Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour!  The sweet Rainy Day Sewing book is the latest publication for Amy Sinibaldi and Kristyne Czepuryk with Tuva Publishing.

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The books features 18 sewing projects from quilts to totes to toys to pencil cases to potholders.  It really is the perfect combination of projects, so you are sure to find a project to sew, stitch and create no matter your amount of experience or spare time!


The first project I made was the Doll Quilt, which I actually made as a mini quilt.  I used a combination of low volumes from my stash and paired it with some of the recently released Liberty Fabric prints from the AW19 collection from Ava and Neve.

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To make it extra special I hand quilted the block using Aurifil 12 weight thread in 1125 and 6724 and bound it using Blossom fabric in Gray. Its the first mini quilt I have made for our lounge and I’m looking forward to making a few more over the coming months.

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The second project I made from Amy and Kristyne’s book was the Olivia Pencil Case.  Its a really sweet  case that only uses Fat 1/8th pieces of fabric so it was a perfect way to inexpensively showcase one of my favourite Liberty Betsy prints. I’m looking forward to making a few more pouches for Christmas gifts as they are super quick to make and are the perfect size to fit into both a school bag or a handbag.

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Thank you for stopping by my stop on the Rainy Day Sewing book tour, yesterday Faith showcased the sweet Chloe the Cat pattern and doll bedding set.  It is definitely worth stopping by Faith’s blog to see all the details!  The book tour continues on the 9th on Kristina’s blog Centre Street Quilts with the below makers to follow after.


Happy sewing







Loyal Heights Project Tour

Today is my stop on the Loyal Heights Project Tour.  Loyal Heights is the gorgeous collection by  Jera Brandwig from the Quilting in the Rain blog.  Jera, is a quilter, author, fabric designer and a mum of two so I am very excited and inspired to work with her.

This is Jera’s fourth collection with Lecien and I always appreciate the opportunity to create with her delicate designs.  The collection features Jera’s sweet floral, fauna and cottage illustrations in a range of soft colours with gold accents!  The designs are perfect for so many projects, you can see the full collection here

For my projects I chose to make two pouches but both have a very different look to them.

For my first project I used a pattern from the Zakka Handmades book by Amy Morinaka. I used the stunning blues and reds from the collection to make a bright little pouch -perfect for a little girl to store all her favourite treasures in.


For my second project I used the softer colours in 1 1/2 inch 6 sided diamond shapes (from Tales of Cloth) to make a super sized zipper pouch.  I hand stitched the diamonds together (trying to fussy cut as many cute designs as possible).

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I then hand quilted the blocks to quilt batting and added a zipper.  The super size of the pouch makes it perfect for storing larger projects or even a book or laptop bag.

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I didn’t use a pattern but if you are new to sewing zipper pouches Jera has a brilliant tutorial on her blog here.

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Thanks for taking to time to stop by my blog, next on the stop is Faith from the Sarana Avenue blog and I can’t wait to see how Jera’s collection has inspired her.

And if you want to be inspired by more makers here is the full list of blogs participating

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Happy sewing


Fat Quarter Shop Precut Parade

Today is my stop on the latest Fat Quarter Shop quilt along, Precut Parade, celebrating their updated webpage that lists all their exclusive free quilt patterns! To make it easier they’ve now separated the free patterns by manufacturer and precuts.

Over the next two months a different blogger is going to make a quilt using one of the free precut patterns and then give away the precuts they used via Instagram.


I was lucky enough to be selected to make a project using a fat quarter bundle.  I chose Alison Glass’ Road Trip collection with Andover.  A beautiful collection featuring prints that Alison designed to represent a combination of imagination, memories, and themes.

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I decided the Fat Quarter Shop Cobblestone Shortcut Quilt would be the perfect pattern to showcase the bold colours and larger designs.   The quilt would be perfect for a beginner because there are no seams that need to be nested or aligned (although I would recommend using a rotary cutter and mat to get even rectangles).

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If you make a pattern using one of the precut patterns and are on Instagram make sure you use the tags #fqsquiltalong and #precutparade so the Fat Quarter shop can see your quilt!

