February 11, 2013

Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop - Tutorial and Giveaway!



Welcome to my stop on the Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop hosted by Mdm. Samm and Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.  Mdm Samm and our cheerleader have done it again ~ I was inspired to get sewing with love in mind!

So, full disclosure, I went a little over the edge for this hop.  As the mom of two little boys, wife to one big boy (even our dog is a boy), I don't get to play with a lot of pinks in my house.  I had so much fun getting ready for today - I ended up making THREE projects to show you.  




I'm even adding in a little block tutorial for you on the third project - I hope you enjoy. 



The Pink Pineapple Pincushion

I started small. VERY small.  I decided to make a paper pieced pineapple pincusion in two shades of pink.  Don't we all just LOVE a cute pincushion??  It's a 4 inch pineapple - and I just smile every time I look at it.  Itty bitty but full of heart!!

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Pineapple Punch Pincushion
Pattern by Julie Letvin
Published in Jan/Feb 2012 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting


The Valentine Catcher

Second, I made a "Valentine Catcher" to save all of the kids' favorite Valentines that they will be receiving this week from school.  I used the Perfect Zip Bags pattern from Oh Fransson! and I purchased this adorable doodle heart embroidery pattern from Urban Threads (my favorite online resource for ultra cool embroidery designs).    

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I have a feeling I will be using this heart again - it is just too sweet for words!


I ♥ Hexagons Wall Hanging

And, of course, I had to work some hexies into this hop, so I created a Hexagon Heart wall hanging.  


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Today, I am going to show you how I configured my hexagons to make a heart in a short tutorial.  A quick shout out to my Get Your Hex On! hive mates who are making this block for me this month in our bee. Click here to see their amazing interpretations of this block.


I ♥ Hexagons Block Tutorial:

Block Size - 12.5" unfinished
Hexagon Size - 1"

This tutorial assumes a basic understanding of basting and joining hexagons to create a larger shape.  There are lots of great tutorials out there if you have never basted and pieced hexies before.  I also recommend Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher as a resource manual for the beginner.


*Important - keep your template papers in during all of the steps until you have a finished heart – remove papers before sewing down on the white square*


(1) Baste 25 1" hexagons from 2 1/2 inch squares of fabric - I think scrappy is really cute with this pattern.  A Moda mini charm pack would be perfect to achieve a scrappy, but coordinated look for your heart.





(2) Make three rosettes/flowers - each with 7 hexagons (**the numbers on the hexagons here are simply to assist in visualizing the placement, the aren't intended to denote any difference in fabric or size of hexagon**)








(3) Add an individual hexagon {4} to the bottom of each rosette/flower.




(4) There are two ways to assemble the finished heart unit – In diagram one, join the three units as shown with a single hexagon {5} in the center (figure 1).  Alternatively, you can also flip unit 3 upside down and slide it in between unit 1 and 2 and add a single hexagon {5} to the very bottom (figure 2).


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(5) Center the hexagon heart on a background fabric square 12.5 x 12.5 and stitch around the edge of the design as close to the edge as possible.  I like to start with a slightly larger unfinished background size and then trim down to desired size.

For this wall hanging, I just added a few borders and basted 5 hexagons into each border - again just stitching around the edge to secure them on the block.  Layer block top, batting and backing and quilt as desired.

This block is easily customizable with smaller or larger hexagons.
And to celebrate this LOVELY blog hop, I am also excited to host a giveaway.  The awesome folks at Paper Pieces kindly offered to give you guys all the paper templates you need to construct 4 of these hexagon heart blocks.  Two lucky winners will each get a pack of 100 templates to fulfill all of their wildest hexie dreams!!   If you haven't had a chance, make sure you check out their website - they have quick delivery and a great product!




a Rafflecopter giveaway



There are lots of lovely bloggers to check out today on the hop - make sure you swing by them and see what they have been cooking up in the LOVE department:


You can also pop over to the Pinterest board that Mdm. Samm has set up for the blog hop and view all of the LOVEly projects in one convenient place.

