Hexies – My Latest Addiction

I know I am very late to this party but I have finally plucked up the courage and had a go at EPP. I can honestly say I don’t know what took me so long, I love it! For a long time now I have been admiring my online friends EPP projects and dreaming of a hexy covered home but have been a little nervous about having a go. I decided to follow the progress of the Fat Quarterly Hexy MF along to get more of an idea on the technique, it’s been really useful and I would recommend anyone interested in trying EPP takes a look.

In case your not familiar with EPP here is a basic explanation –

EPP or English paper piecing is a hand sewn technique used to sew hexagons and other shapes together using a paper template. The seam allowance is turned under the template and then shapes are sewn together using small stitches, usually whip stitch. Once the shapes have been sewn together the paper is removed.

Now I really like the look of EPP but the biggest thing that put me off was that it seemed like quite a lengthy process and labour intensive. With all my other projects on the go and the monsters running riot I just wasn’t sure I would have the time. I had a twitter chat with Lynne over at Lily’s Quilts who said it was great and I should definitely have a go, so I kept following the Hexy MF, bought some fabric and continued to contemplate when I would find the time to start.

Finally this past week I managed to find the time to sit down and start. Monster no 1 has been at school, I’ve got a lot of my WIPs finished and didn’t want to start anything major as I’m waiting for all my supplies to arrive so I can start my AMH Art Student Tote (I’ve got the pattern now so fabric shopping will commence next weekend!!). I needed something to work on for The Ladies Wot Stitch meeting, It was time!

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I hadn’t bought any paper pieces as I really didn’t know when I would start the project, instead I had a pile of old birthday cards that I used to cut my own (I like to recycle and do my bit for the environment). I decided on 1″ hexies in three fabrics, I couldn’t decide what to do with them so figured once I got going inspiration would hit me, I’ve narrowed it down to a Clutch bag, cushion or maybe even a smallish quilt. I think it’s going to be one of those little projects I carry around just incase I get a few spare minutes, while Monster no1 has swimming lessons or waiting to pick him up from school.

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I found a free paper template online and used this to make my card templates and cut my fabric, I used just over 1/4 inch seam allowance. I decided to use the glue basting technique, I thought it would be quicker and I like quicker! I used the cheapest glue I could find, I think it was a Sainsburys one? Any way I found it fine to get along with, the only thing I would do differently next time is not fold the fabric quite so tightly round the templates, it will make sewing a little easier.

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I am completely smitten by EPP, it’s a nice relaxing project and very different from other projects I’ve been working on lately, hubby likes it too as the sound of the sewing machine isn’t drowning out the tv in the evening, we can sit on the sofa together watching a film while I happily stitch my little heart out.

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If you haven’t given it a go then you should and I would love to see what you make, it might help me to decide what to turn my hexies into! I could even set up a Flickr group to share our photos, if your interested leave a comment below.

2 Responses to “Hexies – My Latest Addiction”

  • Gina:

    What exactly is an EPP? I’ve never heard of it?

  • A-M:

    I’ve just discovered EPP (very, very late to the party) and it’s great for just sitting and doing while the TV is on. Although I don’t even both with using glue, I just use three stitches to temporarily sew the template to the fabric. I’m properly lazy!

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