14 July 2014

Scrappy English Paper Pieced Stars + Upcoming EPP Summer Series

Carrying on with Americana theme from last week, I thought these scrappy red stars looked quite patriotic sitting on my dining table, don't you think? I've been working on these for a couple of evenings as a change from my other hand sewing WIP's. I happened to come across this Seven Sister's quilt top by Martha, over at Q Is For Quilter blog recently that I instantly fell in love with so I set about copying her exactly! ;-) I'm a big fan of Martha's work; like myself, she has a real passion for antique quilt patterns and fabrics. She makes the most beautiful quilts using traditional templates and true authentic vintage and antique prints, which I adore. Can't go wrong in my book.

I've used the Sewline glue pen method for the last couple of EPP projects I've done, and my gosh it's quick! After cutting the fabrics to use with the 1-1/4" diamond shapes they were all basted in no time at all.This is going to be a table centre or wall hanging using the layout below, adding in some white diamonds to join the stars together. It's so enjoyable to be doing a smaller EPP project, I seem to love taking on giant projects which take forever and a day to complete! 

In other EPP news, I'm in the midst of planning a run of blog posts for a 'Summer Series on English Paper Piecing'. The summer is a great time to play with EPP so I thought I would give a low down covering errything! From a little history, the basics; hexagons, diamonds, finishing EPP projects, patterns and more. Starting possibly 21st July if all goes to plan. Please drop me a comment below if there is anything specific you'd like me to cover and I will add it in ;-)

18 comments:

  1. II love English Paper Piecing so much I'll be looking forward to your upcoming posts...

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  2. A how-to about finishing EPP Projects would be great!

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  3. Your stars are just edible! I'd love to see some vintage EPP patterns. Loooove!

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  4. Love these pretty stars!! xo Heather

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  5. I just started my first EPP project. I'm curious about choosing thread colors when joining two contrasting pieces and about how to achieve tight, closed y-seams (maybe not the correct term.) Looking forward to the series.

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  6. I love EEP!! The upcoming posts sound so fun!

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  7. I love EPP, can't wait for the series. I haven't tried a Sewline pen, but did try using an ordinary glue stick which someone recommended and it took ages to get the papers out afterwards. Do they come out quickly with this pen?

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  8. Such lovely little stars! They are adorable!
    xo Holly

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  9. I just love your stars. I have been a lurker and follow you on Feedly. I love EPP, and cannot wait to see your series. My question, I tack the back of my pieces,I see that some stitch to the front. Is there a difference? Thanks I am looking forward to your posts.

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  10. Wow, I sure do love your red scrappy stars <3 I'd love to see a quilt done only in reds :) I always use freezer paper for my templates, but it does add steps (and time) to the process so I should try your method.
    Smiles, DianeM :)

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  11. Love your red stars! And, I am really excited to see you will have some info on EPP coming up. What I want to know is how to handle the little bit of fabric at the points of the stars. Thanks for continuing to inspire!

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  12. Oooh, these are beautiful and very inspiring - I'm seriously tempted I have to say!

    S x

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  13. Love those reds. I've just finished epp'ing with those diamond shapes. Look forward to your EPP series

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  14. Love your red stars -- those prints are just my style, and it's going to be amazing. I've never tried paper piecing, but you make it look so easy, and your diamonds are perfect. I am so surprised and pleased that I might have had anything to do with inspiring this beautiful project.

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  15. I love the colors of your stars. Made a queen quilt out of scraps in the stars.
    Even got my sister who doesn't sew to do some of the stars. After all it was for her daughter, my niece. It turned out really different looking.

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