Thanks again for stopping in today - good luck with the giveaway!!

119 comments:

  1. É lindo o seu projeto,parabéns.Sou viciada em hexágonos e este será o meu próximo trabalho,vou me declarar para minhas sobrinhas-netas que estão chegando em março e abril,Sofia e Monique.

    Obrigada.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  2. Yay! Love the hexies! Almost done with my block to send your way :)

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  3. Three great projects....it's hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. LOVE that embroidery! It is truly something I can appreciate without wanting to do it myself :) Also really like the little pineapple pincushion. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Love all your projects and thanks for the tutorial! My fav is the little pincushion!

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  6. Beautiful Hugs and Kisses projects! Thank you for the tutorials!

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  7. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Think the pineapple pincushion is my favorite.

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  8. Love the pin cushion! I'm just learning about hexies since my sister-in-law sent me a package with precut hexies her grandmother had left behind. She wants me to make something for her. Guess I'm jumping into the world of hexies soon! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I'm sure I'll come back!

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  9. I love tiny, so the pincushion melts my heart. The card catcher is a sweet idea and the hexie is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Oh my...I luv the pin cushion! Too cute!!! The hear embroidery is delicious. Sometimes I'm sad I don't have an embroidery machine. :( I have resisted making anything Hexie related but something tells me after seeing your cutie I am going to hop on the bandwagon with everyone else. Thanks for sharing. Happy V Day!

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  11. Love all of them...more on my to do someday list! Thanks for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

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  12. such gorgeous projects,well done.xx

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  13. WHOOP WHOOP! Loving the shout out to our group!

    Absolutely love your projects and I cant stop looking at your pin cushion!

    Think I may need to make myself one...

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  14. Great projects, my favourite is the pincushion! And thanks for the link to the embroidery source website, amazing!

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  15. Three fabulous projects! I love them all, especially the pineapple pincushion!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I knew I would love your post as soon as I saw the hexies!! I am a bit of a hexie junkie and can't get enough of them. I began EPP last year and can happily spend hours maknig up bags and pincushions for friends. I would love to win some templates as cutting out the paper pieces drives me nuts. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love the Hexie quilt!

    Learning how to make hexies is on top of my internal to do list for this year!

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  18. I love all your projects, but especially your pineapple pin cushion. I have always wanted to do a pineapple something. That may be just the size project for me to try it out!!!

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  19. The pin cushion is bright and sunny! I love the heart hexagon project. I never would have thought of that!

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  20. I am SO loving your projects! The heart on your bag is very similar to my logo. Sweet! Now I just need to get an embroidery machine... lol Thanks to you I'm now in the Hexie Hive 2 so itching to get started on my new Bee projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Very cute on all 3 counts...the pineapple came out really adorable. Have a great Valeninte's Day

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  22. Super Cute Valentine Catcher!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail .com

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  23. Love the hexie heart. Very cute and creative.

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  24. Oh that little pineapple pincushion is darling and my favorite of your projects.

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  25. I Love all your projects!! Such BIG hugs are HERE! That tutorial is awesome.. I LOVE the fabric on your Valentine pouch...and I am a sucker for Pinnie's! Congrats on fabulous Projects!!

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  26. I love all of your projects! I am the only girl in our home too so not much pink around!

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  27. Oh each of your three projects are just delightful, I can't decide which I like the best they are all fantastic!!!

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  28. Now that hexie heart wallhanging is something else! Your pincushion and thread catcher are sweet too!

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  29. I love your little pincushion and the heart embroidery on your bag is just gorgeous! Of course, the hexagon heart is way cute! I knew I had read somewhere about making hexagons with fabric squares and I couldn't find it again--it must have been you! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. Great projects and thanks for the hexie tut!

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  31. how lovely ...all that pink..you must feel like you are in a sweet heaven...

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  32. Fabulous hexies wallhanging.Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  33. WOW! Great ideas - thanks for sharing.

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  34. Love all of your projects but the pincushion stole my heart, it is just precious.

