I’m working my way through the sections of Rachel’s Handstitched Class.

While I don’t usually feel great about having several works-in-progress, having several hand stitching projects means there’s always something readily available to pick up and make a little progress on. “Progress” includes many, many mistakes, but for my learning style, that means that I’m learning a lot.

These Sashiko Coasters are part of the embroidery section.


For the hexie project, I’m making the hexie tree. The tree is on a tote bag in Rachel’s class, but I have so many totes. I thought a family tree wall hanging might be nice in the room that my little ones share. I don’t know if I’ll use a marker to write names or embroider initials, but I think it would be special to personalize it in some way.

I’m trying out a few background fabrics, and I’ll probably choose the crosshatch on the far left since it seems to compete the least with the prints in the hexies. And maybe not so many birds?


I’m modifying the project for appliqué. Instead of making a flower pillow cover, I’ll appliqué an airplane and some clouds onto a pillowcase for my little one. I’ll fuse the airplane and then add a running stitch around the edges to better define and keep them intact. I’ll sew-and-turn the clouds and use a blanket stitch to secure them. Lastly, I might move that cloud on the right down and add a needle turned pendant to trail the plane with my little one’s name.


I’m not sure what I’ll do for the hand quilting portion of the class, but that’s the last project requiring some decisions. Napkins? A whole cloth baby blanket?  Maybe some placemats?



  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    I vote for the crosshatch on the far left for the hexie tree, and I really like the idea of embroidering initials to make a personalized family tree; that sounds lovely. The pillow project also really speaks to me. 🙂

  2. Allison

    I attend a bi-weekly portable hobby night, so I always need a good amount of take-with-you-projects available too.

    As for your hexie project, I really like the birds – they add interest to the other fabrics and prints that you have going. Second option for background could also be the branches… it kind of works with a tree theme.

    Greetings from Germany!

  3. Kate

    I love the sashiko coasters. I made something similar for Christmas gifts last year.  They’re fun and easy and look beautiful.  I especially like how you’re mixing background colors.  

  4. Melanie

    Oooooh Sashiko! I’ve only just become aware of it, and I think I’m in love. This is so impressive. My handwork is shaky at best, but I’ve just purchased some embroidery patterns for summer sewing at the beach. Beautiful work.

  5. Kelsey

    I love the idea of hand-stitched little initials on the tree. So fun. And yes, the crosshatch seems like a lovely choice for the background. The subtle tree limbs could work as well. Oo I do love a good whole cloth baby quilt, especially hand-stitched. Mm be still my heart. This is such a fun collection of projects you’re tackling! I’m impressed that you’re tackling all of them; that displays a lot of motivation and perseverance. I can’t wait to see the final results.

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