Sunday Stash…

I have no idea what I have done with this week apart from work and sleep. It’s not been a great one for me sewing wise with being constantly wiped out!

But.. look what has arrived this week!!

P1110075Over the summer I pattern tested for Elizabeth from Oh Fransson those cute hedgies and this week the most amazing thank you gift arrived! Printed patterns and a Kona Charm Pack. My hedgies are almost quilted… I’m still at the stage of deciding to live with what I’ve done or rip it all out and start again (the quilting that is!)

P1110076I also couldn’t resist these two bundles of vintagey goodness from Mary. Don’t they play well together? Hopefully… some point soon this will actually be a quilt for moi.

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Sneaky peek of what I am currently working on and hoping to link up with Le Challenge in time for this month…. Guess I better get back to it! And finally watching some more eps of the last season of Fringe whilst I’m at it.

How is everyone’s sunday stitching plans going? Linking up with Molli Sparkles…

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Hannah.x

July Bees!

This month I’m Queen in two online quilting bees which basically means that I choose a theme/design and each individual in the bee does their own interpretation of it and sends it to me 🙂

First up the I Love Lucy Bee.. it wasn’t hard to pick my theme this month combining epp with 30s repros is a given right?

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Then there’s the UK Fat Stash Bee where you send each bee member a FQ worth of fabric and they mix n match from their own stash. Here is what I sent…. altho the kitties do change colour as does the polka and the other smaller pieces.

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Here’s what I’ve chosen… either a granny square with kitty in the middle or a patchwork cat block. My cat mad friend birthday is in a few months so thought this might be apt 🙂

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Can’t wait to see what I get back! Now on to some projects…

Hannah.x

 

 

MMSC- Almost a Snail’s Pace…

Oh dear… not much progress at all since I last checked in. Hopefully by admitting it will give me some oomph to get going!

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My 30s repro lap quilt.. this is all stitched so far and a few diamonds basted but a load more repros have made it into my stash since so need to cut and baste… This is a pet project so keeps being put back..

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Another pet project… which I’m trying not to share til I finish it… but all I need to do is the border.. see that cutesy flower print yup a lot of hexies, half hexies and partial hexies to go on then then its done. I’m thinking of hand quilting this one too. It’s intended to be a nursery wallhanging…

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This a more recent one… is an prototype to a pattern idea I have now once i finished adding those two diamonds do i applique or epp the rest!

Decisions… decisions.. and I can tell you not much sewing again today! Yesterday I managed to watch a massive 7 episodes of Grimm over mums and be catching up on a few more today.

Linking up with Monday Morning Star Count over at Life Under Quilts.

Hannah.x

 

Monday Morning Star Count

I might slightly be addicted to EPP and have so many projects on the go I thought I would start getting involved with the MMSC tally each week in an attempt to concentrate some of my efforts on a project I really love. My 30s repros diamond star lap quilt.

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At the moment it stands at six completed with fillers and 5 stars. Eek a long way to go yet…

Have some exciting new things to share with you soon! Happy Stitching.

Hannah.x

Finish Along 2014- Quarter One

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Busy week! But sneaking in quickly to show you my goals for the FAL 2014 Q1. Yup I do have more things that need finishing that I haven’t already mentioned or committed elsewhere.. oh dear.

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First up these random piles of squares and HSTs. I do have a plan! Pink/Red/Purple heart with a LV background scrappy style. Done a mini quilt in this so intending to do a cushion, another mini quilt and a hoop project.

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Really need to get this finished and gifted. EPP diamonds ready to be appliqued and turned into a bag!

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One of my random block urges last year- this will turn into a concealed zip tote perfect for me cart my sewing stuff to and fro from work 😉

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EPP Spring Carnival- some of my Bee Europa kindly helped out with the block and thanks to Kerry of Pennydog for helping to fill out my Heaven and Helsinki stash. This will be a wallhanging for me… eventually.

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The pink fabric and Colette Ginger Skirt pattern… well I’ve had a while even the invisible zip. Going to make a skirt and a top for me with these.

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Another thing for me.. my octagon flower humongous block with some FW blocks that my fellow Bee Europa kindly with.

P1100445Last but not least.. one of my obsessions! Had intended to get this done over Christmas break.. but time disappeared.

