EPP addiction

It’s been very strange in our household with hubby home recovering from his motorbike accident. All our usual routines have flown out the window and my sewing related to-do list is getting ever longer. I should be busting a gut getting patterns written up but I’ve mainly been distracted by EPP. I couldn’t wait to finish my second Tessellated madness project. Sticking to a more structured fabric layout meant this went together much more quickly than the totally random placement of the original.

Such a summery palette. I found the perfect thread to quilt with in the shape of a yellow variegated Aurifil thread from one of Tula Pink’s collections.

I didn’t want anything too striking to detract from the gorgeous fabrics so this thread was perfect. It melted into the background but added fantastic texture.

It’s a cushion now and has gone to live with Yvonne. This next photo made me smile and perfectly sums up what Yvonne was saying about our tastes yesterday! Non-identical twins πŸ˜‰

Having finished this project I fully intended to get on with another WIP but I couldn’t resist playing with TouchDraw again. The result of my playing was another new EPP block which I’m calling “Cartwheels” for now. I pulled a rather yummy selection of fabrics from my usual favourite designers, Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink and Denyse Schmidt…

….then set to work on the block. I’m pretty much in love with this! There are more progress photos over on Instagram. It’s quite a big block as this measures up around 11″.

It’s not going to be long before I can show you the finished article, it’s very addictive! The perfect evening hand sewing project for hiding behind when England are playing in the World Cup!
In other news, I have decided to part with my Ice-cream Dreams quilt and so it now resides in our Etsy Shop.

Catch you soon x

Tessellated madness

My hopes for a less stressful week were denied as it turns out that hubby managed to break a couple of ribs and bruise his lung during his motorbike spill last week. After much to-ing and fro-ing to Drs and the hospital he is now more comfortable and, all being well, on the road to recovery! My deadline sewing projects have been screaming at me from the cutting table but I’ve had to ignore them as I was too tired to concentrate and couldn’t risk bodging them. I couldn’t go all week without sewing though so I cracked on with my Tessellated Madness epp project. Yesterday I squared it up and quilted it with a zingy green Aurifil thread with my usual crazy straight lines.

Here’s a close-up of the quilting:

Then it was a quick job to turn it into a cushion because I clearly don’t have nearly enough of those πŸ˜‰

I used the most awesome print by Anna Maria Horner for the backing fabric along with a flash of solid to conceal the zip!

For someone who has always detested hand sewing I have done plenty of it this past year! Just look at this little lot:

Spring Carnival, Diamonds, kites and stars, Hexiestars and Tessellated Madness

It’s official I am that crazy patchwork lady! I absolutely love that riot of colour πŸ™‚ Now that I’ve finished this Tessellated Madness cushion I’m slightly miffed that you can’t really see the tessellated design very clearly. So what does any sane person do in this instance?… they start another one of course! I pulled this fabric stack last night with the intention of piecing a more subtle version. There are some of my favourite vintage style prints here in the form of Dream On by Urban Chiks, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey, Lecien dots and the ever lovely Kei florals that I got from Polkadotteafabrics. Here’s my progress so far:

I’m hoping that the tessellated design will be easier to spot now that I’m using prints consistently throughout the block instead of being scraptastic!

Edited to add: Pre-cut paper piece kits will be available for this design in September 2017. You can refer to this post for basic visual guidance if you get stuck. As usual if you make anything with these templates I’d love to see your version! Please use #tessellatedmadness on Instagram or add a picture to our flickr group. Alternatively feel free to email me a photo πŸ™‚ Catch you soon x

What a week!

There has been plenty of time to catch up on blog reading and crappy TV this week due to enforced bed rest, again (stomach bug, nothing serious)! I should have been chained to the sewing machine or pattern writing but instead, in between nana naps, I got on with a new EPP project. Since discovering glue basting the whole EPP thing really appeals to me in a way that it didn’t before. As you know I’m fairly limited on the patience front, so the ability to crack on with sewing blocks together without spending hours tacking through shapes only to have to spend yet more hours unpicking everything is liberating! After finishing up my Hexiestars cushion I needed a fun new EPP project, so I drew up a plan on TouchDraw. I love tessellating shapes and wanted something a bit more testing than triangles and hexagons this time so I’ve used hexagons, pentagons and an octagon. I dragged out a pile of super bright solids and some of my favourite scraps and set to work on the first block. (Disclaimer: This picture is actually the second block because I forgot to take a picture of the first one with my camera, you can find the original block on Instagram.)

I’ve called it Tessellated Madness…because the line drawing in TouchDraw looked crazily complicated. This block actually goes together very quickly and I’m quite enjoying the process. The interlocking block that joins multiples of this block together is even quicker as there are only five pieces to it. I forgot to take a picture of it on its own but I’m sure you’ll be able to work it which bits belong where, the green central block has 4 pentagons attached to it πŸ™‚
Β Very straightforward really…

…they fit together with a little help from a tiny diamond where you see the white gap in the centre of those four hexies.

Like so…

Within very little time I’m at this stage:

I just need to fill in the gaps around the outside now πŸ™‚ Not such a bad week up until this point if you disregard the stomach bug, then yesterday hubby and his motorbike parted company on a bend in the road! I’ll cut a long story short to say that he’s been exceptionally lucky to walk away with minor, albeit painful, injuries. He spared me the telephone call and the visit from the police and somehow managed to ride home. Needless to say it was a bit of a shock all round but we’re very grateful that it wasn’t more serious!

Today, I gave hubby a break from my constant nagging about painkillers and sat at the sewing machine for the first time in a while. I finally turned the Nellie’s Knots top into a cushion for Catrin

…and the mini Nellie’s Knots into a little something for Sarah. Thanks ladies for being so patient!

I’m hoping for a much more pleasant week this week as I have many deadlines approaching which require serious attention. I could definitely do without any more stressful distractions! Catch you soon x