Today, I'll share a nice time-saving method for basting hexagons. You start with fabric squares that you've cut with your ruler and rotary cutter, and then you baste those squares right to your hexie templates.

This method is useful for projects where you need to make a whole lot of patches – and you can use it with really any shape, not just hexies.

Pumpkin Patch Snack Mat

Craft up this nice little place to keep your Halloween candy and hot cider.

The Gemstone Pillow: English Paper Piecing PDF Pattern

My latest is luxurious, dahling...

What to Do When Your Hand-Sewing Thread Knots Up

Sooner or later, every hand-sewist ends up getting an unexpected knot in their thread. This doesn't mean you're any kind of a bad sewist! It's just simple physics at work.

Flower POW Mug Rug: an EPP Pattern

So, today I finally get to announce something I've been working on behind-the-scenes since January. I've opened a little pattern store for English paper piecing patterns!

Half Hexie Star Table Runner

Try cutting your hexies in half to make these interlocking star shapes. This tutorial shows you how.

After the Edit

Image by Laura Ritchie, via Flickr. I thought it was hilarious, but should say, I've never had an editing experience remotely like this one.

Here's a new video in my PC Basics series, covering how to build a simple box from start to finish. You can use this method to make any size square or rectangle box, with any kind of stitching on it you like.

I also threw in some tips for managing yarn tangles, ending yarn strands, and getting better coverage at corner points.