Show and tell…

Louann Young shared her finished quilts from Hand Sewing. She was one of the original Hand Sewing Adventurers and she wrote:

What a fun quilt it was to make with a group of very supportive fellow quilters. Thanks for the opportunity!

Louann, I love the colors you chose! I don’t sew with purple much, so it is especially nice to see it use so well by you.

I especially love your documentation patch! I asked and Louann used a Pigma pen to hand write all the important information on it. In her own handwriting! It’s is nice touch to make it round to fit it into the print on the back of the quilt!

Thank you for sharing your amazing quilt with us! Your quilt is perfect!

Show and Tell…

Andrea Gardner sent me this photo of her Hand Sewing quilt and I love it so much! She chose colors that are so different from mine and it makes me see the quilt with new eyes. Andrea wrote:

Thank you Becky for this challenge! It was certainly one for me😂. Many of these blocks were trashed, pulled out several times. Instead of throwing it all away, I finally decided to make this work for me. It’s a mess but from afar okay. Her name? Ms Cinquante Pied de Page. That’s French for Ms Fifty Footer…things always sound better to me in French!

We are all way too hard on ourselves. Andrea, you made a wonderful quilt! the colors are great, the blocks look good, and I like the quilt without the baskets and the outer borders. You did great! Give yourself a hug and enjoy it :-). Thank you for sharing your quilt with us!

If you missed it, click here to find the Hand Sewing book that has these blocks inside :-).

Hand Sewing, the book, is here!

I am so happy to introduce you to my book, Hand Sewing. Look inside and discover 5 different hand sewing techniques that come together in one lovely quilt: English paper piecing, needleturn applique, wool applique, hand piecing, and hand quilting.

Slow down and enjoy the process of sewing fabrics together, with your own hands while working on a project that you can take with you anywhere!

Click to buy Hand Sewing. If you like your books in a digital format, click here for the ebook.

Click here to find all sorts of hand sewing notions.

Hexie Squeeze Punch

A student told me about these Fiskars hole punches. Now that I have tried them I can tell you how they work. 


All sizes squeeze easily on card stock if you cut 1 sheet of paper at a time. You are can recycle paper (like heavier magazine inserts) or use pristine sheets. 

  • Medium = 1/2″ on each side
  • Large = 3/4″ on each side
  • X-Large = 1″ on each side

The X-Large grip is too big for my hands so I’ll ask Steve to do those for me if/when I need them. 


The same student also told me that if you punch a hole in the center of each paper it’s easier to remove them with a toothpick or awl which makes sense. I couldn’t find my normal hole punch so I used the one that cuts 1/8″ holes, 1/4″ would probably be better. 

Honestly, I have very little spare time for cutting hexies so I won’t use these often. But I’m happy to have them in my drawer, just in case :-).

FYI: I couldn’t find them from a quilt supplier so I looked on Amazon.