Flora and Fauna, Parts of the Garden close-up
Welcome! It is time for the Grow Your Blog Party! This event is organized by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. I'm looking forward to exploring and finding new and interesting blogs.
For those of you who are new to my blog my name is Karen H and I am a quilter. I love all sorts of quilting styles and techniques. I've made traditional, applique and improv quilts. To get an idea of what I do you can visit my Quilt Gallery to see some of my quilts.
There's a Snail in Grandma's Flower Garden close-up
I think my favourite shape to work with is a hexagon. If you love hexagons you've come to the right place! I've developed my own fast easy techniques for making great hexagon blocks. Earlier this week I posted two part tutorial on making stars like this one! Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.
And then on January 23, 2014 I published instructions for making yet another hexagon block which is a variation of the block above.
I've got another fun hexagon block ready and I'll publish the instructions on Sunday or Monday!
I started blogging ten months ago because I wanted to be able to share with others what I do and how I do it. On January 3rd I launched my first ever free quilt pattern, Soupcon Hexagon Quilt Along (QAL). Soupcon is a French word that means a little bit. This QAL includes a little bit of things I designed this quilt so allow others to experiment with methods I love to use in my quilts including hexagons, embroidery, applique and piecing! There are beginners and experienced quilters participating so it is suitable for all skill levels!
This is a six part pattern and every two weeks I release another installment. Each installment includes a number of design options so that you can make the quilt uniquely your own. In addition at the end I'll be providing some ideas for turning the wall hanging into a quilt. If you are interested in participating in my QAL Step 1 is here and Step 2 is here. Step 3 will be available on February 1. I'm making two versions of the quilt and this is how mine look after step 2 is completed! Those making the quilt are posting pictures on my Soupcon FLICKR Group. You will be amazed at how different they look and each one is gorgeous!
81 The Giant Monstrosity
Piccadilly to the Nines
And now for the give away! I made hardcover needle books for my friends as Christmas gifts. The free pattern comes from The Studiolo. I've made another hardcover needle book as a give away for Grow Your Blog Day. If you would like a chance to win this needle book simply leave me a comment telling me which needle book you would like to win, the pink leaf or the teal leaf!
I will reply to every comment so if you don't hear back from me it is because you are a No-Reply Blogger. I have no way to contact No-Reply Bloggers so you won't be entered in the draw unless you leave your email address in the comment. Be sure to use the following format: name(at)emailserver(dot)com. Vicky the Grow Your Blog Party organizer has asked that all participating blogs announce prize winner on the same day, February 15. THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
I hope you enjoy my blog; there are lots of free tips, tutorials, patterns and my Soupcon Quilt Along!I hope you'll take a few moments to look around and if you like what you've seen I hope you'll consider following me on Bloglovin or by email. Until I post again, happy sewing!
I love your blog and your quilts are just fabulous. I am enjoying the Soupçon QAL and looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring work. Oh, and I would choose the teal needle case .ReplyDelete
You have some very intricate quilting... I don't know how you do it but it amazes me!!! Wow! I love the teal needle book - thanks for the chance!!ReplyDelete
I found your blog through Heather (above) and I too just love it so I've become a follower. I'm very tempted to join in your Soupçon QAL because I just love the combination of piecing and embroidery. If I was lucky enough to win I would love the teal needle case. Thanks for shaing!ReplyDelete
Your quilts are so awesome. I already follow you on Bloglovin. I love the blue/teal needle case. Thank you. crystalbluern at onlineok dot comReplyDelete
I've been following your blog for awhile. I love your combination of quilting and embroidery. Thanks for the inspiration. I think both needle cases are beautiful. The teal one is my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway. Handmade things are so precious.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed looking around you blog. Lots of interesting stuff! Thanks for the giveaway chance. I really like the teal case. Stop by if you get a chance and see what I'm giving away.ReplyDelete
Hello Dolores - sadly you are a no-reply blogger so I can't enter you in the draw. I did check your profile an your blog but can't find any contact information. Sorry without an email address I can't enter you in the draw. :-(Delete
I think I've got the no reply fixed now. Did not know it was on! ThanksDelete
Hello again! Sorry but you are still coming through as no-reply! :-(Delete
It would be great to have a Karen H original. I like the pink leaf needle case. Thanks for the chance, Karen.ReplyDelete
I just discovered your blog a week or so ago through a blog friend who is very much into hexagons. I think your blog is great, and I will sure use your tutorials to improve my hexagon skills!ReplyDelete
I like the teal leaf needle case. Thanks for the giveaway!
