EPP Book Review

I am really enjoying EPP but I have to admit that I started the Bee cushion before remembering that I was given this book on English Paper Piecing at Christmas. I’m horribly embarrassed that I’d forgotten it was on the bookshelf.. especially because it is such a good book on EPP.

All Points Patchwork is a technique book rather than a project book and the author, Diane Gilleland, covers everything a beginner needs to know: equipment needed, types of papers, basting and how to sew the pieces, not just hexagons, but all sorts of different shapes including curved shapes.

It’s full of handy tips and hints and I’m sure it’s going to be one of those books that I will keep referring back to as I do more EPP and try to improve.

Once I’ve finished the cushion I think I’m going to try the Ring-a-Roses pattern by Flossie Teacakes. I fancy a bit of fabric artwork on the wall. Choosing the colours is going to be the hardest job I reckon though!

Resurrection of the Mirabelle quilt

I’ve decided that it’s about time I finish the half made quilts that I have packed up and decided that it was time to get on with the Mirabelle Quilt. I started this quilt 2 years ago and the top has been finished for over a year! The backing fabric and wadding have been cut and it’s been ready to go for ages.

So yesterday whilst it was quiet in the shop, I sandwiched the layers and pinned it with curved safety pins.

And today, using the Elna 760 and quilt in the ditch walking foot I got started.

Progress was a bit slow as I had to keep stopping to serve customers, but the main thing is that it underway and I will keep it at the shop to work on in quiet times. I’m determined to stay on top of it and get it finished as soon as possible.

Bee-ing creative with hexies

I have to admit that I’ve never tried EPP (English Paper Piecing), so I thought I would give it a go this week, using 1″ hexagon papers and a mini charm pack which contains fabric squares that are 2.5″ square.

The fabric is from Moda’s new Bee Creative range (which is selling fast!) and perfectly suited for a hexagon/honeycomb effect I think.

The hexagons measure 1″ down each side and 2″ across the diameter, so a mini charm square fits quite nicely. I’ve also punched a hole in each paper as I read somewhere this was a good idea to help you pull the papers out afterwards.

I am using a Sewline fabric glue pen to hold the fabric onto the papers as I sew. I didn’t fancy tacking all the hexagons. It would take to long.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying the hand stitching and think I will be turning this into a cushion of some sort. Watch this space to see what they become!

FO: Japanese Rice Bag

I made up my Japanese rice bag the weekend before last, using the kit I bought at the quilt show. I love it, although I don’t know what I’ll use it for ūüôā

japanese-rice-bag

FO: Paul and Sheldon Baby Quilt

I thought I would show you the baby quilt I put together this week.

It was the quickest quilt I’ve ever done, because there was no piecing. This is a complete quilt panel. ¬†I simply added wadding and backing, quilted it and bound it.

The quilting was a mixture of straight lines around the boxes and then some free-motion quilting around some of the animals and lilypads.

I also did some quilting in the blue border area using Mum’s new Parrs-Reel Ruler which she bought at Westpoint at the weekend.¬†Unfortunately the photo here doesn’t show up. It took a few attempts to get it right at first, but I did get the hang of it after a while.

paul sheldon quilt

If you’d like to make this quilt, you can buy the Paul and Sheldon quilt panel here.

Sushi anyone?

This past week, I’ve gone all Japanese, and not just because I love sushi! ¬†Sometime ago my husband bought me a book on Sashiko, a type of Japanese embroidery, and I bought some a couple of sashiko kits which I hadn’t started until this week. ¬†One is a cushion and the other is for a tote bag. I thought the bag would be nice project to take to Knit ‘n Stitch, especially as one of the group members has done some sashiko and I could ask for help if I didn’t understand what to do.

It is actually easier than I thought it was going to be, especially using a pre-printed cloth kit and I’m really enjoying doing it.

Then today, Mum and I went to the Quilt Show at Westpoint, Exeter as we do every year. It’s a small show but I quite like that as it’s not too tiring.

As well as the usual stallholders, there is a quilt exhibition. I wasn’t wowed by the quilts this year to be honest, except for some by a quilter called Kay Bell. The quilting was amazing. All free motion machine quilting. It was pretty darn perfect. I took this close up photo of a quilt called Swooning. She used Camille Roskelley’s Swoon pattern for this quilt. I almost didn’t recognise it at first because the colour and fabric choices and quilting made it look so different.

free motion quilting

As far as purchases went, they were all Japanese related from a business called Japan Crafts. I bought some plain blue fabric for some more sashiko embroidery which Mum suggest I turn into a wall hanging with the patterned blue fabric forming a border. I also couldn’t resist a Japanese fabric charm pack and kit to make a traditional rice bag. The stallholder threw in a free pattern to make a larger bag too with the charm pack.

Japanese fabrics

Mum splashed out on a Parrs Reel Ruler kit. This is a new free motion quilting system with a¬†special foot that fits most machines and a slotted ruler allows you to quickly and easily quilt your projects. You can get all sorts of different rulers to create different shapes. I’ve only had a quick play this afternoon, but I think with a bit of practice could really help us with our quilting.

Some quick sewing projects

I thought I would share a couple of small sewing projects that I have completed this past week.

First of all was this Lil Red doll made from a Moda Fabrics panel. Lil Red is a new collection of fabrics featuring Little Red Riding Hood.

The panel includes the doll, her shirt and cape, quilt, pillow and Mr Wolf. 
She was very quick to make and I enjoyed myself!

The second thing I made this week was a tote shopping bag which folds into a pouch.

This was a pattern my Mum devised a few years ago and I thought I would make a new bag using some of the new Aria fabric by Kate Spain. I love this fabric range and was dying to make something with it.