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Playing with Hexagons // In the "Studio" + Giveaway

This week I had the sudden urge to play with some hexagons and do some English Paper Piecing. I didn't have a specific project in mind, I just wanted to simply play! I figured this would make a super fun In the "Studio" video for episode #10. Watch and see how I glue baste my hexagons and the different ways you can stitch them together. hexie-play-instagram-template Using this technique for English Paper Piecing is really great because the pre-cut hexagons are not cut from your typical card stock paper, they are actually a leave-in applique foundation. This means no more spending time taking the papers out when your done! You can stitch right through them, when washed they get super soft and have a beautiful loft. In this video I experimented with a few different ways to stitch them together, the possibilities are endless! If you want to try this fun technique you can purchase a English Paper Piecing Starter Kit in my shop, this kit includes everything you need to get started.


20giftcard-giveawayUsually on Fridays I host Fabric Giveaway Friday so this week I decided to give away my own prize! I will be giving away a $20 gift card to the Pile O' Fabric shop where I am now selling classes, notions, supplies, technique kits, and patterns. I even a little fabric left from my recent de-stash.

Enter to Win

Here’s how, using the Rafflecopter Widget below follow the steps. First step is leave me a comment and tell me what is one technique you want to learn and what is your all time favorite notion.

*NOTE – If your comment doesn’t show up immediately there is no need to re-comment. On giveaway days my commenting system thinks I am getting spammed with the mass amount of comments in a short time, so it sends some comments to moderation automatically. Your comment will show as soon as I can go through all the comments and approve them.

For Bonus Entries

This giveaway will end Wednesday, July 16th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose one winner and I will announce their name by the following Friday on Facebook and Twitter and I will email the winner directly. * Note * This giveaway is open to anyone near or far, but winner is responsible for shipping on whatever item they choose to spend their $20 on.

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Have you tried English Paper Piecing? I would love it if you share your projects with me! Have a great weekend.


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  • Linda Pawlak says...

    I would love to learn paper piecing. Thank you!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Afton says...

    My favorite notion is my Add-a-Quarter ruler. I’d like to learn to hand embroider.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alice B says...

    A technique I want to learn is needle-turn applique. And my favorite notion is my stiletto. It helps me keep things nice and lined up as they go under the needle.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sandy says...

    I would like to learn paper piecing and my favorite notion is my super sharp pair of lefty shears!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Susan K says...

    My favorite notion is a good seam ripper. I like one that’s easy to handle and sharp. I like the Gingher one with the replaceable blade and the Seamfix seam ripper that “erases” the stitches you’ve ripped out.
    I’d love to learn how to match my quilting with my piecing. I find the quilting design is often the hardest part of the quilt.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Vicki H says...

    I would like to learn machine applique. One of my favorite notions is my sewing snips.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Becky (central Or.) says...

    I need to get better at Y seams and set-ins.

    On August 21, 2014

  • donna altieri says...

    i really want to learn paper piecing so this is great timing for me. my new favorite notion is the simplicity bias tape maker. if that doesn’t count as a notion then i guess frixion pens would have to be next! thanks for the giveaway.

    On August 21, 2014

  • janet moilanen says...

    I’d like to improve my paper piecing skills and my favorite notion is my rotary cutter – hard to imagine a quilting life without it!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sandy T. says...

    Right now my favorite notion is my seam ripper! :) I don’t know what I’d do without it! I’d like to learn the easiest ways to bury your threads when machine quilting. That’s mainly what’s kept me from trying anything more than straight lines from edge to edge!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tyler F says...

    I would love to learn some basic paper piecing. I have never done it and it scares me but I love the look of it. My favorite notion is my rulers especially my 5 inch square since that is my go to ruler for trimming hst’s.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sylvia says...

    I would really like to learn how to paper piece and my favorite notion is my seam ripper. Thank God for them!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kristin says...

    I’d love to learn how to hand quilt. I love those chunky perle stitches!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Brenda Hulsey says...

    I love my table top threader! I couldn’t thread very many needles at all if it weren’t for it!

    I would love to crazy quilt!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Joan says...

    My favourite notion is my stiletto and I’d like to learn to paper piece. Thank you for the chance to win.

    On August 21, 2014

  • BillieBee says...

    I would love to learn more about FMQ. My favorite notion is my 12 inch rotating olfa cutting mat

    On August 21, 2014

  • Dita says...

    I’d love to learn paper-piecing techniques! I just don’t get it right now.. Also, my favorite notion is seam-ripper! I hate having to use it sometimes but they’re awesome to have!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Laura P in NH says...

    My favorite notion is the Sew Easy Fingerthing. It’s like a flat awl that fits on your finger. I use it a lot when I’m preparing applique pieces with my freezer paper and iron.
    I have signed up for a Craftsy class on making a whole cloth quilt.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Pamela says...

    I would love to free motion quilt like a professional! My favorite notion is my “snips” – those tiny little scissors that get into all the bitty nooks and crannies!

    On August 21, 2014

  • sarah clemons says...

