EPP Pouch Swap

Time to play catch-up here I think. We’ve been enjoying a wonderful summer here so far and while that means we’re getting in lots and lots of fun garden and pool time it also means I’m staying far away from my computer and my blog. But now, as we experience a major heatwave, well major for us, I’m taking a little break from the garden, escaping the sun for a while and trying to play catch up with some blog posts.

As I am sure you all know only too well by now if there is one thing I do a lot of it is hand sewing. When first I tried English Paper Piecing (EPP) I was unconvinced that it was a method of sewing that I would enjoy. How wrong I was! Those first few hexies started my addiction with EPP and designing my own EPP projects. Because EPP is something that I can do pretty much anywhere any time I like to keep some pouches filled with supplies for whatever projects I am working on at a given time, and yes I usually have a few different projects on the go at one time.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsAt the moment, for example, I am finishing up a mini quilt for the IG #handpiecedminiswap and another project for the #selfishswap; I have started trial piecing some maple leaves for the Flickr based Four Seasons Pillow Swap; I have my long-term project, the sun prints quilt; and finally there is my Liberty hexie collection – I try to always have a selection of ¼” and 1” Liberty hexies basted and ready to sew with just in case. What I work on usually depends on how much time I have available and whether or not there is an upcoming deadline.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsBecause I have so many different projects on the go it helps if I have plenty of pouches in which I can pack the supplies for each individual project. However, I regularly find that there is no such thing as too many pouches. As a result I am always happy to add more to my collection and have found that swaps are a great way of doing so. One of latest additions came courtesy of the EPP swap group on Flickr of which I am a member. In the latest swap round we all made pouches to swap.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsI received this gorgeous pouch from my partner and not only did she make me a beautiful pouch but she also filled it with lots of fabric goodies.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and Pins English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsAs this was a secret swap I wasn’t making a pouch for the same person who created for me. When I first started to EPP I was playing around with hexie butterfly designs and decided I would dig into my hexie collection to recreate one of these for my partners pouch.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsI chose a Grunge Basic fabric for the outer shell of the pouch and to this I appliquéd the butterfly, thread stitched some antennae, and quilted the whole with vertical wavy lines before going on to create a zippered pouch lined with Makower’s Sew Retro Vintage Pattern fabric in teal.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsI added a detachable wrist strap to add portability to the pouch and as an added extra tucked a charm pack of Paris Flea Market fabric inside.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsI do hope that my partner is getting as much use and enjoyment out of her pouch as I am out of mine. It currently holds the pieces for my #handpiecedminiswap and is well travelled as I have been working on this project a lot on my commute to and from work.

English Paper Piecing | Mud, Pies and PinsI hope you have enjoyed reading about my most recent pouch swap. Next up will be needlebooks. Hope to see you back here then.

Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew – June

It’s the 18th which means it’s time for the monthly Ho, Ho, Ho, and On We Sew link party.

Ho Ho Ho button photoThis month the party is being hosted by Ruth over at Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner. You’ll want to check this one out as Ruth has designed a beautiful single block 72″ square quilt that she calls “So Frosty!” and she is sharing the pattern with us all. It’s a brilliant design, one that will sew up quickly and would be perfect for any time of year, not just Christmas. As the pattern includes the use of a lot of flying geese Ruth has also shared a tutorial for the no waste method which makes 4 flying geese at a time. There’s defintiely no excuse not to try this one out.

The link party will be open till the end of the month as usual and don’t forget that if you join in the fun and link up your makes you will be in with a chance to win this month’s link up giveaway which is being sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop who are giving one lucky winner the chance to pick their favourite from the Fat Quarter Shop’s range of mini charm packs. Fat Quarter Shop

I look forward to seeing what you all have sewn and if, like me, you haven’t done any festive sewing yet this month then don’t fret as there is still plenty of time left to get sewing and to link up your makes. Maybe you’ll make a So Frosty block quilt?

 

Home Sweet Home – Fabric ATC Swap

I’ve taken part in several swaps so far this year, and I’m sure you’ve seen sneak peeks of most of them here or on Instagram. Now that most have been completed I can finally start to share all of the items that I made and the beautiful items that I received in return. Today I’m sharing some fabric ATCs that I made for the latest round of the Very Berry Handmade ATC swap, the theme of which was “Home Sweet Home”.

As with most of the swaps I take part in this was a secret swap so we don’t make for the same person that is making for us. Inspired by a quick browse through Flickr and Pinterest I decided I wanted to go with a bird’s house theme for my ATC. I picked a Northcott Stonehenge fabric for the background, some Liberty lawns for the applique and then dug out my embroidery cottons for the embelishment.

BirdhouseThis was the finished card that went out to my partner. As I watched the photos of various ATCs appear on the Flickr swap group it turned out that I wasn’t alone in picking a bird’s house as the theme for this swap. A couple of other really beautiful similarly themed cards had appeared and I was more than thrilled when one of them turned up in my postbox.

TreeThe thread stitching on this card is just magnificent, and it really brings it to life beautifully. I am so very delighted to be able to call this card my own and to add it to my collection.

Although I had both sent and received a card at this stage that wasn’t the end of the swap for me. I was asked to be an Angel for another swapper who hadn’t received a card as the one intended for her disappeared in the mail somewhere. I was happy to oblige, as I had actually already made a second ATC soon after the first.