Happy sewing



Quilt Big Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Big Blog Tour! Quilt Big is the latest book written by Jemima Flendt of Tied With A Ribbon  and published by The Quilting Company.  This is Jemima’s second book and is all about making bigger sized blocks for faster quilt finishes.  With over 20 different projects and beginner friendly instructions and guidance this book is perfect gift for quilters or those wanting to start quilting.

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Jemima shows you how to use single block patterns to create big and bold quilts.  The upsized scale of the blocks are also a perfect way to showcase your favourite prints without having to sacrifice any of their details.

I chose the Home Treasure quilt to make for the tour as well as to use my favourite print from Heather Ross’ Kinder collection.  The print features rosy apples which I paired with some solids!


I made the quilt in an afternoon and spent the next few weeks hand quilting it using Aurifil thread in 12wt.

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I backed the quilt with a Heather Ross lawn print and because of its soft light feel has been used every night this summer.


As the projects come together so quickly I also made the Indian Star block from Jemima’s book. I used the latest Blueberry Park prints from Karen Lewis and the stripes from Amy Sinibaldi’s Les Petits fabric collection.

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The block is a 24 inch square so its perfect for a mini quilt (as suggested in Jemima’s book however I made it into a supersized cushion, perfect for leaning up against in a cozy sunny spot or relaxing on the floor with a great book.

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Make sure you pop over to Jemima’s blog to see a few sneak peaks of projects from her book.  Meanwhile tomorrow Nadra from Ellis and Higgs is showcasing her super sweet project on the Quilt Big Blog Tour and then the tour keeps going for the next 3 weeks!

28th Jan          Jemima Flendt at www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

29th Jan          Melissa LeRay at  www.ohhowsweet.com

31st Jan           Nadra Ridgeway at www.ellisandhiggs.com

1st Feb            Alyce Blyth at  www.blossomheartquilts.com

4th Feb            Lauren Wright at  www.mollyandmama.com.au

5th Feb            Aurifil Thread at  auribuzz.wordpress.com

6th Feb            Amanda Castor at  www.materialgirlquilts.wordpress.com

7th Feb            Samantha Dorn at www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

8th Feb            Sharon Burgess at www.lilabellelanecreations.com

11th Feb          Peta Peace at www.shequiltsalot.com

12th Feb          Elea Lutz at   www.elealutzdesign.com

13th Feb          Shannon Fraser at www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca

14th Feb          Saija Kiiskinen at www.saijaelina.blogspot.com

15th Feb          Sedef Imer at  www.downgrapevinelane.com

18th Feb          Kate Basti at www.quiltwithkate.com

19th Feb          Minki Kim at  minkikim.com

20th Feb          Ayda Algin at www.cafenohut.com

21st Feb          Elizabeth Chappell  at www.quilterscandybox.com

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Happy Sewing


Marsupials and Monotremes Fabric Blog Tour

I am very excited to be the first blogger on the blog tour for  Amanda Brandl’s latest collection with Kennard and Kennard, Marsupials and Monotremes.  This is the second time I’m working with Amanda’s sweet fabric designs, previously I was lucky enough to work with her Bush Gum Blossom collection.

I chose a few of the floral prints to use for my blog tour projects, I loved how they featured Australian native trees in beautiful non traditional colour ways.


For my first project I made a scallop trivet using the pattern from Sedef Imer’s latest book Zakka Home.  I paired Amanda’s gorgeous Grevillea on Aqua design and Gum Leaf Shake in Pink and Aqua with a dark cream spotted fabric and hand quilted the trivet using Aurifil thread in 12 weight, with a little ribbon detail for the centre.


My second project I really wanted the bold scarlet print of the Grevillea on Red to be celebrated so I paired it with a linen and then added hand quilting using Aurifil Thread in complimentary red, blue and cream tones.



