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January 26th, 2014

First post of the year? Shameful!

by Julie Hirt

Sometimes life happens and I can’t get to sewing and blogging as much as I’d like.   As of late, I’ve been on a roll!  Blocks for two different quilt bees are finished.  Yippee!

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I finished up my Fussy Cut Swap blocks and they aren’t even due until mid February!  (Maybe this will make up for the Scrappy Trip blocks below.)

This fun swap is hosted by Amanda at What the Bobbin. The square in a square paper piecing pattern has taken off in quiltyland under the name ‘Economy Block’.

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The template Amanda made for us creates 4″ finished blocks.

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Hello Tokyo fabrics star as the fussy centers.  This line is so cute I can’t stand it!

Finally, I’ve finished up my Scrappy Trip Bee blocks… which were supposed to be mailed 2 weeks ago. Gack!

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Colors requested: Nothing!  She wanted to see what would come her way, so I made something I would enjoy.

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Colors requested:  Oranges, navy, turquoise/aqua.

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Colors requested:  Solids!

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Colors requested: Brights, all colors of the rainbow.

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Colors requested: Prints with a white background for outer squares and happy bright colored print for the center.

This about sums up what I’ve been up to.   I’ve decided to scale back the size of the Stars quilt for my nephew.  Thirty blocks would be entirely too big for him.  Plus, it’s daunting.

Happy Stitching!

julie

 

September 11th, 2013

Thursday Threads Linky Party & Winner

by Julie Hirt

Thursday Threads is posting a day early so I can announce the winner of the last Sunday Funday giveaway.

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Congratulations to Heidi at Red Letter Quilts.

Heidi, I’ll be sending you an email shortly. =)

 

This week I was able to cross a few projects off my list, which always feels good.  I finished up my Scrappy Trip Bee blocks and have them packaged up and ready to ship out.  Also completed a teacup block for Sarah Fielke.

Isn’t the pattern cute?  (the handle was a bit tricky for me)

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Sarah is collecting teacup blocks to create a quilt for her birthday.  I can’t wait to see it completed, she’s shared some really colorful blocks on Instagram.

I think there’s still time if you’d like to contribute.   Info here.

 

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

 

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Fun Circles quilt by Sandra at Small Town Thread.  I love gray and yellow together.

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Pretty, pretty, pretty Dutch Pinwheels by Jenni at Quasi-Quilter.

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Double sided quilt!  By Susan at The Bored Zombie. She released the free pattern for Phoenix Fire and Ash this week.

 

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Rules:

    1. Share your quilting, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
    2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button 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!

julie

 

July 23rd, 2013

Tutorial: Free Motion Quilting Modern Petals

by Julie Hirt

I came up with this design when trying to attempt Dogwood/Orange Peel quilting and mine was just looking too sloppy.

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Patchwork squares make this an easy pattern, so it works well for the Scrappy Trip, Postage Stamp or Scrap Vomit quilts.

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Here we go:

Pretend my drawn lines are patchwork pieces.  Just use your blocks as a grid pattern.

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Step 1:   Quilt a straight line up between 2 blocks

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Step 2:   Curve up and around to the left corner

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Step 3:   Swing down and around to the upper right corner creating a half circle

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Step 4:   Curve back down to the middle

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Repeat:  Steps 1 – 4 all the way up your row.

TIP:  I don’t have my petal tips reach the points of the corners.  This way there is a little spacing between the rows.

 

Now, I’ll show you how on the machine.  Use your free motion foot, feet down and draw your thread up.

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Straight line up

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Curve up to the corner

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Half circle around to the other corner

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Curve back down

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When you get to the top of your quilt you can just reverse these steps and work your way back down.

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This is a simple pattern and depending on the size of your squares, it can get really crinkly in the wash!

Here is the Scrappy Trip  quilted with ‘Modern Petals’.

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Let me know if you have any questions!  I’ll answer questions in the comments thread rather than emailing.

julie

July 12th, 2013

Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop & Giveaway

by Julie Hirt

EDITED:  – Apparently I can’t follow directions very well.  I posted this way too early so I took it down and re-posted today.  I always jump ahead! Now you can understand why I have problems following patterns.


 

Thanks so much to Plum & June for hosting the Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop 2013.  I’ve found some truly awesome blogs through this.

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I started sewing 3 years ago this month.  I was out of commission for almost a year due to a house fire, so I’ve actually been sewing for just over two years.