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  35. Love the pincushion, love the pouch, but I LOVE the heart wall hanging! It is gorgeous!I am making 1 inch hexies now so I would love to have the papers. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your beautiful projects.

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  36. love hexagon! beautiful the pincushion is amazing. thank's for the chance to win and have a wonderful valentin's day

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  37. I raised three sons myself, so I understand about the need to go more "feminine" when you have a chance! Your projects are all so cute!

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  38. What fabulous projects. I love the designs from Urban Threadz..They have some really cool and trendy designs. I love hexi projects. So it is my favorite without a doubt.Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. lovin the hexy heart! thanks for the tute!

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  40. I'm so glad you shared your awesome hexie design with everyone! Now I want to know how you did your pincushion.

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  41. Love all your projects especially your pineapple pin cushion! Would love a chance to win some hexis! Thanks!

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  42. amazing projects -- that pineapple must have some tinny pieces in it but it looks great. Thanks for the awsome tutorial -- makes me inspired to tru hexies again.

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  43. With four little grandsons and no granddaughters, I really related to how fun it is to sew things in pink. I love your pineapple and the rest of your projects...very, very nice!

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  44. Beautiful projects and a great tutorial!

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  45. Swoon- love what you made! The hexagons are perfect (I love hexagons but use starch for mine- too scared to even think of trying paper pieceing!) ADore the bag andUrban threads and the pincusion is perfection!

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  46. Way to go with the hexies. Great tutorial and can't wait to make this block. You have been really busy and put a lot of hard work into those projects you have shared with us. Thank you for being a part of the Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop and giving all of your followers such a wonderful tutorial. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  47. Love the pin cushion. I REally like the Heart Catcher Bag, might have to make one of those for my granddaughter for next year. I love Urban Thread Designs too!

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  48. Your hexagon heart is such a cute idea. thanks for sharing all your pink things. I love pink
    thanks for the giveaway. I like using the paper pieces. saves a lot of time.

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  49. Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the excellent hexagon heart tut. Love the wall hanging. The embroidered heart on the bag is just gorgeous.

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  50. Your pincushion is adorable and I love the hexies quilt and heart bag! Great job you've done!

    Fawn

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  51. Love the hexi's.....your 3 projects are very cool.....great giveaway....

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  52. Loved the Hex's! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  53. Good tutorial and lovely project!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  54. I love all your pinks! The pincushion is adorable!

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  55. Your pink projects is sew cute. I love them all but the pink pincushion is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

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  56. I love thema all especially the pincushion thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  57. Wonderful projects...all three! My favorite is the zipper bag - what a beautiful heart. :) blessings, marlene

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  58. I love hexies, and thank you so much for the tutorial pattern. I am going to add your page to my favorites so I can try this. Your pincushion, blows my mind! I just love it. Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.

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  59. Oh, hexies, how I love thee!!!!!!!! :D
    PaperPieces rocks. I love that company!!

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  60. I really like the hexie heart. I think that is now on my list of of hexie projects.

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  61. How fabulous! Love the hexie heart! I have never worked with hexies, but you may have convinced me with this project to give them a try...maybe I will fall in love!?!

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  62. Pretty pincushion. Love the hexi heart. Thanks for the tut. The embroidered heart is beautiful. Thanks for the link.

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  63. Love your projects, especially the hexi-heart!

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  64. Love your pretty pink projects! The pincushion and zipper bag are sew cute. Thanks for sharing the heart hexies how-to ... :) Pat

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  65. such lovely projects. My heart missed a beat when I saw the embroidered heart, I thought you'd embroidered it! Love that design on the pincushion, it's so tiny!

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  66. Thanks for the great tutorial! I love your little pin cushion as well!

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  67. I love that embroidery pattern... Definitely will check out the website. Thanks for sharing!

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  68. I love the pineapple pin cushion! It is so cute!

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  69. I love all your stuff - especially the hexxies! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. Hi!!! These are all very sweet and wonderful!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  71. Rosemary B here: your blog always makes me happy :-)
    I love the hexies. I have never done that, so I need to try that.
    The little pin cushion is so adorable I can't stand it! heehee
    The bag is gorgeous, Perfect fabric
    I love pink
    Thank you for sharing your creativity today

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  72. Very creative! I love those hexies. Thanks for sharing today.

