Archive for July, 2013

July 31st, 2013

Scrappy Bee & Thursday Linky Party

by Julie Hirt

It’s that time!

The first round of the Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee is wrapping up and sign ups for Round 2 are open.   We’d love for you to join – it’s open to everyone.


The Flickr page with more information can be found here.  All you need to do is join the Flickr group and fill out this form.


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Basics:  You make 5 Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and receive 5 from your honeycomb members.  Mailing deadline is October 15th.

Let’s check out a couple of the link ups from last week:


This amazing Sequoia thread play by Julia at Life as a Quilter.

Watermelon coasters from Ingrid at the Sewing Lab.  She even provides a free pattern!

Sweet little pouch from Sandy (I will call her lattegirl in my head, always) at Upstairs Hobby Room.

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  1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
  2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button on your site or link in your blog post.
  3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
  4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!






July 30th, 2013

Christmas in July – Kaleidoscope Pillow

by Julie Hirt

Finished in the nick of time!  The Christmas challenge at Love By Hand ends today.  My entry is a kaleidoscope pillow.

With so many different scraps I love how colorful it is. I don’t even think there is a repeat fabric!

Love By Hand

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I hand quilted the front of this using different color threads between the blocks.

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Since it’s a gift (can’t say who, in case they are reading) I wanted a secure zipper back and included a half inch of flange.

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And I couldn’t forget my little label.  I still think it’s neat to see my name on something! (coupon 627handworks for 15% off!)

After seeing kaleidoscope pillows from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts and Stephanie at Quarter Incher I had to make one.

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Now I’m making a kaleidoscope quilt.  The pattern is different and I hope it turns out just as bright.

Oh!  I know I’ve mentioned this before but I always keep an eye out for clearance sheets.

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They are perfect for pillow linings because you can get them cheap and at the same time add an interesting pop of color.

Now I need to fold it up and store it with my Christmas items so I don’t forget I made it!  Hope she likes it :)

Did you have an entry in the challenge?  Have you created anything using a kaleidoscope pattern?


July 29th, 2013

Store Patterns Now Available

by Julie Hirt

This is a first but I’ve put up a couple of patterns over at Craftsy.


I do have Free Paper Piecing templates available and plan to keep adding to those after the Block Rock’n series is complete (only 2 more!).


Since I’m in a few quilting bees I’d like to try and offset some of the shipping costs.   I love having quilting bee members overseas, but I don’t love the cost of mailing a tiny little block!


This Scrap Medley pattern is great for using up scraps.  I made a pillow top strictly out of my scrap pile.  It won’t break the bank at $1.


I think I may have a little holiday series with the snowman above, Rudolph and something else.  Simple pattern you make to your size.

You can access these at anytime by clicking “Pattern Store” from the link at the top of my page or in the sidebar.

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday – see you for Thursday Threads!






July 28th, 2013

It’s a Baby Explosion

by Julie Hirt

Babies, babies, everywhere!   I love babies and I’m glad so many of my friends are having them lately.  This little boy quilt is made using the Comma line by Zen Chic for Moda.


It’s the first quilt I’ve backed with voile and I am IN.LOVE.


I wish you could feel how soft this is through your screen.  It’s pretty amazing.  I may have a hard time backing quilts with regular quilting cotton now.  At least  baby quilts, anyway.


For the piecing I just did a simple 5″ patchwork.  With this fun fabric line I didn’t think the pattern needed much.


Stitching straight lines with alternating double lines created a neat pattern on the back.



  • Piecing: Comma collection by Zen Chic for Moda
  • Backing: Free Spirit Voile in Green *
  • Binding:  Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black
  • Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt Cotton Mako in Platinum *


You can purchase many colors of voile and Aurifil here at a great price!

It’s also the last week of the Blog Hop.  While I’m sad to see it end, I’m so happy to have found so many great blogs.  Check out the blogs for week 8:

Vicki @ A Quilter’s Mission
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks
Jenny @ A Note To Follow Sew
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Sonia @ Fabric & Flowers
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing by Moonlight



July 26th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 10 – Mercury

by Julie Hirt

This weeks free paper piecing pattern is the Mercury.  As in Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest frontmen of all time.


Like a couple of the previous blocks this one will look different depending on where you decide to add color.

There are inset triangles that I didn’t use, but you certainly could (second color play).



Queen is one of my favorite bands and has been ever since Wayne & Garth introduced me to Bohemian Rhapsody.  Of course, I had heard Queen songs way before then but that’s when I fell in love.

If I’m near a jukebox and they have this song, you can bet I’ll be playing it.


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Best Friend is the closest thing Paul and I have to “our song”.   ❤


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My husband has a tattoo that includes a line of music notes. The notes are from a verse in “I Want to Break Free”.


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Okay, okay, I’ll stop! Rather than completely bombard you with a hundred Queen songs, just go play some!




Due to changes within Craftsy, I am moving the patterns to Etsy. 
Buy the entire series of 12 blocks for $5 or each block for $1.  

Download HERE

Feel free to share within sewing groups if you use this pattern as your Bee block!
It does NOT need to be purchased multiple times. Same with the series purchase.


If you make this block I’d love to see it:

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July 25th, 2013

Thursday Threads Link Party 7/25

by Julie Hirt

I’m finally getting started on that kaleidoscope quilt I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while.  So far I’ve just cut out my triangles and I’m playing with layout.



With all of that linen, I need to starch everything to death.  Since I don’t want to pay $50 for a gallon of Best Press I did some research and made my own starch. It works!  It’s cheap!  I’m never buying starch again!

There are literally hundreds of variations out there but this is what I did:

DIY Spray Starch

1 tablespoon of Argo cornstarch
24 ounces of water

Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let it cool and pour it into a spray bottle.
Optional: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil.  I don’t have any so I didn’t.

Some recipes don’t call for boiling but then you have to shake before each spray.   Also, I think it only keeps for a few days but I’ll gladly spend my money on fabric and make this when I need it.

Let’s check out some of last week’s link ups:


I’m kind of obsessed with these dresden’s from Susan at The Bored Zombie. The fussy cut stripes and chevrons give it such a cool effect!

Super fun Civil War Sampler from Jan at Sew and Sow Farm.  Love.

Last Minute Patchwork Elephant

Adorable little elephant from Stephanie at Quarter Incher.


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  1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
  2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button on your site or link in your blog post.
  3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
  4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!

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