A Rainbow of Hexagons


A Rainbow of Hexagons by Hugs are Fun
I’ve been slowly accumulating hexagons for my giant rainbow quilt. This is the first quilt I’m making and I decided to be extremely ambitious. I upgraded to a queen size and I need about 1000 more hexagons. Basting the hexagons isn’t the big deal for me, it’s the joining. I find it extremely tedious, but I do love the satisfaction of seeing the project grow.
A Rainbow of Hexagons by Hugs are Fun
I am joining in small batches to make the project more manageable to work on. I thinkI did my math right on how many rows I need, but just to be safe I’m not joining everything together yet. I am only joining two colors at a time, so if necessary I can add additional colors to either side.

Once I have the amount of rows I’ve figured out, I will lay it out over a queen sized blanket and compare. I am so excited to see how this project all comes together, I am really loving the colors and the variation of prints.

Today was the deadline on a big, secret project I’ve been working on. Unfortunately it will have to stay a secret for a few more months. But fortunately, I will have more time to work on other projects again!


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First Week of the Spoon Challenge!


First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

One of my goals for 2014 has been to draw more. I haven’t been amazing about it, but the Spoonflower challenge is helping!

They have been emailing drawing prompts every weekday in August and I wanted to share what I’ve done for the first week.

Cacti
First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

Mountain
First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

Tree
First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

Landscape
First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

River
First Week of the Spoon Challenge! by Hugs are Fun

If you are over on Instagram, check out all the great sketches under the #spoonchallenge hashtag!


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An English Paper Piecing Experiment


An English Paper Piecing Experiment by Hugs are Fun
The last thing I need is a new project, but I just couldn’t resist! My friend Jessica sent me a photo of an English paper pieced quilt where the hexagons were made of triangles. I immediately fell in love with the idea and had to try it right away.

The photo used solid fabrics, but I wanted to use prints, I have so many scraps from the hexagon quilt I’m making.
An English Paper Piecing Experiment by Hugs are Fun
I don’t love basting the triangles as much. I’m not sure if it’s because of the size (each side is 3″) but I was having trouble keeping the edges tight enough when I was basting them.

I am extremely happy with it though, I love the way it looks. I think I might slowly start working on making more of these hexagons for a quilt, all of them using different colors. I have far too many projects to finish first, but I do think it’ll be pretty fabulous when I finally have the time to focus on this one!

Have you seen any projects lately that you just had to try out immediately?


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A Local Quilt Shop Trip – Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL


A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

The other day I was looking at the Cotton & Steel website and saw that a quilt shop nearby carried their fabrics. I have loved looking at the photos online and really wanted to see the fabrics in person, so yesterday morning I headed over to Quilters Quest to check them out.

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

I brought Evie and Mira along, we stopped by on our way to the zoo. Evie wasn’t thrilled about the pit stop and it didn’t help that they were testing the fire alarm. There was also an enormous St. Bernard (Evie is terrified of dogs) and so I spent the majority of the trip browsing with Mira strapped to my front in the Ergo and Evie hanging on my back covering her ears. Despite this, I absolutely loved this place!

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

They didn’t have the Cotton & Steel line in yet, it won’t be in until September, but I don’t mind taking another trip there when it’s in! The selection was fantastic, they had so many amazing fabrics, I just wanted them all!

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

They had quite a few Heather Ross fabrics which are even more amazing in person than the photos I’ve seen online! They also had some of the Penguin & Fish Critter Patch line.

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

I didn’t get any scraps, but I was really excited to see the scrap bucket! Since the majority of fabric I use is for english paper piecing, I use such small amounts.  I want to get as much variety as possible so scraps are fantastic! I will definitely be taking a closer look next time I go!

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

I was totally overwhelmed by all the amazing fabrics and the incredible selection. Coupled by the less than ideal browsing situation of two small children and fire alarm testing, I didn’t get to look around as much as I would have liked. I did pick out a small stack of fabrics and got 1/8 of a yard of each of them. I plan on making hexies with them all, but I might also plan another smaller project to use bigger pieces to better show off the lovely prints!

