Monday, October 21, 2013

What I've Learned About English Paper Piecing

Guess what ?  Remember this project? 
All Ready to Go n Sew!

I've blogged about this little project half a dozen times in the last couple of years... It was my first try at 6 Point Diamond paper piecing... and I instantly fell in love... 

Diamonds n Stars

WeIl.... I finished it! I am now the proud owner of a cute little {right around 36" square} English Paper Pieced 6 Point Diamond Star Baby Quilt!  99.9% sewn by hand! 

{I sewed the binding onto the front of the quilt with my machine and hand stitched it to the back}

EPP Baby Quilt

I made a ton of progress on this project during our summer vacation this year... { A TON} LOL...

EPP Baby Quilt

I thought I'd share a few things I've learned on my English Paper Piecing journey... This isn't the first English Paper Piecing project I've started.  There is my Grandma's Flower Garden project that is sitting in the back recesses of my closet {ugh} and THIS little 6 point diamond number that is almost finished. {phew} 

EPP Baby Quilt

What I've Learned About English Paper Piecing

1. I like to be busy.  I love handwork.  So when I am traveling, or sitting by the lake watching the husband fish, or spending time on the sofa with the husband watching T.V.   I must keep my hands moving... In comes English Paper Piecing... It's perfect! A match made in heaven. The little hexagons and diamonds go together so quickly, and there's something about them all stacked together and the visions of the possibilities are endless. 

2.  I also get bored easily. I have discovered that I should probably keep my English Paper Piecing projects on the smaller side.  Did I mention I get bored easily? Although I love the outcome of this quilt. I was so sick of these fabrics after sewing with them for almost 2 years. I was ready to be done about 1/2 way through. 

3.  Being organized is KEY. I am extremely happy with the fishing tackle box organization I set up for myself. It worked out perfectly. I would highly recommend it. 
Getting Organized


4.  Using precut/packaged paper pieces is the way to go! Undoubtedly... the only way to go.  Makes life so much easier. 




5.  Punching Holes in the middle of your paper pieces is a HUGE time saver in the end. So easy to pop out those paper pieces with a crochet hook, or the tips of blunt scissors. 

Basting

6.  Basting on the back is also a HUGE time saver.  {and the little hexies and diamonds look so pretty while you're making them... Much cuter than all those little threads in the way. 

7.  I think my sewing / quilting ancestors would have a good chuckle over my hand sewing.  Let's just say it's not my strong point in my crafty sewing endeavors... 

EPP Baby Quilt

8.  My hand quilting is a tiny bit embarrassing too.  I think it's my lack of patience. But... there is definitely a really awesome feeling of accomplishment after having sewn a whole quilt by hand and quilting it by hand too!  This quilt is going to stay here at Nana and Papa's house and I'm totally OK with uneven stitches... 

EPP Baby Quilt

9.  It was super fun to use up some of the smaller bits and pieces from my scrap stash. And I've already had fun looking at some of the fabrics and remembering the other projects they were used in.  I also highly recommend taking your hand sewing with you on your travels. Such fun memories are sewn into this quilt! 

EPP Baby Quilt

10.  If you love hand sewing. If you're looking for something new and fun to try... I would definitely recommend that you give English Paper Piecing a try! 

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Happy Sewing !!! ooxx`jodi

28 comments:

Maevy said...

Gorgeous quilt, I love it. I too am addicted to paper piecing, but I have not yet tackled anything as big as a quilt. Thanks for sharing your tips. I had never thought about punching a hole in the paper pieces, but I sure will try it next time. Taking those papers out is the only thing I don't like about paper piecing! - Sylvie

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love your quilt! I have a hexie EPP project I'm working on, it's a small blanket for my grandson. What a clever tip about punching a hole in the paper so it's easy to remove! I'm going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing, awesome job!

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Rebeckah Austin said...

Adorable! I love it!

...I am Nora..... said...

Utterly Beautiful!!

I love paper piecing tiny hexies and plan to make a heat pad cover and a tiny pouch for hair nets and pins to help with finding them when I'm in a rush to get my hair up for ballet!

And where do I piece...at my daughters ballet class! :D xx

Kay said...

