It seems like each day brings more enthusiasts to the EPP bandwagon. Some are brand new to the idea. Others are taking it up tentatively after a period of wishful thinking. A few are getting back to an old habit. And some people never stopped. No matter which category you fall into, it’s always nice to have a quick and simple project to get your fix.That’s what this Happy Hexie Coaster is all about. You can make this in an afternoon. Not something that can be said for most EPP projects. I actually started this for Diane’s blog tour last year, but ended up making something different. I put together a little project sheet with templates, if you prefer to cut your own. Click here for the sheet.This is ideal for fussy cutting. Tula Pink’s Eden provided just the right vibe for me. But if you aren’t ready for fussy cutting, don’t sweat it. Just pick fabrics you love and get started. If you’re in need of a refresher or some basic instructions, a great resource for visual learners is Diane’s YouTube videos. For my advice on fussy cutting and details about how I stitch my EPP pieces together, see this post. Here’s proof you can make EPP without stitches showing.I hope you’ll give it a try! Tula’s Chipper collection is coming soon and will make amazing fussy cutting too. Keep an eye out for foxes and squirrels.
One quilt top done and ready to quilt! Just look at all that Sis Boom color and magic. I’m calling this one Wildly Nostalgic because it’s a riot of prints from Jennifer’s past collections. Some of my most favorite, like Mod Girls and Crazy Love, are in there. Here’s how the top turned out:Originally, I began with a random placement. I didn’t get many pieces up on the wall before I knew it wasn’t going to be the best choice for these prints. They needed something to give them cohesion, to help them show off the body of Jennifer’s work that they represent.
Once I realized they were begging for a painter’s palette type of setting, things came together quickly. Rather than stick to a rigid progression of color, I chose a looser adaptation. The pinks swirl around from oranges to browns and purples. The blues flow into purples as well as aquas. This is a very organic way to put it together. You don’t have to do this.
In fact, do whatever you want! Because this quilt is so simple and easy, you don’t need to get hung up on piecing or worrying about how all the blocks will relate and whether or not you chose the right print for the star points, etc. It’s really an exercise in letting go and playing.
If it’s simply too nerve wracking for you to jump in with something so wild, narrow your selection of scraps to a single color family. Love blues? Your stash is likely to be full of them. Get them out, cut them up and start playing. Or maybe you’re ready for the next step–analogous color schemes. These are two colors next to each other on the color wheel. Think blue/green, pink/purple, yellow/orange.
As promised, here’s a Speedy Guide to get you started. This is the basics for putting this together. If you’re like me, this is all you need. If you want the full pattern, head to MakeItCoats and download the free pattern.
And of course, if you get started and find you’ve lost your nerve….email me. I’ll give you a pep talk and get you back on track.
Happy Friday! Another week has passed and I’m still not being as productive as I would like. Argh! Still, I have done some knitting and reading. And this…You may remember my gift idea post with the picture of the Railroad Crossing quilt (click here). Well, I decided to make a block, just for fun. I made my selections from my Kaffe stash.The points aren’t perfect. But it does give me an idea of how this block would work in a quilt. As is, it would make a nice pillow cover. It’s a whopping 20″ wide, unfinished. It certainly has some promise.If you like this block, I’ve made a pdf guide for you to make your own. I used two different methods to make the HST’s, both of which I explain in the pdf. Just click here to open the file.
Have a great weekend!