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garden path slim case ~ a little summer project


They just never get old, do they.  Especially when they're Engish paper pieced. ;)  Here's my latest pattern featuring a mere 33 hexagons and measuring in at just 1/2" each. 

If you're intimidated by little, please don't be!  I hear that comment so often from quilters.  For some reason, many very skilled sewists and quilters shy away from smaller sizes because ... well, I'm not exactly sure why.  I suppose for cutting and machine piecing, accuracy is more important - or rather - smaller pieces are less forgiving.  I understand that. 

But when it comes to EPP, the technique is indential to larget pieces.  And as far as I'm concerned, smaller seams are faster!  LOL!  (Although yes you have more of them in a larger project she said speaking from experience. ;)

Anyhow, I made this case last summer when I was on a holiday in Palm Springs.  It was published in Love Patchwork & Quilting (Issue 28) last December and now it's finally available in my shop here. (PDF only)

I designed it to fit pencils, but I deliberately didn't call it the "Garden Path Pencil Case" because it can be used for so much more ... makeup brushes, sewing notions like scissors, rulers, etc., lunch utensils for the office ...

When I was deciding on prints for the feature hexagon path, I found the prettiest FQ cheater panel in my stash by Atsuko Matsuyama.  It was the easiest thing to cut out a few hexagons that looked scrappy by coordinated perfectly.  Love that.

I couldn't NOT add a few embroidered knots, but you don't have to if you don't want to.  Totally optional.

The closure? Easy peasy lemon squeezy - a simple snap.  No zippers, no magnets, no button holes ... just the most basic, utilitarian snap. 

Oh, and by the way, this little case would make a great teacher gift. ;)

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Reader Comments (6)

Love the hexies. I hand piece tiny hexagons using a pdf that prints shapes with seam allowance on the wrong side of the fabric using a regular printer. It's called Inklingo. It's amazing and much simpler than EPP. Check it out on Inklingo.com.
June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCyndie
So, so cute and so, so you! I love it (and you:-)
June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Kristyne, this is soooo cute. I love it.
I want to make one.
I also like olden fashioned snaps the best. If I make something for the little tiny people, I sew it on really super duper sturdy and also put that cutie kind of patch on the back .
So adorable
June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary
I bought the magazine online just to get this pattern. I love making Hexies of all sizes. I made myself three around the house summer dresses last year and I put a hexi flower on it to tell the front from the back. I have always liked handwork but it's hard now that my eyes are bad. I'm going to use the Strawberry Biscuit cheater to make mine. I discovered Charms by Laundry Basket and I love them because they have words and sayings on them. When I bought them online I didn't know they came with words. I plan on using them as is for inspiration. Needless to say I bought extras.
I love it!
June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArchie The Wonder Dog
Oh I love the colors and fabrics. I so need to make this.
August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMari

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