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Fabric Friday


This stack of fabrics was pulled from my stash and the plus layout was selected by my husband. We are starting a quilt this weekend for a friend and co-worker who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I am hoping that these bright colors will lift her spirits in a tiny way.

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop | A Tutorial!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop celebrating Sizzix’s newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs by the artist, author and quilter Victoria Findlay-Wolfe! I am in some amazing company: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Nicole from Modern Handcraft, Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios, and eight other fabulous quilters! This week you will see some fantastic projects by some of my quilting idols and have a chance to win an awesome prize all at the same time.

To celebrate, I have a quick, easy mini quilt project for you: Color Hexis!

andpins_BotanicsTrianglesEvery fun project starts with a sketch. I had selected the triangle die without formulating an idea first, so I grabbed my colored pencils and this awesome (free, printable!) triangle graph paper and started sketching some ideas with Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics and coordinating Kona Solids in mind.

andpins_colorhexi_sketchFor the mini Color Hexi quilt all you need are 36 not so random charm squares or scraps (six fabrics for each of your six different color choices), the Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die, the Fabi (or Big Shot Pro) Machine, and your choice of backing and binding fabric. I had never used a die cutter for fabric and I was shocked at how little time it took me to transform a stack of charm squares into a stack of perfectly cut triangles.

andpins_colorhexi_tools andpins_colorhexi_trianglesTake your triangles to your design wall, table, or floor and play around until you are happy with how the colors flow around the hexis and against each other. If you are like me, you may need to sleep on the idea of the layout before you start sewing. Organize your rows into numbered piles so that you stay organized while sewing.

andpins_colorhexi_orderStarting with row 1, align your corners and pin as demonstrated below:

andpins_colorhexi_layout   andpins_colorhexi_pinSew along pinned edge using a 1/4″ seam throughout and press to the left. Repeat for the remaining triangle in row 1.

andpins_colorhexi_ironContinue sewing the set of row pieces together, alternating which direction you press your seams with each row. With all of your rows well pressed, take row 1 and row 2 and pin your matching seams. You want to sew right across the X of the existing seams.

andpins_colorhexi_pin2   andpins_colorhexi_stitchThis will ensure that you get perfect points.

andpins_colorhexi_togetherPress your seams open and repeat with remaining rows.

andpins_colorhexi_piecedSandwich, baste, quilt, and bind (bias makes life easier) with your preferred methods. Jaybird Quilts has a great tutorial for binding the inside corners. After a few tries without a tutorial, I was happy that I found that one!

Be sure check out the rest of the Blog Hop this week, you are in for some great projects by some fabulous quilters!

January 16th Jamie Fingal

January 16th Tracy Mooney

January 17th Elizabeth Timmons

January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz

January 18th Ebony Love

January 18th Holly Hughes

January 19th Marni Weaver

January 19th Leslie Jenison

January 20th Karin Jordan

January 20th Sue Bleiweiss

January 21st Jenny Doan

January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Now, here are the details you really want! Sizzix is giving away an amazing prize of a Big Shot Pro machine and all three of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new dies! To enter, click the image for the Rafflecopter entry form.


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Thanks for stopping by! What have you been working on lately?

Quilt Details

Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander and coordinating Kona solids
Back: Widescreen in Gray by Carolyn Friedlander
Binding: Botanics Seagrape in Charcoal
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished size: approx. 16.5″ across the top x 13.5″ tall

IG Mini Swap

It is official, I am now a swap addict! In November and December I participated in my first mini swap, the IG Mini Swap hosted by Sandy (@curly_boy1) and I have since joined in with the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap and the Rainbow Mini Swap hosted by Kate (@katebasti).

For the IG Mini Swap I was was paired up with @tracie_bailey and details that she likes teal, turquoise, orchid, and plum. By checking out her IG feed, I could tell that she liked Tula Pink so I headed out to find some.

andpins_IGMiniSwapI chose Round-n-Round by Canoe Ridge Creations for the pattern and selected two prints of Tula Pink’s Foxfield line and some coordinating solids from my stash to create this mini. I did some simple wavy quilting to finish it up.

andpins_IGMiniSwap_backdetailI had some fun with the back with some tiny improv piecing and the salvage edge from the main print.

In return I received an absolutely gorgeous mini from Erin (@ermire); one that I had been admiring as she was working on it (and secretly hoping that it was heading my way)! I was thrilled to see it arrive on my doorstep.

andpins_ermireIGMiniCircular flying geese and rainbows! Trust me it is more stunning in person. The hand quilting is beautiful and adds a wonderful, personal element to the quilt.

andpins_ermireIGMini_detailWhile it was stressful creating a mini for a stranger, I loved the process of creating it, shipping it off, and waiting for it to be delivered. The waiting (mine was shipped to Australia)!! It was a great time and I am already looking forward to creating the mini for my Schnitzel & Boo partner – I have a plan!


Quilt Details

Pattern: Round-n-Round by Canoe Ridge Creations
Front: Leaf Zig Zag in Dusk (Fox Field) by Tula Pink, purple solids by American Made Brand and teal Modern Solids II
Back: Improv pieced with pieces from the front and a purple polka dot from my stash
Binding: Chevy Lace in Dusk (Fox Field) by Tula Pink
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2605 (a medium gray)
Finished size: approx. 24×24″






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