Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Arkansas Meadow Rose

eBay is my friend

Mobile App eBay scares Paul.

I surf for quilt tops and blocks whenever a few moments of time happen in my life. Found these blocks when I was in the airport in Dallas two weeks ago.

The design made me take a second look...the block name sealed the deal.

A set of 32 Arkansas Meadow Rose quilt blocks.

The blocks measure roughly 10"x10"

Arkansas Meadow Rose was a block that Kansas City Star published on October 9, 1935.

I think I will play with these blocks on my upcoming retreat in Nov. Some block sashing to true up their size and a pieced border to set them off is what I envision.

Then I have an idea to modernize the block and it's construction. Another new workshop is in the making.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Introducing Moxie Girl!

Life certainly has been a whirl lately! Due to overwhelming response the sign up for Moxie Girl is now open. Thank you all for all your comments, support and cheers! Now go see the quilt on the website!

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Attention! Attention!

I have been in my studio sewing away.   Tomorrow I will be able to share the unveiling of Moxie Girl.  My Block of the Month Quilt with Quilting on the Square.   I will also share some pics of "Full Circle" a new workshop and pattern (late Nov) available on Craftsy.  And finally I will give you a sneak.peak of Blueberry Spice.  A free quilt pattern I designed for Fairfield that will be available on their website in Nov. ALOT has been going on...and finally I can start sharing. So please hang with me for one more day...lots to come.  See ya tomorrow!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Paper Pieces Rocks!


Yesterday Paul and I took a small road trip to Paper Pieces in Sycamore, IL.  

Yes the company that produces the beloved paper hexies! 

But Paper Pieces is much much more than hexagons, there are octagons, dresdens, pentagons, flags, hearts,  coffins, diamonds, and a new fav…the jewel shape.

There are so many shapes! 

This girl was doing the happy dance inside as each box was pulled out and the treasure inside was revealed in their inventory.

But our trip was not just to touch and see papery goodness.

We were on a mission, there were prototypes of Pieced Hexies Acrylic Alignment Templates to see!!

YES!!  Marking your paper pieces with alignment guides has just gotten so much easier and faster…..and precise.

TA DA!  Here are my newest babies!  A set of septuplets!

note for the picture I slipped a paper hexie beneath each so that you can actually see the laser printing on them.   WHOO HOO!

Some girls like to see their name in lights…..this girl is thrilled with seeing her name etched on acrylic!







Here is Wheelie up close and personal.





Here is the graphic for drawing Wheelie Alignment Guidelines from Pieced Hexies.  Instructions take you thru drawing this guide on your paper piece.






Place the template on top of your paper hexie.  Position a sharp pencil (or sharp pointed pen) into the laser cut guides and draw a line. 







VIOLA!  quick and easy and you are ready to baste your Wheelie Pieced Hexie!

These shorter alignment guides are easier to erase so that your paper can be reused for another design later!





The Cogs and Sparkle templates have circles so that you can mark dots.  When lining up your block to the marked hexie push a pin thru the dot(s) to align center intersections.

The templates will come in a resealable vinyl bag for easy storage!  And easy to tote around while you are hexing on the go!

Yes you can preorder the sets on my website shop.   They will begin shipping out on October 31st!    The set of 7 templates and the vinyl bag is $45.95.  Individual templates will be available for purchase in November at a cost of $8.00 each. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I <3 Stickers!


We all have our vices.

One of mine is essentially clipart with a sticky back.  A sticker.  or stickers. 

Ok.  LOTS and LOTS of stickers!

I went to Hobby Lobby last week.

Dangerous territory.





I love to create my own stickers too! 

Vistaprint sends me thank you cards all the time. 










Chances are if you received any type of written correspondence from me you have gotten a sticker.





Look Emie!   DSC06341

Yep…Sock Monkey Stickers! 


….so now you all know…

                I am truly a Sticker Junkie.


….not gonna mention what the Post it Note aisle does to my heart.    Smile

Sunday, October 14, 2012

do you EQ?

Yes there is an EQ Boutique for Pieced Hexies! You can find it at the My Boutique - Electric Quilt website.

No it will not teach you how to make Pieced Hexies. The program is a design tool to use with EQ7 when designing your own special quilts. Pieced Hexies can now be easily added to your creative visions. To learn the process to make Pieced Hexies you will need the book.

Yes! There is a set of tools that will soon be available that will make the process of marking the Alignment Guides on your hexies faster and accurate. .....and yes there are many more patterns to come.... Thank you for your time, your interest, and for your purchase of Pieced Hexies!
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Friday, October 12, 2012

My Hotel Studio

Yesterday I posted the "traveling studio" pic on my facebook page and received a few inquiries about exactly what is in this box.

So last night with things spread out some more and a medium dresden plate basted I took another pic.

I would be lost without this 6x8 box on the road. At the end of each day when back in the hotel room I can hardly wait to open it and begin to play. I always keep lots of scraps in it as I never know what I might feel like playing with. And as you can see I am playing with dresden plates this trip. The needlethreader is my best friend late at night. And the little pincushion is made with a soda cap as it's base. It was an entry gift over 15 yrs ago at a local quilt show. Blunt nose scissors to make TSA agents happy and a variety of threads. Last night I was dreaming of Christmas.....

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Thursday, October 11, 2012's the thrill of the journey

No matter how many times I board a plane I am like a small child and am thrilled when I scoot into the window seat.  

I absolutely love to fly.  My first flight in life was at the old age of 18. 
I think my gram could count the total number of times she flew on one hand.
And then I think of how many times Paul & Emily have flown before 18. 

Wow...times change.

This morning I am off to Texas to spend the next few days with the Quilter's Guild of Plano Texas the time this blog posts I will be at baggage claim.... for now I am just going to gaze out the window a bit more....and  daydream.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

it’s a Halloween Pieced Hexies Parade!


Join the “Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre”  Facebook Fan Page.

My vision for this page is a place to share all things Pieced Hexies.

That being said I am announcing a


Pieced Hexies Halloween Parade


This is your heads up so you can get your “costume” ready for the parade in that will begin on October 10th.

Yes a parade of Halloween themed Pieced Hexies! 



You can use Halloween fabrics or





Halloween Colors (orange, black, purple, green) …





just make a Pieced Hexie design from the Pieced Hexies book that

screams HALLOWEEN 


Post a pic on the Facebook Fan Page between midnight Oct 10th and midnight Oct 24th CST.


….on to the prize!

On Oct 25th in the wee hours of the morning I will use a random number generator to determine the winner of the following:


An 8x11 size bag stuffed with hand dyed scraps perfect for making bewitching hexies!


So heads up…start creating your “Pieced Hexie Halloween Costume” and join in the fun!

And yes you can post more than one Halloween Pieced Hexie for multiple entries!



Can’t wait to see the Parade of Halloween Pieced Hexies beginning on Oct 10th!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Trouble is brewing.....

October!  Yes this Autumn lovin' girl is happy happy happy!  

I think I will celebrate this first day of October by "stirring up trouble" in the studio.   

Some dresden plate paper pieces followed me home from Petals & Blooms Quilts & Needlework booth at the Heritage Quilters Guild show last weekend....this morning I took them out of their sealed bag.

....rut they are chatting with my scrap bins...

....trouble is brewing.....  ")

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