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  73. Oh my I love that pin cushion!!!

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  74. Great hexie heart wall hanging. I love the little pincushion.

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  75. I'm busy making that block for you too! Nice to see what you're doing with it.

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  76. Your projects are all so pretty. That pin cushion is very cute.

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  77. fun. just today i was thinking that i needed some paper hexies. i have only made one hex project and i cut out the hexagons from some magnified graph paper i found online. needless to say, they were slightly imperfect. so, this is perfect. my cyber fingers are crossed. thanks for the chance!! ps. love the hexie heart!! thanks for the tutorial, too!

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  78. HI! ADORABLE PIN CUSHION!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  79. Wow, what a cute idea with the hexes, count me in!

    I love the embroidered heart too. I'll have to check that out.

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  80. Great projects. I love the pillow, very striking. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. Love the hexi tutorial, can't wait to make it as a pillow.

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  82. Hexies are beauties for sure! Love the heart!

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  83. I have been wanting to try hexagons, this would be a perfect car.

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  84. So much wonderful information; thank you. I do hope someday to try my hand at hexies. Yours are wonderful! I love the pineapple pincushion - so sweet.

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  85. Stacy, love all your projects....what a great pin cushion and a fun Valentine catcher. I've never made a hexie anything yet, your hexie wall hanging is adorable and perfect for Valentines day. Hexagons are on my list of things to try. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  86. All of your projects are cute, but I love the hexie wallhanging and that pincushion is too cute. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. I love making hexagons.

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  87. That is a great tutorial, thank you for that. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful projects! I do follow you as well, hoping to win those papers.

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  88. With all those males in your family, you are entitled to go pink crazy :) Thanks for sharing your wonderfully creative projects!

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  89. Beautiful!!! I especially lust after your wee pineapple - in love!!! Your rafflecopter is not loading...not sure why it's not opening...:(

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  90. What a great tutorial and great projects. I love the pincushion, and I can't wait to make one!

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  91. Yea now I can leave a comment, was here late last night /early this morning and my phone and Internet connection was Mis/behaving and wouldn't let me comment!

    Those are some fantastic projects, very pretty and with great tutorials!! Than you so much for sharing!! That pinnie is sewwwwww cute!! And that swirly heart is Wow oh wow!! Love swirly things:).

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  92. oooh the doodle heart is a dor a ble! I love your pineapple pine cushion too!

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  93. I love your blog. This tutorial was amazing. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. Participation is entirely voluntary. I don't know if you've been nominated before, but if not, please go to my blog for instructions. Thank you! -Derrith S.

    tiedupinribbon.blogspot.com

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  94. Adorable pin cushion!! Pineapple pig cabin has been on ky to do list since the 1990's! One day!

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  95. I love the hexie heart. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  96. Wonderful work! I love all your projects. Espacially the valentine catcher.
    Greetings from Germany
    Nicole

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  97. Too cute! Love the hexie heart!

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  98. Wow, thanks for the hexie tutorial and fantastic projects! awolk at rogers dot com

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  99. Wonderful projects. I love your heart hexie quilt. Hesies are so much fun.

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  100. beautiful and so prolific! love your choices and useful projects! thanks for sharing, and hopping with us!

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  101. I LOVE your pincushion. It is so darling!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  102. Amazing! Your hexie quilt is too, cute! Thanks for a great tutorial. Thanks for blogging and the inspiration. I want to try hexagons that way. I always hand sew them together.

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  103. Wonderful projects - great stop in thw hop!!! Great giveaway too!

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  104. I love all the projects, but the hexies stole my heart. Thanks for sharing your creations with us!

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  105. Well done---the projects and the tutorial. THX for sharing. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  106. OMG! I can't decide which project I like the best-they are all fantastic. Thanks for the hexie tip with the hearts-so simple. I love the embroidery, too. That pincushion is so sweet.

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