For some reason I feel the urge for English Paper Piecing and decided to chop up a charm pack. I think this is Gypsy Girl from Moda.
I have enough projects I need to be working on right now:
- Block Rockn’ Blocks needs to be sewn
- Lucky Stars Block of the Month
- Sugar Block Club (which I haven’t even started)
- 4×5 Modern Bee Hive blocks due soon – Eeek!
- Had planned to make a block a week for The Farmers Wife Pony Club
- Fabrics are purchased and just waiting to be cut up for a Kaleidoscope quilt
So what am I working on? A new project. So much for my “2 projects at a time” resolution. But aren’t the little hexagons cute?
I have a dozen or so charm packs floating around and wanted to use one, but I didn’t want large hexies. Playing around in Illustrator I made a template to the size of my liking. They are perfect sized hexagons for 2.5″ fabrics. Just take a charm pack and cut it in half, then in half again. You’ll have 168 squares. OR use a Moda Candy pack – they are precut to 2.5″ squares. Perfect!
Download the Charm Pack Hexagon PDF Template. You’ll be able to make 4 hexies per charm.
How do you baste and make your EPP’s? Everything I know I learned off YouTube videos (really), so I don’t even know if this is the correct way. I like that I don’t have to undo the basting thread – I can just leave it attached since the thread doesn’t pierce through the front. One less step, whether it’s right or not!
I also found another use for the Clover Wonder Clips. These things are so awesome. Rather than pinning my paper to keep it from slipping, I just clip a corner and go. Saves me a lot of time pinning. Well, seconds – but it sure seems a lot easier. AND the clip holds together my papers when I store them.
After I started making a couple of hexagons I realized my Triple Zip Pouch is perfect storage for an English Paper Piecing kit! I can also throw it in my purse and everything stays fairly organized.
For some reason I have scatterbrain lately. I didn’t like my current needle book for my EPP kit, it seemed too large and didn’t fit right in my little pouch. So, I got side tracked again and made a 2″ hard back needle book. It’s perfect for what I need.
How do you EPP? Any tips for me? How in the heck do people make full size quilts like this? I’m about a quarter of the way done and I worked on it a LOT this weekend.