It seems like each day brings more enthusiasts to the EPP bandwagon. Some are brand new to the idea. Others are taking it up tentatively after a period of wishful thinking. A few are getting back to an old habit. And some people never stopped. No matter which category you fall into, it’s always nice to have a quick and simple project to get your fix.That’s what this Happy Hexie Coaster is all about. You can make this in an afternoon. Not something that can be said for most EPP projects. I actually started this for Diane’s blog tour last year, but ended up making something different. I put together a little project sheet with templates, if you prefer to cut your own. Click here for the sheet.This is ideal for fussy cutting. Tula Pink’s Eden provided just the right vibe for me. But if you aren’t ready for fussy cutting, don’t sweat it. Just pick fabrics you love and get started. If you’re in need of a refresher or some basic instructions, a great resource for visual learners is Diane’s YouTube videos. For my advice on fussy cutting and details about how I stitch my EPP pieces together, see this post. Here’s proof you can make EPP without stitches showing.I hope you’ll give it a try! Tula’s Chipper collection is coming soon and will make amazing fussy cutting too. Keep an eye out for foxes and squirrels.
Christmas gets closer and closer, the days going by so quickly I find myself wishing I could hit the “Rewind” button. Life, however, doesn’t come with a “Rewind” button, which I suppose, is a good thing. It means it doesn’t have a “Fast Forward” button either. While waiting for the backing for Mr. P’s quilt, I cut into this bundle of Kaffe fabrics.It’s a wild and wonderful quilt top using the same design as the one for Mr. P’s Parson Gray Shaman quilt. When I have them both quilted up, you’ll be able to see just how different these two quilts from the same pattern look. I’m madly in love with this Kaffe version. But we’ll talk more about that when I post the reveal. In the meantime…you’ll find the free pattern I designed for Westminster Fibers for this fun Kaffe bag over at MakeItCoats. The kit to make this exact bag has already sold out on Craftsy, but you can still sign up for a waiting list. Just click here to head over to Craftsy. The bag is a simple floppy bag, perfect for carrying sweaters, snacks, mobile devices and some reading material wherever you’re headed.
Remember this pillow? It has to be one of my favorites. I really love how it turned out. During all the commotion of Market preparation, I had the chance to make another version (and write the pattern, finally). Here it is done in three prints:You can buy the kit to make this version on Craftsy. Click here for the link. (It’s currently on sale for 30% off, by the way.) If you want to use your own Kaffe stash, find the free pdf pattern at MakeItCoats here.
So, if you get the itch to play with some bright color, you now have two free patterns to get you started. Of course, during this time of year looking at photos of bright color might be just enough to get you through to New Year’s. Either way, you’ve got some options.
As for me, it’s time to cut the last of the fabric bits for my AMH EPP project. Just 36 little diamond shapes and I’m ready to sew it all together. I may even make my goal of beginning the final assembly before the end of the year. (Shocking, isn’t it?)
Have a fabulous Friday and colorful weekend!
Like most of you, I’m wondering how the calendar hit December already. Let’s not even talk about New Years. Where does all that time go?! After the Thanksgiving festivities, I had the urge to make something Christmas related. It may be the only Christmas related thing I do this year, so I figured it was best not to resist.A quick stop at the Dollar Tree last week resulted in two foam cones. At $1 each, I decided I would figure out what to do with them at a later date. That later date came over the weekend when I grabbed some Sis Boom scraps and got to work.To make these trees you need the following:
- Two foam cones, 6″ x 3″
- Four 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips each of two different prints
- Two small fabric flowers about 2″ in diameter, or other decorative elements such as pom poms or jingle bells
- Two small decorative buttons
- Small floral pins or craft pins
- Needle and thread
To begin, fold one strip in half wrong sides together. (Strip now measures 1 1/4″ by Width of Fabric.) Thread the needle with a length of thread about 18″ long. Knot the end and begin gathering the strip along the folded edge by stitching every 1/8″ to 1/4″. Gather as you go, backstitching to secure sections of stitching. The length of your gathered strip should be somewhere between 22″ and 24″. Secure the end with a knot.
NOTE: You could gather the strips on your machine to save time. However, gathering by hand gives you more control. And you can do it front of the fire or the TV or wherever.
Gather each of the strips in the same manner. Starting at the bottom of one cone, pin a gathered strip in place. The first row of ruffle should be even along the bottom of the cone. Work your way up the cone, hiding the pins beneath the upper layers and between gathers. End with the upper edge of the ruffle even with the top of the cone.
Pin a small fabric flower (or other decorative element of your choice) to the top. Glue a button to the center. Repeat for the other cone.Festive, fun and most importantly with Christmas only 3 1/2 weeks away, easy!