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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sunday Stash #10

Here are some recent fabric acquisitions:

Lumina by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman.

Chroma Zones by Paula Nadelstern for Bernartex.

Serenity by Daiwabo for Maywood Studio

The honey comb shape is used for the Lucy Boston pattern using english paper piecing (EPP):

1" honey comb and 1" squares for english paper piecing, along with the 1" honey comb cutting template for fussy cutting.






1 1/2" honey comb and 1 1/2" squares for english paper piecing, along with the 1 1/2" honey comb cutting template for fussy cutting.



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #38 - English Paper Piecing

I've finally finished piecing the 4th block of month 1 of the Round We Go:


And I have started on the month 2 pattern:


I've gotten the center pieced, and some of the rest of the pieces basted for my first block, and I have pieces basted for the additional 3 blocks for October.


Meanwhile, I continue to sew my stash of basted hexagons into hexi flowers. I'm finding I need to fussy cut fabric for the centers, to give contrast and interest to the flowers.

Here are a set of 3 hexi flowers: 1 1/4", 1 1/8", and 1" hexagons.  While a 1/4" doesn't seem like much, when added across the 7 hexagons, it makes a much bigger difference in the size of the finished hexi flower.



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #37

Here is my third block from Sue Daley's Round We Go block of the month for month #1 from WebFabrics.  All English Paper Piecing. I'm new to the round outside curve pieces, a bit more difficult than the hexagons I have been basting these past couple of years.




Here are some 1 1/8" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers.






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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #36

Here is my second block from Sue Daley's Round We Go block of the month. I have to make 2 more for September's block.



Here are some 1 1/8" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers.






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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #35

September 2017 is the first month of the 12 month Sue Daley's Round We Go English Paper Pieces Block of the month. Each month you make 4 blocks. I have subscribed through Webfabrics. Each month you get a seed packet with the papers to make 4 identical blocks, changing out the fabrics.

While I have been sewing hexagons, this is a new challenge with all the different shapes: half hexagons, diamonds, and this outer curve that I'm still trying to figure out.

And here is my first block:



Meanwhile, I continue to sew my vast collection of thread basted hexagons into flowers. I'm still working through my bag of 1 1/8" hexagons, that I based from a batik jelly roll, so I got 40 fabrics and made 6 x 1" hexagons and 6 x 1 1/8" hexagons, along with some 1/2" hexagons - I just couldn't waste the bits of fabric between the large hexagons on the jelly roll!

To celebrate the first day of fall, here are some fall reds.   I've been playing with getting some exciting fabrics for the centers, in some cases from large florals, fancy cutting.



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #34

Here are some 1 1/8" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers. On these, I tried to provide some print that mimics a flower center.






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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #33

Here are some 1 1/8" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers. I've been trying to fussy cut centers from scraps.



Do you fussy cut your fabrics for EPP ?

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #32

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers with some 1/2" EPP flowers.





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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #31

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers
I'm having fun choosing the centers for these hexi flowers.

And here are a couple of more 1 1/4" hexi flowers along with a couple of 1/2" hexi flowers.


To give an indication of scale, here is the entire 1/2" hexi flower covering the center hexagon in a 1 1/4" hexi flower.
This gives me some new design ideas, in layering of the hexagons.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitiching #30

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers




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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #29

Here are four 3/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers with a 1" on the right:

While these look similar in size, these are actually 1 1/4" hexagons.

Instead of taking photographs, this week I tried putting these hexagons on the scanner and taking an 11x17 scan (actually an A3 scan, which is 11.7" x 16.5").

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #28

Here are some 1 1/8" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers. I've mixed batik fabrics on the petals, with regular printed fabric in the center in 5 of the hexagons. Interesting centers make fun hexagon flowers.




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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #27

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers.




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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #26

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers


And with all my practice on hexagons, I thought i would take a look at the La Passacaglia that everyone is talking about.  It uses different shapes than hexagons. And it is very much fussy cutting.

The pieces looked quite small, so I asked the people over at Paper Pieces if they could recommend some pieces for this quilt in a larger size. So these are 1 3/4" 72 degree diamonds, with 1 3/4" 36 degree diamonds.  Getting the clear cutting templates with 3/8" seams allows for the fussy cutting so the pieces are almost identical.


This goes much, much slower than the hexagons that I have been practicing on.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #25

I am trying to take some of the many hexagons that I have basted and put them together into flowers for a future quilt. Given how many I have basted already, I am sure I will have a series of hexagon quilts.

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers in batiks. These were made from jelly rolls, a convenient way to reduce the amount of cutting required. To minimize the wastage in the jelly roll fabric, between each 1" or 1 1/4" hexagon, I use the fabric to make 1/2" or 3/8" hexagons - these I have in containers basted, but I have not made the flowers yet. This enables me to have very little fabric wastage from a jelly roll, and from 1 strip I get 6 - 1" hexi's and 6 - 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" hexi's, along with 10-11 1/2" and 3/8" hexi's.


More 1 1/4" hexi's along with some 3/4" hexi's.


When I sew my hexi's together into flowers, I love to use silk thread.  My favorites are these old silk threads I picked up on EBAY on wooden spools:



top row is Talon silk 100 yds Size A and J. & P. Coats 100 yards Size A. Bottom row is Belding Corticelli in 100 yds, 70 yds, and 50 yds spools, all size A.

below are two spools of Tire silk Clover Japan 100m size 50, along with cone and spool of Superior Threads Kimono Silk #100 - 1090 yds cone and 220 yds spool:






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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching #24

Here are some 1 1/4" English Paper Pieced Hexagon flowers.







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