Saturday, August 3, 2013

For the love of Epp {English paper piecing, that is}

Last summer I was introduced to the wonders of English paper piecing. It was love at first stitch. The more I quilt the more I love hand that hand stitching, applique, or hand quilting. Here are a few of the Epp projects I've been working on:

English paper piecing work

The jewel star pillow is the only complete project so far. The mini lone star is the focal point for a wall hanging and the grandmother's garden hexies will be a small pillow. I just love very single stitch from the basting to the joining of the various shapes. Please ignore the fact that I am showing you a photograph containing unfinished projects while I continue on to write about yet another project I'm getting ready to start :o)

When I saw the Mini QT Swap group on flickr had selected Epp and foundation piecing for the next swap round I just knew I had to ask to participate! I'd participated in a swap round with this talented group of ladies before when the theme was True Mini. Here is the quilt I made for that round. 

I was so excited to find out that I'd been paired up with Jen of SewWhat! We are both middle school teachers and if that does not make us two birds of a feather I don't know what would :o) After spending some time looking through her photo pool and reading her blog I'd made some notes on what I thought she may like in a little quilt. Now it's time to dive into the design process!

Mini QT EPP Swap!

I thought I'd try sketching out some designs to see what I was going to be able to do in a 12"x12" (maximum size} quilt. I found a lot of inspiration in the photo pools for these flickr groups:
Ferris Wheel Along
English Paper Piecing/Foundation Piecing
60 Degree Diamonds

English paper piecing templates

After working out a layout I'm pretty sure will work I used the incompetech Web site to draft template paper. This is a great site for making almost every shape used for English paper piecing. Now I've cut out all of my template papers and I'm ready to begin selecting fabric.

The current state of my fabric

I am really fortunate to have a well stocked stash. For several months I participated in the Stash Stack Club sponsored by Pink Castle Fabrics. You can find information about the club here. It was a really good way to build up the blenders in my fabric stash. I'm happy to say that I've really been putting them to use!

I'm off now to pull fabrics. I'd love to hear about what you are working on!


  1. It looks like you are going to have fun making your mini quilt. You have beautiful fabrics.

  2. I love your UFO's and your beautiful stash! I haven't ever tried EPP but have drooled over so many other's projects. One day... I will take the plunge and try something. (I keep saying to myself)

    BTW, does this leave my email addy with my comment? I've been using the OpenID option.

  3. Working on EPP projects can be so soothing! Your fabric stash is gorgeous!!

  4. Ah! you are a brave lady. EPP is one of the things I am the most scared of (quilt-wise). I think I know the attraction, though, as I love hand work too. My plan for the next three weeks is to continue hand quilting my daughter's quilt. I have taken it out and put it away several times in the last two years.

    I love the grandmother's hexies and looking forward to seeing more of those.

    Your stash is lovely, and very well organized!

  5. Your stash is so very pretty! No wonder you do such pretty work!

  6. your pillow is beautiful-i'd love to see the whole thing! and, i cannot believe how organized your stash is! wow!! :)

  7. Wow what a nice, neat and gorgeous stash.
    I love EPP too but still haven't finished my first one, the starflowers.

  8. wow, your EPP (and stash!) look great!

  9. You will have so much fun doing this! Hexes are my favorite.
    Love your stash, nice and neat!


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