Thursday, September 19, 2019

International Quilt Festival Houston Auction Piece - Part 1

My friend Kim Brunner was telling me about some paper pieces by Helen Stubbings out of Australia that are made from a product you can LEAVE IN THE PIECE!  I heard about these a year ago and recently I found them in my local quilt shop!  I had to try them!  They're called Hugs and Kisses.  I bought the 1 inch hexies.  

I then designed a pattern using them with some help from my favorite 8 year old.  Next it was into my Island Batik stash to pick some yummy fabrics.

I can't believe how easily these pieces sewed!  And it was so nice not to be hitting paper with the needle!  It was like butter.  SO nice.  I'm sure to use them again sooner rather than later.  

I love this flower.

Look how seamless they look!  And I don't have to remove paper...yay!

Big flower all done.  

This was supposed to be the runner.  Ironically, I didn't like it all together.  It was too long and too busy.  What to do?  Make two projects!

So here's the big star.  I'll be attaching it to some cream background and quilting it for my International Quilt Festival Houston small quilt auction piece.

Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Love those bright colors. I'm all for leaving the papers in, so I'm going to have to look for those!

  2. Did you glue down your seam allowance or just fold as you go?

  3. It will be fun to see what you turn it into. I did use some of that paper/fabric and definitely see its as another great tool n the toolbox.

  4. Tell us more about the Hugs and Kisses papers. Are they precut to the hexie shapes or does it come in sheets that you printed and cut yourself? Does this product dissolve when you wash the finished piece or is it like using an embroidery stabilizer or interfacing that adds some body to the finished piece? Your star is lovely.

    1. They are precut. They come in a variety of shapes. My store only sold hexies. It's like embroidery stabilizer where it's sort of fluffy and not quite as stiff when washed.