Rainbow Quilt Update!

Rainbow Quilt Update! from Hugs are Fun

It’s been awhile before I had any sort of update on the status of my rainbow quilt. It’s a very, very slow moving project and I’m working on it in a kind of backwards way.

Rainbow Quilt Update! from Hugs are Fun

I used this hexagon quilt calculator to figure out how many I needed and the grand total was 3284. I ended up with a lot more than that though because I wasn’t paying attention and made a couple hundred too many in some colors and had to play catch up to get enough of the others. So I’m going to have to come up with a project that uses a lot of yellows, greens, and blues! The finished quilt will be 86 x 100″, queen size with a dust ruffle.

Rainbow Quilt Update! from Hugs are Fun

Because I’ve been worried about my math (it’s definitely not my forte) I have been joining just two colors at a time in pieces. Once I have double checked that the length is right I will join the colors all together but right now if I realize a mistake I can always add some more of any of the colors. Also, I think it’s a lot easier to work in smaller sections, I find the big pieces a bit unwieldy.

Rainbow Quilt Update! from Hugs are Fun

I have three of these Sterilite 2194-2024 Sterilite Large Clip Box* and I love them. I got mine at Target for much, much cheaper. The box fits a row of them really well and they can all stack on top of each other. I can easily grab the colors I need as I’m working. I carry around a pouch full of all the same color hexagons so I can join them if I am in the car or end up waiting somewhere. It’s taking a long time but I’ll finish it eventually!

It took me over a year to make all the hexagons I need. Hopefully it won’t take another whole year to join them! What’s the biggest and longest project you’ve done?

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Space Cross Stitch Flash Card Patterns Now In The Shop!

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I’ve gotten a lot of people asking about the space cross stitch flash card patterns and I have really been dragging my feet on it. I felt like I should wait until I had the whole set but that is going to take forever so I finally decided to just get on with it and put the ones I have already done up in the shop.

You can buy each of them individually or all 5 at a discounted price.

There are free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

Evie loves Sofia the First and asked me recently to make a carrot for her stuffed bunny from the show, Clover. It was a simple little project and didn’t take me long and I figured I’d put together a pattern in case anyone else wants to make a little carrot plush, especially with Easter coming up. It would also be a super cute addition to any play kitchen!

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

I get my wool blend felt from Benzie Design on Easy and absolutely love it. The 6×9″ sheets are big enough for this, I used tangerine and kelly. Cut out two of each of the pattern pieces.

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

Using a slightly darker color embroidery floss I added some stitched details and then whip stitched the two pieces together, leaving the bottom seam open.

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

I did the same for the main carrot piece, leaving the top open.

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

I lightly stuffed the stem with Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber* and attached it to the inside of the carrot piece. At this point you could actually leave it if you wanted a little pouch to put Easter treats into, but since Evie wanted a toy for her bunny, I kept going.

Felt Plush Carrot Pattern from Hugs are Fun

Stuff the rest of the carrot and sew the carrot shut.

And there you have it! The finished carrot, including the stem, is about 6.5″ but you could easily adjust the size if you’re making it for a bigger or smaller plush.

Download the PDF here – Carrot Pattern

There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.

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Tissue Paper Eggs at CraftPaperScissors

Tissue Paper Eggs from Hugs are Fun

I’m really excited to have my first guest post up at CraftPaperScissors, an Easter craft using bleeding art tissue paper. You might remember I used this for a Christmas gift using my Silhouette CAMEO and I think it’s so much fun.

Head over to read my full tutorial. I have some other Easter and spring themed guest posts coming up soon, so get ready! The weather has really been warming up here and I am fully embracing spring!

A Local Quilt Shop – Quilter’s Destination

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I’ve had the same sewing machine since college, it’s a little Janome that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas. It’s always worked great but it is very, very basic. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new machine for awhile and finally pulled the trigger this week and headed to my local Janome dealer.

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This was the first time I went to Quilter’s Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois and I was very pleasantly surprised, they had a great selection. I went Wednesday night since they’re open until 8 and I could go and leave the girls at home.

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They had a fantastic selection of fabrics, I was so tempted by a lot of them. I have so much fabric though that I am trying extremely hard not to get fabric unless it’s for a specific project. That being said, I couldn’t pass up getting some Heather Ross Briar Rose fabrics for 40% off, I got 1/8 yard cuts and they came out to $.90!

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They had a great selection of mini charm packs, charm packs, and other fat quarters to buy. Mini charm packs and charm packs are so perfect for hexagons and I’m always surprised more quilt shops don’t carry them. I refrained from taking any home with me though.

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There was a great selection of different tools and notions, they even had some sashiko thread and a ton of Thread Heaven*. I absolutely love using Thread Heaven when stitching but I always have a hard time finding it locally.



I’ll write up a full review when I’ve used it more, but I got the Janome Magnolia 7360 Sewing Machine* and so far I absolutely love it!

Quilter’s Destination is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is definitely worth checking out! Plus, you won’t be too far from Mitsuwa so you can stop and have some ramen and green tea ice cream!

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Hoppy Easter! A Free Easter Coloring Page

Hoppy Easter! A Free Easter Coloring Page from Hugs are Fun
I went to school for Illustration but I am terrible about drawing regularly. I figured making coloring sheets would be a productive way to get my act together and draw more.

So here’s my first one, an Easter themed one! I drew this girl a lot in school and she featured in a paper cut animation I did where she was entangled in a house plant. Thankfully this time she isn’t in peril, just wearing some bunny ears!

What coloring sheets would you like to see?

You can save the jpeg or download a PDF here – Easter Coloring Sheet

There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.