Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

I hope all my American friends had a lovely Thanksgiving today! My family usually has our Thanksgiving meal on Saturday to accommodate some of our family members’ schedules, so on Thursday we eat at an Indian food restaurant because they’re open … and Thanksgiving is all about pilgrims and *indians*, right? It cracks me up every year :D

Mini Scalloped Embroidery Hoop

Anyways, now that I’m selling my 3D printed embroidery hoops, I wanted to have a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale! The mini hoops in my shop will be 25% off starting Friday morning, through Monday evening or when they’re all gone! They’re regularly $10, so this weekend they’ll be $7.50. Necklace and brooch kits will also be $2.50 off. The prices will be updated in my Etsy shop – no coupon needed! If you’re interested in buying a completed necklace or ornament rather than the DIY version, I’ll also honor the 25% off if you contact me by this Monday. Again, I’ll only have so many off those available. Email me ( or send me an etsy convo of you’re interested in those!

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments

They’re perfect as Christmas ornaments or necklaces as gifts for friends and family or to keep for yourself. Fill them with embroidery, cross-stitch, or just your favorite fabric! Check out the etsy listing here or pictures of my hoops on instagram at #starsandsunshinehoops.

Plastic Embroidery Hoops

You can read more about the mini hoops and see a video of how to assembly them here. Have a fantastic weekend!


Bunny Paper Pieced Pattern

There’s another new pattern in my Craftsy FPP pattern store!

Paper Pieced Bunny Pattern

This bunny pattern is available here. The pattern includes templates for 12″x12″ and 18″x18″ blocks. I made it for the Andover booth at Quilt Market to go along with my unicorn pillow.

Paper Pieced Rabbit
Block by @nwquiltedcat

This is a pretty beginner-friendly paper piecing pattern, with only 11 sections, all of which are fairly simple. I’m working on a sheet of paper piecing tips to include with my patterns, but two that would be really helpful here would be to cut out background fabric for the big one-piece sections first and to tape large pieces that aren’t well attached to their sections to the paper.

Rabbit FPP Pattern

Block by @alchemytea

I had the pattern tested by several people, and I love how the different fabric value placements turned out. They’re each linked under the photos of their blocks. A big thanks for all their feedback and being willing to test the pattern out!

Foundation Paper Pieced Rabbit Pattern

Block by @sliceofpilife

I’m working on a few more new patterns, and on a paper piecing tips list to include with my patterns, so stay tuned! If you want to know when those are available, follow me here or on instagram as @stars_sunshine.

Foundation Paper Pieced Bunny
Block by @lisasquiltshop

Tags: FPP

3D Printed Rigid Heddle Loom

I made a loom, and wove a scarf!

3D printed rigid heddle loom

I’ve always love the prettiness and feel of fancy dyed yarns, but have never been too tempted to dive down that rabbit hole since I really don’t enjoy knitting or crocheting. Recently I’ve been seeing weaving pop up around instagram (check out @jaceynotjc), and then talked to someone about it at Maker Faire in New York City last month, and I think I might be jumping on the yarn bandwagon.

Rigid Heddle Loom Scarf

I found a few 3D printed loom designs around the internet, and decided to go with this one from thingiverse. It’s not exactly what I think I’m looking for, but it seems to work well and now I actually have an idea of how rigid heddle looms work. It includes an 8 dent reed, which can be put together in 4″ sections (the design images include 4, which is what I chose to use, for a 16″ heddle). It took about $40 in supplies (about $20 of filament for the 3D printed parts and $20 in the wooden dowels and screws to hold everything together). The thingiverse info for this print doesn’t have much information for construction, but it’s relatively straight forward from the photos shown. If you want to build one from this file, the most useful info I have would be my dowel rod cutting dimensions. The design is somewhat modular so there is a degree of flexibility, but this is what I used: long dowels were cut to 26″ (7/8″ rods), the dowels for winding the front and end edges of the warp were 16 7/8″ (also 7/8″ rods), the two dowels through the heddle were 16″ and 16 1/2″ (7/16″ rods), and the tension dowels were 18 1/8″ (1/2″ rods). You also need short bits of 7/8″ rods to connect the winding rods to the braces. If I’d known how long they would be in advance and planned more efficiently, I could have gotten away with (3) 8′ lengths of 7/8″ dowel rods, (1) 8′ length of 1/2″ dowel rod, and (1) 8′ length of 7/16″ dowels. You also need about 60 of the #6 x 1/2″ wood screws.

3D printed loom

I printed everything with 3 perimeters, 2 solid layers on top and bottom, and 30% triangular infull. I had no problems with these settings in terms of tension or strength during warping or weaving. My printer is set up such that I get quite good dimensional accuracy. but I had a really tough time getting the dowels through my printed parts, and the pins for the brakes were never going to fit in their holes so I slimmed down the posts in blender. My opinion after having a chance to play with it are that many of the support structures would be just as easy, and much quicker, to create by drilling holes through wood than by printing them. I’m hoping to find time to work out a design somewhere between this one and some others I’ve seen online that comes together a little more easily and for less money – but need to find a chunk of time to work on it.

Woven Scarf

As far as the scarf, I used some basic yarn from a big box craft store and sort of just warped up what seemed like a reasonable amount – the finished scarf is 12″ x 48″. I used this video for instructions on how to warp, and ended up 3D printing a little hook shape that I drew up (something like a flat crochet hook) for pulling the yarn through the reeds. I used one of the extra dowel pieces and some scrap wood with a hole drilled in it as a warping post. I made shuttles out of cut up cereal boxes, but will probably get around to printing some sturdier ones before my next scarf. The scarf itself came together remarkably quickly – I made it in a day, during which I had plenty of other errands – so probably only about 4-6 hours of weaving (which is faster than I think I could ever knit anything!)

