Posts Tagged ‘EPP’

Swaps, Swaps And More Swaps

It seems as though 2015 is turning into the year of swaps for me. Late last year I signed up for the UK Mini Swap over on Instagram. This week was mailing due date and as it’s a UK swap I have already received my parcel and so has my partner. Again this was a secret swap so I had been busy stalking my partner hoping to make something she would really like. She had said she loved bright, happy colours so here is what I came up with.

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I normally prefer machine piecing for swaps but for some reason this time I was set on EPP. I go through phases with my crafting and at the moment I’m really into hand piecing and crochet, my poor sewing machine must be feeling seriously neglected. I knew it had to be rainbow and in no time at all I was busy fussy cutting my little heart out.

For the quilting I didn’t want to detract from all that fussy cut goodness so I stitched in the ditch in the star and then simple lines for the background. I was hoping for a shooting star vibe.

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The backing fabric and candy stripe binding was from my stash and tied the whole thing together perfectly.

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I made a little fabric basket and crochet brooch too to post with my mini.

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The package I received blew my tiny little mind. Sandra did some epic stalking and made this amazing mini for me.

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Now its no secret I love Hello Kitty but Sandra took this Hello Kitty mini to another level. The Hello Kitty embroidery is actually a perfect copy of one of my tattoos. Sandra had seen a photo of it on my Instagram feed and decided it would make a great embroidery. Seriously how frigging awesome is that?! When I opened it I screamed with excitement! She even used Hello Kitty fabric too and included lots of pretty extras, so much kitsch and bright, right up my street.

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I can’t believe how spoilt I’ve been with swaps this year and I’m looking forward to joining more.

I’m taking part in #hexiefriends on Instagram too. The idea is you make a single EPP hexie flower from 1″ sided hexagons, make the centre hexagon out of a pale fabric and write you’re name and where you are from on it. Post the hexie flower to someone else in the swap and they will send you one in return. Eventually you should have enough to make a cushion or quilt from friends all over the world.

If you’re on Instagram and would like to join in either search #hexiefriends or private message me @jakandgeegee for all the info.

Right I’m off to make more hexie flowers!

Midweek WIP’s

It’s that time of the week again! I’m quite surprised to say I have actually got a few projects to share with you this week as since moving I’ve found it really hard to get back into any kind of sewing routine, but here goes.

My EPP cushion hasn’t really gone much further, I’ve had a bit of a look in my stash but nothing is really jumping out at me for the background so I’ll probably buy something new.

I was thinking this
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Or this?
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Tonight I’m going to finish this fun little pot holder, I just have to hand stitch the binding and I’m done. I used a few scraps from my stash, the moustaches have to be one of my all time favourite prints and this was the last piece I had that was really useable.

You can’t go wrong with spotty binding.
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I’ve started a new crochet project too. I’ve had my eye on a nice, chunky infinity scarf with a hood but couldn’t decide on what pattern to follow so I did what any sensible person would do and decided to make it up. I opted for this really soft yarn from my new local wool shop, Pack Lane Wool they have an online shop too.

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So far this is all I’ve done, but in my defence it is crazy long and ribbed too so it’s not growing quite as fast as I’d hoped. It should be ready for next winter though!

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My last project of the week is a cheeky lil stitchery for my sewing room. Not really sure where I’m going with it yet but I like it so far.

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Midweek WIP’s

See I promised I was going to pay you more attention, I’m back already!

Sometimes I get to the middle of the week and can’t help thinking “Why is it so long till the weekend?!” or “Half the week is gone already and what have I actually done?”. I need a little mid week motivation so every Wednesday I’m going to share the week’s WIPs with you. Now I’m not going to promise that I’ll have a lot to share but at least if it’s in black and white it will make me realise what I’ve managed to achieve or give me the kick up the bum I need to work through my crafty to do list.

This week I’ve been working on a little EPP project. It started out as a doodle a few nights ago while I was watching tv.

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But then I remembered I had some precious Lucie Summers overprints that I’d been saving for something special and a few scraps of solids that just by chance coordinated perfectly, so my little doodle is now destined to be a cushion.

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Sunday was sewing club day so off I went with my biscuit tin of EPP goodies (aren’t biscuit tins just the best!) and had a lovely relaxing day stitching away. I’ve got one more piece to join then it will be finished but I just can’t decide what to use for the background and the back of the cushion? Something plain and neutral like a cream or grey? Or do I go for something a bit wilder? All opinions gratefully received.

How’s your crafty week working out? I’d love to here about your WIPs so feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

I’ve been a busy bee

For a few weeks now I’ve hardly touched my sewing machine, which is seriously out of character for me. The allotment has been taking up a lot of my time but I’ve still managed to finish this EPP project I’ve had on the go for a while now.

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When I say finished I’m probably stretching the truth a bit, the top is done but that’s it. I just can’t really decide what to do with it? Don’t you get that, you see some fabric and just get the urge to make something with it, get so far then realise you don’t actually know what you want it to be. I’m slowly warming to the idea of a floor cushion? A table cloth? Oh I don’t know, it can just be hidden for a while and then I’ll decide later.

This year I’m trying really hard to plan ahead, so I’ve started planning gifts for the ‘C’ word (not the rude one, the one with the guy saying “Ho Ho Ho”). I’ve even finished one!!

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Ta Daa!

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I’m so pleased with it, I am really loving crochet and have found loads of projects to add to my to-do list. I found the pattern for this Beanie on Ravelry. It’s called the Urban Jungle Beanie and was really easy to follow and make,seriously if I can do it anyone can. I’m going to make myself one too. I’ll be honest I would of kept this one but the person it’s for has a much bigger head than me!

After this little lot my neglected machine got a lot of use this week. I was busy with a couple of custom orders for Etsy customers and getting teachers gifts done. Monster no1 is moving into year 1 so he and a few of his class mates each drew a portrait of their teacher and teaching assistant on fabric for me to sew into cushions. I opted for a plain cream for their works of art and a heart print for the back, it’s even got metallic gold hearts, as if that’s not the best?

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They’ll be giving the cushions to the teachers tomorrow so I’ll let you know what they thought soon.

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.