I didn’t use a pattern for my pot holder but simply cut out two rectangles ( 4 1/2 x 8 inches) in the linen and Grevillea on Red print then stitched the long edges together. I hand quilted a piece of insulated batting (8 x 8 inches) to the wrong side of the pot holder and then cut another piece of Amanda’s print in 8 x 8 inches for the back.  I used a plate to draw round the corners and cut the excess fabric away to give me curved edges.  I then made a quilt sandwich by putting right sides of fabric together and stitched them together using a 1/4 inch seam (leaving a gap to turn the pot holder out).  I then hand stitched the gap closed and added a ribbon and wooden button.  A really simple gift idea and perfect way to showcase the work of a talented young Australian designer!

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Marsupials and Monotremes is a celebration of Australian animals and flora using Amanda’s signature aesthetic of combining beautiful colours and sweet illustrations.

I love that Amanda manages to capture the Australian landscape in a way that can be used for so many projects, from patchwork to clothes to whole quilts, and you will get to see great examples of these and many more during the Blog Tour over the next few weeks.

Tomorrow Kylie from Wombat and Poss is on and I can’t wait to see how Amanda’s designs have inspired her.  To see the entire schedule of the tour pop over to Amanda’s blog page.  You can also find out full details of stockists for the Marsupials and Monotremes collection on Amanda’s webpage and on the Kennard and Kennard webpage.

Happy Sewing!



A Little Red in The Woods Fabric Collection

Getting the opportunity to create with Jill Howarth’s latest collection with Riley Blake was such a wonderful honour and it was hard to choose which prints to create with.  The Little Red In The Woods collection is a combination of larger illustrations celebrating Little Red Riding Hood and tiny smaller prints featuring tiny florals, bows and fruit.  What’s not to love!  Jill Howarth is a wonderful illustrator and surface designer creating nostalgic designs of sweet characters and  has worked on numerous beautiful books and Riley Blake fabric collections.


While not a Christmas collection the mint, white and red colours are perfect for any handmade Christmas gifts you plan on making!


I used the free tutorial from Lindsay from Primrose Cottage Quilts Instagram page to make 4.5 inch tiny present blocks.  By adding another strip of fabric to the block I was able to make a perfectly sized heat/cold pack.  Once you’ve decided on your size you just need cut a same sized backing piece of fabric and with right sides together stitch around the edges using a ¼ inch seam and leaving a 1 ½ inch gap.  The gap will then enable you to turn the rectangle out and you can then fill it using either dry rice or wheat.  If you do use rice you will need to add a cup with water in the microwave so the rice does not dry out.


The next project I made was a mini quilt using drunkards path blocks.  I hadn’t made this type of block before but I wanted to showcase the larger beautiful scenes and twirling curved blocks seemed the perfect accompaniment (You can follow a free tutorial on the Love Patchwork and Quilting website) I then hand quilted the blocks using 12 weight aurifil thread and then used a Riley Blake Basic print, 1/8 inch striped print in Sweet Mint, for my binding.


My final project was a cushion for my youngest daughter’s bed.  I choose to use the Mandolin English Paper piecing pattern from Tales of Cloth.  The block features lots of opportunities to showcase the Little Red in the Woods illustrations.


I fussy cut my pieces using the acrylic templates and then hand quilted the pieces together.  I also hand appliqued the block to the Riley Blake striped print and used Aurifil 12 weight thread in 1148 to keep with the pretty aqua tone of the prints.


I was so excited to create with Jill’s collection and am looking forward to making a few more Christmas gifts with these sweet collection!

Happy Sewing


A Stitch In Time Blog Tour

A Stitch in Time is Sharon Burgess’ latest book with Tuva Publishing.  Sharon from Lilabelle Lane Creation has written a book that is a wonderful celebration of needle craft featuring 18 different projects, and it is perfect for those who have never stitched to those like me who stitch most nights.  The first 33 pages has all the hints and techniques you’ll need for hand quilting, embroidery and adding those personal touches to your projects to make them truly unique!  Sharon has included lots of detailed instructions and pictures for each of the steps.

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I also love that Sharon has used Tilda Fabric throughout her book, and the collections she’s used are still readily available (so no need to spend hours hunting for out of print collections or wondering what fabric she used).

The first project I made was the vintage pouch.

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A sweet spin on a simple pouch design and would be a great first project for someone new to sewing.


