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Tutorial: Giant Hexie Flower Lap Quilt – 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop

Tutorial: Giant Hexie Flower Lap Quilt - 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop | The Zen of Making

Hello, hexie lovers! I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite thing to make: the giant hexie flower lap quilt. (Also affectionately known around my apartment as the big-ass hexie quilt.)

Seven blocks. English paper piecing. Can be hand or machine quilted. No squaring, no fuss.

Finished dimensions: About 41½" x 41½".

Tutorial: Giant Hexie Flower Lap Quilt - 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop | The Zen of Making

This project is part of the 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop, generously organized by my pal Diane from CraftyPod. You can read more about the hop here, then scroll down to the bottom of this post to see more projects.

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Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Love your English Paper Piecing Travel Kit? Enhance your on-the-go quilting experience with a handy little pincushion designed specifically to snap onto the pocket of my popular hexie-inspired pouch!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

See? Perfect fit!

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Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case

Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case | The Zen of Making

When it comes to cross-stitch and embroidery, I’ve always been drawn to geometric and repeating patterns, especially those found in styles like laid work and blackwork. I love how, when joined together, even the simplest lines and shapes can create rich, vibrant textures on an otherwise unremarkable surface. (It’s kind of like quilting in that way: you piece one quilt block at a time, then those blocks seem to magically transform into something completely different when sewn together in a finished quilt.) I really like the idea that surprisingly intricate designs can be constructed by combining individual elements in predictable yet creative ways, and that’s exactly what I had in mind as I designed this geometric color block cross-stitch iPhone case pattern.

When stitching my case, I used my favorite primary color scheme: blue and red. Not a fan? Don’t let that scare you away! You can always customize the colors in the pattern to fit your own personal style.

Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case | The Zen of Making

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Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art | The Zen of Making

I’ve always loved the look of DIY-related illustrations, especially the ones in yarn crafting and embroidery books. So, last week, on the heels of a couple of months packed with crochet projects, I decided to try my hand at drawing a single crochet stitch. It took a few versions to get it right, but, once I did, I was so pleased with the results, that I decided to print the design, pull out my watercolors, and turn those crochet stitches into a piece of wall art! (Not that I’d ever actually used watercolors before. Luckily, it wasn’t a complete disaster.)

The result: I’m utterly charmed by my new watercolor crochet stitch paintings, and I think they’re the perfect way to brighten up a studio space. If you’re a hooker too, you can make some custom crafty wall art of your own with my free printable!

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art | The Zen of Making

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