An EPP Hexagon Shortcut


An EPP Hexagon Shortcut from Hugs are Fun

I’m not exactly sure where I saw this idea, I think it was from someone in a Facebook group. But I just love it so much and had to share it.

An EPP Hexagon Shortcut from Hugs are Fun
When I baste my hexagons I use the method of little stitches at each corner, the same one Haley from The Zen of Making uses.. I used to finish the hexagon and then cut the thread. But here’s the crazy trick…

An EPP Hexagon Shortcut from Hugs are Fun
After you’re done just keep basting the next one! Instead of cutting the thread, just insert the needle into the next hexagon and start basting. Just leave a little space in between the two and baste as you normally would.
An EPP Hexagon Shortcut from Hugs are Fun
You can just keep making a chain of hexagons until you run out of thread and them snip them all at once. It is so simple but I feel like it saves me a lot of time because I can just get into a grove without stopping to cut the thread.

What are some simple little tricks that you do when crafting to save time?


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Creativity Expressed


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When I started this blog it was meant as a place to showcase my cross stitches, but over the last year and a half it’s really evolved. I feel like my tagline “modern cross stitcheries” has become out of date because I have been doing so much more. I have been doing a lot of embroidery and this year I started my enormous, ongoing English paper pieced hexagon quilt.
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Jen from Lovely Messes asked me to take part in her Creativity Expressed blog series and talk about my hexagons. It’s been an interesting process for me. I have always wanted to make a quilt but I don’t have a permanent place for my sewing machine. Having to take it out every time I want to sew severely limits my work time. So I was extremely interested in the idea of English paper piecing, or EPP. For EPP, fabric is attached around a piece of paper to hold the shape. The different pieces are then attached together and the paper is removed. There are tons of shape possibilities, but I’ve been drawn to hexagons.
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My favorite thing about EPP is the portability. I keep a pouch full of hexagons that need to be basted so I can work on it in the car or any spare moment I have. It’s a slow process but very meditative to work on. It’s repetitive and easy to get into a groove of working without having to think too much.

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I had this vision in my head of a rainbow quilt with a ton of various patterned fabrics that transitioned from pink all the way through to purple. I started this project with the hope that it would work out, though I wasn’t entirely certain it would. I am using such a wide range of prints and shades of colors, I really worried it would look too busy or crazy and wouldn’t have the desired effect.

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Creativity Expressed from Hugs are Fun
However, I did a smaller version of the idea as a pouch for a swap I did and I was able to see it on a smaller scale and I stopped worrying so much.

The two most valuable resources for me have been Diane from CraftyPod and Haley from the Zen of Making. They both have written so many fantastic tutorials about English paper piecing and I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out if it weren’t for them.

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I’ve been experimenting with doing more than just making quilts with hexagons. This bracelet was for a hexagon blog hop that Diane from CraftyPod organized where each project used 12 or less hexagons. It was fun to challenge myself to do more with less.

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This bag was one of my first adventures into doing something different with hexagons and while there are a ton of mistakes I made, I still love it. The stitches are messy and I used too much glue, but I learned a lot and that’s really the most important part!

This post is a part of the Creativity Expressed Blog Series hosted by Jen at Lovely Messes. Nine creative women are sharing the secrets behind their creative process, don’t miss a single bit of inspiration!


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Wow! A time traveler bought one of my patterns! #etsy #timetravel

Wow! A time traveler bought one of my patterns! #etsy #timetravel


I posted today about Evie’s MLP party and there are free Silhouette cutting files for Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie at www.hugsarefun.com #mylittlepony #mlp #pinkiepie #rainbowdash #silhouette #silhouettecameo

I posted today about Evie’s MLP party and there are free Silhouette cutting files for Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie at www.hugsarefun.com #mylittlepony #mlp #pinkiepie #rainbowdash #silhouette #silhouettecameo


Evie’s My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files!


Evie's My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files! from Hugs are Fun
Evie decided she wanted to have a My Little Pony party and I was kind of relieved. Last year I had a lot of fun putting together her Mo Willem’s Pigeon party, but I put a lot of pressure on myself. So her picking a theme that I could buy a lot of the supplies at the party store definitely simplified things for me!

I knew I wanted to at least make her a crown though and I wanted to make her a skirt too.

Evie's My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files! from Hugs are Fun
For my birthday Josh got me a Silhouette Cameo and it is amazing. Once I’ve used it a bit more I will write an entire post about it. I figured I could make things a lot easier for myself by cutting out the ponies for her crown out of felt. I used the felt crown from Bugs and Fishes for the base shape, it’s the third time I’ve used it and it always works really well! I found tons of vector files on deviantART from DJDavidhu and I downloaded Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. I simplified the files and made them into a silhouette of the ponies since they were going to be fairly small.

Evie's My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files! from Hugs are Fun
Cutting felt on the Silhouette Cameo worked extremely well! I asked Jesse from Art School Dropout for some advice because she’s on the Silhouette design team. I used the Silhouette clean cut interfacing and I used the double cut feature and it worked perfectly. I was amazed at the detail even on such little shapes. I stitched around the shapes with matching embroidery floss to attach them to the crown.

The skirt was the lazy days skirt from Oliver + S. The skirt was super easy but I did skip the ribbon detail at the bottom, but I still think it turned out cute.

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I had planned on baking a cake for her but it didn’t turn out well and I decided she really wouldn’t care if I made it or not, as long as there was one and it was chocolate. So we stopped by Super Target before her party and picked one up.

