Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting

Blog Remix- Pretty Pincushion

Do you need a quick project?  Or a fast gift for a quilty friend?  These pretty pincushions are the answer!  They are fast and super cute!  And who doesn’t need more pincushions in their lives?

This pincushion is part of the Fat Quarter Shop blog remix.  You can check out this YouTube video with Sherri McConnell and Kimberly from the Fat Quarter
Shop.  They walk you through the pincushion tutorial with lots of tricks and tips along the way.

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The first step is to create a little patchwork.  I dug through my scrap bin and used up some of my favorite (and most hoarded) Bonnie and Camille fabric.  Some of these pieces I have been holding onto forever, like that original Ruby!

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Most quilters stuff their pincushions with crushed walnuts shells.  But I am allergic to walnuts.  So I needed to find something else that was nut free.  I used poly pellets which worked great!  They added a weight to the pincushion so it won’t move on my work table.

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Now I have a pretty pincushion to use while I work!  It really is cute as a button!  The Fat Quarter shop sells the cutest twill ribbon with fun sayings to use on your pincushion.  I also used my matching Bonnie and Camille Aurifil Thread to stitch this up!

So what are you waiting for?!?  Grab your favorite scraps or a mini charm pack and you can make one of these too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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EPP · Sizzix

My First EPP

Do you have a bucket list quilt?  You know, a quilt that you have been wanting to make forever.  A quilt that when someone posts about, you think, I just have to make that!  That quilt for me is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I love little hexies.  I love watching quilters put them together into flowers.  My hangup–I have never tried EPP (English Paper Piecing).

After I saw that Sizzix has hexagon dies, I knew this was my chance to try it out.  Do you want to EPP too?  Then grab your Sizzix machine and let’s get started!

Supplies you will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Sizzix Bigz Die Hexagons, 1″ Sides #2

Sizzix Bigz Die Hexagons, 1 1/4″ Sides

Glue

Cardstock

Your favorite mini charm pack (I chose The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille-no surprise there)

First, prep you card stock.  Using the 1″ sided hexagon die, cut out the card stock in as many hexagons as you like.  This die cuts four at a time, so you can really cut out a lot quick!

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Second, prep the fabric.  Every tutorial I read, said that I needed to cut the fabric into hexagon shapes with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  What a pain!  I think that is what has prevented me from wanting to try this out.  Sizzix to the rescue!  A mini charm square (2 1/2″) fits perfectly on the 1 1/4″ hexagon die.  This die will cut the hexagons to fit with the 1″ cardstock pieces and still have the 1/4″ seam allowance.  There are four die shapes, so layer your mini charm pieces on the die.  You can cut out EIGHT layers of fabric at a time.  So I can cut out 32 hexies at once!  That is almost the entire charm pack.

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Now with my card stock and fabric ready, its time to EPP!  There are two methods of EPP.  One is glue basting.  The other is thread basting.  There are a number of tutorials for both methods on YouTube.  I decided to try glue basting.  It was so easy!  And fast!

I am now addicted to making these little hexies.  I love how portable they are.  I was able to glue baste a bunch of hexies while watching a football game with my family.

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Here are some of my hexies all glue basted.  Aren’t they so cute?  I am ready now to make that Grandmother’s Flower Quilt.  And maybe I won’t be a Grandma when I finally get it done!

Chirp Out!

Jen