Book Review – All Points Patchwork

Storey sent me a review copy of this book but I mean every word of this review, I seriously cannot stop raving about this book!
 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
I usually love getting eBooks but every once in awhile there’s a gorgeous book that you just have to hold and have a physical copy of. All Points Patchwork*Edit  by Diane Gilleland is that book for me. Diane is directly responsible for my English paper piecing addiction and I couldn’t thank her enough for that. She has been there so many times to answer questions and help me trouble shoot problems.

 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
 And now she’s gone and put together this amazing book that you can reach for to answer any question you could possibly have about English paper piecing.
I have always loved portable crafts. I had aspirations of making a quilt but the idea of sitting at a machine working on it just didn’t appeal to me. That’s why I love EPPing, sure it’s a much, much slower way to do things, but you can work on it anywhere. I keep a pouch in my bag all the time with hexagons that need to be basted or joined. If I’m in the passenger seat or end up waiting somewhere, I can pull the project out and work on it.

 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
The bulk of my EPP experience is with hexagons, but All Points Patchwork opens up doors to shapes I had never considered. The first thing you should know about this book is that it is not your typical project craft book. The book contains photos of a bunch of absolutely gorgeous projects as inspiration, but it doesn’t include detailed instructions on to to create them. Instead, Diane is giving you the tools to learn everything you could possibly need to know to make your own projects.

 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
All Points Patchwork is equally valuable for a complete beginner or a more experienced EPPer. I consider myself quite knowledgable on the subject and still found so much information that I didn’t know or never would have thought about. Diane covers everything – what supplies to use, how to draft your own patterns, how to baste different shapes, different layouts for the shapes, and so, so much more.

 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
If you have ever been interested in English paper piecing but have been overwhelmed, I totally feel your pain. It’s hard to explain to someone without visuals, anytime I’ve tried I have been met with a lot of confused questions. All Points Patchwork demystifies EPPing and gives you all the tools you need to get started. Or if you’re already familiar, gives you the confidence to branch out and try new shapes or projects. Thanks to this book I’ve branched out and experimented with diamonds, rectangles, pentagons, and I made my first 3D projects. English paper piecing is so versatile and I love paging through All Points Patchwork for ideas. 

 Book Review - All Points Patchwork from Hugs are Fun 
When Mollie from Wild Olive shared her review of the book she showed a pentagon ball pincushion she made and I immediately wanted my own. I absolutely love how it turned out and I want to make a ton of them! You can see the project I made for the All Points Patchwork blog hop here!

All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects* is published by Storey.

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Hexagons within Hexagons!

I’ve been having a lot of fun making these hexagon needle books, I’ve actually made 5 of them now. Some are for swaps and some are for a project I just need to get my act together so I can show off…
Hexagons within Hexagons! from Hugs are Fun
But this one I made on a whim and I love how it turned out. A few weeks ago I met up for a sewing date with Mollie from Wild Olive and Faith from Sarana Ave. It was my first time meeting Faith so I wanted to make her a little something so I made a needle book and a needle minder.
Hexagons within Hexagons! from Hugs are Fun
I used 1/2″ hexagons and created a piece of fabric to then create a larger hexagon with. It ended up looking like I used half hexagons but actually a lot of them were cut off in the process. It’s not the most effective use of hexagons because so much of it ended up folded around the paper. Oh well, it still looks cute!

I just really love this project so much, it can be customized in so many ways. I just can’t stop making these little needle books so look out for more of them soon!

Another Best Birthday Ever Swap Package

Another Best Birthday Ever Swap Package from Hugs are Fun

My first Best Birthday Ever Swap partner had her birthday this week and I had a ton of fun putting together this package! The swap package had to include something handmade, craft supplies, and then a little gift that was bought. For the craft supplies my partner said she loved Japanese import fabrics, so I sent her a package of charm squares with the fabrics I got from Bunny’s Designs Fabric Supply. She also said she was obsessed with her planner, pink, and glitter so I sent some fun washi tape and other glittery items.

Pink Patchwork Pouch from Hugs are Fun

I figured if I was going to go pink, I might as well go REALLY pink. Months ago I got some lace zippers after seeing Carina make a pouch with one, but I have been too scared to actually try using one. I finally took the plunge and made this pink patchwork pouch with a pink lace zipper. Due to a cutting error on my part, the pouch ended up a weird size, but I think it’s still a good project bag.

Unicorn Tag on Pink Patchwork Pouch from Hugs are Fun

Jen from 52Lasers had given me some buttons to play around with and one was a unicorn. Because of how the holes were, it’s more like a tag, but I thought it was a cute little detail to add.

Pink Needlebook from Hugs are Fun

I also made a pink needle book using the tutorial from nanaCompany, it’s the same pattern I used for the budgie needle book I sent in a swap package last month. I made a gradient going from light pink to red, which I absolutely love how it turned out.

Pink Needlebook from Hugs are Fun
Pink Needlebook from Hugs are Fun

On the back I used a scrap of fabric that came with my Fabric Supply order and a Made by Unicorns label from Sublime Stitching. I’ve had these labels for almost a year but haven’t brought myself to use any yet, but I really need to stop hoarding supplies and just use them! Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account how the seams would cut off the label, but I still think it’s cute.

