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Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP – The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP

Have a skirt or dress that’s just a little too short for comfort? English paper piecing can help! (No, really!) Lengthen your hemline in true stitcher style with a 60-degree diamond EPP skirt extender.

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP - The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway

This project is part of the Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway, which was organized by my pal Diane from CraftyPod in celebration of the release of her latest book, All Points Patchwork! Click here to read more about the hop, then be sure to enter the giveaway below. Looking for even more inspiration? Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post to see the rest of the diamond-inspired EPP projects!

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP

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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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