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January 18, 2021
Pink - RSC2021 from Samelia's Mum

Firstly, happy birthday to me! I've had a really lovely day with my loves. CONTINUED (Keep Reading) »

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November 12, 2020
Almost Ancient: English Paper Pieced Mosaics with Cheryl Lynch's New Fabric from Gefilte Quilt

My newest finished piece!
It's a tabletopper or wallhanging, about 20" across, made up of seven English Paper Pieced (EPP) blocks. The faux mosaic fabric - those little pieces aren't separate, they're printed - are from a fascinating new collection by my friend, quilt designer Cheryl Lynch. 

In recent years, Cheryl's been designing mosaic quilt patterns, made by cutting fabrics into small pieces. But even more recently, she designed fabric with the look of complex mosaics - but you can finish in a fraction of the time. 

Cheryl gifted me with these FQs.

First I cut out a bunch ...

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November 9, 2020
Facing EPP Quilt with EPP from Seaside Stitches

Let's say you've pieced together a top using English Paper Piecing and you have all these angular shapes around the edges. How will you finish those edges? You could certainly trim them and use a straight binding. Or you could create a facing with more EPP shapes! Here's how...

1. Press your top well, especially around the edges. Remove all of the papers.

2. Quilt as desired. Don't stitch into the seam allowances around the outside edges.


3. Trim away the batting and backing a little bit smaller than the finished edge.



4. Create a ring ...

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September 28, 2020
Tekenen, knippen, plakken. Hoezo een naaitechniek? from M. Brito de Campos

De Tula Nova van Tula Pink is het project, dat ik met de hand maak. 
Ik kan het meenemen naar een bee en er dan aan werken. 
Maar ook in de tuin is het een fijn klusje.
Het is nog steeds niet mijn favoriete techniek,
maar het resultaat wordt wel leuk.
Het gaat traag maar gestaag. 
Ik heb er totaal geen haast mee.
Het mag rustig een veel jaren project zijn.
Inmiddels zijn 8 van de 11 klaar.
De laatste 3 waren al getekend en geknipt.
En nu zijn ze ook geplakt en 
klaar om genaaid te worden.
Handig, die ...

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September 20, 2020
Turning Lines Into Circles for Curved English Paper Piecing from Gefilte Quilt

What do these English Paper Pieced blocks from my new book, "Hexagon Star Quilts," have in common? 
Answer: They're all straight lines. I've always been curve-averse, and although I've done plenty of English Paper Piecing in recent years, almost everything I've made with the technique has had straight lines only.

But quarantine is an opportunity to try new things (assuming you don't have an essential job, young children, and/or a sourdough fixation). So a couple of weeks ago, I plunged into curved EPP in a big way. It turned out to be mostly easier ...

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September 18, 2020
Is it Summer yet? from Wendy's Quilts and More

 This week I had a little play with English Paper Piecing.  

I've had these gorgeous ice cream prints for a few months now, and I decided I would just start playing around with them and see where it leads me.  I cut and basted some other combinations while I was at it.

I don't have a master plan yet, I'm just going to experiment with them.  That's why I chose to do English Paper Piecing rather than hand piecing.  These blocks could be floating around for a while, and they will keep better with the raw ...

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September 11, 2020
EPP According to Tula Pink on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

La Passacaglia, Tula Pink Style, 2016

So yes, it's true.  My English Paper Piecing bug has been reawaken and has been taken to new heights.  I knew that my creative juices would start to flow again...sooner or later...but I would have never guessed that a simple EPP kit in little girls colors would spur it!!  While I finished up the 40 little umbrella blocks of the Abbie quilt I'm making, I started to think what next?!  As usual I started

researching what other people are doing currently with EPP.  Well, apparently, while I've been in ...

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September 10, 2020
splashing into autumn . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hey hey!  Just checking in before we head into the weekend.  We enjoyed a lovely, beautiful day on the lake on Monday.  The weather couldn't have been more cooperative.  We're at that time of the year where sometimes the water, at 85 degrees, is warmer than the air temp!
That means we spend LOTS of time in the water (because it's too cold to come out)!  The girls had a blast splashing and swimming. Edith even decided it was her day to jump off the boat into the water, multiple times.  She was a champ!  But we ...

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September 6, 2020
sloooooow stitching . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Slow stitching is appropriate.  It feels like it took me *forever* to finish this piece, but finished it is!
I had to take some "staging" pics, too . . .
Heh. So I'm a stitcher, not a photographer. I think one of the reasons I took so much time is that this really was a new style of stitching for me. I'm still not sure if I'd choose to do it again. I like the dimensional aspect of it — but it's all big stitches with six strands of floss ... no delicate stitching for detail. Though I do love the ...

