September TSNEM – Quilting with a Walking Foot

I originally planned on trying two new things this month - using my walking foot and binding. I got so caught up with how much I loved the walking foot that I didn't even get to the binding. Instead I've just been quilting everything I can get my hands on. One of the things that pushed me to get the Janome Magnolia 7360* instead of the next model down was that the 7360 came with a walking foot. But it took months of actually having the walking foot before I finally got up the nerve to use it. When I took the class on the machine at the quilt shop I bought it at, ... 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

A Little Christmas Tree Quilting with Free Pattern

I made this little English paper pieced Christmas tree and had intended on making it into a wall hanging before posting it. However, it's becoming glaringly obvious that with the Christmas presents I'm working to finish up, that isn't going to happen in time for Christmas. So I figured I'd show off my work in progress. I'm planning on 2015 being the year I make a triangle quilt so I wanted to do a little test project before I dive in. The tree went pretty quickly and I love how it looks. I've never actually done any quilting before and I'm not entirely sure ... Read More

Book Review – Mollie Makes Patchwork

Mollie Makes has consistently produced extremely quality craft books and their newest patchwork book is as amazing as you would expect! Each project has a "patchwork story" telling where the designer came up with the project. These stories are in other Mollie Makes books as well, and I really love the personal touch it adds. One of the things I love best about the Mollie Makes series of books is how accessible they make them for any skill level. The book does such a great job providing a wide variety of different projects showcasing a huge selection of ... Read More

Creativity Expressed

When I started this blog it was meant as a place to showcase my cross stitches, but over the last year and a half it's really evolved. I feel like my tagline "modern cross stitcheries" has become out of date because I have been doing so much more. I have been doing a lot of embroidery and this year I started my enormous, ongoing English paper pieced hexagon quilt. Jen from Lovely Messes asked me to take part in her Creativity Expressed blog series and talk about my hexagons. It's been an interesting process for me. I have always wanted to make a quilt but I don't ... Read More

A Rainbow of Hexagons

I've been slowly accumulating hexagons for my giant rainbow quilt. This is the first quilt I'm making and I decided to be extremely ambitious. I upgraded to a queen size and I need about 1000 more hexagons. Basting the hexagons isn't the big deal for me, it's the joining. I find it extremely tedious, but I do love the satisfaction of seeing the project grow. I am joining in small batches to make the project more manageable to work on. I thinkI did my math right on how many rows I need, but just to be safe I'm not joining everything together yet. I am only joining ... Read More

An English Paper Piecing Experiment

The last thing I need is a new project, but I just couldn't resist! My friend Jessica sent me a photo of an English paper pieced quilt where the hexagons were made of triangles. I immediately fell in love with the idea and had to try it right away. The photo used solid fabrics, but I wanted to use prints, I have so many scraps from the hexagon quilt I'm making. I don't love basting the triangles as much. I'm not sure if it's because of the size (each side is 3") but I was having trouble keeping the edges tight enough when I was basting them. I am extremely happy ... Read More

A Hexagon Firefly Needlebook

RockIslander organized the bug themed dumpling swap I did and she made her partner an amazing hexagon bee needlebook. I fell in love with it and wanted my own so I proposed a trade of some sort. I am making her the Wee Little Stitches Sherlock cross stitch, and I am the proud owner of my own hexagon needlebook, mine is a firefly. The cross stitch is taking a lot longer than I expected, but I loved swapping for something I could not have made myself. Do you ever trade your goods or services? Have you gotten anything neat by doing this? ... Read More