Monday, November 12, 2012

300th Post Giveaway and Hexagon Tutorial

On January 2, 2011 I decided to start blogging to make sure that I spent some time being creative. If you have been following along with this little blog of mine you may already know that the whole reason I started blogging/quilting again was to me find my creative self. Not even 2 years later I have found the time to post about my creative side 300 times. I am so happy that I choose to start a blog, because I really do think that I have accomplished so much more than I would have if I hadn't stared quilting. Just knowing that I am sharing my sometimes creative life with others has made all the difference and I am so happy that many of you have decided to follow along with me.

So to celebrate this momentous occasion (at least it is to me) I am hosting a giveaway. It took me along time to think of something to giveaway, but then it came to me.

A hexagon starter pack

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This pack has some very fun things that can get you started on making some English Paper Pieced hexagons. If you are the lucky winner you will get one mini marmalade charm pack (Moda candy-2 1/2 inch squares), a pack of needles that work great for stitching the square around the hexagon and a pack of 100 1" hexagon squares.

Now because I think it important for everyone to feel like the get something for following along with my sometimes creative life I have put together a quick tutorial on how to make 1 inch hexagons using 2 1/2 inch squares. Before you start the tutorial please excuse the un-manicured nails, if you look close enough you can see that I may have hit my thumb just a few times with the needle. So for safety sake be careful when you push the needle through the fabric (unlike me).

When I first say the Moda candies I was super excited because I had already used a similar method to the one I am going to show you to make the hexagons. However, the method I used you took a charm pack and cut it into 4th to make the 2 1/2 inch squares, but with these mini packs that step is already done for you. It is important to note that you could cut any fabric into 2 1/2 inch squares and use this method.

To make your hexagon you start by centering one paper hexagon piece on to one 2 1/2 inch square.

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Then fold the fabric along the side and the straight top. I always keep a straight side along the top when I start, it just helps you hold on to the hexagon and keep everything lined up.. Finger press as you fold the fabric. Take two stitches in the corner to secure your first corner. Be careful not to go through the paper, you can but then you have to cut the basting strings to get the paper out and sometimes that makes your hexagons messy.

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Next turn your hexagon. Finger Press the fabric over the next side and take an single stitch catching both pieces of fabric on the corner.

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Keep going until you make it all the way around. In the last corner, the one before the first one you started at, take a double stitch again to secure. I know in mine it kind of looks like I went back to the beginning, however, my nail just happens to be the holding down tail for the first double stitch.

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Finally, cut your string and you will have one finished hexagon. Once you have a whole bunch stitched up, you can attach them by using a whip stitch into the pattern you want.

hexagon tutorial

Now for the giveaway:

Hexagon Starter Pack Giveaway


Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. I added a bonus entry for those of you who follow me, new or current followers. I also added a double bonus entry if you are following my through google friends connect, if I get over 300 on that counter I will host another giveaway :). Also if you tweet or if you share about this giveaway you will get another entry, of course you could do both and then you would get two entries.

I will announce and email the winner sometime on November 19, 2012 and the winner will have 72 hours to respond or I will have to pick someone else. Have fun and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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99 comments:

  1. YAY for this giveaway, for your 300th post and for hexies! :)

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  2. Aren't the mini charm squares great for hexies? Love that there is no cutting involved. =)

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting such a great giveaway!

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  4. Wow, 300 hundred post in less than a year, way to go! I keep thinking I want to start a sewing blog but I am having a hard time just posting one post so 300 is defiantly something to celebrate. eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  5. Hi Jennifer and Congratulation! Your blog is great and I enjoy always seeing your beautiful works! Thank you for a great give away! I have just made my first epp block and would love to continue with your lovely packet! x Teje

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  6. Congrats on 300 posts - that is an achievement in this busy world we live in AND to sew and be creative as well :) Yay for you!!!

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  7. Wow...300 posts. Congrats. Hexies are my new "want to try" thing! I just printed out a whole bunch of hexies on the computer cos I was too impatient to wait to order some online!

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  8. Congrats on your 300th post! Thakns for the tute and the giveaway!

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  9. Congratulations!
    I love 'Marmalade'!!

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  10. Congrats on your 300th post!

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  11. Congrats on 300 posts! It adds up fast doesn't it!?

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  12. congrats- I would love to win this little package, I have just started to get addicted to Hexies

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  13. Congratulations! And thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  14. Happy 300!!! Oh i hope i win, i would loooove to try this!

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  15. Great tutorial! Congrats for your 300 posts! And many moreeeee :)

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  16. HI Jenniffer. Congratulations on your 300th post! And thank you so much for your giveaway.Looking forward to reading many, many more of your blog posts.

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  17. What a great way to use those little candy packs! Congrats on 300 posts! It seems you are OFTEN creative, not just sometimes.

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  18. I love this, 300 post ! Wow.. thanks for the cool giveaway.. I am learning EPP and this is just what I need. Plus I forget those cute little pack of fabric..would be perfect.

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  19. congratulations!!! this looks like a nice, cozy winter project possibility=thanks!

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  20. I'm a new follower. thanks for the chance to win and congrats on your momentous post!

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  21. I've been wanting to try hexies for a while now. I'm so slow to jump on the bandwagon, I know. Congrats on 300 posts. It's a big milestone! I'm not quite halfway there.

    And your nails look fine!

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  22. Congratulations! 300 posts is awesome. I would love to win, I have been wanting to try making hexis for a while.

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  23. congratulatins. I have never done hexagons. this would be so great to get started. thanks for the tutorial

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  24. Great little tutorial, that is the way I usually do hexagons too!

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  25. Congrats on the 300th post, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Congratulations on 300 posts! That is dedication.

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  27. Thank you for the great tutorial...must give it a try! Congrats on 300 posts :o)

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  28. Congratulations on 300 posts!