I am so happy to have found your blog and the soupçon QAL. I have made lots of quilts, including several with hexies, but your take on embellishing these lovely motifs is positively inspiring, can't to see where you take us nextReplyDelete
I'm with Sheila... she is instrumental in my finding your blog and probably doesn't even know it. I have my block ready to embroider ....can't wait to see what' next. Thanks for the QAL and the giveawayReplyDelete
Hi Susan - you are a no-reply blogger so I'll need your email address in order to enter you in the draw.Delete
Your work is fantastic Karen! I am glad to have found your blog ...I am fond of your various hexies... I, ll post my first one soon....ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your Soupçon QAL!
Have a nice weekend
HI Brigitte - you are a no-reply blogger so I'll need your email address in order to enter you in the draw.Delete
Gosh! Your quilting is absolutely beautiful! How talented you are. I tried quilting once, but I'm not sure it's for me - I prefer working with paper, glue and calligraphy pens! I hope you can pop over to my blogs and visit me! (I love both your needle cases, but teal is really "my" colour - I've just bought two (more) teal garments to wear!)ReplyDelete
Beautiful work. I am a happy follower via bloglovin. I really love the teal needle case. Thanks so much for the chance.ReplyDelete
Hi Kelly - so glad you are a follower but I don't have an email address for you. You are showing as a no-reply blogger so I can't enter you in the draw. :-(Delete
Hi Karen I’m a GYB party volunteer stopping by to say WELCOME and leave well wishes in the event! Thanks for participating. You post looks great. Val:)ReplyDelete
Oh! I'm a new follower by way of bloglovin. Nice to meet!Delete
Great hop. Love the hexies. Usually I just see the normal hexies, but I like the extra level of details that yours have.ReplyDelete
Karen I really enjoy your blog. I am going to try those hexie stars since you say they are easier than they look! I love the teal needle book:) I was not on the ball enough to get in on the grow your blog day but what a great idea.ReplyDelete
I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. You are very talented! I see there are quite a few quilters joining the party. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna
I found you through grow your blog and I'm so glad I did. Looking forward to following your posts!ReplyDelete
So talented! The hexes are so imaginative. I love the teal leaf, although the pink one is beautiful also. Looking forward to watching your projects grow.ReplyDelete
I'm not a quilter but enjoy the wonderful pieces others create. Good luck with growing you blog.ReplyDelete
I have just found your blog, and I'm happy to be your follower. You inspire me a lot. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Hi Karen...nice to meet you. You do very lovely work. Very creative!ReplyDelete
Hello Avery - sorry but you are showing as a no-reply blogger. I visited your blog but couldn't find an email address for you. If you would like to be entered in my draw I need an email address!Delete
Your quilt work is beyond spectacular. WOW what a diverse detailed array of beauty. Keep smiling and creating. Of course I had to visit the 'fae' folk first.ReplyDelete
Oh dear - another no-reply blogger so I can't enter you in my draw!Delete
Hi, nice to meet you! You've made some incredible quilts and quilt blocks! Just gorgeous. I'd love to win your needlebook, but I'm not fussy as to which one!ReplyDelete
Wow, I enjoyed your blog so much. I do some quilting and applique work but nothing on your level. I also have been know to take care of the faries around here. I have several "fairy houses" in my gardens. I put them away in a "warmer place in the winter though.! Hope you will come to visit my site. Conversations from My HouseReplyDelete
I'm so glad I found your blog in the last hop I participated in. Your hexagons are always amazing and so fun. You have really, really, really taken them to a new level for me.ReplyDelete
Needle book, which one would I like...really? They are both beautiful and I'd be thrilled with either...the blue one caught my attention first.
Thank you for sharing all your talents :)
Your quilting is beautiful! I love quilts and applique work, though I don't do it myself. It's great to meet you!ReplyDelete
beautiful quilts, followingReplyDelete
Karen I just love love your work it is just so stunning and beautiful! I would love to have something you created so please enter me in the giveaway.ReplyDelete
congrats on the new visitors! Enjoy the party! Kathy
I've popped in via GYB this time lolReplyDelete
As a follower already Ive come to value your posts and must try these alternative hexis............they may just cure, okay calm then, my hexi-itus !
pink is perfect!