She was extremely excited that wrote her name on it in pink. I picked up a pack of little ponies to use as cake toppers.

Evie's My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files! from Hugs are Fun
Evie's My Little Pony Party with Free Silhouette Files! from Hugs are Fun

Here are the Silhouette files for Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. Enjoy!
My Little Pony Silhouette Files

And make sure to check out all the amazing vectors from DJDavidhu. I will probably make more Silhouette files eventually, so let me know if there’s a pony you would want a cutting file of!


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Evie is Four!


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While it felt weird for Mira to turn one, it feels absolutely insane that my baby girl Evie is FOUR! Four years ago I became a mom and it was the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.

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Looking back at pictures, I can’t believe she was ever that tiny! Sometimes I get sad about how grown up she is now, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. She has such an amazing personality and is so much fun to be around! I’m constantly amazed by her sense of humor and her intelligence, she always keeps me laughing.

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I am so proud every day of the amazing person that Evie is growing into. She is so caring and brave and smart. Her whole life she has been afraid of most animals, but this summer she has started facing her fears. It is amazing to see her growing and learning, and I nearly cried when she told me she wanted to pet a dog.

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Last night when she was going to bed I asked her if she would stay three and not turn four tomorrow. She said “But mama, I’ve never been four before!” She’s right, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

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Happy birthday Evie!

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A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014


A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
Last year was the first time I went to the September Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and I was excited to go again this year. It’s the largest of the Renegade Craft Fairs and it is such a fantastic experience. I follow a lot of the vendors on Instagram and it was great to finally see their work in person.

Last year I left with quite a few purchases, but all I got this time was a headband. I still haven’t framed and hung up all my prints I got last time, so I refused to let myself but any this time. Since I don’t have purchases to show off, I’m just going to show off some of my favorite vendors this year.

Poppy and Fern
This was one of only two needlework artists I saw and Renegade and the work was amazing! I love the intricate necklace frames and the delicate stitching.

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Genevieve Santos
I love Genevieve’s style and I couldn’t resist her amazing, furry sign! That orange monster is too adorable! She has such a sweet, beautiful style and it just made me smile. I especially love that she has rubber stamps available, what a neat idea!

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A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Zealous Bee
52Lasers has made me pay a lot more attention to laser cut items, so between the laser cutting and the hexagons, I couldn’t help but stop and look! There was a lot of fun pieces and I loved seeing the hand painted wooden pieces, especially that ice cream cone!

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Family Tree Design
I absolutely love Family Tree Design, Josh actually has a set of their monster friends prints in his office. I was so, so tempted by the Belefonte print because I love A Life Aquatic, but I ultimately decided against it didn’t look like a size I would easily be able to get a frame for. But it was very difficult to pass it up! I also loved the idea of the “digital business card”!
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Biggie Handmade Goods
My mother-in-law lent me a couple looms recently because I’ve been really wanting to try weaving. The colors and the patterns of these were so amazing! I find weaving to be so fascinating and I loved examining these up close.

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

BRIKA
BRIKA is a curated online marketplace featuring handmade goods. I loved seeing the wide variety of different styles and makers together in one booth.

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Perfect Hair Ties
Perfect Hair Ties is where I got my headband. I had to include them because I really loved that they had a laser cut sign and their scrappy hexagon wall hanging with a Mary Poppins’s quote needed to be shown off!

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

Innad
I loved the colors and patterns on the products by Innad. I’m not really a backpack user, otherwise I would have been very tempted! The shoes were so fun and the designs are all just so unique and fun!

A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun
A Trip to Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2014 by Hugs are Fun

There were so many more amazing vendors that I didn’t include because you would be reading forever. It was so great to see so many talented makers together in one place! Have you ever been to a Renegade Craft Fair?


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Twinery – Twine Color Block Bracelets


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I have a post over at the Twinery today showing off how to make a color block bracelet. I really love how these turned out, so please head over and check it out!


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Free Pattern Friday – Origami Crane


Free Pattern Friday - Origami Crane by Hugs are Fun

When Josh and I got married I folded 1,000 paper cranes and used them as decorations at our reception. Ever since then, origami cranes have had a special place in my heart.

Free Pattern Friday - Origami Crane by Hugs are Fun
I’ve been wanting to make a crane cross stitch pattern for a long time and finally sat down and did it! And it’s my gift to you. Why not stitch 1,000?

The finished crane is about 4×2 inches when done on 14ct.

Download the PDF here – Free Pattern Friday September 2014

There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.


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Some Exciting Prizes!


I recently won a couple really awesome giveaways on Instagram that I can’t help but show off!
Some Exciting Prizes! from Hugs are Fun
The first was from Dandelyne. I showed off a miniature embroidery hoop I made from Dandelyne and I was so excited to win a prize pack with four miniature embroidery hoops and an embroidery starter kit.
Some Exciting Prizes! from Hugs are Fun

Some Exciting Prizes! from Hugs are Fun
I actually misplaced the little hoops for a few weeks and was going crazy trying to figure out where I put them. I cleaned my desk twice looking for them and then they randomly showed up the other day. Now I need to start making necklaces!
Some Exciting Prizes! from Hugs are Fun
Next was an amazing fat quarter bundle from Stitch Supply Co. The fabrics are so gorgeous I’ve been too nervous to even make them into hexagons, I feel like they are destined for something greater.

Do you enter online contests? Have you won anything cool?


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