Quilted Hogwarts iPad Sleeve

My mom started reading the Harry Potter books earlier this year and is already finishing up Goblet of Fire. I wanted to make her something for Mother's Day and since I've already made her a pouch, tote bag, table runner, and a quilted basket, I was having a hard time coming up with something to make. I've seen these Harry Potter paper piecing patterns and thought it would be fun to make an iPad case with the Hogwarts crest. I went to Quilter's Quest and picked out fabrics. The Kona cotton in Coal is my current favorite gray to use, it's the same one I used for ... Read More

Dream Big Blog Hop – A Hexie Pencil Case

I love English paper piecing and foundation paper piecing for a lot of the same reasons. The both allow you to make really precise shapes without needing to do precision cutting or measuring. Susi from Tiny Toffee Designs has combined the two by making these amazingly adorable little foundation paper pieces that are meant to be turned into 1" EPP hexies. This pencil pattern is part of the Dream Big series. As soon as I saw the pencil I knew I needed to make a rainbow of them. I made the pencil case about 8" wide and 3.5" tall, it perfectly fits pencils. ... Read More

Paper Pieced Monogram Mini Quilts

A few years ago I went through a big monogram phase. It's been awhile since I've made any, but when I saw the Geometric Uppercase Alphabet Pattern (affiliate link) from Quiet Play, I had to grab it. Evie's favorite colors are pink and purple so they were a natural choice. I made these entirely with pieces from my scrap bin. The pattern is really easy and quick and I love how it turned out. Mira's favorite color is blue, but I did throw in some aqua too. Diagonal straight line quilting is my favorite. I mark the first line right down the middle ... Read More

Pattern Testing – Hexie Bunny Pattern

Michael Ann released a new paper piecing quilt pattern and I was lucky enough to test the pattern. I previously have made her mini raspberry kiss blocks for a pouch I made. The pattern is absolutely adorable and perfect for spring. I just did one block and turned it into a mug rug, but the pattern has instructions on turning it into a super cute mini quilt. I love the little hexie tail, there's so many options for it! You can get your own copy of the pattern here*, (affiliate link) and this weekend it's 25% off! And make sure to check out ... Read More

A Reverse Appliqué Heart

So one of my 2016 goals was not to sign up for swaps. This goal lasted approximately one month and then I signed up for one that needed to be shipped within a week. The swap was to send a heart coaster and 25 Valentine colored hexies. One of my partner's favorite colors was teal so I declared that to also be a Valentine color. I've wanted to try out reverse appliqué for a long time but I've been nervous and have let that hold me back, but I immediately knew I wanted to try it for the heart. I used this paper pieced heart and reverse appliqué tutorial from ... Read More

Hexagon Bee Pouch

Ever since I tried foundation paper piecing I've been itching to do more. There are so many amazing patterns out there, Swoodson Says has a great post with free patterns if you're looking for one to try out! I had made this bee, the pattern is free from badskirt, and I wasn't sure what the final plan was for it. I had this crazy idea to make it into a hexagon pouch and it was mildly successful but I found some serious problems along the way. I probably should have done a prototype first using something that wasn't time consuming like paper piecing, but what fun is ... Read More

April TSNEM – Foundation Paper Piecing

Foundation paper piecing has been on my to do list for months and months but I have been really nervous to try it. I've looked at guides and I just could not wrap my head around how it worked. I also kept dragging my feet on choosing a pattern, there are so many options out there. Carina has recently been making these awesome, brightly colored paper pieced geese so I decided that would be a good place to start. I bought the Goosed Up pattern from Jeliquilts and immediately started panicking. The pattern looks so unbelievably complicated and I still couldn't make ... Read More