A new summer quilt-along group has started up, by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) and Gayle (Gayle Brindley's Blog).
The idea is to get familiar again with the age old patchworking technique called English Paper Piecing (EPP).
EPP is hand sewing pieces of fabric over paper shapes (e.g. diamond, square, triangle, hexagon etc.), then hand sewing the shapes together before finally removing the paper inserts.
I have fond memories of paper piecing when I first started my City and Guilds Textile & Design course. EPP was the very first thing we did.
|Early works! My college samples - hexies|
|Scallops - my least favourite!|
I discovered a joy in hand sewing that I didn't know existed.
It's lovely to be re-inspired by this traditional technique, especially with all the wonderful new designs and fabrics that are around at the mo.
And this is the perfect project to pack away and take on holiday - compact, quick, easy, transportable, perfect!
The Hex-a-long will focus on paper piecing hexagons and this is the inspiration quilt that started it:
|“Candied Hexagons” by Liz from Broderie|
Check out the flickr group for more stunning projects & ideas and then join the Lily's Quilts group.
See you there!