Making 1 inch hexes from Tilda Fabric in Bird Pond and Devonstone solids  I embellished my pouch not with a vintage doily like Sharon did but instead following her steps at the front of the book stitched lazy daisies using 12wt aurifil thread.  It was the first time I had tried creating lazy daisies but Sharon’s instructions guide you through every step and are all accompanied by clear illustrations.

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The next project I made was the All My Love baby doll quilt.  A lovely paper piecing project that would be a perfect gift for any child who loves their doll or softie.  I accidentally ordered the wrong size paper pieces from Tales of Cloth (1 ½ inch not 1 inch jewel pieces) but followed Sharon’s piecing instructions to ensure my points would all align.  This time I used a combination of linen and Tilda Apple Butter.

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Apple Butter is released next month and I love the playful 1940s style of  colours and prints.  And while I was making the doll quilt I decided it was too sweet not to be hung up in my house and instead turned it into a mini quilt for my lounge room.

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If you have a friend interested in learning to stitch or if you want to sew up a few new projects that are a perfect combination of pretty and useful then I highly recommend A Stitch In Time!

You can also see more versions of projects from the books made by a great range of inspiring bloggers by following the hashtags #astitchintimeepp and #stitchintime or #tuvapublishing!  Always a brilliant way to see how different fabrics can change the look of different projects!


Happy Sewing

Zakka Home Book Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book tour.  Zakka Home is the latest book written by the very talented Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane and is her second publication with Tuva Publishing.

Sedef’s book is a beautiful collection of small and large projects,  and perfectly showcases her wonderful aesthetic of sweet and modern.

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I used her House Lavender Sachets pattern to make my first project. However instead of sachets I used her lovely design to make mini house bunting for my girls bedroom.  (There has been an update to this pattern which you can find here )

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I made it using a selection of fabrics from my collection and stitched the houses to a piece of cotton ribbon – you could also take this bunting idea and theme it for Christmas or any occasion.  And their tiny size means they are perfect for using up your favourite scraps.

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The second project I made was Sedef’s sweet pouches. They are a fantastic size for gift bags or even storing little trinkets (I’ve been using mine as busy bags to keep in my handbag and keep my children entertained when we are out and about).

I made the bags using Jill Howarth’s latest collection with Riley Blake, Little Red in the Woods.  The collection is available this month or you can pre-order through your local fabric store (its also available at Fat Quarter Shop.)

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Jill’s collection is perfect for fussy cutting and the pouches are the perfect size to showcase the cute illustrations.

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The Zakka Home Book tour has been so much fun to be a part of and I’ve adored seeing how the same patterns can look different depending on the creator and their selection of fabrics and accessories.  Below is the full list of participants, definitely worth popping in having a look at their posts.

Tomorrow Sarah will be wrapping the Tour and I can’t wait to see what she creates!

22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
Happy Sewing

Mon Beau Jardin Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the latest collection from Nadra, the very talented designer, quilter, teacher from the blog Ellis & Higgs.

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The Mon Beau Jardin collection is Nadra’s fourth with Penny Rose Fabrics and my first opportunity to work with one of her collections. Nadra use of colour with her beautiful floral designs has been a huge inspiration to me in the past and even more so with her latest collection.  You can see all the sweet details of each and every print on Nadra’s blog here.

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The collection was inspired by Nadra’s new found love of gardening and I adore the way Nadra has combined candy colour hues with pretty floral prints and classic stripes.

I choose to create with the pink prints from the collection and wanted to showcase the pretty designs (especially those sweet butterflies) as much as possible.   I used hexagon papers from Tales of Cloth and created a supersized hexie flower cushion.  (Nadra’s designs are the perfect size for fussy cutting 1 inch hexies!)

This project was insipired by youngest daughter learning to read and needing a special little reading spot just for her.

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The sweet butterflies, candy coloured hues paired perfectly with a red dotted cot sheet which I wanted to incorporate – a little reminder of when we used to read to her when she was a baby.  I then hand quilted the cushion using Aurifil thread in 12 weight.



