Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wake up to Kona - Day 2

Hello and welcome to my tiny corner of the world. I have been learning a lot during the last couple of months!

1. I learned of a Canadian fabric store called Sew Sisters.

2. I learned Sew Sisters has a couple of monthly clubs, one of which is a small 4 x fat quarters per month.

3. I've met many amazing sewers/quilters out there in blog land which continually amaze and inspire me with their creativity. (Have you seen the length of my blog list...and it continues to grow)

4. I caved to temptation and joined the Sew Sisters fat quarter club and...received my Kona solid cotton in avocado, spice, putty, and paprika.

5. I learned about and drooled over the hexihop of Mdm. Samm's last year.

6. Learned about english paper piecing.

7. Fell in love with Debby Kratovil's EPP Pin and Needle Case and purchased the pattern.

And finally...joined the Wake up to Kona hop by Mdm. Samm with encouraging head cheerleader Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.

When my fabric arrived from Sew Sisters, I just  loved it. It was just so pretty, I didn't know what to do with it...I was afraid to cut into it. LOL

Any way, this was my first time doing EPP...love it!




A small project to get my feet wet for the hugs & kisses upcoming hop with Soma. I absolutely love this needle case. I am beyond please with these results; sometimes it is all about simple pleasures. I'm also still getting accustomed to my new sewing machine.

I love these colours and am going to finish up the leftover pieces for some other sewing objects. The first of which is a wrist pincushion, and if enough leftover fabric, the pin cushion for the arm of the sofa. The wrist pincushion is about half way complete...if I don't have enough time to complete it, will finish it up on FNWF.

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106 comments:

  1. I love needlebooks! This is a great example of one, and I can make one, too. Those are great colors. Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  2. Your EPP needle book is lovely and sew very useful. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  3. Lovely needle book! Enjoy learning and enjoying your new sewing machine. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Beautifully simple project. Enjoy your journey!

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  5. Your sewing space is going to be filled with so many beautiful things when you're done

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  6. welcome to the addiction of EPP and hexagons. enjoy the ride!!!

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  7. Good luck with your EPP. Your needle book is a very good start. I am sure you will enjoy your EPP.

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  8. Quite productive learning you have been doing! Your needle case is lovely.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your journey. Enjoy.

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  10. This is so cute! What a great start to the epp world. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I noticed my link is wrong! That's Sew Julie should be... http://thatssojulie.blogspot.com Please hop on over and check out what I made today too!

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    1. Yikes! Sew sorry Julie! It is all fixed now. I'm on my way to visit you now :)

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  11. what a lovely needle book - just perfect!

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  12. what a delightful needle case and a hexie to boot..such a bonus...

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  13. A lovely needle book. Your hexies are perfect!

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  14. My first hexagon flower was made out of solid fabric too. Then I was hooked! Sweet project- you will use it a lot in the future, I am sure!

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  15. Cute project - thanks for sharing.

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  16. A pretty needle book, you did a great job.

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  17. Very nice needle case. I need to make myself one just like it. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Very nice project! I like to do small things too.

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  19. You've done a beautiful job on the needlecase. That one caught my eye as well when I first saw it. Yours turned out just great. Congratulations on making your first one.

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  20. What a perfectly lovely little project! As an applique' enthusiast and avid hand quilter, a needle book just makes sense.

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  21. I am speechless! It is an honor to have my humble needle case pattern featured at your blog today! Wow - and wow. It is truly lovely in the solids. And I can see that your EPP is flawless. I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing that today. A double treat in that you gave a shout-out to me!

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  22. Welcome to the world of EPP, your going to be hooked now.

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  23. Lovely needle case. Love those hexies!

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  24. Lovely needlecase. I just discovered Sew Sisters last month . It is hard not to be tempted by their choices.Nice fabric colors.

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  25. Fabulous job on your needle case. Nothing is better than finding a great shop with lots of support from Quilting friends. That's what life is all about! :-) Look forward to seeing more of you! :-)

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  26. I have been thinking about making a needlecase for myself for some time so I'm a bit envious of yours. Great job and the EPP turned out so well; pat yourself on the back!

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  27. I love needle cases, needle keepers, needle boxes...why I never use them...but I do collect! :) Your's is just lovely! May everything you set your hands to this your continue to flourish and prosper!

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  28. Your EPP is lovely. What a sweet design:D

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  29. The hexie flower is perfect for your stitching case cover. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  30. Sweet needle case! The internet quilting community is awesome! Glad you are enjoying the ride. Sew Sisters is a great Canadian store!

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  31. You did a great job! I can't wait to see what you come up with in the Feb Hop! I will be there with you!

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  32. Very nice job for a first timer, your feet are now wet, excited to see what Hugs and Kisses brings us from you!

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  33. That is wonderful and so useful!

