It’s time to talk EPP again! This time, however, I’m going to tell you about an EPP resource. You see, Diane has a new book out. Isn’t it pretty?! It’s also full of information–just as you’d expect from Diane.Like every other participant in the blog tour, I jumped at the chance to help promote her book, All Points Patchwork. If you have any itch to start EPP, even if you’re just thinking about whether or not you have the time/patience/wherewithal, this is the book you want along side you when you start out. Diane covers everything from tools to techniques. She has included a chapter on building patterns as well as chapters covering the various EPP shapes. Pretty much everything you need to know to set out on the highly addictive path of EPP.This week, the blog hop is all about fussy cut hexie shapes. Regular readers of the blog know all about my penchant for fussy cutting, as well for EPP. I can’t seem to get enough of either. However for this challenge, I’ve kept it small and relatively simple. A mini quilt seemed like just the thing.I found a few fat quarters of Tula Pink’s Fox Field sitting on a shelf and set to work. I used both types of fussy cutting for this project. The first, and easiest, are the three animals. I tend to think of this type of fussy cutting as isolation or “I Spy” cutting. You’re simply framing a design element within the shape. Not hyper fussy, just careful cutting. It is a tiny bit fussy, in that I used mirror images of the foxes, but that’s not really hyper fussy.
The second type of cutting is the hyper fussy part. This is the type of precision cutting that yields tremendous results. It’s well worth the effort. When I select a specific design element for this type of fussy cutting, I’m looking at several things.I want it to be scaled for the size of the shape I’m working with. (These are 1″ hexies.) A larger size accommodates a larger motif but will make small ones look lost. You will not achieve an exciting kaleidoscopic look with too much undefined “stuff” floating around in the space. So I look for more than one point of connection. In this case, the curved leaves are creating a nice floral design around that center bunny. At the same time, higher up the side, the buds are meeting in a burst of color.
Making it work means carefully cutting your pieces to be exactly the same, or very nearly. You can fudge a little as you fold the edges, but not more than a thread or two before things start getting wonky. I cut the first piece and then use it as a template, matching it exactly to the next repeat and carefully cutting around the edges with a small rotary cutter. (I’m too lazy to cut plastic templates and mark them. And since I can get away it, I do. But if you’re having problems, take the time to make a template, etc. You have to do what works or you’re going to get frustrated.)
There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing fussy cutting in action. While the examples above use hexies, I thought it would be fun to show the same fabric using other shapes.Aren’t you just itching to start cutting and stitching? I know I am. And I have a large AMH EPP quilt to hand quilt yet.
Check out the other cute projects from the other participants. And be sure to stay tuned to Diane’s blog for ongoing hops for this book.