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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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