Do you remember my craziness of last month, announcing a new EPP project? Combining the amazing Mendocino mermaids by Heather Ross with a scrap quilt pattern called Candied Hexagons, I am planning an epic english paper piecing extravaganza. First order of business was to crop out the feature large hexagons, making the most of the small amounts of fabric that I have.
The reason for giving these pieces priority is simple – they are the biggest and need the most fussy cutting space. You can see what is left over after I cut out two 3″ (plus seam allowance) hexagons from this piece of feature fabric.
The next step was to break what remained down into diamonds, smaller hexagons and triangles until I have been able to use as much of the print, with as little wastage as possible. I added in all the new fabrics that I had been putting away for this project, allowing each block to have it’s turn in the spotlight, and now I have completed my first run of paper piecing.
Ranging in complexity from 3 pieces up to 13, this quilt is made up of all these different hexagon block variations, repeated and arranged amongst the full hexagons shown above.
The famous mermaid sisters have cameo roles in these two star/hexagon blocks.
Lining up the points in the centre has been my largest challenge, which I mostly have been doing by stitching from the centre out whenever possible. Once the papers are taken out, I am confident that it will all blend together beautifully.
It’s been so much fun selecting and balancing all the different fabrics and colours that I have amassed over the last few months of planning.
Overall the feel is exactly what I envisioned this project to be. It’s a combination of curated – the theme, and colours, plays off the random playfulness of the scrappy aspect. Each cutting session is a major undertaking which buries the studio in fabric and scraps for a day or two, so I am planning on tackling this project in stages. All of these were cut, placed into individual bags with the appropriate papers, and then stored together to travel on our recent holiday. This made it super easy to pull out a block for stitching, and keep it all in check at the same time.
How do you organise your hand stitching projects? Do you have any tips to share with us?