Rainbow Sampler Quilt


I have been on a quilt top making kick. I have a stack of 14 of them and I'm about to add another to it this week. Apparently my declaration that I am a real quilter went to my head. I've had this idea to make a sampler quilt for a really long time. I love the idea of a quilt with varied block sizes and I knew that I wanted to do a rainbow one. My original plan was that I would make each color span a 12" strip of the quilt and make all the blocks sizes that would nicely fit together. However, I am very bad at math and ended up with really varied sizes ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

I've gotten multiple requests to sell the patterns I used for the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan cross stitches I made. I don't feel comfortable making money off them like that, so here are the patterns for free. When cross stitched on 14ct Aida they fit in a 6" hoop. Download the PDFs here - Nancy Kerrigan Pattern Tonya Harding Pattern There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy. If you stitch up one of my patterns, I'd love to see it! Tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #hugsarefunstitches ... Read More

July TSNEM – Rigid Heddle Weaving


I've wanted to try weaving for a really long time, it was something I intended on doing for one of the TSNEM month's last year. Every time I'd start looking into it I would get overwhelmed and pick something easier to try instead. (Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk*) I knew that this year I had to finally try it. A friend of mine let me borrow her Schacht Cricket Loom* and it sat for a few weeks because I didn't know where to start. I got a Craftsy class years ago on Rigid Heddle Weaving* and it was all just so much ... Read More

I’m a Real Quilter!


I got this Maker Valley Quilter shirt but have always felt like a bit of a fraud when I wore it. I've got a stack of quilt tops but hadn't actually finished a quilt so it felt disingenuous to call myself a quilter. But I finally did it, I finished a quilt. It's not perfect, but it's done and I love it. For Christmas my husband got me a jelly roll of Blueberry Park fabric and I made a really simple quilt top. I used Aurifil thread and did simple straight line quilting down each stripe. The stitches aren't consistent or straight, there's some fabric ... Read More

A Trip to Benzie Design


Benzie Felt has long been one of my favorite places to order felt online. The first time I stitched on it, I was converted and I could never go back to acrylic felt. Every felt project I've done has been on Benzie Felt. Well, they recently opened a brick and mortar store in downtown Plainfield. It's about a half hour from my house so I dragged the girls along and we went. It happens to be directly across the street from a splash park, so everyone was happy! The store is incredible. It's so bright and colorful and there's so many fun things. I ... Read More

Free Pattern Friday – Geometric Arrows


I went through a big geometric cross stitch kit a few years back. Most of them I would do without a pattern and I loved how little I had to think about it, it was so repetitive. I have a box with dozens of them. The finished cross stitch is only about 3" x 5" but you could continue repeating to make it as big as you want. Whenever I do rainbow for my cross stitches I just grab any colors I have in that shade. Usually I'm lazy and pick whatever is already cut and split into three strands! Download the PDF here - Geometric Arrows There are more free ... Read More

June TSNEM – Casting Plaster


I've had this plastic votive kit from Darby Smart for years, they don't sell the kit anymore but you can buy the individual supplies and see the tutorial here. For the theme of "heavy craft," this seemed like the perfect time to try these. I had also seen this tutorial on making concrete gemstone pendants and had gotten a chocolate mold that's been sitting on my shelf for years. The whole thing seemed like it would be a lot more difficult than it was. Mixing the plaster wasn't hard or overly messy. The plaster came out of the molds easily (though I did drop ... Read More

June TSNEM Highlights and July Linkup


I had every intention of getting my project done early this month and then there I was, doing it the night of June 30. So I did try something new and I'll be sharing my project tomorrow. But until then, here are some projects by people who were more on top of things than me this month! Stephanie from Swoodson Sews tried out metal stamping. What a neat way to recycle cans! Mary from My Life on Craft shared this photo in the TSNEM Facebook group. She made these amazing plastic beads from an old water bottle! She colored them with Sharpie and melted it with ... Read More