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With the leftover fabric I couldn’t help but make one of See Kate Sew’s pencil pouch with a bow. It’s a free pattern on her blog and is as fun to make as it looks.  It was the perfect way to use the last pieces of prints because not only is my youngest learning to read she’s also learning to write!

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I feel very honoured to help celebrate Nadra’s collection Mon Beau Jardin and can’t wait to see how it inspires Jennie next at week on her blog Clover and Violet.  It’s also definitely worth having at the previous bloggers projects.  They include Amber from the Gigi’s Thimble Blog sweet baby quilt and Jemima from the Tied with A Ribbon blog’s adorable unicorn cushion and bag.  All super sweet but super different ways of using the collection!

Happy sewing




English Paper Piecing Basting

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I am so excited to be a guest poster for Kingfisher Stitch-Along!  The stitch along is a wonderful initiative by Rachel of Stitched in Color and Jodi of Tales Of Cloth that combines english paper piecing, appliqué and traditional piecing.  For more details about the stitch along have a look at their Kingfisher HQ page.


Glue or Thread – that is the question

So lets talk English Paper Piecing (EPP) Basting! There are two options when it comes to basting – glue or thread.  Recently I ran a quick survey via Instagram asking people what technique they typically used and of the over 700 respondents 47% thread basted and 53% glue basted.  So it seems both options are popular.  I actually use either technique depending on the shape (smaller than 1 inch hexies I tend to glue baste) and my time (slow stitching equals thread basting).

Before you start basting you will need to cut out your fabric.  I find using a plastic template is ideal because it allows me to fussy cut and ensures I don’t waste too much fabric by cutting a wider then needed seam allowance.  Once you have your fabric cut out, centre your hexie paper on the wrong side of the fabric and now you can either glue baste or thread baste

Glue Basting

  1. Run a thin line of glue a
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    long one edge of the paper – the thinner the better so you don’t end up with too much glue to stitch through nor are you papers hard to remove. (Figure 1)

  2. Fold the fabric against the glue and press down
  3. Repeat along each side making sure your fabric is laying flat against the edge of the paper to give you a nice sharp fabric edge. (Figure 2)
  4. To assist with the glue and sharp edge weigh down you hexie with a book or something heavy until the glue dries.

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Thread Basting

  1. Thread your needle (I use either a size 10 or 11 needle) with your cotton.  I prefer to thread baste with Aurifil 50wt thread as it has a good weight and glides through the tiny eye of the needles without bending or fraying.
  2. Fold over one side of your fabric over the edge of the paper piece, then fold the fabric on the next side also over the edge of the a paper (the direction doesn’t matter but I do find my shapes nest better when they are all stitched in the same direction). Hold in place with 2 clips.
  3. Fold over the fabric on the next side and stitch through the folded edge ensuring you go through both side of fabric. (You can also stitch directly down through the fabric and through the paper however I find this method blunts my needle faster and also makes holes through my papers making wear a bit quicker – I try and get at least two projects out of a set of hexie papers)
  4. Go back through the fabric again (making sure you don’t pull your thread completely through) and this should hold the fabric and thread in place. (Figure 3)


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  5. Fold over the fabric over the next side and hold in place with you finger.  Stitch through the folded fabric stitching towards your original entry spot.  Your thread should now be laying flat against the fabric, holding the fabric in place.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining edges
  7. Finish the final side by stitching through the fabric directly next to the original looped knot on step 4.  (Figure 4)



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The method you choose is purely up to you, as you stitch up your flowers you won’t notice which technique you used and in fact many of my flowers have used hexies that have been glue and thread basted.


While thread basting does take extra time, it protects your papers more, its makes removing papers easier and you don’t end up with sticky fingers.  However the speed you can make glued basted hexies is also perfect if you are time poor and want to spend more time stitching your hexies together- which incidentally Jodi has written a brilliant blog all about.  Who knew thread was directional!


I am loving seeing all the variations of hexie flowers already being created under the #kingfisherstitchalong and #kingfisherquilt hashtags.  And can’t wait to see all the EPP creativity over the coming 8 weeks.

Happy Basting!