Saturday, 18 February 2017

EPP Plus+ Quilt finished


I finished quilting and binding the English Paper Pieced (EPP) Plus+ (Plus Plus) quilt a little while ago and finally took some photos.

I am really happy with it, it finishes at 60 x 60 inches.

I completed straight(ish) line quilting.

I varied the width between te sraight lines.

Each set of lines works from the edge, to a plus and bounces back to the edge you can see the centre of the pattern at this orange plus below

I finished it by binding it with a shot cotton that I had on hand, which after attaching I realised had not been included in the quilt - typical!
I am happy with it though, it gives it a bright touch.

As always I added a label ... always makes me smile!

I am loving the softness of these shot cottons, even hubby said he'd like the texture and thinks it would be a nice quilt to curl up under in winter.

I am putting the finishing touches to a pattern for this, I shall share this with you very soon.

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Farmer's Wife Quilt 2016 Instalment 2


Wowsers, it's been a while since the last Farmers Wife EPP update ... and I haven't completed many blocks since then either. I must rectify this in 2017. 

I may try setting myself a 'one block a week' challenge. That way you can all hold me accountable and make sure I stick to it. I would have all of the blocks completed by year end and could start assembling too.

So, here are the 3 blocks that I did complete earlier in the year.
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 76 - Sawtooth
Completed 14 May 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 77 - Seasons
Completed  15 April 2016
Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block 78 - Shooting Star
Completed 24 April 2016

Quilt stats to date:
  • 111 blocks - 77 completed
  • 110 cornerstones - 37 completed
  • 32 half cornerstones - 12 completed
  • 28 setting triangles - nil completed
  • 4 small setting triangles - nil completed
  • 252 sashing strips - 66 completed
  • borders - still undecided what I am going to do here

Relevant links:

I have been completing more blocks through January - I'll share those with you soon!

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Introducing Flower English Paper Piecing Worksheet 1 - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers


Today I'm introducing my first set of EPP Flower Worksheets, this is for my Flowers, Flowers, Flowers layout

So, you’ve collected and made your EPP flowers and have chosen your final pattern, now you have
these questions:
 - how many flowers do I need for a queen sized quilt?
 - how many background hexagons will I need?
 - how much fabric should I buy for the or edging?

This workpaper was developed to answer the above and includes the following:
 - line drawings for each of 5 quilt sizes
 - total number of flowers required for each quilt size
 - total number of background pieces required for each quilt size
 - total amount of fabric required for the flowers 
 - total amount of fabric required for the background for each quilt size 
This information is included on the first page for each size:

Quilt sizes included:
 - crib 46 x 50 inches
 - throw 51 x 65 inches
 - twin 67 x 97 inches
 - queen 97 x 98 inches
 - king 109 x 109 inches

Original patterns and calculations are for use with 1 inch hexagons, however conversions for the
following sized hexagons are included:
 - ½ inch
 - 3/4 inch
 - 1-½  inch
 - 2 inch

The second page for each size shows the layout for the quilt, this can be used to plan colour placing or to update your progress:

A free copy of the throw size is available for 4 weeks here, the full worksheet is available in my Etsy shop here.

If you use these worksheets to create a quilt please share it with me.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A Christmas Pillow Case Gift


As a Christmas gift I made this pillow case for a friend.. 😃

It is made with scraps and a orphan block after making Bermuda's Quilt 

I wanted to create something that looked like it belonged with the quilt but wanted to use up as many of the scraps I had as possible.

I feel that the triangles alongside one quilt sized block fits my brief.

I am really please with how it looks, I've even managed to use up another orphan half block - with the dragonflies.

I kept the quilting simple, on the triangle section I just quilted 1/8 inch from each seam line.

In the diamond block section I quilted it as I did on the actual quilt - straight line quilting in the diamond with pebbles and some swirls and a few feathers for luck!

That was my last finish for 2016 😊

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Monday, 19 December 2016

2016 EPP Flower Swap - Update 2


When I wrote the first 2016 flower swap update in April I was determined to update you regularly ... well I didn't quite manage that!