Laser Cut Unicorn Necklace Pendant

For the bought item, I had Jen laser cut a unicorn necklace pendant. She doesn’t have them in her shop but I’m sure if you sent her a message asking nicely, she would make you one too! She does however have some other unicorn goodies.

I’m already hard at work on my next package because my second partner has a July birthday. I’ve been really enjoying using swaps to push my sewing boundaries and get myself to try new projects!

Vow Renewal Gifts!

Vow Renewal Gifts! from Hugs are Fun
This past weekend my sister and brother-in-law had a 10 year vow renewal celebration. Their wedding 10 years ago was at the courthouse so this was their first chance to have a big celebration and I really wanted to make something special for it.

Vow Renewal Gifts! from Hugs are Fun
I loved how the recipe box that Jen from 52Lasers cut for Josh’s sister’s wedding shower, so I knew I wanted to make one for my sister and brother-in-law. I sent messages to everyone coming and collected recipes for them and then made matching recipe cards with all of them.

Vow Renewal Gifts! from Hugs are Fun
I also knew I wanted to make an embroidery for them but was having a hard time coming up with what I wanted to do. I spent some time browsing vow renewal gift ideas on Pinterest but none of them seemed right. I eventually settled on this idea because I wanted it to have both the original wedding date and the vow renewal date.

Vow Renewal Gifts! from Hugs are Fun
This was my first time ever doing stem stitch and I like it but I feel like there was a much bigger learning curve than with other embroidery stitches. I started out doing it the way that Mollie from Wild Olive says NOT to, but once I saw the other way she suggests where it’s done as a backstitch, it made it so much easier. I felt like I had a better control over the curve and it looked smoother.

Vow Renewal Gifts! from Hugs are Fun
I also made this sign to hang up at the reception afterwards. I used Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold no sew adhesive* and cut the letters out with my Silhouette CAMEO.

I love making handmade gifts and I’m super happy with how these turned out. And I’m super happy for my sister and brother-in-law and loved being able to help celebrate!

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The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop

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Diane from CraftyPod can be directly linked to my obsession with English paper piecing, and her new book All Points Patchwork* is an incredible resource to get you started. I will be doing a full review of the book soon, but it is amazing. It’s not just a book of patterns, it’s a complete guide to how to work with 12 different shapes and how to make your own patterns. If you have been wanting to try EPPing but aren’t sure where to get started, I cannot recommend this book enough.

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So when I had the opportunity to take part in the All Points Patchwork blog hop, I was on it! The blog hop runs through November and each month is a different theme. It’s so fun to see everyone’s take on a theme, don’t forget to check out the incredible projects that were made for this hop!

 Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun 
The only EPP diamonds I’ve done before were for the FlowerPOW Mug Rug. The pattern by Diane and available here.

Diamonds are such a versatile shape and can make so many different patterns. I was going to mix it up but I kept being drawn to doing a star. Jen from 52Lasers gave me some laser cut 1″ diamond templates. Now if you don’t have someone who can give you laser cut templates, I’ve put together one you can print out and cut with scissors the old fashioned way.

Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun

The top of the pincushion is 6 diamonds made into a star, and then 6 more diamonds turned sideways to make it into a hexagon.

Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun

At this point I enlisted Diane’s help because I wasn’t sure the best way to make the structure of the pincushion. Each of the sides of the hexagon are 2″ and I made the rectangles 1.5″ tall.

Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun

This is the first time I’ve used Clover Wonder Clips* for EPPing and they are absolutely amazing. Once all the rectangles were on the sides I added one large hexagon to the bottom.

Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun

I left about an inch that wasn’t joined together and then removed the papers and turned it the right way. Mollie from Wild Olive gave me some Ground Walnut Shells* and I filled it with that. I usually use a blend of poly-fil and plastic pellets for my pincushions but I really love the weight of it with the walnut shells.

Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun
Once it was filled I used a ladder stitch to close up the rest of the hole. If you aren’t sure how to do a ladder stitch, Wendi from Shiny Happy World has a great video. I do wish I had used a darker shade of gray for my stitches, it’s more visible than I would have liked, but I still really love how this project turned out.

 Diamond English Paper Piecing Pincushion from Hugs are Fun 
Download the PDF with the pattern pieces here.

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Another Rainbow Dumpling Pouch!

Another Rainbow Dumpling Pouch! from Hugs are Fun
The first English paper piecing project I’ve ever made was a rainbow dumpling pouch and it’s still one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done. It was for a swap though and I sent it away and have always been sad it’s gone.

Another Rainbow Dumpling Pouch! from Hugs are Fun

I finally got my act together and made myself one to keep. The zipper is a tiny bit wonky and sticks a little bit, but overall I’m still happy with it. I used 3/4″ hexagons, I make my templates with theFiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch, Large.*

Another Rainbow Dumpling Pouch! from Hugs are Fun
I’m using it to hold everything for a tiny hexie project I’m doing.

I’m counting this as another item done for the selfish swap!

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