Wool Spinning

At Maker Faire, I also was taught how to spin yarn and sent home with my own spindle and chunk of roving, so now I’ve got that to play with as well. Maybe at some point I’ll get enough spun and plyed that I can make weave with my own yarn!

Tags: yarn

Unicorn Foundation Paper Pieced Pattern

There’s a new pattern in my Craftsy FPP pattern store!


This unicorn pattern is available here. The pattern includes templates for 9″x12″ and 13.5″x18″ blocks, along with instructions to square them up to 12″x12″ and 18″x18″, respectively.

Block by @nwquiltedcat

Block by @lisaleesepieces

It’s an intermediate level pattern, but only because there are quite a few sections. The feedback from my pattern testers was that it was a good pattern for people who had tried paper piecing a simpler pattern already.

Block by @alchemytea

Block by @monpetitebiscuit

I had the pattern tested by several people, and I love all the different fabric combinations they put together. They’re each linked under the photos of their blocks. A big thanks for all their feedback and being willing to test the pattern out!

Block by @finallysewing

Block by @charliemarmalade

I’m working on a few more new patterns, and on a paper piecing tips list to include with my patterns, so stay tuned! If you want to know when those are available, follow me here or on instagram as @stars_sunshine.

Block by @nf_merrits


Mini Scalloped Embroidery Hoops

In addition to the 4″ and 6″ embroidery hoops in my etsy shop, I now also have mini 1″ hoops!

Mini Scalloped Embroidery Hoop

The space for fabric in these hoops is 1″ in diameter, and the hoops themselves are about 1.5″x1.7″. They’re 3D printed just like my bigger hoops, but they’re assembled a bit differently since they’re so tiny. This includes a flat disk for the back, which makes the hoops lovely from both sides! You can see a video of how they’re put together here.

Embroidery Hoop Necklace

These guys are available by themselves, or as kits for necklaces or brooches in my etsy shop. You can also grab the E-6000 you’ll need to put them together while you’re in my shop.

Colorful Embroidery Hoops

They also make great Christmas ornaments!

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments

They’re available in 10 colors (all of which are available in 4″ and 6″ hoops in my shop as well).

Plastic Embroidery Hoops

Flying Geese Dress

Earlier this week, I pieced 20 4″x8″ flying geese quilt blocks. This would have been plenty for a good sized baby quilt, but instead, I turned them into a dress!

Flying Geese Dress

The fabric is all from Lizzy House’s newest line for Andover, The Lovely Hunt. Its full of magical woodland fauna and flora, and the colors are bright and fantastic!

Fussy Cut Dress

I’ve seen a couple pieced skirts before by @elisabew and @prettybobbins, and making one has been on my to-do list for a while. But, of course, I had to add fussy cutting.

Fussy Cut Flying Geese

Here’s a better view of the back:

Emery Dress

The dress pattern is the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes, with a handful of personal fit alterations to the bodice. This dress has become a go-to favorite for me since it is simple, flattering, and I think I’ve got the bodice tweaked just right to fit my shoulders/arms.

Quilt Block Dress

To plan for the skirt, I cut out some flying geese out of paper in different sizes, and held them up on the skirt of a previous Emery dress to see what size/placement I liked. I cut the top and bottom of the skirt straight across instead of curved, and only about 10″ long. I then added a row of 18 4″x8″ flying geese and another 3″ border to the bottom of the skirt.

Embroidery Hoop Necklace

I made a coordinating necklace with one of my 3D printed mini embroidery hoop necklaces using some little mushrooms. I think I need matching necklaces for all my dresses!

Quilt Block Emery Dress

Here’s a little video of me doing a spin so you can see all the adorable featured prints:

I love to add coordinating prints as pockets – because dresses with pockets are infinitely more practical, and I love to add cute details where I can! This dress was no exception.

Coordinating Print Pockets

This dress will be on display in the Andover booth at Quilt Market this fall – you can stop by and see it in person if you’ll be there!

Quilt Dress

Dress Specs:

Pattern: Emery Dress by Christine Haynes
Modifications: FBA 3/4″ spread, armscythe adjustment, 3/4″ length added to bodice, quilt blocks in skirt.
Size: 6, but with largest size skirt.
Fabric: Lizzy House The Lovely Hunt – mainly Strawberry Field in Blue


Free Halloween Friends Embroidery Pattern

Halloween is only two and a half weeks away! I’ve been looking for some quick decorations, and put together this embroidery pattern.

Halloween Embroidery Pattern

You can download the pattern for free here. The pattern includes basic instructions and drawings to trace for either a 4″ or 6″ round hoop (4″ pattern shown below).

Free Halloween Embroidery Pattern

Of course, I think the pattern looks especially great in my scalloped embroidery hoops! You can get the black ones here, or check out the rest of my shop for other colors.

Finished Embroidery Hoop Back

I finished off the back of the hoop using this tutorial, but used hot glue (which works great to stick the fabric to my plastic hoops). I made sure to use a dark fabric to keep the dark thread travels from showing through.

Pumpkin ghost and bat embroidery pattern

If you want to use the free embroidery pattern, click here and print or right click -> save as… and save to your computer.