Hello! It’s been so long since I blogged, the month of December just went by in a flash. Now we are into January and here in Pennsylvania that means many long cold gray days. In the evenings I like to work on some English Paper Piecing and I am sure you have heard me talk about it many times. If you’ve never tried it here is a great tutorial to get you started
. I have been taking a break from another big paper piecing project, and decided I wanted to try and create my own pattern
I wanted to give the pattern away so other people can stitch away the long winter, but apparently BigCartel will not let you “sell” free items. I even tried getting around it with coupon codes, but no-go. So the pattern is up in my shop for $1
. However, if you buy anything in my shop use the code FREE and it will take the $1 off the quilt pattern.
The pattern does not include any instructions, but if you are familiar with english paper piecing it is all pretty self explanatory. I like to print my pieces on card stock with my home printer.
The quilt is made up of two basic shapes, large hexagons and small diamonds. The edges of the quilt are made by half diamonds (and I’ve included shapes for those too so you don’t have to try and cut the diamonds in half yourself) Each hexie measures 7 inches across. I’ve decided to turn mine into a lap quilt that measures 63×63 inches so my quilt will have 9 rows of 9 hexes. I have decided to use colorful Cotton & Steel fabrics for my hexagons and low volume fabrics for my diamonds, but you can come up with any combination of fabric you’d like.
If you decide to make one I would love to see, please use the hashtag #diamondhexquilt on instagram so I can find it.
Earlier this season I created a paper piecing pattern for a haunted house. You can find it in my shop here
. While my pattern will not teach you how to paper piece (also some times called foundation piecing) I did have a gal who tried it out (her first time paper piecing) and it worked out great. If you want a great tutorial to get you started with paper piecing I suggest this one
. Next up I am trying out my house with Christmas fabrics to see what I can come up with.
I’ve been slowly working on a Halloween quilt. My friend Jessee came up with a coffin dresden pattern
and since I could not leave well enough alone I had to try and use paper piecing to create little windows in the coffins. She now has included my little hack with her pattern incase you’d like to make occupied coffins too. Hopefully I’ll get my quilt finished before Halloween!
I made a fabric bento box, using my bento box fabric
. I used a pattern from the book Stash Happy: Patchwork
by Cynthia Shaffer. Lark books had posted the project for free online here
. I made a few changes to the pattern by lengthening the handles and not adding a patchwork flap. I am planning to use it to store bento supplies. I tried it out with some of my washi tape, markers, and little wrapped candy, it holds quite a bit more then I expected.
I think it would make such a cute gift for someone filled with your favorite asian candies like Pocky
, Matcha Kit Kat
, or my favorite Konpeito
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Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy cross stitch design that I made. I’ve been wanting to do some cross stitching in the evenings when Tom is home and we are watching a movie, so I made this little design because I am excited about Spring. I’ve ordered all my garden seeds, and printed out my planting schedule. Now it’s just about waiting.
I stitched up my girl on 32 count linen (over 2
) but you can stitch her on 16 count aida cloth
if you prefer.
Finished she measures about 5×5.5 inches. Please remember this pattern is for personal use only.
Flower Garden Girl PDF
* printing tip-If you are trying to save ink just print page #2, choose scale to fit page.