A Local Quilt Shop Trip - Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

If you are in the Chicago suburbs, definitely stop by Quilters Quest in Woodridge, it’s worth a trip!


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Finished Mira’s Blanket!


It’s been a long time coming but I finally finished Mira’s blanket! She’s 14 months old, but it’s better than my track record with Evie’s blanket which still isn’t finished.

I really love the 30 for 30 crafting challenge because it’s making me pick up projects that I haven’t been wanting to work on. I’m so glad to be able to tick this off my list.

Now I’m moving onto Evie’s blanket. I have had all the squares finished for months but it’s the joining that’s been holding me up, that and the inevitable weaving of ends that will have to happen. I wish I could go back in time and tell my pregnant self to learn how to join as I go. But alas, I have to live with my mistake.

Have you finished any projects recently? Do you have any WIP that you wish you had done differently?

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August Challenges


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CraftingGeek is doing another 30 for 30 Crafting Challenge for August. We’re onto day 4 now and I am almost done with my first project.

During the June 30 for 30 Crafting, I did a lot on Mira’s blanket but I ran into some technical difficulties and didn’t work on it for a bit. Now everything is figured out and I’m back on track and determined to get it finished. I just have a little bit more of the border to do and then the ends to weave in. I should be done this week.
30 for 30 Crafting Challenge by Hugs are Fun
I switched around projects a lot last time and I want to try to focus on one project for a bit. I think I might keep with crochet momentum and try to get Evie’s blanket finished.
30 for 30 Crafting Challenge by Hugs are Fun
I am also going to try to get this astronaut cross stitch done so I can get back on track with working on the space alphabet. I haven’t been cross stitching much lately and I need to remedy that!
30 for 30 Crafting Challenge by Hugs are Fun
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I also plan on doing the Spoonflower month of drawing. Marceline from Asking for Trouble posted about it and it seems like a great way to get me drawing. You can sign up at any time, email prompts start today!


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The email prompts don’t start until tomorrow so I drew a jellyfish. #jellyfish #happyseacreature #spoonchallenge #sketchbook

The email prompts don’t start until tomorrow so I drew a jellyfish. #jellyfish #happyseacreature #spoonchallenge #sketchbook


Free Pattern Friday – ICE CREAM!


Free Pattern Friday - Ice Cream Cross Stitch Pattern by Hugs are Fun
I am doing yet another swap, because I can’t resist myself. This one is an ice cream themed pencil case swap, so I’ve had ice cream on the brain lately!

So ice cream seemed like the perfect pattern for this month’s Free Pattern Friday, who doesn’t love ice cream in August? It can be customized with any colors so stitch up your favorite flavors!

When done on 14ct, this should fit in a 6″ hoop.

Download the PDF here – Free Pattern Friday August 2014

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


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Sometimes I Swirl


Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
I’m not going to be posting as much in August. I have some exciting projects I’m working on right now, but they are also things I have to keep secret. So for the next month I’m going to be toning back my posting, but I’ll be keeping you all updated as much as I can!

Today I want to show off the amazing embroideries I got from Sarah Hennessey from Sometimes I Swirl.

Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
We swapped work, I sent her two of my cross stitches and she sent me two of her embroidered hoops. I had such a hard time choosing, I knew I wanted one of her mandalas, I love all the photos of them she posts and it’s even more amazing in person.
Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop

I decided on this abstract swirl piece for my second one. I love the colors and textures, it’s so fun.

Sometimes I Swirl Embroidery Hoop
I love seeing other needlework artist’s work in person and it’s even better to actually own pieces myself! I’ve amassed quite an amazing collection from various swaps I’ve done, now to just get my act together and make a gallery wall to display them all!

You can buy your own embroidery from Sarah’s Etsy shop and you can see her progress photos on Instagram.


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Which says “mint ice cream” more?
I think the right, but I could only find one fabric that shade. I have a lot more of the left, but it isn’t quite right to me. 🍦
#icecream #icecreampencilcaseswap #colorhelp #nofilter

Which says “mint ice cream” more?
I think the right, but I could only find one fabric that shade. I have a lot more of the left, but it isn’t quite right to me. 🍦
#icecream #icecreampencilcaseswap #colorhelp #nofilter