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My Recent Perpetual Question: Do You EPP?

I’ve felt a bit like a broken record lately throughout social media as I’ve been sharing bits and pieces I find fascinating in the quilt world. Most prevalent in terms of my recent inspirations have been posts about English Paper Piecing, a patchwork technique which has been ebbing and flowing since the late 1700s. Currently, it seems to be flowing like crazy right about now. I must admit, I’m more than a bit hooked, so it’s only natural that our shop has recently been experiencing a surge of new products to support my habit and perhaps encourage yours.

Mostly, I’ve been doing a whole bunch of Hexagon EPP:

Zipper Bag Hexiejpg
It started with this sweet little zipper bag I whipped up, just because I had finally made up my mind to find a use for a zipper from an old pair of corduroys (which I’d made into an elephant, but that’s a whole other story involving my recycling addiction).

Then, since I’d already broken into a Floribella 10″ Stacker for the above project, I figured I may as well keep going…

This is what I call a 'Snack Mat,' which is really just my way of finding a use for all the one block wonders I make that don't necessarily find their way into a larger project of some kind.
This is what I call a ‘Snack Mat,’ which is really just my way of finding a use for all the one block wonders I make that don’t necessarily find their way into a larger project of some kind.

Then (still fully entrenched in Floribella and hexagons) I made this little sunny beauty:

I call this one my Starburst Mini Quilt, and as you can see - it's a bit bigger than the snack mat...
I call this one my Starburst Mini Quilt, and as you can see – it’s a bit bigger than the snack mat…

Then somewhere about the time I was all wrapped up in my Starburst project, I stumbled upon a Facebook group of (mostly) ladies that not only share photos of their hexie projects, but also exchange, by mail, 1″hexie flowers with each other.  So, of course I’ve been participating with that, and sending flowers all over the world to contribute to other people’s quilts, while they graciously send me flowers to assemble into mine.

Sophie with Monday's 'garden' mailings.
Sophie with Monday’s ‘garden’ mailings, which went as far as Australia, Ireland, and the UK, and as near to us as right here in our home state of Michigan.
Hexie Flower
One of the criteria for the hexie mail group is that we all try to choose light colored centers for the flowers we send, so that we can also write with a fabric pen – our names, where we are from, and when the flower was made.

Anyway…after Monday’s mailing, I’m all caught up on my hexie mail list for the moment, which is allowing me some time to turn my attentions to a new group I’ve recently become a part of, also on Facebook.  It’s for quilt makers of the Lucy Boston quilt pattern called Patchwork of the Crosses, which is also a pattern with a vast history of it’s own!

Lucy Boston Book
Though not yet in our shop, it will be soon!

Last but not least (as far as this post is concerned), I wanted to share a new section at our shop: English Paper Piecing. Currently, it’s a bit scant of products, but never fear – I’ll keep you informed as we broaden this little corner of our shop with great EPP finds we think you’ll love.

If you’re interested in a bit more detailed explanation of the origin of English Paper Piecing, I urge you to visit WomenFolkTheArtofQuilting, a really cool website where all sorts of information can be found about the heritage of Quilting in general.  Suffice to say, I’ve learned that English Paper Piecing specifically, has been one of the most enduring forms of this great art called quilting, for generations upon generations.

Happy Quilting,

Pam

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