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May 30, 2016
cuteness and kindness from Charm About You

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Some stashing, a helpful quilting tip and half term holiday fun!

I've already shared these purchases over on Instagram but in case you haven't seen them and so I can record the details, here's what I bought recently...

Two yards of this gorgeous Hexie Fabric by Heidi Kennedy from Spoonflower - designed to fit 1.25" hexies! I'm not sure I will do hexies but I couldn't resist the cute illustrations. 

If you haven't heard, Spoonflower now also ships from Germany and that makes the ...

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April 27, 2016
Working on a quilt top and more blocks from Espritpatch

So my April challenge for the Lazy Bums is to make a quilt top for my son with blocks I received a few years ago (about 2013...) from various swaps and bees (to be honest this has been on my to-do list for a while actually)

and I had even devised a plan using sashing around each blocks and made a start last year but didn't go very far.

So I got my pile of blocks out at the week-end and of course I had been clever enough not to keep my scribbles that were my plan with the ...

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April 22, 2016
dear deer and a bee garden from Charm About You

At the beginning of the week my daughter went to a birthday party and I wanted to make her friend one of these cute Secret Pocket Envelope Clutches by Michelle Patterns. I have made the pattern before and it's a fun project to sew.

I used this sweet print, Deer and Cherries, 30's Collection by Atsuko Matsuyama, and the position of the deer worked fortuitously well!

I filled it with some stationery goodies because I know she likes to craft! Happily she loved it :)

This is finish #2 off my FAL Q2 list 

I also managed to finish ...

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April 20, 2016
Some Pics from MQX from caledonia quilter

My trip to Massachusetts also included a visit to MQX in New Hampshire.  Hoo baby - there is no end of inspiration there.  Here are pics of a few of my favorite quilts.

This was the big winner at the show.

As a machine quilting show, the quilts are often hung so that you can see the BACK of the quilts too.  Here, you can see why.

This is a gorgeous red quilt, using hexies and other interesting shapes.

Another hexie quilt,

I love Dresden Plates.

Around here...

spring has sprung.  My arms and legs are scratched to hell from doing ...

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March 26, 2016
The Rainbow Connection - Update from Curlicue Creations

Here's an update on my Rainbow Connection hexagon quilt.  I've been adding some yellow hexies this week. What a difference that makes.  The bright and warm yellows going around the edges really changes the look and feel of the whole quilt.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

Do you use yellows in your quilts?  Leave a comment below.

Have a wonderful day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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March 14, 2016
Spring Hexie Pincushion Sale! from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, To help celebrate the warmer weather i whipped up some new Springtime Hexie Pincushions that will be available tonight in my shop at 8pm eastern. There will be strawberries… Spring green and bicycles… and lots of floral prints! […]

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February 24, 2016
Hexie Quilt Confusion. from Sew Simple Life

I realize this isn't anything even close to a "finished" project in this photo. All my hexagons are hand sewn together though, I swear. For a while it's what I did in between phone calls at work.

Now I have completed two small tops, maybe to be little mats to go on side tables or something, I don't know... I didn't really have a plan, I was just trying to pass time.

So now I have these two tops and no idea how to add a backing to them, so I did what I do when ...

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No More Loose Threads! from Curlicue Creations

 Yesterday I finished working in all the loose thread ends on the Aura hexagon quilt.  Here it is!  Next I'll be adding the binding, sleeve, and label.  

 Here are a few more close-ups of this quilt.

 Do you like the yellow accents?  They are almost like flower centers ~ almost.

Stripes of vibrant colors showcasing gorgeous scraps of fabric.
This entire quilt top was pieced from my scrap basket.  The funny thing is, my scrap basket still looks the same.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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February 15, 2016
Tucking in Thread Ends - Aura Hexagon Quilt from Curlicue Creations

 Here's a look at the Aura quilt without tangled thread ends all over it.

 I had enough time yesterday to weave in just over half of the thread ends.

I'm liking the results.

Not long now!

Have a colorful day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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February 12, 2016
Tutorial: Hexie Hot Pad from Craft Gossip

Hexie Hot Pads Tutorial My PoppetIf you’re a hexie lover like me, I bet you have some in your stash that didn’t make it into a quilt project. Cintia of My Poppet, took some of her leftover hexies to make these fresh and fun hot pads.

New to hexies? Don’t panic. Cintia shows you how in an earlier post. You’ll learn English paper piecing or EPP, and once you have your hexies, the rest will sew up quickly.

Click the link below to get started.

Scrapbusting Hexie Hot Pad, by Cintia

{Image credit: My Poppet}

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February 10, 2016
Hexagon Quilting Eye Candy from Curlicue Creations

Today I'm posting a few more pictures of the Aura hexagon quilt being quilted.

This quilt has been so much fun to make.

I love the way the pieces fit together and the colors flow across the quilt.

In this picture, you can really see the texture difference in the quilted and unquilted hexagons.

Have a lovely day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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An old UFO from Espritpatch

A long time ago (in 2010), I ordered a Moda Scrap Bag and received a roll of strips from the Migration collection by Holly Taylor, probably long before the Jelly Rolls were popular with no much idea what to do with them.

About the same time, I found an hexagon quilt-along organised by Julie of Jaybird Quilts. So I started sewing strips in pair, before cutting them in triangles and playing around with the layout as shown in her blocks.

I finally finished the blocks and assembled the blocks into a top.... well in August 2013 because of a blog ...

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January 27, 2016
The Rainbow Connection - Update #4 from Curlicue Creations

The Rainbow Connection - hexagon quilt in progress.  I've added more blue and morphed into green since the last update.

Have a colorful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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January 21, 2016
My Little Helper from Curlicue Creations

This is Shadow, my quilting buddy.  Shadow is afraid of the vacumn cleaner, my husband, and large birds, but he has no fear of the quilting machine.  Why is this?  The first time he ever dared to enter my home, I was quilting.  Does the machine sound like a giant mama kat purring?  It's a mystery.

Yesterday I was able to work on the Aura hexagon quilt for most of the afternoon.

It's getting close.  I can see the edge.  Maybe I will be able to finish the quilting during my next session.  I can't wait to ...

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January 16, 2016
Quilting the Aura Hexagon Quilt from Curlicue Creations

I'm quilting the Aura hexagon quilt.

And sharing some pics of the quilting in progress.

I've decided to swirl quilt the whole top.

I'm quilting a single swirl in each hexagon, except the little pops of yellow here and there, to make them stand out even more.

I'm quilting with a rainbow of thread, changing the thread color often, to match the fabric colors.

I'm using Superior's King Tut Cotton Quilting Thread, my favorite thread.

And a few more pictures for you to enjoy...

You can see the fun dotty backing fabric in this ...

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January 13, 2016
The Rainbow Connection - Update #3 from Curlicue Creations

Indigo into blue into light blue.  I'm going to transition into some green next.

Have a colorful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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January 6, 2016
Starting Something New for 2016 from Hobbies Up To Here

I love giving gifts. But I also love receiving them, too. Especially when they spark my creative side!

I was gifted with some gift cards that I got to spend on a few of my hobbies. I grabbed some coloring books (something I’ve loved for years), a pack of colored pencils, and a beginners guide to crocheting (something else I’ve loved doing for years)! I figured, since Jake is interested in crocheting with me, it would be good to grab a book to help us both learn together.

Then I grabbed something new. HEXIES!

I’ve seen this ...

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December 31, 2015
The Rainbow Connection - Update #2 from Curlicue Creations

Morphing into some blues this week.  What do you think?

Have a colorful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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