February 1st, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Along: February

by Julie Hirt

Have you seen the new Bella Skill Builder Quilt over at Fat Quarter Shop?  When I was offered the opportunity to join in, I jumped on it!  I’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately, but not much piecing. So this is perfect for me.

Did I mention the patterns are Free?!


If you like this color scheme there is a wonderful kit available.

I’ve really been itching to make a quilt in some beachy/sunset colors.  So I opted for these Bella Solids:


My colors, from top to bottom – the kit colors they are replacing in parenthesis:

Latte (Teak)
Brushed Sand (Zen Gray)
Buttercup (Tea Rose)
Clementine (Raspberry)
Tranquil Aqua (Ruby Ice)
Peacock (Caribbean)
Turquoise (Lagoon)
Prussian Blue (White)

Here are the first blocks for the Quilt Along:




Don’t look too closely at that second block! I need to work on my quarter inch seam allowance.  Since I need to make two blocks like this, I have a chance to work on that.

Here is a copy of the free pattern.



Since this is a skill builder there are a number of rulers available to help.  For this block they recommend Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler, 6.5″ ruler and 12.5″ ruler. I have the squares but needed to use the template attached with the pattern since I don’t have the Spider Web ruler. It went fine! I didn’t have problems and I think these blocks are a great way to kick off this quilt along.

Join us – it’ll be fun!  You have all month to play catch up :)



December 7th, 2016

Free 48″ Carpenter Star Pattern

by Julie Hirt


Recently I made a large Tree Skirt and had several people on Instagram ask for some info, so I decided to write up a quick tutorial.

627handworks Tree Skirt

This large Carpenter Star comes together quickly and would make a super cute baby quilt as well.


Throw on a border or two to make it throw size.

FREE Carpenter Star PDF

For the Tree Skirt – here is how I cut the corners, center and skirt line.
Be sure to use a bias binding – at least around the center hole and leave 1/4″ for those points when cutting!


The pattern also includes a coloring page. :)

Would love to see your version if you make one!  Instagram hashtag #627carpenterstar



October 28th, 2016

Lunden’s Charity Block

by Julie Hirt

You need to get your hands on a copy of this!


Several reasons:

  • Money from this block goes to Chive Charities (more on this below).
  • Minimum donation for this pattern is only 5 bucks!
  • It’s named after Lunden, who is amazing (more below).
  • It’s a 17″ block, which I think is perfect.  One block makes a pillow or mini quilt, 4 blocks make a nice baby quilt, your quilt can grow quickly.
  • It’s beginner friendly!
  • Umm, it’s GORGEOUS.



Image courtesy of @craftycop on Instagram.

You can get so many different looks by switching out fabrics and background colors.


Rather than explaining the Charity and Lunden’s Block, here is a quote from my good friend Erin (@mommy2lu on Instagram):

Let me give you a back story on Lunden’s Charity Pattern and the charity @chivecharities! They are one hell of an organization that truly changed the course of our family’s life! Handicap accessible vans are expensive and that’s putting it mildly.

2️ years ago a prideful David and I begrudgingly agreed to a fundraiser for Lunden to help purchase a handicap accessible van. Our friends around the world, family and friends of friends donated to Lunden. A week before the end of Lunden’s fundraiser Chive called me. They told me they’d been watching all of the love for Lunden and wanted in on it too! They told me they had grant earmarked for Lunden. A grant that would pay for Lunden’s van and some much needed medical equipment. Believe me when I say I tried to talk them out of it. I told Chive that Lunden had a successful fundraiser and that she only needed the difference bw what she’d raised and the cost of the van. Chive said they didn’t care how much Lunden raised. That they would be honored to cover all costs so Lunden could keep the money from her family and friends bc they knew that no money would ever be enough to support Lunden for her life time.

You guys I didn’t believe it! I called David sobbing and told him. He sobbed. This stuff didn’t happen to us. Up until that point we’d run though our savings, we were paying for Lunden’s special needs private school out of pocket. David and I had even cut down how much we ate to leave more money to pay for her therapy copays. Chive is an organization that helps good people! Chive is an organization that understands that no matter how much money you make on paper there’s never enough to support a person of Lunden’s involvement. I say the fundraiser was life changing because we had no idea that anyone really loved Lunden like we did. We emailed all of Lunden’s donors and offered them their donation back. No one wanted their money back.

David and I had no idea that love really, truly existed in the world anymore. That people still helped just to help. This is why the first (and hopefully not the last) Lunden’s Charity Blocks donations will go to Chive Charities! #lundenisawesome #tenpercenthappier


Just look at Lunden’s sweet, always smiling, face!  Believe me, she’s even sweeter in person. Even if you don’t quilt or want the pattern, I urge you to donate to Chive Charities.




Image courtesy of @saraquilts on Instagram.



Image courtesy of @mommy2lu on Instagram




  1. Donate a minimum of $5 to Chive Charities
  2. Email your receipt or screenshot of donation to mommy2lunden at gmail.com
  3. Patiently wait 24 hours for Erin to email you a copy of the block





Image courtesy of @hazelstitches on Instragram




If you are on Instagram be sure to tag your blocks with the hashtag #lundenscharityblocks.  There are going to be some fun giveaways!  Hope to see a version of your block :)



October 24th, 2016

Gypsy Wife Quilt

by Julie Hirt

I had to look back to see exactly when I started this quilt. It was over two years ago!   I am beyond thrilled to finally be finished.