Hi Karen Love all the inspiration you send our way. The teal leaf is gorgeous! I also posted a link to your blog on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ClaresfibreartReplyDelete
Wow, your work is just exquisite!! Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment! This GYB party is just wonderful - I'm meeting so many ultra-talented people, like you :)ReplyDelete
Wow! Yes, I will be a follower. Love those hexies. I love that needle case with the teal leaf.ReplyDelete
wow, i just love your work - i believe it was # 1 the gigantic one ... i think that is what you called it. awesome!! hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :ReplyDelete
Hi, Karen, I'm still making Soupçon Hexagons at stage one......and I'd LOVE to have a needle book with the teal motif for inspiration....Thank you for hosting the QAL. JaneReplyDelete
And I would love to enter you in the draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Hi Karen, I love your work, I'm working on Hexagon blocks for the CQJP 2014 and they're fast becoming my favourite shap too :) I'm really pleased to have found your blog and I'll be following it from now on.ReplyDelete
Hi Lesley - I'm glad you found me too and I would love to enter you in the draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
oh .. that should have read 'shape' and I forgot, the teal needlecase is lovelyReplyDelete
omg! I'm so non techie ... I didn't know I was! Sorry :( *runs off to try and remedy this*ReplyDelete
If you can't figure out how to fix it just leave your email in a comment. Use this format: yourname(at)emailserver(dot)comDelete
Hi Karen. Very nice to meet you and I love your work. Will be following to see what you are up to. PS if you can turn off word verification you will. Get more comments.ReplyDelete
Hello and it is nice to meet you too! Thanks for the advice about word verification! I am a bit of a boob when it comes to computers but I can quilt! I would love to enter you in my draw but you are showing as a no reply blogger!Delete
ah ok .. tkank you for your help and patience :)ReplyDelete
What beautiful work you do Karen! I love those hexies! If chosen, I would be honoured to carry the teal needlebook. Keep up the great work!ReplyDelete
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Very beautiful work and unique , I will enjoy visiting often . I am a new follower .ReplyDelete
Very neat work. I want to start learning hexaquilting so I will definitely check out those guide links you provided. Oh and I fancy teal. :3ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry but you are a no-reply blogger. I checked your blog and there's no email address there either so I've no way to enter you in the draw!Delete
We've never met a quilt that we didn't love and yours with all the stitchery are beautiful!! Your little pincushion worlds are tons of fun too! Glad we got over to your blog from the GYB event. Good Luck
Kathy and Deb
Thank you for dropping by and having a look around. I would love to enter you in my draw but sadly you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Exquisite! I admire your attention to fine detail...your patience must be endless!ReplyDelete
Hello Suzysomething - Thank you for the lovely comment and I would love to enter you in my draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Hi, Karen - LOVE this little blog of creative wonder - your work is BEAUTIFUL!!! Dropping in here from the Blog Party - glad to have found you - I can see I'm going to be spending more time here reading!!! Would love to be entered - could never choose between the two, as they are both so special! Would have to leave that to you - happy creative Sunday! TanyaDelete
I'm loving your blog! So many beautiful projects....wow!ReplyDelete
it didnt take me long to look around on your blog to decide i wanted to become a follower via email. i love the teal leaf. i have quilted for over forty years all my quilts are hand pieced hand quilted and donated to charity. i receive less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability so buying fabric is not an option. if you ever have any tops, scraps, etc you would part with, i would be honored to finish them and donate them to charity. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Very nice post. My mom is a quilter so I appreciate your work and talent!!ReplyDelete
Oops! You are a no-reply blogger so I can't enter you in the draw!Delete
I'm visiting through the GYB party after you so kindly posted on my website. It's so nice to meet you and read your blog. Your work is amazing! I love Hexies but I also love your art works too...I've just become a follower.
Thanks again for joining the party!
