Friday, December 26, 2014

Two inches at a time....old school!

This school year has been hectic...and as a result, I've had no time to sew on my sewing machine.  But I did make time to do some English Paper Piecing and I'm so in love with this....I could easily do this until kidding!

I spent October basting the pieces.  I don't pierce the papers so I can reuse them over and over again.  Then I spent November making six pointed stars.  This is easily done during the evenings while watching TV--I was sad when I had them all together!

By Thanksgiving I was ready to start assembling all the stars and hexagons into the top.  At first I struggled to handle something like this, but once I realized that it wasn't fragile, I just started going to town on it.  This is a months worth of top piecing....The top is about 48" wide and will be 54" long when it is finished.

Here is an up-close shot.  I'm using 2" diamonds and 2" hexagons.  The hexagons are all low volume text prints, and the diamonds are brights from my fabric stash.

Here is the back.  I do pull the papers out as soon as all four sides are attached.

The only papers remaining at this point are the ones on the bottom row, the one I'm currently working.  I get all my paper pieces from

If you are like me, you're thinking "no way!" .... it would take forever.  But it really doesn't.  And it is so relaxing--like knitting or crocheting.  You get in a rhythm...and before you know it, you have a top done.  Try it, you might like it!

Happy Quilting!


  1. it's amazing -- way to go on the EPP, I haven't tried that yet.

  2. I really need to try this! It would make a great travel project, I think. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. I like it. Cute, fun and bright. Happy New Year!

  4. I love EPP as well and this is so beautiful but you are so fast its amazing. My pieces are 3" and even after more than a year, my quilt top is now only 70x70 so probably another year before its finished. I love this design.


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