This past June my family visited Treasure Island, Florida.  This quilt came along for the ride.


I *love* it!  Making the quilt top wasn’t a smooth process for me, but I’m happy I stuck with it.  Fabrics are from my scraps and I only had to cut into my stash for some of the large strips.


The longarm quilting pattern is my Rolling Hills Echo pattern.  I’d be happy to quilt something of yours using it 😉


Quilt pattern is Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell.


This trip is when I found my love for thread wax. What a difference it makes!  No knots, smoother stitches – so worth it.

Here are some non-quilt pics of the trip.


We took a deep sea fishing charter.  To spare the horrific details I’ll just say I’m the only one of the four of us with sea legs.


We rented a fantastic house and the dogs loved spending time on the upper deck.  They could see all the action!  (Yes, I try to take my dogs on most vacations.)




Elizabeth & Huey


Paul caught quite a few jack fish (I think that’s what they are) surf fishing. We had a terrific time and I’ll be sure to share pics of my selvage quilt soon.


August 28th, 2016

Designer Bullying? [*updated]

by Julie Hirt


I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here.   Lilly Ella has changed her blog post and I feel I need to respond. My original blog post is below with the original update (private messages exchanged).

1 – Lilly is stating I didn’t message her. I did. At the same time I posted my initial image that a pattern exists. See private message screenshots below.

2 – I changed my wording on my initial post per her instructions. See private message screenshots below.

3 – Lilly states she removed the Instagram post (the one stating hexie tiles is an existing pattern) per or agreement. Not accurate.  I asked her to post it and then I would delete mine.  You can see in our private messages that was the agreement. I’m assuming she deleted that post because it was mean and nasty. Unfortunately I do not have a screenshot to share.

4 – Lilly’s updated blog post states our patterns are different.  She uses a template vs mine is paper piecing. I agree, I would love to compare!  I commented on her blog yesterday. It was not approved and my question was not answered.  (Hi, it’s Julie. THE Julie. Quick question – does your template [not paper pieced, correct? looking at #5] have Y seams or  not? I’m a bit confused. Thank you.)

Lilly’s Instagram photo clearly shows it IS indeed paper pieced, not a template. AND it’s in two halves – exactly like my pattern.

If she is still open to seeing my pattern – how would she know if mine involves Y seams or not?





5 – Can we move on?



Wow. Never thought I’d find myself here.

Last year I saw a lot of Art Deco style tiles floating around Instagram and thought WOW – what a great pattern.  That’s where #hexietiles came into play.  (original post here —- FREE pattern here)

Earlier this evening I was alerted that Lilly Ella’s World was using the pattern (cool!) and stating she would be releasing it soon (not cool!).

I posted a quick response on Instagram out of anger and privately messaged her.  I’m usually low drama and not into confrontation, but I was thrown off.  I also don’t think my post was that bad:



Here is the original pattern mock up listed online and in Craftsy:



She stated she had never seen the pattern before and it was her own creation.  Whatever, it’s an easy pattern to recreate and design. Anyone can think of these things. So I re-worded my initial post and tried to play fair.

She messaged me stating I was defaming her, etc.  Then I started getting hate messages and I was like, HOLD UP.

So I did a little researching.   She had seen a version of MY pattern (one of the various layouts with this pattern) before back in December.  On Instagram, and had liked it.


insta stashfabrics


This is no longer a coincidence.

I didn’t care if she gave me credit (once again, simple pattern), my issue is that she was going to release it as her own.  Plain and simple.

She asked me to remove her picture and I said I would as soon as she posted the pattern isn’t original to her. She posted (hateful as it may be *) and I deleted mine like I agreed to.

* which has since been deleted. which wasn’t our agreement

Now, I believe she is ‘defaming’ me with this blog post. I mean, seriously?  Does it EVER end?

It’s quilting people. I had the pattern on sale for $1. Now it’s FREE! (If you recently purchased I’m more than happy to refund you, just message me). Now go get some fabric and make some hexie tiles!

She has 10k+ followers and can cry bullying, when in fact it is the other way around.  I’m just here for the fabric.

Love and stitching!


PS.  The moment I posted my original image (above) I was messaged by several people claiming this isn’t her first go ’round with issues like this.  THAT makes me sad.




Thank you for your support, it is appreciated. I’ve also been told by several people that I’ve done damage and I should have taken the high road.  I can see that side, but when are we supposed to stick up for ourselves?

Anyway, to be transparent, here’s what happened behind closed doors.

1 2 3 4 5 6

WELL.  I feel I did everything I was asked and she *still* didn’t leave up a post that the pattern exists.  Oh well, I have fabrics to quilt!

August 22nd, 2016

Longarm Patterns – Now Available for Sale!

by Julie Hirt

Hey all!

I’ve been lacking in posts but that’s because I’m keeping BUSY!  So, it’s a good thing. I have lots of quilts I need to post and one of those is my finished Gypsy Wife quilt.  So happy with it and can’t wait to share it in the near future.

Back in April I was lucky enough to turn over a new leaf.  After working there for 16 years, I left my position with a real estate company and started long arming full time.  One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Because I love playing around in Illustrator, designing some of my own patterns came naturally.  Here are just a few I have available for sale in my ETSY shop.










And this is one of my favorites – depending on how you place the rows, you get two patterns in one!





Check them out if you are a long armer.  And if you need anything quilted, I have all the information at JulieHirt.com



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