Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hexies with inspirational messages? yes please.

One of the first areas that I shop at quilt market is always
Moda (land).
That's what we call it, by we, I mean Stefanie and I.
You have to hit Moda-land first because of the mini charm packs,
and any other awesome items for sale at the booths.

At the Pittsburgh quilt market I stopped by Laundry Basket Quilts booth.
Edyta happened to have a new product for English paper piecing called
"Charms" English Piecing Shapes.
I bought quite a few sizes including 7/8" hexagons.

The very special thing about these shapes is the
inspiration words printed on them.
"sewing forever"
"made with love"
and many many more.

I liked them so much I broke into my mini charm pack of 
Penny and Friends by Darlene Zimmerman to try them out.
How would they be different from Paperpieces.com or Patchwork Busy Fingers?
Well first, they are printed with sweet sayings
and the paper is quite a bit thinner.
The differences did affect how I prepared my paper pieces.
I cut my seam allowances a bit narrower so that I wouldn't cover up the sayings!
And since I use the glue baste technique, 
I needed to be careful with the paper being so thin.
That being said, I quickly got the hang of it and even though 
the paper was thinner, it folded with crisp edges.

Here is the beginning of my hand piecing. 
Sewing the thinner paper was actually easier than the stiffer card stock of other companies.
Who knew? I thought it would be more challenging but it is actually easier to manipulate. 
If you are an english paper piecer or would like to try paper piecing, 
I recommend trying a pack of these papers if you get the chance.
As I said, I bought mine at quilt market.
I also picked up 4 extra packs of the 7/8" size and 
have listed them on my etsy site if you would like to try them too.
I hope to carry more sizes in the future.

 As an added bonus this week in honor of Father's Day,
I have a sale this week on my site for 15% off entire site with code FATHER15 at checkout!

p.s. this isn't a sponsored post...unless you count my etsy site as a sponsor (;

1 comment:

Laura said...

Love love LOVE these! Sharing your post on our facebook page!