Friday, March 11, 2016

Blog hop, day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Tiny Toffee Designs blog hop! Today is all about one of my favorite ever animals - swans! We get a chance to look at the work of 3 amazing ladies!!!

Why did I chose a swan for my Big Dream hexie set? 
I came across this beautiful quote and it never really was forgotten:

"Our arms start from the back because they were once wings."
Martha Graham

Sometimes we should just use those wings and simply fly...!

The swan in the photo above was created by Mary and I can´t get over the cuteness of the crown she added! Please hop over to her blog Mollyflanders to find out more about this royal swan and the super cute make up pouch she made!!!

I am also over the moon that Amy from Nanacompany is part of my blog hop and worked her typical "Amy-magic" and turned my little hexie into the most charming and adorable project! Please go visit her blog for more pictures and details!!!

I am so thrilled to welcome Kate as a guest blogger on my blog, so I will stop babbling and say Hi to Kate!!!

First of all, thank you so much, Susi, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your wonderful blog hop, and congratulations on the release of your sweet, new collection of paper pieced hexagons!

When Susi invited me to be a part of her blog hop, I was absolutely thrilled. I’d been watching Susi create these teeny, tiny masterpieces for awhile, and each time a new design would pop up in my Instagram feed I couldn’t get over just how adorable they were. Elephants, stars, tiny flying geese, mountains? Yes, please! But then I saw her tiny swan hexie and was totally smitten. Susi managed to not only create the tiniest paper pieced swan ever, but she’d beautifully captured a swan’s grace and beauty within her pattern. 

I was so happy to find I’d been assigned the swan pattern for the blog hop, and I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to create. I envisioned a sweet little project bag with three beautiful swans gracing the front of the pouch. I pulled a few scraps of charcoal Essex linen from my stash for the exterior front of the bag. I knew I wanted the bright white swans to immediately grab the eye, so I chose several black Cotton + Steel prints for the backgrounds of the three hexagons. With the front of the pouch simple and dark in color, I pulled a beautiful new print from Tula Pink’s Chipper line featuring sweet sleeping foxes for the back, as well as a second Chipper print for the interior.

I printed Susi’s pattern on my favorite foundation paper piecing paper (June Tailor Perfect Piecing Foundation sheets) and trimmed the pattern into three sections. If you’re new to paper piecing, be sure to include an extra 1/4 inch margin on each of the trimmed sides for piecing the sections back together. I’d never paper pieced any patterns this tiny, but it was actually a very easy pattern to work with. Each swan came together beautifully in a matter of minutes. After basting the swans into a hexagon, I topstitched them to the Essex linen and went about making a very simple and very basic zipper pouch. 

This was such a quick and easy project. In my opinion, it would make for a sweet handmade gift for friends or loved ones. Thanks again, Susi for inviting me to be part of the fun. I can’t wait to try your other beautiful designs!

Thank you so much for being my guest blogger today, Kate!!!

HAve an awesome weekend everyone, sew some hexies and make sure to be back here on Monday!!!


  1. I think these tiny PP hexies are just delightful! And while I do a fair amount of paper piecing already, these much smaller designs scare me a bit. Have looked throughout your website, hoping to find a free tutorial (with a printable pattern) or something just to try before buying this great design pack, but cannot find one! Sure would be helpful!

  2. Wow!! Ive just started following your blog and I'm overwhelmed by all the tiny adorable cuteness happening here!!!! It's soooo cute!! I'll be definitely keeping you patterns in mind when I see. I can imagine adding them to my projects in a hundred different ways!!