Sunday, August 02, 2015

Calling all EPP Addicts

As you've probably gathered by now, I love English Paper Piecing........choosing & cutting the fabrics & even preparing all the pieces to sew together is quite therapeutic, then there's the advantage that your project once prepped is extremely portable.
Japanese diamonds
For a while I've been thinking of creating a facebook group just for all of us EPP addicts to meet & share tips, techniques, patterns etc while we work on our various projects & show that EPP can go beyond the humble hexagon where most EPPers learn the technique. Hexagons will be welcome too of course!
Rainbow Hexies
Many quilt blocks & patterns can be converted to EPP........

Periwinkle/Hummingbird block
Vintage Stars
Starry clams
Variahex or This Goes with That
Lone Star
I know there are a few groups out there already & some set up for specific projects but I feel it would be great to have a small friendly, maybe restricted group where we can all meet & share all our various projects & ideas, they can be purely EPP and EPP appliqued to backgrounds etc as in many quilt designs.....what do you think?

If you would like to be part of the EPP Addicts group on Facebook click the photo link at the top right hand side of this blog to go to the page & hit the join button. Look forward to seeing you there:)
Thanks Gisele x

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Back in 2010 when I first started dabbling with patchwork, this was one of the first books I bought & was totally inspired by this lady's amazing patchworks all done by hand which is what started me with my love of English Paper Piecing (EPP)
I have read this book many times from cover to cover & had one day planned to make this iconic quilt of hers........ The Patchwork of the Crosses
Well that day has come & I've finally made a start. 
For this quilt I've chosen to work mainly with Civil War reproduction fabrics from my stash although a few extra fat quarters may be acquired along the way, well we always need a bit more variety, don't we?

Here are the first few blocks: 

These 2" squares below are great for using up small scraps & really fun to fussy cut. They form the centres of what I call the connecting blocks or even could be considered as cornerstones between the main blocks 
Hmmmm..........I'm already seeing another quilt design forming using these fun squares, Watch this space!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

La Passacaglia is growing....

Having way too much fun finding new designs to fussy cut for these rosettes.

At this stage I'm having to plan the colours & am finding a black & white image handy for deciding on value as well as colour placement.

Here are individual shots of the latest rosettes added to the main piece:

Tula Pink Fox Field range

Tula Pink Elizabeth range

Tula Pink Birds and Bees range

Tula Pink Birds and Bees range

Tula Pink Saltwater & Nightshade ranges

Tula Pink Fox Field range (pink rosette)

Tula Pink Birds and Bees range (blue/green rosette)

Tula Pink Moonshine range

Tula Pink Saltwater range

Tula Pink Prince Charming range

Tula Pink Fox Field range (centre & stars) & Elizabeth range. 
Wasp fabric Gregory's Garden by Jane Sassaman

Tula Pink Prince Charming

Sunday, May 31, 2015

La Passacaglia Millefiori quilt, Tessellations & Vintage Stars

Early April I completed my Vintage stars top & it has met with the quilt inspector's approval. I already have an idea how this will be hand quilted but that will have to wait for the winter. 

Remember these tessellation blocks from a 2010 BOM? Well, they've been sitting around already individually quilted just waiting for the right border as I really didn't like the fabric that had been supplied.
Last month inspiration finally struck, a few patterned EPP hexagons appliqued to some shot cotton ones....
Some corner blocks from EPP fussy cut jewel shapes & some contrasting joining strips
and we had a plan to see this project on it's way to completion!

La Passacaglia 

This pattern was designed by Willyne Hammerstein & can be found in her first book Millefiori Quilts published by Quiltmania. I had been waiting for the perfect project to dip in to my Tula Pink collection & this was it -  more EPP & lots of fussy cutting..... perfect! 

I'll just let the pictures do the talking......

Prince Charming range

Birds & the Bees and Fox Field  ranges

Saltwater range

Moonshine range

Birds & the Bees range

Fox Field & Acacia ranges

Bumble, Saltwater & Fox field ranges

Prince Charming, Birds & the Bees, Moonshine & Elizabeth ranges

Birds & the Bees ranges

Birds & the Bees, Acacia, Elizabeth & Fox Field ranges

Acacia range

Prince Charming & Elizabeth ranges

Moonshine range

Prince Charming himself!

Progress so far