I love how you add the organic look of embroidery to the graphic shapes of your quilt blocks--just beautiful! I'd love to win your teal needlebook!ReplyDelete
Your embroidery is beautiful Karen. Thanks for visiting me.ReplyDelete
How lovely to meet you on the blog party. I was thrilled to get here to see that you love hexagons too!!! All of the ones you have shown are beautiful, I am going to try out your tutorial in the above post soon too. Thanks for a sweet giveaway, i would love a teal needlebook.ReplyDelete
I noticed your blog yesterday when I was helping VIcki with the hop and had to return today to check it out over my morning cup of coffee. Your hexi's are absolutely beautiful!! I added you to my blogroll...nice to meet ya and looking forward to your continued inspiration this year! stop by; myplvl.blogspot.com with smiles! val:)ReplyDelete
I'm loving your blog - hexies and diamonds are SO addicting! Thanks for a great giveaway - I'd love to win your needle book with the teal leaf - great embellishing stitches!ReplyDelete
I've never quilted before but I think I'd like to give the hexagons and diamonds a try. The embroidery really makes such a difference in the look...fabulous:) If I win your giveaway I'd like the teal needle book please. Thank you:)ReplyDelete
I see that you are Canadian. Have you heard of The Needle & Thread Network? It's for Canadian textile and fibre artists. Here's the link.Delete
I have only recently discovered your blog and love where you're going with the soupçon quilt along. Both color ways for the needle book are lovely. I'd love to win either of them.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the link for the needle book. That way I can make one if I don't win the beautiful one you are giving away.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are beautiful. I am looking forward to reading your blog. Both needle books are pretty, my favorite is the blue leaf.ReplyDelete
Hi Karen - thank you for visiting my blog - I have enjoyed looking around you blog - and I will return - I love both of the needle books and would be happy to own either one!ReplyDelete
Hi there, what a great blog for quilting, you have shown some wonderful work!ReplyDelete
Have fun blog hopping and I hope you can stop by!
Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Beautiful work! I like the blue leaf!ReplyDelete
Stopping by for a visit from GYB. Your hexagon pieces are amazing. I love the designs you've created. Its a fun twist to the traditional hexagons I've seen.ReplyDelete
Love your work and so very happy to have found your blog ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win a lovely gift x
wow those hexagons are great! Maybe I have to try them one day!ReplyDelete
Hi Caitlin - would love to enter you in my draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Hello, I'm Lynet, your blog is beautiful, I following now, nice to meet you ,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blogReplyDelete
Hi Lynet - I'm so pleased you are following and I hope you continue to enjoy what I publish. I would love to enter you in my draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Hi Karen, love your blog and work. Just recently located you and I am delighted. Greetings SylviaReplyDelete
Whoa! Some serious talent you have going on here! Absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy the blog party! AlohaReplyDelete
Thank you again Karen for the follow - and thank you also for your blog - I am so excited to learn from a teacher such as yourself!! Both needle cases are lovely - I learn to the lovely pink :) thank you!!!ReplyDelete
So nice, great stuff! Teal one is so cute!ReplyDelete
Sarah I would love to enter you in my draw but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
I already follow your lovely blog...please enter me into your drawing ...I would be happy with either one as they are both lovely.ReplyDelete
love your needlebook. I would be happy with either colour. Thanks so much for sharingReplyDelete
Really enjoyed looking around your blog I will be following along now on Bloglovin. Both needlebooks are lovely, but my favorite is pink. Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyDelete
So glad to meet you. You do very lovely work! I really love the teal needlebook. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Love the teal one! Lovely embroidery!ReplyDelete
Great inspiration on your blog. Love all the hexies.ReplyDelete
Oh! I love your work. I enjoyed reading your blog - thank you for sharing. Happy hopping!ReplyDelete
I love your hexies and I am signing up to follow you via email. I would love to win the blue needle book but either one would be appreciated and well loved. Thanks for the chance. JackieReplyDelete
Hi Jackie - I'll need an email to enter you in the draw because you are a no reply blogger.Delete
I love your hexie stars. And the needle books are great. I would love the pink one. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
Good to meet you - I'm visiting from England!
Thank you for sharing your lovely hexagons!
I love the teal leaf!
Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 155 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site overboardcreations.blogspot.com and contact info is email@example.comReplyDelete
I love your blog and have been following it for a while. I love the whimsical little bees and bugs that you add to your work. They are so cute. Your tutorials are great, and I love seeing all the new hexagons unfold. Thanks for the opportunity to win a needle case. I love both colors so if I should win, either color would be great. They are so pretty.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the lovely comment! I would love to enter you in the draw but you are a no-reply blogger! I need an email address so that I can contact you if you win!Delete
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They are both lovely, but teal is my favorite color! Thanks for the entry. LauraReplyDelete
I love teal to, thanks, following by emailReplyDelete
Hi karen! I am visiting from GYB. I love love EPP! Right now I am working on two Lucy Boston quilts and a hexie quilt. I look forward to following your blog! Have fun! xo jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Love your blog & your work.ReplyDelete
I would love the teal.
