Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ April

I’m so happy April is here.  Spring has finally arrived in New England and we can get out doors!  I’m also pretty excited about the progress of this project.  I think it’s going to look amazing when it’s complete!

For the April portion of the QAL we have moved up another branch on the tree.  

I’ve repeated some of the same stitches we’ve covered on previous branches. The whipped woven circle on the Dove and the pekinese stitch around the hearts are both stitches we used previously.

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

I also used more bullion knots on the dove, on the top of my flower…

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

and on the ornaments!

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

Plus a few French knots on the ends of the branches.

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long


Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

You can find the pattern in my shop!


Thanks for checking out my project!


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Another We did it Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!

Sometimes I feel so accomplished when I do a Wednesday post and sometimes… not so much!  Then I start my post and realize, wow, I kinda kicked butt! lol

I got my February Block of the Month – Hexi Flower  listed on my site – if you’d like to follow along – each month I list the new ‘block’ FREE on my site for the entire month – when the month is over I list the new block of month free and the previous one is still available on Craftsy!

Here is a pic of the February Block done in the english paper piecing method.

#2 february bom

#2 february bom

I’m also working on a row robin project with  my quilt guild.  I completed this row that I showed you in a previous WIP post

row robin quilt - row 1

row robin quilt – row 1

My row (above) was passed on to someone in my group and I received this super cute (all paper pieced) train row!  I’ve started to design a row that I will add on before it’s passed to the next quilter in the ‘robin’ group. This quilt is all about the building of the railroad and is supposed to ‘scream patriotism’ so my plan is to add red white and blue ‘smoke’ coming from the train… here is my first go at it…

train row for quilt

I used a dresden plate for cutting my smoke pieces…

train quilt row robin

Here is where I’m at now…  I still have to applique some ‘smoke’ down to the engine and who knows what else?


Last but not least –

I made a some mittens and a little painted ‘sign’ for my musical ‘secret valentine’.

See the mitten gallery here.

Find the mitten pattern on Craftsy.

wool mittens from sweaters

painted musical notes


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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Scrap Happy Sampler #2 Block of the Month

Welcome February!  Today I’m posting the Scrap Happy Sampler Block of the Month for February.  But  first, I hope you all enjoyed January’s Lone Star Block of the Month.  I know those set in seams can be tricky so you might be happy to have that behind you!

February’s block is all about hexagons and english paper piecing.  I think these hexagon flowers are so cute!  Perfect for the ‘happy’ sampler!

hexagon flower

I think you’ll find this method of piecing to be fun and portable!  English paper piecing is a technique of basting fabric over a paper foundation to hold and support the fabric pieces while sewing them together.  It’s done entirely by hand so you can give your machine a rest this month and sew ‘old school’.

The pattern calls for 28 hexagons and the templates are included in the pattern for you to print and cut yourself.  I cut mine using my silhouette cameo!

cutting hexagon templates

cutting hexagon templates

perfect hexagons!

perfect hexagons!

It’s very important to have your hexagons cut accurate so they piece together perfectly!  I’ve cut 3 extra sets of hexagons to GIVE AWAY!  If you would like to win a set, leave a comment below just telling me if you have experience with paper piecing or if this is your first time trying it!  I will choose 3 random winners February 3rd and get them in the mail right away!  (US residents only please)

block 2 for tutorials page

The hexi-flower pattern will be available for the entire month of February for free.  When February ends, I will list the block pattern on Craftsy for a small fee and the March BOM will be free.

Find the complete pattern in my shop OR on Craftsy.

One of the tools that I used to cut my fabric hexagon pieces is an ‘add a quarter’ ruler.  This is an optional tool but we will  use it again in another paper piecing BOM coming up this year.  It will again be optional but it’s a nice tool to have.  If you have one that is ‘add a half’ that will work just fine too!  What makes this ruler unique is that there is a little ‘lip’ on the underside of the ruler that rests right up against the paper, giving you an accurate cut.  You should be able to find these rulers at your local quilt shop or you can find them here at amazon CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler-6″ Yellow

add a quarter ruler

add a quarter ruler

If you’re following along, you will notice that February’s ‘Block’ is actually 2 half-blocks.  Not all months will be an actual ‘block’.  We will get to placement and design of the quilt top later this year but I think you’ll like the non-traditional look of the completed top!   Also, if you’re paying close attention you might notice that my background fabrics are different.  I chose to make my background a little scrappy too – using up my white/cream/beige color larger scraps.  Anything goes!

hexigon paper pieced flowers

This block is also great for fussy cutting fabric if there are words like ‘honey bunch’ or a design in the fabric you want to feature.

fussy cut hello kitty

fussy cut hello kitty

It’s also fun for an i spy quilt for the kids – just a thought!  I added in a little hello kitty hexagon to my block, a remnant to remind me of my kids when they were smaller.   And of course I had to use a valentine fabric scrap of hearts – because it is a February block after all!

hexigon quilt

Find the complete Scrap Happy Sampler pattern in my shop OR on Craftsy.


If you want to see more of this quilt, here are all the



Mo’ Mittens

Been working long hours in the mitten factory!  Winter is here and we all want warm hands… am i right?  Here is the latest coming off the factory floor….

I made these first two pairs from two sweaters mixed together… the orange is cashmere – SO SOFT!

Wool mittens from sweaters

Click here to check out the entire Gallery of Mittens or

Get the Mitten pattern: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN

Go to the Mitten shop:  MADAWASKA MITTENS



Mitten Factory…. (in overdrive)

I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory!  I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)

Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)


And lots of sewing….

felted wool mittens

wool mittens

and sewing….

felted wool mittens

felted wool mittens

  and sewing…

madawaska mittens

colorful wool mittens

 Want to make your own? 

Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN



Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.