday to you all!

Last night I finished a new hexie pillow. I love it so very much. ♥♥♥

Oh, for the record, I didn't just whip it up in one or two nights. I've been taking my time, enjoying all the little stitches, and working on this pillow very slowly over the last few weeks while watching TV after the kids go to bed. Yes, night time is definitely my epp time :)

I must admit, every time I epp I'm sort of obsessed with staring at the wrong side of my project. To me the ...

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November 12, 2013
Hexie Friday.... from Linda quilts too

I've been working on my hexie project a little bit this week.  I want to see how the first section will look after I have some of the cream hexie's surrounding the blocks.
This will be the left corner.
Then I want to try to get some of the borders on.  I've decided to match the first colored border to the center hexie of each 'star' but I just haven't made a decision on the color yet so that will have to wait.
That's why I still have a hole.  ;o)

(edit: Nov 12)  I ...

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October 31, 2013
Patchwork of the Cross - a new bee starting soon from Espritpatch

When I go to the office, I usually travel by train and I really like spending some of the journey hand sewing. I usually have some hexagons to make for a swap or another. And this week I finished my 2 hexies for Irene for Inchy Hexie Swap

I also discovered a new bee starting in November based on Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Cross quilt. 
(I took this picture from the official Hemmingford Grey Manor website, this is not my quilt unfortunately!)

It is made of elongated hexagons (honeycombs) and the quilt is really beautiful I think. And ...

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October 24, 2013
Snowflakes from Espritpatch

I commute to work by train every day so I always try to get off my phone (!) at some point and enjoy the free time to do some hand sewing, usually some hexies (that's only if I can have a seat in the train of course). Anywa this week, I finished my blocks for Get Your Hex On!

Amanda sent us some Christmas fabric and asked us to make some snowflakes for her.

She is planning a tree skirt I believe. How cute is this? I love how these blocks fit together.

Linking to Thursday Threads and to Needle ...

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October 14, 2013
Finally some progress from Espritpatch

Yesterday was a very autumnal day here with lots of rain and not much sight of the sun. It was also the LMQG monthly meeting but I didn't attend because we have some poorly children at the moment at home. With a long day ahead and not much plans, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to quilt on my frame. Now my frame was put away about a year ago before our extension started and hasn't been used since. We had to dismantle it to store it away so the first step was to put it ...

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October 2, 2013
WIP, Blogtoberfest and giveaway reminder! from Espritpatch

First the giveaway reminder. What's up for grab? A free online class of your choice from DailycraftTV. How can I enter? Go to this post and leave a comment. The more the merrier and... good luck!

Today is Wednesday so this is the day to show my WIP. There are probably too many to share I guess but I will show you the one I worked on, on the train to work this morning. I stitched a little bit more on one of my Life is Beautiful block. This is a very long term WIP as there are 32 ...

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September 15, 2013
New Week starts..... from Linda quilts too

I have absolutely NO appointments - meetings - games etc. to go to this week.  I can't even remember the last time I had a complete week free to do whatever I want.  Right here at home and I intend to enjoy it!!  
The super HOT temps have broken and we've even had rain.  Just a couple inches but soooo needed and definitely welcomed.

So until I head back to my sewing room I thought I'd show you the latest on my hexie project.    I now have eight 'blocks' made and a whole lot of individual hexies basted and ...

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