Friday, 24 February 2012

hand jobs

I'm not even going to think about the potential spam comments I'm going to get with that post title. Gosh, don't I live life on the edge?
Anyhoo...I've been sewing up a lot of bits and bobs using English Paper Piecing in preparation for my class at The Sewing Summit in October. The more examples of shapes I have with me, the more appealing I think it'll be for people.

Hexagons are wonderful. There's no doubt about that. These little flowers will be floating offset in a background of the navy solid, to give the traditional block a more modern feel...

Liberty Hexies

Mark Cesarik sent me a charm pack of his new line for Free Spirit, called Cosmic Burst. It screamed out stars to me, and made sense to sew them up with papers (any excuse, right?) The solids are from art gallery (emerald and tile blue) and they are perfect matches, and I'm also adding in a few bits of Mark's previous line, Morning Tides because I had it handy.

starburst in progress

They work out pretty big....

size reference

I've now finished sewing together spring carnival into one piece, which will be another (very large) pillow. It's exactly the same as the one I did in Silent Cinema, but the shapes look completely different because of which shape is used as background. I love how that happens in blocks. I have a third version of this to make up to show one last variation. I don't think I'll be taking any clothes to Sewing Summit, my suitcase will be full of quilted bits.
{pretend you can't see the wrinkled fabric it's lying on - I plugged my iron in to press it, but forgot to turn it on. I'm losing my brain lately - yesterday I used glue stick instead of chap stick on my lips}

ferris wheel

I'll be back soon to show you more progress with those!

In case you were wondering where I get my paper pieces from I tend to use this site and print my own. I would use paper pieces from here especially if I was making a quilt and I had hundreds and hundreds of pieces to cut out, but I can't get them locally and I'm always too impatient to wait. They have some wonderful project sheets to download for free and it's a wonderful place for all kinds of shapes in all kinds of sizes from teeeeeeeeensy to big.
And if you want to get an excellent book on English Paper Piecing you should pre-order Tacha's book that's coming out this summer. (I'm going to plug that book til I'm blue in the face, I know Tach is one of my closest friends but it's really an AMAZING book and I mean that wholeheartedly, I've seen it come along as it was getting written and I can't wait for a real copy in my hot hands).

31 comments:

trash said...

Are you typing bc your lips are glued together?

beth lehman said...

HAH!! First the title of the post and then the chapstick/gluestick mix-up? Oh. My. That is too much! LOVE those circles on the grey fabric!

Monika said...

These are such wonderful bitty examples!!

Jennifer said...

You do it so well!!!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Well aren't you handy... I think I'll keep you around.

Nicky said...

Loving the stars and circles! But ouch on the mix up of glue and chapstick!

trace said...

Love the post title! Keep them coming.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Love your EPPing - I'm impressed that you're this organised for the SS already! I haven't tried EPP in years (prefer hand piecing) but I think I might have to have another go!

Michele said...

Such prettiness. Keep it up!

Francis Paul said...

I love your hexies, specially with the navy blue!

Josie McRazie said...

So somedays I'd like my kids to choose glue stick instead of chap stick! Does it work?? LOL
Hand Job! I laughed even before I opened the page! You bust me up!!

the Campfollower said...

Hey there Katy! I am mad for your star blocks. I just bought the paper pieces to make some for myself. I will be paper piecing with you virtually!

Diane aka cameldiva said...

I am trying to get back into EPP. If you are at all interested, I stumbled upon a blog where the owner is working on a 4000 piece hexie dragon. And she had finished a squidy one not too long ago. It truly blew my mind away.

Her site is http://www.xstreetgirl.blogspot.com

randi--i have to say said...

such loveliness here today! i love all of this paper-piecing goodness!

Katie said...

Hand jobs.......*snicker* I love EPP! I will be the one at Sewing Summit who camps out overnight at the front of the line so I can be in the front row to hear you talk about them. I'll try to not be creepy about it ;-)

Jacey said...

I predict this will be your most popular post yet. ;) Hilarious. Your piecing looks lovely! I especially love the Cosmic Burst stars!

selfsewn said...

Hehe the more interesting bit is in your 'keywords searched for' on your dashboard.
I once wrote a post about fabric and I titled it 'porn for girls' I like to think of the type of people who got directed to my blog after typing that in!!

Lovely epp btw!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, Katy, you live life on the edge! I'm enjoying seeing your EPP projects. I, too, am hooked - all my quilty friends send me links to anything hexagon. I'm a good customer of Paper Pieces - the shipping is fast within the U.S., and they have great patterns and helpful info. on their site.
Lisa
Lalexander733(at)gmail(dot)com

diane said...

love all your PP projects. But that title, your in trouble misses! Please let us know how many spam comments you get. Too funny.

Eva said...

The title is definitely a way to attract a new readership ... ;-) Beautiful work, makes me want to make some hexie flowers!

Sarah Craig said...

I stopped by here because of the post title - it seemed to be running in a theme of blog post titles today, by the way - and absolutely love that Spring Carnival top! I thought you might like to know - I pinned it and almost immediately started getting notices of repins - it's becoming a popular item on Pinterest!! It may just be enough to get me started on paper piecing......

Katy Cameron said...

Bwahaha, can't wait to see some of the comments coming up! Think you're definitely going to have to go to SS naked, or post your clothes home because, after all, you'll need space to bring loads of new fabric home too ;o) Looking forward to the classes

Poppyprint said...

So how did husbeast enjoy having your lips glued together for a few minutes yesterday?

Dan R said...

dirty.

Cara Cesarik said...

Ha!!! Love love love the cosmic burst stars.

Flying Blind... said...

Cosmic bursts, gluey lips and hand jobs, oh boy!
Love the stitchery too x

**nicke... said...

hand jobs and glued shut lips... love! AND... i can't wait to go to your class! do you mind if i sit on the front row?

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Love the mix of traditional and bright and modern in this post - that's what quilting is all about for me :)

Carla said...

I agree. Never enough hexies around. I work on them constantly. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Roflol...you got me giggling from just the title! You wicked girl lol

Jennifer said...

title definitely gave me a giggle haha -- is this a pattern somewhere? i'm absolutely in love with it!

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