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  34. Very nice! My friend just got me into English Paper Piecing - I have started with diamonds and it is quite addicting!!! I love your project - very useful! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Your paper piecing is perfect and looks beautiful! That's a great use of solid Kona...love it! Thanks for hopping with us and joining in on the fun. :O)

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  36. Shari you creative gal ! What a good idea... Love it......I just want to know one thing....Is Wilma Wishbone jealous ?

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  37. Awww, what an adorable needle book. Great job!!

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  38. I also learnt a lot during last year's hops, and I really enjoy the creativity which flows through all the projects, like your needle case ! Nice colours, I love the avocado colour of KONA !!!

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  39. This is beautiful! Have not tried EPP yet, but this makes me want to give it a go!

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  40. Pretty cute! Way to try the EPP, I still can't convince myself to do it, probably because I have like 10 other projects going on. I'm sure I'll tackle it in the future, did you find it very time consuming to prep the pieces? Thank you for sharing your project!

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  41. Congratulations on such a lovely job on your first EPP project , I love it!

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  42. What a cute pin case! I haven't tried EPP yet but I think you've inspired me to start with something small to give it a try.

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  43. You did a great job on the needle case! Wonderful!

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  44. This project makes me want to sew!

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  45. Very nice idea, thanks for sharing

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  46. Wonderful job on the needle case and hexies!

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  47. My goodness you have been doing a lot in a very short few months. Your needle case is fabulous and you did a great job on it. Thank you for hopping...

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  48. Yes, it is a pleasure. That's a really neat needle book.

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  49. Very nice needle case. Welcome to the blog hops....so glad you decided to join!

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  50. BUsy busy lady! your needle book is fantastic!

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  51. Really good for a first time! Thanks for sharing.vickise at gmail dot com

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  52. Great job, EPP is on my list of learning and making something fun too.

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  53. I love all projects with Hexies. As a new quilter, solids are less scary to use. I am loving this hop. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  54. What a cute way to use hexies, I certainly enjoy mine also. Keep up the good work, K

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  55. What a sweet needle book! Glad to see some EPP on the KONA hop! You did a fantastic job!

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  56. Yes indeed, sometimes it is the little simple things in life that make our heart sing. Great project and beautifully done! Thanks for sharing.

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  57. thank you for sharing your project. Your list sounds just like mine . Making hexies is definitely on my list.

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  58. You have been very busy. its fun to learn new things. I love hexies and your project is really great. thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  59. Very lovely EPP, would not know it was your first.

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  60. Great needle book. I love EPP and hexies. Sew Sisters is an awesome online quilt shop. You have learned a great deal the last while--all of it good. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I just love your needle book! I love to see EPP project because I am lousy at it! You made my day I am so glad to be on your list! It made me smile!

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  62. Thanks for sharing your neat project!

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  63. Great project! And glad you're enjoying Kona Club! :)
    Carol

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  64. Great project! I've been meaning to make a needle case and I love yours. May have to break out some Kona for mine too. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Great job on your first ever EPP,it turned out beautifully.

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  66. Love your EPP. What a great job. The needle case is a great showcase for your Hexie

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  67. Very beautiful I love that little little needle holder, isn't it fun learning new things.

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  68. Great job for your first EPP…adorable needle case! Thanks for sharing :)

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  69. You can never go wrong with a hexi!

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  70. What a great needle case. A wonderful idea!

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  71. PERFECT gift for attendees at our guild retreat ... might just have to "steal" your idea! LOVE the colors, too!

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  72. Your pin & needle case is very nice. Great work. Thank you for sharing.

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  73. I love pins and needles cases for some reason. This one is great!

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  74. ahhhh, delicious use of your kona fat quarters! looks good! love hexies and kona solids, too.

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  75. What a nice needlecase! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  76. Great needle case!! You did a lovely job on it! Blessings.

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  77. Very nice project! I so need to make a small place to keep my needles (my husband says the carpet in NOT the proper location). Thank you for sharing.

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  78. Well done for a Newbie and your project is very useful.

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  79. Isn't it just amazing how much we quilters can learn in a short period of time? It looks like you are a very good student, too! The needle case is great. It looks like it's a good size and will be very easy to use. You did a nice job! Thanks for sharing your creation with us today and I look forward to seeing more of your projects. :-)

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  80. I love hexies and I have made a few needle cases myself as they come in so handy. Good job!

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  81. Small projects are nice sometimes. They are not as overwhelming.

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  82. What a cute first EPP project. And it will be sew useful.

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  83. Great addition to our blog hop!!
    Gmama Jane

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  84. Definitely a fave color combo of mine :)
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  85. Cute needle book. Can't go wrong with hexagons.

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  86. Love your needle case! Looooove Hexie"s....but have been a chicken to try....lol

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  87. That is really a cute cute needle book. I love hexagons!
    xo jan

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