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October 21, 2014
Hexagons from Espritpatch

You probably know that I love hexagons and play with them often. Hexagons is also the theme of this Tuesday Archive over on Val's blog. So how many quilts have I got to show you with hexagons.... well I guess this will be none... :-( I have plenty of hexagons WIP but no finished quilt as such.

For a while I did a swap mainly with Australian ladies of framed hexagons. My theme was Asia/Japan inspired. And I received a gorgeous collection of hexagons but unfortunately I haven't put them together yet. These are most of the ones ...

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October 10, 2014
Lovely post this week from Espritpatch

One of the advantage of being in so many bees is that you are a Queen Bee once as well in each of them and get some lovely blocks too. Last month I was Queen Bee in the Little Blog Quilting Bee and I asked for some solids pineapple blocks taking inspiration from a lovely quilt by Rita

I have found a free foundation piecing pattern for the block which give a 6' or 8' finished block that I have asked my fellow bees to use at Generations Quilt
I have already received quite a few blocks and I ...

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October 2, 2014
BlogtoberFest 2014 from Espritpatch

This year again, I will try to join the challenge of BlogtoberFest 2014, especially as I haven't been very good at blogging in the last few months. Let's see how long I keep going....
I hope I will have enough to report to write a little post everyday. I should have if I look at my to-do list from October!

For now, let me show you my first block for October, my second hexie flower for my September partner.

Linking to BlogtoberFest 2014


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September 8, 2014
Happy B-Lated B-Day Card from Scraps of My Life

Hello, hello!

I recently bought a fantastic new punch - Fiskars' large hexagon punch, which was the inspiration for this rather belated birthday card.  I knew I wanted to have some fun playing around with my new toy and naturally when one thinks of hexagons, one tends to think of honeycombs.  A little play on words with the bee theme and I was off!

I kept the background a simple cream with some mist and gold lame spatters and a machine stitched, wobbly border.  For the hexies I used a bold geometric print paper.  Next I stamped the ...

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August 21, 2014
Hand sewing from Espritpatch

In the last few days, there was a lot of time spent in the car for day trip or travelling from one family to another for the holidays. And in the car, I always take some sewing with me, hand-piecing, paper piecing, stitching or cross-stitch.

I have managed to finish 2 sets of hexie flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swap
some bright and spots one for Lynette for July 
and some dusty pink and cream for Maree for August
I have also started my Patchwork of the cross block for the I love Lucy International Bee in 30s fabric for ...

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August 17, 2014
Guild Show & Tell - August from Scraps of My Life

Last week was our first guild meeting since the summer holidays and I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the photos of projects brought along for Show & Tell.

First up, this lovely scrappy strips quilt top was sewn by my close friend, Ingrid, using a treadle sewing machine while on holiday with friends in Kansas.  How productive was she, sewing while on holiday overseas?!

This delicate hexie quilt is hand quilted; so pretty.

I also really loved this fun fox faces quilt.

Another great stash-buster project:

To see all of the Show & Tell projects and/or ...

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August 7, 2014
Modern Hexies – Pleather Applique Pillow from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends! Today I am sharing another Modern Hexie project but this time with a different material – pleather! I…

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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…

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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

Hi friends!

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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