English Paper Piecing

I’ve been pondering a handwork project to take on my trip this week. I still have my scrappy hexie quilt but it is getting a bit unwieldy to take on  a plane. I could piece sections and add them when I get back home but the last time I tried that, I ended up with two identical pieces next to each other. Ugh!  Anyway I came across the loveliest project over at Cecile’s blog, Patchwork Inspirations. You can see it here. She told me it came from this wonderful French quilting magazine. 

I was so excited to hear that as Mr. Wonderful had recently ordered a subscription for me! I first learned of this magazine when we were living in Chatou, France in the late 90’s. It was quite a treat to walk down the street to the local newspaper  shop and purchase a copy, in French, of course! Here is the quilt that Cecile is working on. 

 This center is my favorite part of this quilt. I love how the hexies frame those lovely large prints. I have only made one tiny quilt with EPP and didn’t love the process but I can see how it would be necessary here. I have been intrigued by Kathy’s EPP bow ties as well. It might be time to try this again.

I have a few pieces of Toile de Jouy that I purchased in France and have been saving. Perhaps this is a perfect place to use some of them.

 So I bought this paper punch at JoAnns yesterday.

And while watching a movie with hubby last night, I prepared these. 
  

I’m really not sure where I will end up with this. I highly doubt I will make a quilt just like the one in the magazine. But I love the possibilities this presents. We shall see if I actually enjoy this process. My piece may end up very small!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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9 Responses to English Paper Piecing

  1. Katy….Hexi’s for the road are perfect!!! I have to go to Joannes and get me one of those punches!!

  2. Donna says:

    OH Katy, I LOVE the hexie framed toile idea. EPP is on my bucket list – way down, but on the list. 😀

  3. L says:

    Looks like I need to get me one of those punchers. Do they make the one for the 1/4 hexies? L

  4. Kate says:

    That hexi punch is really cool. Good luck with your project I think the toiles would look really nice with hexi borders. Have fun no matter what route you go.

  5. Gina says:

    Pretty quilt. I always take hexies on a trip with me. Haven’t a clue what I’m going to do with them in the end, if I ever come to an end

  6. Cécile says:

    Hey Katy !! The Toile of Jouy is perfect for your centers !! I’m impatient to admire your quilt !!
    Thank you so much to speak about my blog, and Mr Wonderful is…… so wonderful ^^ for the subcription to Quiltmania ….in English of course !! 🙂
    Normaly, the next issue is available today in France !
    I wish you a lovely day !
    Hugs !

  7. Kathy says:

    I hope you’re enjoying EPP more this time around. As you know, I love it and hope you come to enjoy it, too. I love,the fabrics you’ve chosen for the quilt … it’ll be absolutely spectacular!

  8. JanineMarie says:

    I’m a spectator EPPer. I like to see what others make, but I’m not eager to do it myself. It seems like the perfect take-along project, though!

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