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Books

Not for words but for needles!  If any of you are familiar with my Pinterest boards you know I have one dedicated entirely to needle books and sewing kits.  I love them! And they are definitely in keeping with my goal of making small projects that you get to practice new skills and techniques on.  For this little book it was more practice hand stitching.

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…embroidery and hand quilting.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!!!  The pattern and tutorial are by Amy of Nana Company and the embroidery pattern is by LiliPopo.  I’m a die-hard fan of both and to have a project where I can bring these two ladies together (in a sense) was great!!!

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Whenever someone comes into my sewing room and sees all the “stuff” I have they ask the inevitable question.  Do you really need all this stuff?  Some have used more colorful words to describe my stash.  My response is absolutely!  When ever I’m out, I looking for bits of this and scraps of that because you never know when you’re going to want some of it for a project.  Especially if you’re sewing at 10pm and all the stores are closed.  It’s the same as keeping a well stocked pantry!!! I’m always prepared!!

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Here’s the inside fabric by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.  I have to show you her hexagon templates, they’re awesome!!

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LOVE!

And as a small tribute to the Wild Olive Summer Stitch club…here’s another little needle book!

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Also on my board! Cute, cute, cute!!!! It’s the same size as the hexis we’re sewing for the club (1 1/2 inches)!!! The fabric is from The Simple Life collection from Riley Blake (designed by Tasha Noel).  I found some here on Etsy!  A little fussy cutting and voila!!

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Here’s the back!!!  Again one more reason to have a large fabric and supply stash! I’ve had this red gingham for years…

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My trusty John James needle at the ready.

A few more “…small things with great love”…

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We have all recovered from last week and getting Kira and her class ready for the end of school.  Summer vacation has officially arrived for us.  While I’m excited for the time off, it also means I’m going to be “ON” for the entire summer.  It’s just my girl and me,  and I’ve got lots of stuff planned for us.  You’ll be seeing the fruit of our labor quite soon.  In the mean time, my own summer fun has begun.

The Wild Olive Summer Stitch Club 2013 has kicked off and oh how excited I am.  Here are a few of my hexagons!!!  I loved this fabric line, then I didn’t, now I do again!!!  Choosing the fabric is really the hardest part for me.

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And here’s the club’s first embroidery pattern! I did it last night while watching Game Of Thrones (that’s a topic for another post, actually not for this blog at all).

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I decided not to use a hoop and was surprised how easy it still was to stitch!  Didn’t want to deal with overly wrinkling it.  I’ve also decided to use a natural color linen instead of white.  It just looks like a better fit with this fabric line.  Opinions welcome…

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I’m totally smitten with this project!!! And the pattern that arrived this morning is even cuter than this one.  I’ll get to work on that one tomorrow night.

Today is my 7th wedding anniversary and tonight it’s all about me and my hubby!!! Stitching and hexis can wait!!!

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The title of this post was used in an embroidery pattern by one of my biggest inspirations, Nana Company.  It is a part of a quote by Mother Teresa,

“We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

Whether I’m consciously aware of it in a given moment or not it seems to be the theme of most of my projects these days.  As I browse the internet I find more and more that I’m drawn to smaller projects.  Some simple, some more “involved” but all have something to offer in the way of a technique, design, skill and most important can be finished relatively quickly.

One thing that has captured my attention are hexagons, specifically hand sewing hexagons using a technique called English paper piecing (EPP).  They are my new potato chips, can’t eat just one, can’t sew just one.  Now even though it sounds very time-consuming it’s surprising how fast these little things can “multiple”.

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Can you say fun boys and girls?  I’m in love!

Now let me say there is no shortage of tutorials, tips, hints, suggestions and resources for making these.  To keep it all straight I’ve even started a Hexagon board on Pinterest.  One of the best resources of information I’ve discovered was put together on the blog Sew Fearless.  We even use the same type of storage/carry case for our hexis (as they are lovingly referred to).  I bought mine at Joann’s for $3.99, love that!

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Above all things I must have order and this little case is perfect.

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Also keeps things safely “locked” away from little fingers.

One of my favorite things in the “Hexi Box” is my pin cushion.  As I come to the end of a section, I stick my needle in the cupcake, snip and move on the next one.  No mad searches for where I put it down.   The instructions are here.  I love my little cupcake!!

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Like I said there are a ton of resources out there and I’m learning…fast!

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Here’s my first row all sewn together…

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Can hardly see my stitches…

Now here’s the wrong side.  Just for the record I’m more than happy to show the “ugly” side of things.  For some this is totally acceptable for others they prefer a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  As I’ve read that can be a bit fiddly, trying to work with smaller pieces of fabric.  These are 1 inch paper pieces and 2 1/2 inch square pieces of fabric. Lots of wiggle room and I can live with the unevenness…for now.  That may or may not change as I get better at these.

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Here’s the YouTube video tutorial I used.  There is a part two for sewing the hexagons together which follows if you click the link.

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Now as I was skipping down another internet rabbit hole I came across another wonderful blog, Wild Olive.  She’s having a Summer Stitching Club which I had to join because, can you guess what we’ll be sewing…hexagons with embroidered images!!!  Two  favorites!  Happiness is!  A new pattern each week for the entire summer.  FUN!!!

I hope this post has inspired some of you to pull out your needles and thread and give it a go.  I’ll be finishing up my practice piece this weekend and waiting patiently for my first Wild Olive installment on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Next week I’ll be a complete mess as my Kira has her “moving up” ceremony at school.  Our first school year almost complete!  I have no words.

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