Gorgeous!!! I love EPP and have happily been making hexagons for about 2 years. I have made several bags and am now doing my first quilt. I do love your design and might see a 'need' to make one too. The white really makes the design pop.

Teresa Silva said...

Wow...that's pretty and a lot of work. Awesome job!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I am so in love with this quilt! I also must be doing something, I just cannot sit! This is now on my to do list. May I ask is there a pattern? and what angle diamonds did you use? I have some flower sugar fabric that sooo needs to become this quilt!

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Jodi. Your little quilt is so gorgeous! I really love the way it turned out. Do you mind saying how big your diamond is and what degree it is? It doesn't look like a 45 degree but it is a little hard to tell just looking at it. Your handwork is really nice and I enjoy seeing the progress you make on each quilt. Thank you for sharing.

Lee D said...

The quilt is so beautiful. It will always have a special place in your heart because it is hand done. I am like you and always have to be busy. I have been working on a hexie GFG for a few years now. I really do need to get back to it too.

Jessica Kovach said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on a beautiful finish!!

Michelle Jensen said...

You know I love seeing this quilt!! I have a machine-in-progress version of this quilt and it has been tucked away for more than a year... so embarrassing. But you have definitely inspired me to get that little bugger out :) I love the colors you chose and the hand quilting looks amazing so great job on that too :)!!

Sherri McConnell said...

It's so beautiful! What an inspiring quilt!

pandchintz said...

I've just jumped onto the band wagon!! Your quilt is lovely - a real sweetie!

Motherdragon's Musings said...

Oh Jodi your work is beautiful, the colours all come together so nicely. I looked on your blog st grandmother's flower garden, it is gorgeous as well.
I am currently (well it is in the back burner at present) cutting out hexies, but was going to make it all different, now as rethinking and may make it into grandmother's flower garden, something to contemplate.

Helen L said...

what a fantastic quilt!! I've pinned it and am going to use it for inspiration for one for myself someday (soon, I hope!!) I'd love to see what progress you've made on the other EPP quilt that you shared with us before! :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Lesley said...

Your quilt is precious! Certainly a quilt with lots of memories. I enjoyed learning what you learned while making it! Congrats on a wonderful finish!

ria vogelzang said...

Wow, woW, WOW!!! I absolutely LOVE this quilt!
Love the colours and the Eglish Paper Piecing!
I also work on hexies and those little diamonds! They are so much fun!!
Greetz, Ria. (the Netherlands)

LindaB said...

This is the sweetest quilt! You are my quilting inspiration, and I see this in my future. I also can't sit still! Thank you for sharing.

Carla said...

English paper piecing is how I learned to quilt : ) I haven't stopped in 13 years. I take them everywhere. Your quilt is beautiful! Good for you for hand quilting it. It's a treasure. I just finished piecing a baby quilt of letters using this method.

Plum Cox said...

Beautiful - what a cute quilt! Love the tip about punching a hole in the templates!

Michelle said...

That is absolutely adorable! Is it intended for a baby in your life, or is it just for you?

KMSC said...

I love your quilt! Thanks for the insight into EPP. I tried it with a small project years ago and would like to try it again. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandy said...

Is there a pattern for this? I have done hexies, but never the diamonds. I'm wondering what happens to the two end points that have the fabric sticking out. This is gorgeous, by the way!

Wendy said...

I love epp...like you said it is so portable. I have three projects that I am working on. One is a king size diamond star done scrappy, a grandmothers flower garden that is scrappy and a modern flower garden done with larger hexagons. I change up so that I am not bored. Your little quilt is very lovely. Congrats on a great finish.

luckymom said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt. As usual I love you fabric choices. I have always wanted to make a quilt like this. Beautiful job.

Bari Jo said...

hi there! I noticed your cute Pleasant Home tag sewn into the binding of your quilt - can you tell us where to get tags made like that? My sister and I would like to order some for the things we make. Thanks so much!
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Abby said...

This is so cute! I love how it turned out!!!!

Claudia said...

I admire anyone who makes a quilt using paper piecing. My sister-in-law is always working on little hexagons, and I can't wait to see her finished quilt. I think I might just have enough desire to make a mini quilt or add a few hexagon flowers to a zippered pouch, but I can see that the boredom factor would be a problem for me as well. Thanks for sharing.

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