About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

English Paper Piecing




The quilting bug has definitely bitten and while looking through a Craft Stylish email I came across this tutorial for English Paper Piecing. I have always loved these hexagon blocks and was admiring Tine's work in a recent post. I didn't realize they were sewn by hand. Well, I decided to try making a few and was immediately addicted! LOL Whenever I have a few moments I whip up a couple more hexagons. I find it so relaxing, and doing a few here and there, they really start adding up. I obviously havn't really planned anything, I really just enjoyed playing with different leftover fabrics. I did decide yesterday to make some with my quilt fabric. I think I am going to use them for some pillows. Here is a great website with tips for sewing the different shapes used in English paper piecing. I was having a little trouble with the diamond shapes, I couldn't figure out how to do the sharp points. This website shows you step by step. Also, this is mentioned in the tutorial, but I thought I would mention it here too. This website is great for generating your shapes for printing. It also prints graph paper, which I find very useful when planning out my quilts. You can determine what size you want, it's great!



9 comments:

randi said...

I wish I was patient enough to do something like this! The old-fashioned grandma's flower garden quilts are my favorites!

Marie said...

Wow, looks so complicated, but then again, I know nothing about quitling. Do you have plans for these?

How have you been by the way?

Kelci said...

Wow! That's all I can say:)

HomeJewel said...

That is so fun. It has been a while since I've done EPP. It's a nice portable craft, too.

Tine said...

YAY! The are so fun to make, I agree :-) I am thinking of making a pillowcase... The fabrics you use are gorgeous!!

beki said...

Oh wow, that looks so wonderful! I'm tempted to give it a try, but I already have enough on my plate...

thriftymrs said...

I love those fabrics, so bright and cheerful. I may well give this a try.

harts4Him said...

English Paper Piecing?!? What next? You are so talented! I enjoy seeing your beautiful creations! A quilt would be stunning with these pieces, but so would a bag or wall hanging. You blow me away!! Keep sharing and inspiring!
Hugs!
Vanessa

My Inspired Heart said...

Oh Fun....all I need now is another addicting craft to fit in my afternoons, lol! But...I think I'm gonna have to look into this one...especially for pillows! Fantastic idea and how great for holiday gifts!