One of the main projects I wanted to work on this month, instead of knitting and crocheting, was some patchwork using the English paper piecing technique.
I've done quite a bit of patchwork in the past, using the good old sewing machine and I particularly love the log cabin designs. But I've never tried the hand stitched EPP technique. I realised that I had seen this technique before when I was reviewing my Mollie Makes magazines. There was a tutorial on it in issue 18, but I must have glossed over it the first time I read the magazine.
It was seeing Lorraine's beautiful work that piqued my interest. I found this helpful online tutorial and set to work. For my first project, I'm making a small piece of fabric that I will turn into a bag.
I can't believe how much I'm enjoying working on this. It's a great evening activity and reasonably portable. Once the paper and fabric had been cut, it all seems to have worked up very quickly. I can't wait to start sewing all the little hexies together.
I had thought about using squares, but I was fortunate to find in my grandma's sewing box, this plastic template.
I'm feeling so inspired now, that I popped out to the local library and borrowed these books.
Some lovely projects in them.
The future could very well be filled with patchwork quilts.