When I started this blog it was meant as a place to showcase my cross stitches, but over the last year and a half it’s really evolved. I feel like my tagline “modern cross stitcheries” has become out of date because I have been doing so much more. I have been doing a lot of embroidery and this year I started my enormous, ongoing English paper pieced hexagon quilt.
Jen from Lovely Messes asked me to take part in her Creativity Expressed blog series and talk about my hexagons. It’s been an interesting process for me. I have always wanted to make a quilt but I don’t have a permanent place for my sewing machine. Having to take it out every time I want to sew severely limits my work time. So I was extremely interested in the idea of English paper piecing, or EPP. For EPP, fabric is attached around a piece of paper to hold the shape. The different pieces are then attached together and the paper is removed. There are tons of shape possibilities, but I’ve been drawn to hexagons.
My favorite thing about EPP is the portability. I keep a pouch full of hexagons that need to be basted so I can work on it in the car or any spare moment I have. It’s a slow process but very meditative to work on. It’s repetitive and easy to get into a groove of working without having to think too much.
I had this vision in my head of a rainbow quilt with a ton of various patterned fabrics that transitioned from pink all the way through to purple. I started this project with the hope that it would work out, though I wasn’t entirely certain it would. I am using such a wide range of prints and shades of colors, I really worried it would look too busy or crazy and wouldn’t have the desired effect.
However, I did a smaller version of the idea as a pouch for a swap I did and I was able to see it on a smaller scale and I stopped worrying so much.
The two most valuable resources for me have been Diane from CraftyPod and Haley from the Zen of Making. They both have written so many fantastic tutorials about English paper piecing and I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out if it weren’t for them.
I’ve been experimenting with doing more than just making quilts with hexagons. This bracelet was for a hexagon blog hop that Diane from CraftyPod organized where each project used 12 or less hexagons. It was fun to challenge myself to do more with less.
This bag was one of my first adventures into doing something different with hexagons and while there are a ton of mistakes I made, I still love it. The stitches are messy and I used too much glue, but I learned a lot and that’s really the most important part!
This post is a part of the Creativity Expressed Blog Series hosted by Jen at Lovely Messes. Nine creative women are sharing the secrets behind their creative process, don’t miss a single bit of inspiration!