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  29. Congratulations of your 300th post. I would love this, so I could make some hexies. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  30. Fun giveaway. I've never tried making hexies before and this looks simple enough even I couldn't mess it up!

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  31. Congrats on 300 post! Great little tut and giveaway. Thanks

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  32. Yay for 300th Post! :) Love your Hexie's...and thanks for showin us HOW to make 'em! Want to learn...but been such a chicken! lol

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! Wooohooooo! :)

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  33. Congratulations on your 300 anniversary. What a lovely giveaway. Hexies are a new addiction for me and so I'd love to win this giveaway. Your tutorial is great too, since I stitch through my papers instead of catching the corners like you do...so now I have learned a new technique. Thanks.

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  34. HI! THIS IS A NEAT LITTLE TUTORIAL+I'M SAVING IT!
    I HAVEN'T DONE ANY HEXIES,SO I'D LIKE TO TRY!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  35. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA GFC+BLOG LOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  36. Congrats on your 300th post, very exciting!

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  37. Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to try this and make some hexies!

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  38. Those candies are just perfect for hexagons, aren't they?? I love it!

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  39. Congrats on your 300th post. I have never done hexagons or paper piecing and would love to win this to try the challenge.

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  40. Congrats on your 300th post!!! I love the look of EEP! Thanks fo the chance to win!!!

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  41. Congratulations on 300 posts! That's a lot of writing. It would be so much fun to make hexies out of Marmalade, especially the mini charm pack.(no cutting!) Here's to the next 300 posts!

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  42. Now I know what to do with all those charm packs I have accumulated!

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  43. great giveaway! congratulations for the 300 post! I am a follower now, 297, you just need 3 more!
    saruqa (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. These look easy & fun, thanks so much!

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  45. For so long I have been wanting to try hexies, and here is a golden opportunity! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  46. I have been sewing these hexies a bit lately and I am so tempted!

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  47. Congratulations on the 300th post. I'm new to sewing, and hexies are on my list of things I want to learn to do next year - thanks for a helpful tutorial and great giveaway.

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  48. Great tutorial! I'd love to try making hexies. Happy 300th!

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  49. happy 300th! havent yet tried hexies yet...but am wanting to!

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  50. Love reading your blog. Congrats for reaching 300! Keep up the good work.

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  51. Great tutorial! I have got to learn to make the hexies!
    lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. Great giveaway and tutorial!

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  53. Great idea for a giveaway! I'm dying to try my hand at hexagons!

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  54. For some reason I am afraid of hexies! Would love to learn though! awolk at rogers dot com

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  55. Parabéns e obrigada,seguidora GFC do Brasil.

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  56. I've never done paper piecing, but I would like to try it soon.

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  57. I didn't know you could use a full 2.5" square, thought you had to cut it to fit, but that doesn't look bulky at all!

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  58. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    Thanks, Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  59. I've been wanting to try making hexies for a while - thanks for the chance to get started!

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  60. Happy 300! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. Congratulations! I know I enjoy your posts.

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  62. Congrats on your 300th post! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. I've always wanted to try hexies. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  64. I am your new follower, I never tried hexies so looking forward to trying if I win, thanks for the chance!

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  65. I am so happy to see the hexagons making a comeback! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  66. Congratulations on the 300th post. I have started my first EPP project as part of a Sewing Confrontation series hosted by a fellow quilting friend. I cut the paper pieces and cloth pieces myself as a learning exercise, but would love to have this kit to make it go faster.

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  67. Congratulations on thr 300th blog post. I love hexagons...thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  68. Congrats for the 300th post and thank you for the tutorials! I have been curious on how to make these cuties:)

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  69. Congrats on your 300th post and followers! The tutorial was great too :)

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  70. Fab giveaway! Congrats on your milestone!

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  71. Congratulations on 300 posts!
    Thanks for the hexie tutorial.
    Congrats on hitting over 300 GFC followers also!

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  72. Congratulations on the blog and thank you for the giveaway- hexes rule!

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  73. Congratulations on your 300th ! Great giveaway!

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  74. I'm making hexies now - finally the bug has caught up with me!

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  75. I love Hexies! I need to get back into EPP more, it is so relaxing!

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  76. What a great way to use up this little candy packs!

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  77. Thanks for the chance in your giveaway. I would love to try hexies. Those little candy packs look like they would work great.

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  78. I just started making hexies so this would be great to win.

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  79. Look at you go! You have blogged more than I have over the similar amount of time. I love everything your putting out.

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  80. I just learned how to make hexis at my guild meeting last month. Great idea for a giveaway! Congrats on your 300th!

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  81. I am dying over that cute mini charm pack!!! Ack!

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  82. great idea to use those mini charms - congratulations on 300 posts - and congratulations on 311 followers :)

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  83. Oh I just love the mini charm packs! Such a great idea!!

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  84. I love those mini charms and you are right, they are the perfect size for hexies.

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  85. I've wanted to try paper piecing for a long time! Looks great!

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  86. Congrats!!! I'm already hooked on hexies, so I'd love to win the hexie kit.

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  87. i love hexagons and would love a starter kit!!

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  88. What a great way to use the mini charms!

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  89. Great hexy tutorial, and terrific giveaway!

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  90. you're tutorial is very clear and understandable. Thanks

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  91. Thanks for the tutorial - I'm just getting into hexies and really like your tutorial. I've got a mini charm pack of Odds and Ends by Cosmo Cricket - I just need to go print off some paper hexies and get going! Thanks for the give away!

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  92. Great giveaway! Thanks for the tutorial! I've never tried hexies! :)

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  93. I love hexies but haven't given them a try yet - thanks for the chance to win!

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Thanks for visiting, Jenn