First Quilt: (first sewing project, for that matter)

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I’ve always enjoyed crafts like crochet, embroidery, jewelry, paper, on and on but nothing would ‘stick’.   I lose interest pretty quickly. So I was very wary about sewing and investing in the machine and fabrics. No one in my family sews and I had no experience whatsoever.

I’m happy to say that I’m in love with quilting and don’t see that changing. Fabric is too near and dear to my heart. I learned to sew and quilt by watching TONS of YouTube videos and the blogging world. I can’t thank the interwebs enough!

I jumped into free motion quilting with my 2nd quilt:

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Since those first couple of weeks I’ve made many quilts and hope to make tons more.

Last finished quilt:

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What is six-two-seven?   My husband and I started dating on 6/27/07 and were married on 6/27/11. When I first started this blog I didn’t even own a sewing machine. I just enjoyed making things and needed a name that wasn’t specific to a particular craft. So that’s how I came up with 627handworks.

Favorite non-quilt project:  My (beloved) Weekender.  I am still surprised that I was able to make this thing.

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I also love, love, love my triple zipper pouch. If you haven’t made one, you should!  I store all my English Paper Piecing supplies in it.

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Favorite Notion: I’ve found that I cannot live without Wonder Clips.  I use these for everything!  I rarely pin anymore; the clips are great for piecing, too.

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Most recently I started hosting a weekly link party.  It’s called Thursday Threads and I would love for you to share your embroidery, crochet, quilting, sewing, anything made with thread!

I’m on the last stretch of Block Rock’n with 4 blocks to go.  It’s a free paper piecing series that I release a pattern for every other Friday.  Here are a couple of the blocks:

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I’m active on Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest,  you may also find me on Twitter, Google+ and Etsy.

 

Be sure to check out the other Blog Hop Bloggers this week!

Karen @ Karen, {Novice} Quilter
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Rachel @ Let’s Begin Sewing…
Jan @ Sew And Sow Farm
Anna @ Quilting Along The Grain
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {no} hats in the house
Christen @ Love by Hand
Julie @ 627handworks (that’s me!)

 

Oh!  If you haven’t entered my Giveaway, entries are open through July 17th.

 

julie
June 26th, 2013

Thursday Threads 6/27

by Julie Hirt

Happy SIX TWO SEVEN!

It’s really 6-27, but for some reason we’ve always said 6-2-7.   Paul and I had our first date on 6/27/07 and were married on 6/27/11.

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So that’s where the name for my blog came from. I love my Paul!

Since our deck is finally complete I was able to get in a little sewing.  This block is for one my Scrappy Trip Bee mates:

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She requested pinks and brights, I hope she likes it!  I still have a couple more to work on – I forgot how much I enjoy making this block.  It’s fun to see it all come together.

Here is my version of the Garfunkel block for Block Rock’n.  I’ve already posted it, but here you go:

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The Garfunkel and the Caldonia are definitely my favorites so far.  I’ll  be making more of this one for sure.

I’m a little behind on my Lucky Stars blocks.  Oopsy.  Between Block Rock’n and Lucky Stars I have several blocks that I may combine into a quilt.  I really like how the brights pop with the dark fabrics. Maybe some black sashing?

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What have you been working on?

Rules:

  1. Please don’t link directly to Etsy stores.
  2. See something you like? Leave a comment!  Everyone loves comments.
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June 12th, 2013

Thursday Threads 6/13

by Julie Hirt

Happy Thursday!   This little patio table topper…

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is posted over at Moda Bake Shop!  Yay!  I can’t tell you  just how excited this makes me.  Some of my first quilts were Bake Shop patterns and I have a couple on my to-make list.  This is my first project at the Bake Shop and I hope it’s not my last.

 

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It’s been so much fun seeing some of my Block Rock’n designs out there.   Here are a few:

Caldonia Quilt Top! at Jewel Weed Chronicles

Lithium Pillow at Kitchen Table Quilting

Icky Thump at Wombat Quilts

Marley Block at What the Bobbin

I love their versions, aren’t they great?

This week I’m finishing up my blocks for the Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee and the Triple Twist.  Hopefully I’ll have time to start something new as well.

What are you working on?

Rules:

  1. Please don’t link directly to Etsy stores.
  2. See something you like? Leave a comment!  Everyone loves comments.
  3. Link back here by adding a button to your site, linky page or link back to Thursday Threads in your blog post.

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