Seriously… think I love starting things to much so hopefully all of this will give me extra motivation to finish!

What are you working on?

Hannah.x

A few more “me” goals

Wow can hardly believe it’s the 4th already?! Was back to work this week and slowly getting into a routine- the week or so off has given me some time to slow down and ponder.

My last post I set myself some sewing related goals. I love sewing but sometimes I do take on a bit too much and get stressed out combining work, family, social bits and creative needs. Definitely the last 6 -12 months I seem to jump from one virus to another!

With that in mind I am going to try and behave this year- try not to take on too many commitments and give myself back some time to just slow down and breathe. My day job is pretty busy at the best of times.

  • Means more EPP (love the meditative nature)
  • Actually pick up a book or three once in a while- I used to be such a bookworm and would get through several a week now I’m lucky to get through one every few months
  • Spend more time creating for me.
  • Take more time to bake

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I did finish last week the EPP section of a bag for my sister- bigger than what was in my head so pondering on what to do next. It’s hubbies birthday tomorrow so doubt I’ll get very far on it this weekend!

I’ve also started sorting out some destash-  a few 100% cottons, polycottons and home decor fabrics and maybe some other craft related goodness so keep an eye out here or over on Instagram this weekend.

Hannah.x

 

 

 

Finally.. some rest!

I hope everyone has had a lovely christmas and a bit of a break? Today is the first day I feel that I can start to rest as work has been chaos and finishing off some presents (even on Christmas day!).

Unfortunately I forgot to take some photos but this week alone when I was not at work made 3 divided baskets and two sprocket cushions. Then Christmas Eve after work decided to start a little bit of epp towards another present for my sister… Sneaky peek… it won’t be finish for a day or so but she doesn’t mind 🙂

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Here’s my lovely presents I received- I’m a massive scifi/fantasy person so these boxsets went down a treat and perfect to sit and epp to when it’s dark and cold. The seal pup kit am majorly excited about doing and love the FQ stack my brother got me (his partner has good taste).

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I also received my Popular Patchwork Secret Santa which was a little disappointing to be honest as the brief was to make a gift and all I got was the following. I quite like the purple flowers tho and yet to hear back whether my recipient liked her gifts that I made.

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I also had my first treat from the Blossom Heart Quilt shop- love these and not quite sure what to do with them yet….

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I’ve also cut into this pile of beauties for a diamond epp project that will be starting (yes starting when I have a zillion other things to finish!) but I love the 30s inspired prints and hopefully this will work… into a mini wallhanging for my sewing space 🙂

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Has anyone given into fabric sales yet? I’m still holding out…

Hannah.x

Some EPP Basics..

So.. I meant to post this already but some family stuff occured and running behind!

This is not meant to be an A to Z of EPP but some basics to get you started. I’m not advocating it to be the best way- just the way I found that I prefer. The main thing is for you to experiment and find something that you are comfortable with and enjoy.

What is EPP I hear? EPP or English Paper Piecing is a form of handsewn patchwork where fabric is wrapped around paper/card shapes then stitched together to create a loving delicate piece.

Some of my fellow Bee Europa are kindly helping me out with a long term pet project of this block! It’s Spring Carnival by Katy Jones (you can find more details and templates for it here from her blog Monkey Do).

Finished BlockI loved this block since I saw it and knew it be perfect for my slow growing collection of Heaven and Helsinki fabric (if anyone has any scraps of this left please send them my way 😉 happy to swap!). I’ve decided to cut into my precious Rain Basics to team with it. Fellow Bee Europa- hope you enjoy this block- I’m a sucker for symmetry you might have noticed!

Basics Kit

This is generally my travel kit (minus the book) a little tub complete with templates, fabrics, clover clip, basting thread, neutral thread, scissors and different types of needles! I know I really need find the time create a mini travel kit for me but for now this will do!

Have you come across the book Quilting on the Go yet? It’s full of inspirational designs (more on that another time).

So now onto basting…  Depending on my mood I tend to baste in two ways. You can also use Sewline Glue Pen to baste the shapes to the fabric.

Method One: Just in the Seam Allowance

Square Prep Epp  I might have been overgenerous with some of my seam allowances but generally you’ll need approx 1/4″ all around.

I found that using a Clover Clip helps me to keep it in place but you can use paperclips, hair clips or anything. To start with fold your first corner over and press keeping the fabric smooth, place a clip to hold the place and move on to the next corner.

