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EPP – or English Paper Piecing.  I am working on my 3rd hexagon quilt.  Yes, I know.  After number two I said “no more hexagon quilts”.  I was wrong.

The first one was done about 20 years ago.  Well, it was started about 20 years ago.  I finished it a few years (5?) ago.  It was done with scraps of floral fabrics.  I used freezer paper and enlisted the help of all family members to help me baste the little suckers.  It is hand quilted and lives with my nephew J.

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I really love my 2nd hexagon quilt.  I called it Liberated Hexagon.  It’s made with Japanese taupe fabrics and combines both the traditional EPP technique and improv crumb piecing.  I used card stock for the hexagons on this quilt and a glue stick.  Once pieced together, I appliquéd the hexagons onto the first border (the medium brown).  This one is also hand quilted – but with big stitch quilting.

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I’m currently working on a hexagon quilt based upon the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek and Glorious Hexagon booklet by Liza Prior Lucy and Kim McLean.

These are pieced hexagons that finish at approximately 6 inches.  There is a total of 54 different block patterns.  I added some additional fussy cut blocks and a few tumbler blocks.  Plus, I needed 10 half-hexie blocks to make it rectangular.  Overall, I have about 75 blocks for the centre of my quilt.

I plan to add a narrow border and then a pieced outer border to bring it to 60×80-ish.  Any bigger and it will fall into the BAQ (Big Ass Quilt) category, which I really don’t want to go into.  However, that doesn’t mean that if I find the perfect border fabric that I won’t add an outer border.

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Next post will be the tips and techniques I’ve picked up along the way doing this 3rd EPP quilt.  And full disclosure – I have a 4th one planned.  It isn’t a hexagon pattern though.  I’m not sure what it’s called but it uses the shapes from Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses quilt – a honeycomb block and square.  I’m doing them in 1 & 1/4″.  Yes – I’m bat-shit-crazy.

The colors aren’t quite right on the next 2 pictures.  See the picture above  and the last picture for more true colors).

TIPS blog post will be coming in a couple days.

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I’m back to working on my Voluptuous Woman quilt.  I’ve cleared the decks and plan to devote the next 2 weeks to her.

To quickly recap:  The base is a tablecloth that was given to me by my friend Ms. A.   She thinks it was originally owned by the mother of a neighbor of mine.  I cut the tablecloth into pieces then painted, stencilled, dyed and wrote on it.  Then I resewed the pieces back together.  Next, I added some embroidery.  The dancing women stencils are from StencilGirl (Loose Woman 1, 2 & 3).

The drawing was done by Ms. A’s daughter, B.  I coloured her drawing and then using the technique outlined in the book Pictorial Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Weiner, enlarged the drawing and printed it out to size (about 24″ high).  Then I traced it onto freezer paper and outlined the graduated grey scale sections.  My plan was to use this freezer paper template as my pattern pieces.

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I’ve changed my plan though.  I’m using this template as a guide, but I’m free hand cutting my fabrics.  All those little pieces would have been a pain to cut out and keep organised.  If my way doesn’t work, I can always fall back on doing it as per instructions in Leni’s book.

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These are the 4 fabrics I’m using for shading the body.  Oh, and I used a beige crumb pieced section (left over from “Sushi”) for the base of the body.  The fabric on the left may be used for her hair – it looks ‘curly’ to me.

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Anyway – this is the darkest fabric.  It’s all very rough right now.  I attached Misty Fuze to the back of the fabric so once it looks as I want it to, I’ll lightly press it so it will adhere to the crumb pieced base.  Once I have the base as I want it, I’ll attach the body to the background.  Then I’ll do some kind of raw edge stitching to attach it all.  Potentially even try my hand as some thread painting?  Who knows.

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One step at a time.  Flying by the seat of my pants.  I’m glad to have finally overcome my inertia to move forward on this project.  As my sidebar indicates – fear of sucking holds me back and I’ve been held back on this project for way too long.

I’ll be linking to the AHIQ (Ad Hoch Improv Quilting) gals tomorrow.  Fret Not Yourself and Sew Slowly

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I’ve become a less consistent blogger.  Sometimes I think about not blogging but I guess I’ll just keep plugging along and blogging when I feel like it.

Today I’m doing my AHIQ (Ad Hock Improv Quilt) link-up  (Edit:  I just realised that I’m a week early.  Last month I was late.  Go figure!).  Just a drive-through post of what I’ve been working on.  Some improv and one quite traditional (who knew?).

Voluptuous Woman/Body positivity:  Background is dyed/painted/stenciled/written onto a embroidered linen tablecloth that my friend A gave me.  Voluptuous woman drawing was made by her dear daughter (thanks B!).  I’ve made a pattern using techniques learned from the book Pictorial Art Quilt by Leni Levenson Weiner.  I’m using beige crumb piecing for the body base and then using 3-5 toned fabrics for shading.  I don’t have the shading pieces quite right yet – still searching.  Next step is to trace this pattern onto freezer paper.

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The second improv I’m working on is a challenge by Sherri Lynn Wood’s FB group called 2017Score2.  Our parameters were:

LIMIT 1: Pull orphan blocks, never pieced blocks, or a pieced top (or all 3!) that you just never loved enough to finish. Chop it up, slash it, separate it, reconfigure it, overdye it, etc…manipulate it in any way you like to form the foundation of your new piece.

LIMIT 2: Use any of the fabrics from your scrap bin to develop out the rest of your design. 
Any prints you use should ONLY come from your scraps.

LIMIT 3: You have the option to purchase TWO SOLIDS specifically for this project to help balance it/fill it out. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED — your scrap stash might have plenty of multiple solids to work with — just remember: if its in your scrap bin, then its fair game!
(Solids can be new yardage, thrifted garments, fabric you bartered for…whatever your own definition of “purchase” is!)

LIMIT 4: Utilize contrast “grouting” to join the more randomly shaped, or unevenly sized sections.

 

I’m using some Japanese taupe crumb blocks and slicing/grouting with red and charcoal.  Trying to keep it to my 18×20″ size range.  So far, I like where I’m going with it.  Hope to have more time this weekend to dig into it.

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And here is the traditional work I’ve been doing:  Hexagons.  From The New Hexagon book and Glorious Hexagon booklet.  About 50 done.  50-60 to go.  Nuts, right?  😉  Surprisingly, I am really enjoying doing these.  They are the perfect project for travel.  Perfect for sitting in front of TV.  Perfect for sitting in the front room gazing out the window at the cows munching in the paddock.  I’m even considering starting another EPP (English Paper Piecing) project when this one is finished – perhaps Lucy and the Crosses?

A local quilt shop has come up with a new EPP product that I will be doing a blog post on soon.  I’ve been playing with her product this week and think it’s really slick.  Stay tuned for details!

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