ToadstoolAs I was selecting fabrics for and stitching the bird’s house I couldn’t help but think how well the Liberty lawns would work for a toadstool fairy house and I couldn’t resist also trying out that idea. And I was glad that I had when I was asked to be an Angel as I was able to pop the card straight in the post and I’m glad to say that it did arrive safely at it’s destination.

To date there have been six rounds of the Very Berry ATC swap and I’m thrilled to have taken part in all but the first (I didn’t discover the swap till round two). My collection of ATCs is growing beautifully, and although all are not exactly to size I do not mind as I am more than thrilled with the beauty of each and every one.

ATCsI do hope that the collection will continue to grow and you can be sure that if there are more rounds of this swap that I will be happily joining in.

Introducing Classic & Vintage – Delectable Mountains

Today I’m delighted to be able to introduce you all to the Delectable Mountain block, the latest block in the Fat Quarter Shop’s Classic & Vintage series.

Delectable Mountain 6The purpose of the Classic & Vintage series is to take classic, traditional blocks and make them fresh for today. You can check out the latest video on the Delectable Mountain block:

When I was asked to join in this blog hop I decided I need some nice modern fabric to try out this block. After a lot of browsing through the Fat Quarter Shop’s selections of fabrics I eventually settled on some Art Gallery fabrics. I picked Pure Elements in caviar and Petal and Plume Keen Nomenclature to use as my background fabrics along with a few Utopia fabrics in some of my favourite colours.

DMFabricsMy original intention was to use a selection of blocks alternating the Pure Elements and Petal and Plume fabrics as backgrounds.

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When it came to piecing the blocks I started playing around with the cut fabrics and decided to swap them up a bit.

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Sixteen blocks later and I had a fun layout that I was totally in love with.

Delectable Mountain 1Although I had originally planned on making a small crib sized quilt, which would have used 24 blocks in a 4×6 arrangement, time constraints and my love of the sixteen block 32″ square mini I had created made me stop block production at that point. Because I wanted a usuable quilt I did go on to add a few borders to bring the size up to 54″ square, which I find makes a great lap quilt size.

Delectable Mountain 2I quilted my finished quilt with a square grid using a wavy stitch in 50wt Aurifil #4670. The variegated grey thread adds interest and softness to the solid dark space on the quilt but blends in well with the mountains and does not detract from their colourful peaks.

Delectable Mountain 5For binding I used another fabric from the Utopia line, Dim Megalopolitan. I love how it mirrors the green border and picks up on so many of the colours that appear throughout the quilt.

Delectable Mountain 3Delectable Mountain 4I have to say that I am totally in love with my new lap quilt and I love how well the borders and binding frame and highlight the central design. If you want to have a go at making your own Delectable Mountain blocks then why not pop over to the Fat Quarter Shop and download the free pattern for yourself. I found that this 8″ block was easy to make and came together quilckly, although I do have to admit that late night sewing on a hot summer night did result in some mis-trimmed blocks and the loss of several points.

If you want to make a full sized quilt then there is a quilt pattern available for purchase which gives you all the instructions you will need to make crib, lap, twin and king sized quilts.Fat Quarter ShopThere is also a quilt kit available for a 64.5″ x 80.5″ quilt that features the gorgeous Evergreen fabrics by BasicGrey .DelectableKit

I do hope you have enjoyed my introduction to this fun block and that it will inspire you to have at go at it yourself. If you’ve not already visited then be sure to pop on over to the Jolly Jabber today and find out more about this fun block and what other designers have been doing with it.

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Summer Time EPP – WIP Wednesday

My blog is beginning to feel like my house does a lot of time at the moment, ever so quiet. Summer has definitely arrived for us and as a result we are outdoors as much as possible. The upshot of that is of course that when I am indoors I am catching up on chores or grabbing some sewing time and as a result I don’t have much time to sit in front of my computer and share my exploits with you all, and there is quite a lot to share. Swap packages have been arriving and heading off on their journeys. Needlebook | Mud, Pies and PinsSwap package received  | Mud, Pies and PinsI’ve been quietly working away on some secret sewing – all should be revealed on that project on Friday.

And of course I’ve been working away on some EPP because it’s my favourite on-the-go, indoors, outdoors, travelling project type. If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you will know that one such project I have been working away on is a mini quilt for the #handpiecedminiswap that is being run by @lifeinlists over on Instagram.

EPP work in progress  | Mud, Pies and PinsI’m working on an octagonal design and have spent the last few weeks cutting papers, there are a lot, and covering them in preparation for sewing. It’s been a bit of a battle as I continuously change my mind about fabrics and colours.

EPP work in progress | Mud, Pies and PinsEven now as I piece the quilt together I’m changing my mind on the decisions I made previously. The central octagon that I thought looked good when I did a trial layout of the first few rounds just doesn’t work for me now that the rounds are starting to be stitched together. I think it needs to be more solid, in a lime green or blue perhaps, something that pulls out more of the accent colours in the fabrics. I’m going to wait till the piecing is finished and then trial different fabrics till I find the perfect one. And who knows, maybe by the time it all comes together I will decide it does work after all.

Linking up with Work In Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.