    Freemotion quilting is some thing i would love to be MUCH better at so I love my seam ripper.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kathy h says...

    I have not tried paper piecing yet but the projects look like so much fun. I would like to learn that technique.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kelly Wilson says...

    Paper piecing is a technique I wish to master. My favorite notion is Elmer’s Washable Glue. It, and heavy starch, makes piecing blocks so much easier and more accurate. I’m pretty sure I saw those tips here (though Best Press is waaaaaaay too light for my liking – I only use it on my clothing because it smells great). Thanks! Notwendy gmail

    On August 21, 2014

  • Linda Nelson says...

    Technique: free motion quilting. Favorite notion: seam ripper, and now reading glasses.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Hayley says...

    I’d like to learn to FMQ and my favourite notion is quilters tape – I use it to baste my zips instead of pins. No more shifting!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Linda Ward says...

    I would love to earn English paper piecing . My favorite notion is my applique needles.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Shirley Clark says...

    One thing I want to learn is free motion quilting on my sewing machine. At least good enough to do a small quilt.
    My favorite notion is probably my tweezers. I have several pair because I am always using them where it is hard for my fingers to reach.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Janet T says...

    The rotary cutter and accessories are the best tools invented for quilting. I need to learn EPP. I see the beautiful quilts made this way and need to jump on the bandwagon!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Ella says...

    I love my rotary cutter. I’d love to learn some more embroidery/embellishment. I have a crazy quilt plan on the list for 2015.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Debra Kay Neiman says...

    I am learning paper piecing and I actually made some glue basted hexies on soluble applique paper . Went really fast and made some pretty pincushions. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    On August 21, 2014

  • Jo says...

    I would like to master y-seams! And my most favourite notion is my rotary cutter.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kathi Brunet says...

    I have dreams of conquering freemotion quilting someday and cannot live without my rotary cutter.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Karen Ann says...

    I’d like to tackle sewing curves……and my favorite notion is my add a quarter ruler.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Karen says...

    I would like to learn patience and master the starch method of applique for a neater look

    On August 21, 2014

  • Melissa V says...

    I’d love to learn how to machine appliqué. Love it when fabric scraps are machine appliquéd to create a cute design for a hoop or quilt. There’s a lot is love to learn. I want to work more on English Paper Piecing hexagons. Oh how I love hexagons.
    My favourite notion would have to be my Clover Quilt Clips. Love them and use them all the time. I use them on anything that is thicker to sew together.
    Thank you for the chance!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Teresa W says...

    This is great! The next thing I’ve been really wanting to learn is paper piecing. I have no idea how it’s done. So after this I’m scrolling back up to watch the video. Now all I need is to win your giveaway, and get your starter kit. :)


    On August 21, 2014

  • Margaret Schindler says...

    I am trying to learn machine needle turn applique and fmq. I hope to conquer both of these this year.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Terri Herman says...

    I would like to learn how to sew knits better. My favorite notion is my seam ripper. Wish I had invented it!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Michelle @ needle and nest says...

    I would love to learn how to FMQ someday. And as to my favorite notion… I love my Clover Wonder clips. They have saved my hands from some serious pain when hand stitching binding. Thanks for the chance to win!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Linda V says...

    I would LOVE to learn paper piecing. My favorite notion has to be my seam ripper, although it is old and I need a new one.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Stephanie says...

    I need to get better at setting sleeves, so any techniques that would help with that would be awesome. As for my favorite sewing notion, I’d have to say it’s a tie between my awl and my wax marking stick, which I got in some Amish community and can’t find anywhere else.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kathy says...

    I want to learn glue basting. I have collected all the supplies and need to get started. thanks,

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lori Morton says...

    Ooooh I want to learn to make Hexie"s!! Thank you for this video!! :) But technique I wanna learn..definitely FMQ!!! My favorite Notion…HAS to be my rotary Cutter…but do use my Seam Ripper often…giggle

    On August 21, 2014

  • Judith says...

    I’ve never tried to sew curves. I don’t know why they intimidate me, but they do. My favourite sewing notion is a small rotating cutting mat. It’s perfect for trimming those quarter inch seam allowances. Thanks for the chance to win.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Amy says...

    I have been learning to paperpiece, but need more practice! It is so much fun. Right now the add a quarter ruler is my favorite notion.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Geni Pickens says...

    I want to learn more about choosing quilting designs for your quilt. My favorite notion is the rotary cutter.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sarah says...

    I really want to try hand quilting, and maybe Sashiko. My favorite notion has to be all my different rulers.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tina says...

    I’d love to learn glue basting! I think I’m going to try it on my next project. And my favorite notion is my Hera marker. I tend to only quilt straight lines, and it’s perfect for that!

    On August 21, 2014

  • KimberJ says...

    My favorite notions are my erasable gel pens and the special tip I ordered for glue basting. I’d like to become better at layered appliqué. Loved your last posting :)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tammie says...

    I want try hexies. I love glue basting thanks to you.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tonia Jeffery says...

    I want to learn more about machine quilting. It is a lot hard than it looks.

    On August 21, 2014

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