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An English Paper Piecing Experiment

The last thing I need is a new project, but I just couldn't resist! My friend Jessica sent me a photo of an English paper pieced quilt where the hexagons were made of triangles. I immediately fell in love with the idea and had to try it right away. The photo used solid fabrics, but I wanted to use prints, I have so many scraps from the hexagon quilt I'm making. I don't love basting the triangles as much. I'm not sure if it's because of the size (each side is 3") but I was having trouble keeping the edges tight enough when I was basting them. I am extremely happy ... Read More

April TSNEM – Foundation Paper Piecing

Foundation paper piecing has been on my to do list for months and months but I have been really nervous to try it. I've looked at guides and I just could not wrap my head around how it worked. I also kept dragging my feet on choosing a pattern, there are so many options out there. Carina has recently been making these awesome, brightly colored paper pieced geese so I decided that would be a good place to start. I bought the Goosed Up pattern from Jeliquilts and immediately started panicking. The pattern looks so unbelievably complicated and I still couldn't make ... Read More

English Paper Pieced Candy Corn Pattern!

So this is going to be an early Free Pattern Friday, and it's a different kind of pattern! Instead of a cross stitch pattern, I made my first ever English paper piecing pattern. I'm posting it today instead of Friday because tomorrow will be the big link up of all the awesome Halloween projects that everyone made! Alicia from Felt With Love Designs organized a Halloween crafty tutorial link up. I did a Christmas one last year and a flower one this last spring so I was excited to take part. I am usually so bad about making projects based on a holiday or season, ... Read More

A Little English Paper Pieced Flower

I had an idea in my head that I wanted to try out. I have been making so many English paper pieces hexagons, I wanted to try out another shape. And not just any shape, I wanted to try a custom shape. I thought a geometric tulip would be fun, and after my tulip plush I've had spring on my mind! I drew the shape out on paper and then made a template in Illustrator to get more crisp shapes. Generally I'm pretty pleased at my first attempt. I made a rookie mistake of making it way too small though. I thought it would be quicker to whip up a little flower, but the ... Read More


I've always been a serial project starter, but unfortunately that doesn't mean I finish at the same rate. In an attempt to work through my UFO pile, I started a challenge over at the Boulder MQG. This is an ongoing series of posts with different prompts and activities to work through your UFO pile, starting with listing out all your projects. I separated my list into different categories. SMALL PROJECTS Sashiko Tote I made the rainbow sashiko project as part of Try Something New Every Month and I've long intended on turning it into a tote bag. It's a very easy ... Read More

Tutorial – How to Make EPP Hexagons

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk*) English paper piecing has become my favorite on the go craft. It's perfect because it's portable and can easily be picked up and put down (which is key for me trying to stitch with small children around). I always have a pouch full of hexagons in my bag that I can stitch at the library or if I end up stuck in the car with a sleeping toddler. Hexagons are my favorite shape for EPP and I think it's a great one for getting started. Here is a quick tutorial on how to baste and join them. ... Read More

Dream Big Blog Hop – A Hexie Pencil Case

I love English paper piecing and foundation paper piecing for a lot of the same reasons. The both allow you to make really precise shapes without needing to do precision cutting or measuring. Susi from Tiny Toffee Designs has combined the two by making these amazingly adorable little foundation paper pieces that are meant to be turned into 1" EPP hexies. This pencil pattern is part of the Dream Big series. As soon as I saw the pencil I knew I needed to make a rainbow of them. I made the pencil case about 8" wide and 3.5" tall, it perfectly fits pencils. ... Read More

Save the UFOs – February

Last month I posted my UFO list with the goal of finishing some projects. I was feeling really daunted because the list was so long and so many of them seemed so far from completion. But I have some good news, I managed to cross THREE things off the list this month and I'm really close to another! I've been itching to start a new English paper piecing project but despite being a member of Project Starters Anonymous, I had to put my foot down on that one. I told myself I wouldn't start a new English paper piecing project until I finished the two Ferris wheel ... Read More