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Do a couple of back stitches to secure the first corner then work your way around the piece smoothing the fabric as you go being careful not to go through the template but sticking within the seam allowance.

Method Two: Basting with the template

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Similar to method one but instead of using just within the seam allowance baste through the template as you work round.

There are pros and cons to both methods, the first method means your template is easier to remove and more reusable. The second method I found is more secure and stable.

Attaching The Pieces:

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Place your pieces together carefully aligning them- I use a clip again to hold it into place. To start I do a couple stitches in the seam allowance working my way up to the edge

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There are a few ways to attach the pieces together but a whip stitch is the most common- even though the stitches will be visible slightly it will be more durable. Work your way across the edge catching the very end of the fabric. There is usually a debate about how many stitches per inch but go with what’s comfortable the range that’s usually done is between 12 to 25.

Whipstitching (1)When you are done it should look something like this! For this pattern you can either attach the triangle to one side of the square before attaching to the hexagon.

Hope that’s of some use! And that some of you will delve for EPP now- there will be some kits coming into my shop soon (or send me a message if you can’t wait). Feel free to contact me if you need help or want to know more.

Happy Stitching.

Hannah.x

Tutorial: Block Pattern

Finally… it’s up! My interpretation of a Farmer’s Wife Block Pattern I saw over in the Flickr group- I’ve played around with the sizes to bring it up to a 12.5″ finished block.

This is the block I have chosen for my fellow Bee Europa to create for me and I also hope that some of you taking part in the Come Quilt With Me series will find it interesting too!

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I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did! I’ve tried to keep my method as simple as possible but if you aren’t sure about some of the construction methods there are links to previous tutorials.

Basics:

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Based on the above the sizes are:

Cream:

  • 4 x 3″ x 5.5″
  • 4 x 3.5″ square
  • 4 x 3″ square

Yellow Centre: 3″ square

Green: 4 x 3.5″ square

Pink: 4 x 3.5″ square

Steps:

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First you will need to create the half square triangles (HSTS). If you are not sure please see this post on how to do it.

With two squares you will get two HSTs. Using the 3.5″ squares pair the following:

  • Green with Pink (two pairings)
  • Green with Cream (two pairings)
  • Pink with Cream (two pairings)

When you trim your squares down to size trim to 3″ square.

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When you are done you should have a nice collection! It’s time to arrange the layout. Each “petal” of the block is essentially the same, it is just arranged differently around the centre.

Take one of each type of HST previously created and a 3″ cream square- arrange as above. You will need to create four of these. To achieve a decent point I found nested seams the best method (details here).

Layout

Next you will need to construct three rows:

  • 1 of center 3″ square joined on either side by a 3 x 5.5″ cream piecce
  • 2 of petals with a cream 3 x 5.5″ piece in the middle

Take care when arranging your petals to ensure it is in the correct place. Once your rows are done you can turn it into a block! Again if you nested seams it will help with your points.

FinishOctagon Flower Center QuiltHow was that? In case you are wondering what my plans are for this quilt is to have all these flower blocks surrounding my huge 22″ Octagon Flower block.

Heaven and Helsinki Rain Fabric

Some kind souls in Bee Europa are helping me out with a longterm pet project of mine. An EPP wallhanging using Rain Basics and Heaven and Helsinki. Aren’t they gorgeous? Tomorrow I’ll go through the basics of EPP and the block I’ve chosen.

Bee Europa Fabric PacksBut for now… happy stitching and hopefully all of the above packs will have reached their destinations 🙂

Hannah.x

On my desk tonight..

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Can definitely feel the onset of longer dreary days this week. Its dark, misty and wet! Not to mention since sunday I’ve been fighting off a nasty cold which has left me wooly headed and drained!

Enough about that though… the quilt along posts will start appearing over the weekend whilst I try get back to normal! In the meantime keeping my sanity with a couple of little projects a crochet fox purse and some english paper piecing patchwork. Can you see whats under the ball of wool? It’s going to look so pretty!

So… the first person who guesses correctly what that peek of fabric pieces is going to be turned into  not only you feel superior at being first! But I’ll send a bunch of scraps and a hexie pack for you to play. Gotta have some fun right?

Hannah.x