I’ve felt a bit like a broken record lately throughout social media as I’ve been sharing bits and pieces I find fascinating in the quilt world. Most prevalent in terms of my recent inspirations have been posts about English Paper Piecing, a patchwork technique which has been ebbing and flowing since the late 1700s. Currently, it seems to be flowing like crazy right about now. I must admit, I’m more than a bit hooked, so it’s only natural that our shop has recently been experiencing a surge of new products to support my habit and perhaps encourage yours.
Mostly, I’ve been doing a whole bunch of Hexagon EPP:
Then, since I’d already broken into a Floribella 10″ Stacker for the above project, I figured I may as well keep going…
Then (still fully entrenched in Floribella and hexagons) I made this little sunny beauty:
Then somewhere about the time I was all wrapped up in my Starburst project, I stumbled upon a Facebook group of (mostly) ladies that not only share photos of their hexie projects, but also exchange, by mail, 1″hexie flowers with each other. So, of course I’ve been participating with that, and sending flowers all over the world to contribute to other people’s quilts, while they graciously send me flowers to assemble into mine.
Anyway…after Monday’s mailing, I’m all caught up on my hexie mail list for the moment, which is allowing me some time to turn my attentions to a new group I’ve recently become a part of, also on Facebook. It’s for quilt makers of the Lucy Boston quilt pattern called Patchwork of the Crosses, which is also a pattern with a vast history of it’s own!
Last but not least (as far as this post is concerned), I wanted to share a new section at our shop: English Paper Piecing. Currently, it’s a bit scant of products, but never fear – I’ll keep you informed as we broaden this little corner of our shop with great EPP finds we think you’ll love.
If you’re interested in a bit more detailed explanation of the origin of English Paper Piecing, I urge you to visit WomenFolkTheArtofQuilting, a really cool website where all sorts of information can be found about the heritage of Quilting in general. Suffice to say, I’ve learned that English Paper Piecing specifically, has been one of the most enduring forms of this great art called quilting, for generations upon generations.