Wednesday, February 20, 2013

EPP Addiction, part 3

Chris Hurley is another new member of our English Paper Piecing Addiction club, but she had lots to show us!  She found this hexie quilt in a magazine and set out to duplicate it, having a lot of fun with fabric along the way.  She has been making up kits for a group to which she belongs, so they can get productive and get these Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks made up.  Then she shared an antique quilt top with us so we could study the fabrics.  Linda was so inspired that she pulled out the Back Door's antique GFG quilt for everyone to admire.  Even though ragged and worn, these special quilts still pack a wow factor.

Mary Ann has a favorite shirt with worn elbows that she will rejuvenate with 1/2" hexies in denim friendly colors.  It will end up being her official EPP shirt, I bet!
Donna is patiently working on her Just Judy quilt.  Little by little she is making headway.  EPP is a perfect handwork technique for those times that you find yourself waiting around.  Why not turn that time into productive sewing?  It doesn't matter how long the project takes!

Marlene has been perfecting her fussy cutting.  Notice the fantastic use of stripes in her Lucy Boston blocks.  If you're not familiar with the block, all the pieces are exactly the same, but a skillful use of stripes and other prints can make the block look infinitely variable and complicated.

We had a special surprise announcement during this meeting.  Australian quilter Sue Daley will join us for a class in September!  Prices and projects will be on our web site soon, or you can e-mail for the information (, but we wanted our fellow EPP Addicts to be the first to know!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

EPP Addiction, part 2

There were many more show and tells at our English Paper Piecing Addicition Club meeting.  Carol Decker was just in time for Valentine's Day with her cheerful red and white Dresden Heart.  She's also making the Lucy Boston block bigger using 1-1/2" honeycombs instead of the usual 1".  She might stop at the traditional size, or she might use her scraps and keep adding rounds of honeycombs.  The fun is in the journey!

Rosie has been working on a special pentaring project.  She's making the Baby Pentarings from Vicki Bellino's English Paper Piecing book, using Moda Japanese fabric and sashiko that's she designed to go into the center.  It's a little hard to see, but she arranged the elements on tissue paper until she was pleased with the design, then she's stitching through the tissue with a big stitch, which will have the look of sashiko when it's done.  Can't wait to see it done!

Sue has a beautiful Lucy Boston block to show off, made from the same fabric as Rosie's Pentarings!

Margot (left) is one of our new members, enjoying the show and tell, and getting her pieces ready to make a Dresden Heart.

Friday, February 15, 2013

EPP Addiction, 2/13, part 1

A group of excited ladies met for our English Paper Piecing Addiction Club on Monday. We had lots of show and tell projects, and two new members!  Linda started a mini quilt from Vicki Bellino's new book, Tiny Obsessions, which is full of EPP projects using small hexies. 

Robin is working on her cupcake candle mat--it's almost done. 

Barbara and Michelle drive up from Northern Kentucky to join us at our meetings.  Here Barbara is working on her blocks from the Sue Daley design, Wellington House which is in her book, New Englich Paper Piecing.  Barbara is combining fussy cutting and beautifully elegant fabrics for a stunning quilt.  Barbara and Michelle have also made up these adorable Tulip baskets, perfect for holding EPP supplies and catching loose threads.  And if that's not enough, I see a Lucy Boston block in progress as well!

Barb is working on Tumbling Blocks made from diamonds.  These may end up in a quilt, or they may be centerpieces.  Barb also makes lots of Quilts of Valor, and hqas never tired of the patriotic fabrics and colors.  Here are some pentarings in patriotic colors, made from 1" pentagons and cut with the stripes running different directions.