Dumpling Pouch Swap!

Susi from Lila Luise organized a swap on Instagram to make a dumpling pouch and fill it with fabric and candy. I signed up even though I seriously doubted my ability to make the pouch, but Susi insisted that I would be fine. The pattern for the dumpling pouch is free to download. This is actually my first completed English paper piecing project and I love it. I used 3/4" hexagons and joined them all into a piece of fabric large enough to cover the interfacing. I fused the interfacing to it and cut around it, which was the most nerve wracking part! I was convinced I ... Read More

The Imperfect Hexagon Bag

I've been plowing away at making hexagons, I had over 1,100 at my last count, but I wanted to do a smaller hexagon project that I could quickly finish. I made a mini rainbow of 3/4" hexagons and attached them together. I bought this canvas bag with the intention of cross stitching on it, but I couldn't resist sewing on hexagons instead. First I glued them on with Aleen's fabric fusion glue and then blind stitched them to the bag. I got a little over zealous with the glue and it got around the edges of the fabric. And there are a few areas where my blind stitch isn't ... Read More

WIP Wednesday – Hexagon Update

I have so many things up in the air right now, my WIP pile is kind of out of control. I have four hexagon projects right now. The first is the blanket I've been working on, then there's Wild Olive's spring stitching club, and two secret projects. I have officially crossed the halfway mark, I have 991. And I think it's about time for me to switch to a new page in the book and I'm also going to need a new box soon! I used to grab a couple skeins of embroidery floss every time I went to the craft store, now I get a couple 1/8 yards of fabric. Hobby Lobby always ... Read More

Wild Olive Spring Stitching Club

This winter has been brutal here in Illinois, it's been so cold and there's been so much snow. I am definitely ready for spring, and the Wild Olive Spring Stitching Club is a good thing to keep me busy until it shows up! I'm still behind on the Winter Stitching Club, I've stitched most of the designs but have only assembled one hexagon. I copied the same fabrics that Mollie used and I am in love with them. They are so bright and pretty, I working with them makes me so happy! The hexagons are bigger than I'm used to working with, but I like them a lot. I think it ... Read More

WIP Wednesday – More Hexagons

Besides the hexagons I made for the felt coaster I posted yesterday, I've been busy with English paper pieced hexagons! It's officially an addiction, which is a good thing because I need a lot. My original math was 1118 hexagons for a twin blanket, but then I realized I was only calculating for the size of a twin mattress, not the size the actual blanket needed to be. The new total I need - 1880. I'm keeping a tally of all the hexagons I make, separated by color. I plan on having 8 colors - pink, red, orange, yellow, green, teal/aqua, blue, purple. I didn't have ... Read More

Try it Tuesday – Felt Hexagon Coaster

It's time for another Try it Tuesday! Try It Tuesday was started by the ladies at Trends with Benefits as a way to get crafty bloggers to try out different tutorials. This week I chose this felt hexagon tutorial from Nancy at Do Small Things with Love. I used some of the wool felt I got from Benzie Design, I got it with the intention of making these Wild Olive ornaments, but that hasn't happened yet. I have always loved stitching on felt, and this stuff from Benzie Design is amazing. I noticed she even sells felt hexagons in her shop! I also cut out hexagons ... Read More

Handmade Christmas – Hexagon Hoop Art

Next up in my handmade Christmas gifts, this embroidered hexagon hoop. I stole this idea was inspired by Mollie at Wild Olive. I had such a fun time making this, it was a chance to experiment with different stitching and different Kreinik metallic threads. I have a variety of orange and yellow fabrics that I used for Evie's first birthday party so I decided to use all the different shades. For the accent stitching I kept with warm colors. Each hexagon has a different type of stitching, I didn't repeat any. And look at how pretty and shiny that Kreinik metallic ... Read More

WIP Wednesday – Hexagons!

This week there has been a lot of hexagon making! I have been focusing on two main projects, first was getting caught up on the Wild Olive Winter Stitching Club. (You can still sign up!) I had five weeks to catch up on, I hadn't started them because of all the Christmas projects. I love stitching these little designs, they are so cute and stitch up really quickly. I haven't done this week's yet, and I still have to finish the hexagons. I ordered the Moda In From the Cold charm pack, but it hasn't come yet. Then I've been making hexagons like crazy. I got Quilting ... Read More