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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

English Paper Piecing

One of the things that inspired me to get back to blogging now was coming upon hydee ann's Linky Party for English Paper Piecing projects.  I have two such projects on the roster right now and am feeling excited about one of them….

I joined a Flickr group swap early this year – Get Your Hex On.  My group has members from the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and then little old me from Canada.  I’ve had a chance to make some interesting EPP pieces – teeny tiny bits and in a variety of shapes.  My month was August and I asked the group to help me make Geta Grama's Flower Ball.


I am a little disappointed with this swap.  I am still waiting for two of the pieces, although one is in the mail, I’m told.  And two people made their pieces upside down.  I have fixed one of them but still have the other to do.  As the pieces are not uniform shapes, I will have to remake that whole block.  But I do think this will be gorgeous when finished – right now I am sewing the various blocks together and I have to make a flower that was assigned to me.  I haven’t decided what to do with this when finished.  Probably either a round table topper or else I will applique it on to a quilt. 

My other project is a grandmother’s flower garden.  I’ve been a member of the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap since it started back in 2011.  About a year ago I took over managing the swap and felt I had to stay on as a member a couple of months later when I decided I had enough flowers.  So I started getting my swap partners to send second round hexies for my flowers and this baby is starting to be put together!!

IMG_6880My stack of hexie flowers.  There are 70 or so flowers in that pile.

IMG_6881The start of my second rounds…. eight done so far.

IMG_6870And a view of what I am using for my stepping stones, or garden path.  I haven’t decided yet whether to put white diamonds in between the paths.

I have NEVER seen a grandmother’s flower garden quilt and I haven’t found a picture online that helps me to see sizes and finishing options.  If you have any suggestions for where I can find more information I’d love to hear about it. 

I’m excited to be part of the EPP linky party.  I am hoping this is going to really inspire me to get some hand stitching done each month!!



  1. the flower ball shape blows my mind! I hope you get it sorted out despite your swap disappointments because it's looking amazing. as for the grandmother's flower garden . . . I don't recall seeing a finished quilt, either. maybe you will be the first!
    thanks for linking up with In Hand. =)

  2. Your Hexie Ball looks fabulous. It is sew annoying when folks don't do the right thing in swaps...

  3. That hexie ball will be stunning when done, so real, and your new header photo, wonderful. Greetings from Jean.

  4. Your Flower Ball is going to be wonderful.

  5. love your hexie ball, it is amazing!
    It does freak me out a little bit too lol.
    love the idea of swapping for the outer borders of your flowers.
    I have made a top with the 2 rounds of hexies for the flowers if you want to pop over for a look. I didn't use stepping stones all around them though.

  6. Nice work on everything! The patterns in your pink hexie flower are lined up perfectly. The flower ball looks so complex!

  7. gorgeous work Janet. Can't wait to see your finished quilts :-)

  8. Oh dear.... in our Hive (3) Hilachas got her ball well done! But we also had a MIA partner. Well...... that is the problem with swaps and bees but we love to be part of it! Happy that you join "our" party !

  9. hi Janet! check out The Painted Quilt or Quiltville! lots of hexie flowers there and links to them as well.
    Did you try Pinterest and searching for hexie quilts
    I will send you another link I get by email, she has made a few hexie quilts!
    Take care, Leslie

  10. That flower ball is awesome! Sorry to hear that your swap-mates didn't come through. But it will be incredible when you finish it!

  11. Sometimes is frustating when things went wrong during swaps. Hope you can manage the problem and get your EPP ball well done. Take a look in m Pinterest, I pined several beautiful Grand Mother's Flower Garden Quilt: http://www.pinterest.com/ivanivieira/hexagon-epp/
    As for me I'm making red and white 3/4" EPP flowers. Welcome back to blogland.

  12. Hi Janet, I think I can help you with photos of a Grandmother Flower Garden quilt. I will send you a separate email with photo attachments. Love your flower ball.