I fell in love with Bari J Ackerman's first line with Art Gallery fabrics (shipping this month) so much I thought it'd be fun to do a quilt along with it. Then I remembered she loved hexy MF and...well...you can guess the rest, right?
I'm frantically sewing some flowers together using the cool sunrise collection of LillyBelle to give myself a head start but if you'd like to join in with me then the posts will all be on Fat Quarterly starting with fabric requirements on Saturday of this week (June 9th) and then I'll post directions over the next few weeks, all through the summer, so even if you have never English Paper Pieced before you will be absolutely fine. Plus - this is a hand sewn project, it's going to take a while, so don't worry about not keeping up - there's no prize for being first and no booby prize for being last.
I have had some templates made up which make fabric cutting so much easier, and far less wasteful. There are just a few available at the minute in my etsy store right now, if you'd like to snap 'em up then please do! They are priced at $15 for a set of 3 templates, the large hexagon that makes up the main body of the quilt, the smaller hexagon that is included in the borders, and the leaf template for applique. (they sold out - wow! That was fast, I have more ordered so they should be here in the next week. I'll let you know once they come back in stock!)
And whilst you're shopping, maybe you'd like to take advantage of this awesome offer on the paper pieces website - use the code FAT25 for 25% off your shapes (until August 31st 2012). You will need a bulk pack of 1.5" sided hexagons, and a sampler pack of 1" hexagons, and will need to re-use some of the 1.5" hexies to make sure you have enough (it's ok - the thick paper makes them perfect for re-using at least a couple of times!) I cannot stress enough how awesome these papers are - I have always cut my own, but after using these I doubt I'll ever bother again (ok, maybe if I'm in a hurry to get started). They're thick, really nice to sew around and so easy to baste. And you don't get the claw hand from cutting paper out for hours (just from cutting fabric...it's a start!)
Who is with me?
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