Thursday, April 18, 2013

English Paper Piecing

So sorry for not posting anything in nearly a week.  My to-do list just got so long, I just couldn't get to everything.  But I do have some fun projects to show you today!

Usually after standing at my longarm quilting machine all day, I rarely go into my sewing room and piece quilt tops.  In the evening, you usually find me on the couch with some hand sewing.  When I don't have bindings to sew, I am usually english paper piecing (EPP).  I thought I would share.....

My first EPP projects were usually pretty simple.  I would use the "flowers" as embellishments on various projects. 

Here is a fun potholder I made as a gift and I loved it so much I kept it for myself....

I then started creating "fabric" using EPP and making some larger items. 

This is one of the pillows I made for in my livingroom using the larger 2" hexagons.  I have plans to make many more.

One day I got the crazy idea to make a queen size quilt using a bunch of my jewel toned scraps and tiny one inch hexagons.   You can see the quarter sitting there to show you how crazy that idea truly was.

Needless to say after a couple years, I am close to having it built to about a lap size quilt.  This is definitely one of those "one in a lifetime" projects!

And lately, because the tiny hexagons were getting to me, I have been putting together one of the snowflake projects using the larger 2" hexagons.  Each of the snowflakes end up being about 18" tip to tip so it goes together fairly quickly.

I am hoping to have it finished by the holidays!  We shall see...

The weather here in the northwest has been lovely lately and spring has certainly arrived.  I am looking forward to when it is warm enough to sit in my gardens in the evening and work on hand sewing there.

I hope you are all starting to see signs of spring!  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I am so glad you have had time to EPP. I am in the beginning stages of EPP and just doing the flowers. I love the snowflake idea. Yours looks great! Have fun!

  2. Still waiting for Spring here....S.E. MN. Love the hexie snowflake!! I, also, had plans for a flower-garden quilt and have used some of my hexies for mug rugs instead! Will "push through" and get some more little pieces done while at the camper this summer. Hugs, Doreen

  3. I just started a hexie project only to realize that the pattern idea only worked out in my head, not in real life. So I'm going on to Plan B. Kind of frustrating but I think it will be okay after all. the hexie snowflakes are really great!


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