Thursday, August 11, 2016

Slow stitching - EPP progress & some Applique

I always have many EPP  projects on the go, that way I can switch between them usually on a fortnightly basis & never get bored of stitching the same thing. Here are some I'm currently focusing on.....
Back in August 2016 I started making some EPP Glitter blocks having drafted my own templates a little larger than those from Jen Kingwell's book Quilt Lovely
This is another great pattern for mixing up the fabric scraps

Where I'm at so far....
Then in October last year, inspired by some amazing vintage hexagon mosaic quilts, especially those of  Albert Small I decided to design my own mosaic. I started colouring in like mad & came up with this for a starting off point
Then the stitching began....
another round was added...
& another section
This is where I'm at today, the main centre pattern is nearly complete. I'm using 3/4" hexagons for this quilt

Next up we have EPP triangles. I had a quite a few redundant triangles cut for a border of another quilt which just didn't work out as I had planned.

One day I came across Linda Collins' Panama Pyramids FB group, (as you do) & finally found a use for these pieces & just had to join in!
These are so easy & quick to make up
Some more sets prepped & ready to stitch.
This is another great scrap project, I'm sticking to using Kaffe Fassett Collective prints & shot cottons for these

Finally, last week, inspired mainly by my love of blue & white china and images of Kaffe Fassett's collection as well as his fabulous mosaics, this design was born
Fabric mosaics using up even smaller scraps, each piece hand appliqued
Embellishing the ginger jar with some simple back stitch embroidery to give it a bit more dimension
A little contrast hand quilting added
This will be bound with the same darker blue spot fabric to add balance to the piece. I
already have more ideas developing on this this space!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Another finish

This English paper pieced top of 1.5"hexagons was finally completed back in January last year & sat there waiting for quilting ideas.

so last month I decided to have a go at some simple zig zag quilting on my Singer 1929 treadle machine....
which wasn't always easy as extra weight had been added to the quilt layers!
Finally it was complete
Pattern is "Hex on the Beach" by Tula Pink oringinally sold as a kit of 1" hexagons from her Saltwater range of fabrics from 2013. So I had to take it down to the beach for a photo shoot!
The back