I would love to enter you in the draw but you are a no-reply blogger so I'll need an email address.Delete
teal is one of my favorite colors! Pick meReplyDelete
I would love to be able to pick you Susan but you are a no-reply blogger!Delete
Your work is beautiful! I like the pink leaf! Nice to meet you through GYB!ReplyDelete
I'd love to win your teal needle book. Viewed some of your tutorials and they are guite helpful.ReplyDelete
I found your blog by looking at hexie quilts!! One page lead to another, and your blog came up. I am so glad I found it!! I usually work in the 3/4 inch hexie size, but am going to get some 1 inch hexies to play with your fun new ways of making hexies with inserted fabrics. Your tutorials are easy to follow and very well written. I just need a couple more days in my week. I love the pink needlebook. My almost new daughter in law loves pink---they get married on Saturday---and I am seeing everything with a pink tint!! It is amazing how many things can be made with just this one shape. It is so much fun to go through and see all the different blocks made with a variety of fabrics. I have recognized a lot of the prints. Thanks for all your hard work to make this such a fun place to visit.ReplyDelete
I came by your blog courtesy of Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party and it has been a pleasure perusing some of your posts and seeing your wonderful works of art in the form of quilts. I have done some quilting from time to time, much by trial and error. I know now where some great tutorials on quilting techniques.ReplyDelete
I am glad I visited today and am signing up to follow you. Hope you can find time to visit my humble blog.
Hi Karen, I'm visiting from GYB. Your quilts are quite something and have a really unusual style which I really like I don't quilt, but as I give almost every craft a try I cant think I wont get round to this though I've only just started machine sewing.ReplyDelete
I am going to follow you on bloglovin and would love to be entered into your prize draw. Frankly both cases are gorgeous and I would be delighted with either.
Love and best
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Hi, Karen! What lovely quilts! And your needle books are beautiful, too. I would love to win the teal one.ReplyDelete
Slowly working my way through the list and I 'm so happy to have landed here! I love hexies and appliqué--can't wait to read more of your adventures!ReplyDelete
I just discovered your blog through Cat Patches. I love, love, love reading through it and seeing all your wonderful tutorials. I'm sorry I didn't find you earlier and started learning about how you do your paperpieced hexies. Maybe later in the year I will have time to start one of your lessons. I love hand stitching things, but my UFO list is so long I am shying away from them right now. I will bookmark your info for my future enjoyment. Thanks for sharing so much of your talents and quilt histories.ReplyDelete
Oops, correction, I found you through A Passion for Applique.Delete
Hi Karin, it is such a small world! I just joined a BOM group and was visiting a members' blog and there was a link to your blog. I get over here and lo and behold you are also participating in the Grow Your Blog party! :D Obviously, I haven't made around to all 600 or so blogs but am ever so happy that serendipity brought me over to your blog. Your quilting is just stunning! I can't wait to get back to my quilting which has been being neglected for weaving and spinning! Yes, I am one of those eclectic ones! :D Well, it's great to meet you, oh, and I'm now following you on Bloglovin'. Do pop over to my blog if you get the chance...ReplyDelete
I found your blog today. Someone in one of my online quilting groups pointed me your way because I showed my hexagon work in progress. Wow, your work is amazing.ReplyDelete
Hello Karen I am visiting from the GYB and your quilts are just so lovely I have really enjoyed browsing your blog and I do hope you will visit me too!ReplyDelete
All of your work is gorgeous.!!!!ReplyDelete
is a pleasure to look at,including the teal needle case.
keep my fingers cross :-)
Your projects are all wonderful -- so much eye candy!
Thanks also for the chance to win a needle case. I would choose the teal one, as teal is one of my favorite colors.
Lots of greetings from Germany,
Your work is wonderful and enjoy your blog. I think that I will be trying your QALReplyDelete
I love your blog, I'm in your Soupçon quilt along but I'm a bit late, I'm still in the embroidery, step 2. I had never heard about fussy cut hexagons and I love them it's a great discovery! Thanks so much for your great tutorials.
Hi Karen, I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog hop and I am so impressed with your blog and your quilting. I like hexies but am fairly new to them and had no idea you can do that much with them. I'm looking forward to seeing your tutorials now.ReplyDelete