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August 28, 2020
Guilty Pleasures on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Yes, the umbrellas are continuing to take up all my free time and I can easily say that I've become addicted.  It's been so long that I've done this much hand work its so much fun albeit slow....I mean slow that I've only gotten about 12 blocks done.  Still the collection is starting to shape up!!  I have really love playing the pattern and color.  Some umbrellas make bold in your face

statements while others have soft edges that kinda just melt into the background.  Funny how this little block becomes an ...

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August 24, 2020
Scary Unfinished Quilt, Happy Ending, Don't Look Too Close from Gefilte Quilt

This is a mystery quilt adventure. If you hate suspense, scroll to the very bottom of the post to see the finished quilt. If you enjoy mysteries, read from the top. 

I'll begin this story in front of my UFO (unfinished object) cabinet, a terrifying place, in a far corner of my sewing room, under the ironing board, behind/beneath my Featherweight table. 
To open the cabinet's doors, I have to curl myself into in a fetal position - then, the doors open only halfway, before smashing into my knees. Fetal position also describes my emotions, when I look ...

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August 7, 2020
The Boredom of the New Normal on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I truly want to just slap the person who coined the phrase, "The New Normal".  There is nothing normal about what the country is going through right now .  Not to mention when your days are filled with social distancing nothing "New" ever really happens.  A trip to get groceries feels like your big day out!

I blame this for the reason I broke down this week and pulled out a new project without really finishing any of the ones I have going.  This spring I saw on ebay where a widowed husband was auctioning off

the over 200 quilt kits ...

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June 18, 2020
Hexies and Baking from Samelia's Mum

Happy Friday friends. Another week has quietly and rather quickly, slipped by and we're just about at the 2020 midpoint. 

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April 28, 2020
Hello My Old Friend from Midget Gem Quilts

Hello my old friend, this period in quarantine is the perfect opportunity to finish off all these straggling wip. My Liberty EPP (English paper piecing) has been my friend for a very long time. Now, it isn't necessarily what you think. I could say this has been on the go for many years because it is all hand pieced, but in reality, it has been dipped in and out of.

Today I had another look at it. I have been sewing all the flowers together for the last while, off and on. Over the weekend I have really been ...

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April 21, 2020
Hand sewing HEXIE flowers from Northern Deb Quilts

 When I'm on vacation, I love to do a little hand sewing...especially EPP (English paper piecing).
This "stay at home" period isn't exactly vacation but I thought if I looked at it that way, it might improve my spirits.
So I asked daughter Jenn what color hexies she still needed for her quilt. She wanted tans, neutrals, browns and olives.

Well, I can do that. A few of these were already cut out so I stitched those up first.

Then I dug through my "drabs".

I didn't find many...I seem to collect brighter, cleaner colors ...

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April 5, 2020
Ballet with Kaffe - How I attached the borders from Wendy's Quilts and More

My quilt top is finished!! And I love it. 

I always knew that I wanted to include my inspiration fabric somewhere in my Ballet with Kaffe quilt.

I had intended to use it for the borders, but then I realised that the pattern repeat was quite obvious, and the repeating motifs would stand out on the borders.  So I decided to piece my borders and allowed snippets of my inspiration fabric to peek through.

 I knew that Willyne Hammerstein had pieced the borders on her Moncarapacho quilt, so I followed her method set out in Millefiori Quilts book 3.

Moncarapacho ...

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March 23, 2020
WHY DO YOU QUILT? from That's Sew Kerry

A Question Often Asked

I've had this post rattling around in my head for a while, something has always stopped me writing it, I'm not sure what really but now in the midst of 'isewlation' due to this horrid Coronavirus outbreak it seems like a good time to finally get it out. For those of you that have read the dreaded 'C' word and immediately got put off - it is the only time it appears here.

What on earth are you doing? What's the point in cutting up perfectly good pieces of fabric into smaller ...

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March 8, 2020
Smitten Quilt from Samelia's Mum

This past week, I've spent my evenings slowly stitching up the last few EPP blocks to finish of the Smitten Quilt. I'm pleased that only one week into March, I've finished the 3 last full blocks and 3 half blocks, which were my "One Monthly Goal" for March (OMG).

My next step is to sew these blocks onto the main quilt top and then figure out how I'm going to finish the sides of this quilt. There isn't an instruction for this on the pattern, which I must admit is a little disappointing.

I was ...

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March 1, 2020
OMG - March 2020 from Samelia's Mum

My one monthly goal this month is to make the EPP blocks to finish my Smitten Quilt. 

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February 27, 2020
traditional + modern epp curves from Charm About You

epp shapes and a spool of aurifil thread

Isn't it always fun to start sewing a new pattern or project? When I found out we were working with Paper Pieces for this months Aurifil Artisan challenge, which is English Paper Piecing, I was super happy. They have a huge range of paper shapes and you could spend a day browsing their website looking at all the possibilities, thinking up patterns and imagining blocks. As soon as I found the Joseph's Coat pieces I knew I had found my project. I have never made this traditional block and I enjoy sewing curves, it's also a pretty ...

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