You may remember that I fell in love with English Paper Piecing hexies last fall and made a mug rug from Diane Gilleland’s EPP pattern. Diane was one of the people who really encouraged me when I started EPP and I was really excited when I found out she had a book coming out this year!
Oh my stars and purple horshoes, THIS BOOK! In case you’re somehow not getting my excitement beamed directly to you through your screen, let me say I am so very happy with Diane’s All Points Patchwork! Diane is an excellent teacher and makes working with different shapes not just look easy, but really knows how to break down the information and steps so that they are easy. When I say “easy”, keep in mind I have managed to accidently sew pieces together in ways no one can figure out. We’re talking “twisting the fabric of spacetime in order to twist your sewing fabric” level mess-ups. Sewing is not intuitive for me and does not come to me easily. Diane could probably get me to sew anything.
The book has project suggestions, but I didn’t feel like it was a book of patterns so much as a book for learning the nuts and bolts of EPP. There’s information to help you decide what size you want your templates to be, which template material would work best for you, how to choose and prepare fabric… none of it telling you what you must do, but covering the pros and cons of the choices you have. If you’ve never done this before, there are even step-by-step photos for how to tie knots in your thread. (The right way, not the “How did that get there and what am I going to do now?!” way. We all know how to do it that way, right?) This book is perfect for someone like me who has no clue where to start, but wants to just learn the techniques and then make their own projects. If I could have asked someone to write an EPP book for me, this is the book I would have asked for.
I’m in the middle of working on using EPP hexies to make a rainbow border for a pillow case. Actually, I will have done a pair of pillow cases by the time I’m finished. David has been helping me with some of this, and I’d like to show you today what we’re doing.
I kind of wish I could get Xzibit to introduce this project. “Yo, dawg! I heard you like hexies, so we put some hexies in your hexies so you can stitch hexies while you’re stitching hexies!” (Pimp My EPP should be a show.) If you’re too young, too old, or too normal to get the reference, here’s the deal… you can sew half hexies around a whole hexie to make a bigger hexie. I basted 12 hexies for this, and David helped me by basting 60 half hexies.
Any time I’m planning a hexie project I print out some hexagon graph paper to draw my plans on. This has been especially helpful for this project. The idea is simple enough, but sometimes you just need the reminder for which piece goes where. I almost started a yellow whole hexie with orange border once and that is not in the plan.
Now, I will admit I have made some bad choices for fabric combinations in the past. Those of you who have been our crafty friends for a while know my favorite color is rainbow. That has led me, more than once, down the path of fabrics that just do not go together. When choosing fabrics for this project, I tried to find an element that would give them all something in common. That’s why they all have some sort of circular motif.
Each hexie’s border was the center of the hexie before. Purple, red, orange, yellow… and it’ll keep going until it comes back to purple in the center with a blue border.
When all the pieces are finished, it’ll be time to stitch them to the pillow case! Well, no… it’ll be time to iron everything. Those little “flags” at the corners will be hidden well after that. Then it’ll be time to take templates out. Then it’ll be time to stitch them to the pillow case! I’ve also planned some simple embroidery. Just a little rainbow running stitch, nothing big or fancy.
If you think you’d like to do EPP but it seems too intimidating, or you can’t imagine doing a whole quilt, I really think you need this book. There are plenty of ways to use EPP in projects that have nothing to do with quilting, and plenty of ways to use quilting techniques in small projects.
Wasn’t there something about a giveaway in the title of this post? Yes! Clover would like to give someone a box of their applique pins, which you’ll find very useful for EPP.
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Please check out other blogs in the hop to see other projects people have been inspired to do with EPP!