Archive for August, 2013

August 28th, 2013

Thursday Threads Linky & Winner

by Julie Hirt


I don’t really have any works in progress to share (believe me I have lots of WIP) because I’m in the  middle of cleaning up my sewing room. It’s a disaster, I tell ya! Although I did make some lavender sachets yesterday.


Let’s check out some of the link ups from last week.


This cute wallet by Sandra at Small Town Thread. I have some of that print!

Love this Plus One quilt by Janet at Simply Pieced.

Pretty cushions from Marelize at Stitch by Stitch.

Do you have any plans for the long weekend (statesiders)?  I’m heading to the lake tomorrow evening so you won’t hear anything from me until next week.  However, the Sunday Funday giveaway will be posted!



The winner of the giveaway for week three is….

Brenda G Hulsey! 

Congrats, Brenda.  I’ll be sending you an email shortly.






August 27th, 2013

These dreams are THAT good

by Julie Hirt

Ahh… Lavender sachet’s.  I didn’t plan on blogging about these, but what the hey.


A few weeks ago I started using lavender spray* on my sheets.  I’ve never used it before and the last two weeks I’ve had massively vivid dreams that I actually remember.  It’s kind of crazy and I think it’s from the lavender. Thoughts on that?

Since I’ve become addicted to the scent at bedtime, I decided to make a sachet for my pillow (ie: lay sachet directly on my face!).

There are oodles of cute examples on Flickr and I’m sure you can figure out how to make these, but here’s what I did:

Dried lavender
Two 4″ squares of linen or other loosely woven material
4″ Decorative ribbon
Optional: Ribbon for hanging


  • Attach decorative ribbon to a square by stitching down each side of the ribbon.
  • Place the two linen squares together, right sides facing.
  • Optional: Fold your 2nd ribbon in half and place between the two squares.  The bulk of it between the squares; raw edges of all pieces face out.
  • Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way round leaving a 1″ hole for turning.
  • Turn it right side out and fill with lavender.
  • Hand stitch the hole closed.


*Lavender spray. Make your own because it’s waaaaaay freaking cheaper than buying it.  There are tons of variations out there on the interwebs.  Basically you mix 10  drops of essential oil with a tablespoon of vodka or rubbing alcohol (these mix with the oil, while water doesn’t).  Then mix with about a cup of water.  There you go. Cheap linen spray. You can make bigger batches and adjust the drops to your preference.

I purchased my dried lavender and the ribbons on Etsy.  Etsy is my weakness.

Hope my family likes lavender.  The 3 cups I bought will probably make a dozen of these.



August 25th, 2013

Sunday Funday Giveaway #3

by Julie Hirt

It’s that time again!   Welcome to Sunday Funday giveaway week 3.

Check out those beautiful shot cottons by Kaffe Fassett.  Elizabeth at Cucire was kind enough provide a yard of each in Viridian and Persimmon.

The rich woven colors are perfect for holiday sewing or a quilting project.  Cucire has a gorgeous selection of shot cottons.

If you hurry you can catch her August special: Amy Butler’s Belle fabrics at $8 per yard.   Woot, woot!


The winner also receives a thread sampler from the ever wonderful Aurifil.  Try out 5 thread weights in 5 different colors.

If you’ve never sewn with Aurifil, you are missing out. Missing out on having a lint-free machine!

First time?  I’d start with a large spool of white in 50wt and use it for regular piecing and sewing.  You’ll immediately notice your bobbin goes much further, the thread has a nice feel and your lint build up is minimal.

Cucire carries Aurifil.  Buy a spool and give it a spin! You won’t regret it.




Be sure to check out Mountain Quiltworks and Crafty TammieThey are also hosting giveaways today!






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August 23rd, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 12 – Floyd

by Julie Hirt

I’m wrapping up this Free Paper Piecing series with the “Floyd”.



I don’t think it’s necessary to explain why Pink Floyd was chosen for the final tribute in the Block Rock’n series.

This is my favorite song of all time.  It has been my favorite since the first time I heard it when I was a teenager. The older I get, the more sense it makes too.

Best. Lyrics. Ever.


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And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death


And another favorite (more genius lyrics):


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We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here

And ANOTHER fave.  Crikey, one more.   Okay, okay, I’ll stop!


Back to the block.  This block would also look good with less color choices:



To be honest, I haven’t had time to make this block yet.  It’s pretty straight forward but please let me know if you run into any issues. I do plan on stitching it up this weekend!

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.

I would love to see your block if you make one.  Feel free to:



August 21st, 2013

Winner, WIP & Link Up

by Julie Hirt

First, let’s get to the winner of the Sunday Funday giveaway. The winner of the $25 credit to Zip It Zippers & Mini Charm from Fresh Modern Fabrics is….

Faye Nettles!

Faye, I’ll be sending you an email shortly.  Thanks so much to Zip It Zippers and Fresh Modern Fabric for your generosity!


Here is my latest WIP.  For lack of a better name I’m calling it triangle tipped squares.


It’s not quite an elongated hexagon because it’s a square in the center with equilateral triangle tips.  I’ve had a 6″ charm of Kaffe Fassett Classics in green laying around.  After my last EPP project I wanted this one to go a little faster.  Depending on how big this ends up I may make another cushion cover.


Let’s take a look at some of last weeks link ups!


Allison Sews made this scrappy bits mug rug using the Garfunkel pattern!  <3

Mini Hexagon Pincushion - Grandmother's Flower Garden English Paper Piecing Patchwork Tutorial

Teeny little hexagons for this pincushion from Fabadashery.

A helpful partial seam tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts.






August 18th, 2013

Sunday Funday Giveaway #2

by Julie Hirt

Welcome to the second week of the Sunday Funday Giveaway Party.


On Friday, my tutorial for a Quilted Zipper Pouch was posted over at Moda Bake Shop.

patchworkpouch 627handworks

To celebrate (because it makes me giddy to see something of mine posted there), you can win supplies to make your own pouch!


Zipit Zippers has generously donated a $25 credit to their Etsy shop.  Let me tell you, that will buy a LOT of zippers.

They have a huge selection and their prices cannot be beat.  Seriously.  Plus, you can always save 15% with coupon: 627handworks.


Fresh Modern Fabric has donated a lovely Mini Charm from the Savonnerie collection. The fabric line is so pretty and would make a really colorful pouch.

Alice  has a great selection of pre-cuts available.  Although, right now I’m drooling over this Sweet Life Fat Quarter bundle.

Fat Quarter Bundle Sweet Life, 10 Pieces, Cori Dantini, Blend Fabrics, 100% Cotton Fabric, 112.102


My giveaway isn’t your only chance to win…


Check in with our other Sunday Funday partiers hosting giveaways today:



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