Beginning English Paper Piecing

I have been attending many short quilt gatherings dlately. I realized the only things I have to work on at these are projects on my sewing machine. It has been a pain worrying about where to setup a sewing machine and still be social or even if there will be enough plugs. I decided two weeks ago that I needed to find something to work on that would be easier to transport. I knew I was going to my friend Mary’s house with a few lady’s and didn’t want to worry about my machine.

I have never been super excited about hand work. I don’t have the patience for it. I’m good at it, but not patient at all. I have hand quilted half a quilt top before. (Then I bought a sewing machine so I could finish the other half with free motion quilting.)

I had to find a project that would keep my attention. I was looking online for something when I started finding English Paper Piecing posts. Again, I thought they were beautiful, but I was not bought in until I found the glue method of tacking the fabric to the paper piece. After my Tuesday gathering, this is what I had:

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Of course I couldn’t start small. I decided to start with a project that kept coming up throughout my investigation. The same name over and over, Millefiori. So I started with her book and the most famous project out if it. The one on the cover!

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Sue Daley’s set is made for this quilt! It has the exact shapes in the exact size. I figure this way I can just buy the papers as I need to replace them. Sue’s packet includes the acrylic templates too. These have been nice.

Here are the fabrics I pulled for the project.

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This should be fun.

Now to end on my red and white quilt. Hopefully I will finish the quilting today. Here is where I left it on Tuesday:

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Circles are hard on the longarm. I need more practice. I feel like I just fight my machine to go around and around.

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2 thoughts on “Beginning English Paper Piecing

  1. Welcome to the world of EPP!! I think you will grow to love it. I know I have. If you’re looking for more fun after your Milleflori, check out Lucy Boston blocks. They are really fun to piece because of all of the meticulous cutting (fussy cutting) possiblities. Enjoy!

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