First, let me remind you ... I have been swapping hexagon flowers monthly with the Inchy Flower Swap.  We are given a partner each month and we make 2 flowers to send to them in their desired colours, these are the flowers that I have made and sent:

April to Elizabeth in Virgina USA who requested jewel toned petals with grey/black centres

May to Beverly in Oklahoma USA asked for petals in shades of blue and white with yellow centres - these 'read' blue to me, I hope they were what Beverly was after

June flowers went to Ruth in Glendale NSW, she requested petals in shades of red/black/grey/white with white signed centres. I didn't sign mine as I was so worried about the pen bleeding and/or washing out, I've yet to find the perfect pen for signing flowers

July to Jenny in Ashgrove, not far from me here in Qld, Australia, she requested black and white petals with white or grey centres

August to Sara in Buckingham, UK who asked for petals with bright, vibrant colors with coordinating centres

September flowers went to Tessa Johnson of Iowa USA who requested bright coloured petals with purple centres - I love this colour combination, I may have to use it in a quilt!

I have received the following flowers in the same time period:
May from Michele in Winconsin USA, they are perfect

June flowers were received from Michell inGisborne NZ, they fit in my garden perfectly

August flowers came from  Susan in South Carolina USA, she sent 3 and this beautiful card

And of course I have been making myself 2 flowers each month, my additions were:






Relevant links:
Thank you for sitting through all of these flowers ... I think they are all beautiful and can't wait to finish my garden

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Introduing EPP Plus+ Worksheets


Today I'm releasing my first worksheets, prior to my weekly worksheet releases in 2017 so that you can get a taster

This is the worksheet to help you make a Plus+ quilt top like the one I shared last week.

The following is included:
 - line drawings for each of 5 quilt sizes
 - total number of plus’ required for each quilt size
 - total number of background pieces required for each quilt size
 - total amount of fabric required for the main section and background for each quilt size

The Worksheet includes details for the following quilt sizes:
 - crib 40 x 50 inches
 - throw 60 x 60 inches
 - twin 70 x 90 inches
 - queen 100 x 100 inches
 - king 110 x 110 inches

You can find a free copy of the throw sized workpaper here, to purchase the full set of worksheets for the above sizes here in my Etsy Store.

Just to be clear my worksheets don't include full instructions on how to make the quilt top, just a breakdown of the number of pieces, yardages of fabric etc. I will be creating a full pattern for this quilt, that will be coming soon.

I'd love to hear any feedback from the first workpaper - is there other information you would find useful?

Make sure you pop back for my year of weekly workpapers in 2017

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Introducing my English Paper Piecing Worksheets


I have created some worksheets to help my fellow EPPers.  I often hear questions along these lines in facebook groups:

 - how many plus’ do I need for a queen sized quilt?
 - how many flowers do I need for a lap quilt?
 - how many background pieces will I need?
 - how many hexagons do I need for the pathways?
 - how much fabric should I buy for my border?

So I have created some worksheets and each includes:
 - line drawings for each of 5 quilt sizes
 - total number of plus’/hexagons/shape required for each quilt size
 - total number of background and pathway pieces required for each quilt size
 - total amount of fabric required for each section of each quilt size 

Quilt sizes included:
 - crib 
 - throw 
 - twin 
 - queen 
 - king 

Each of the original worksheets is based on 2 inch houses or 1 inch hexagons however conversions for other sized sized houses and hexagons.

Each worksheets includes:

2 pages for each size of quilt, 1 with the details of pieces and fabric required and a line drawing which can be used to test colorways or to keep a record of progress

The header on the information page includes the number of main pieces required, in this case 161 flowers and the finished size of the quilt along with the title

The Worksheet advises how many pieces for the main sections of the quilt and the amount of fabric required.
Most of us use scraps to EPP, however this allows us to gauge how much fabric will be required.
The Worksheet includes the numbers of other pieces that are required, whether that be pathways, stepping stones, borders etc and of course the background pieces to finish the quilt

Finally the Worksheet includes conversions. My calculations, in this case, were for use with 1 inch hexagons, however if you were making the same quilt with pieces in a differing size the worksheets includes the conversions to other popular sized pieces.

I shall be releasing my Plus+ workpapers soon and plan on releasing one new workpaper a week throughout 2017. Currently my workpapers predominantly include hexagon flowers, but I hope to develop more throughout the year ... pop back for further information.

Please let me know which workpapers you'd like to see, or if there is other informaiton that you think would be useful to include

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