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2015 On The Road – Paris Flight EPP Style

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Ok let me answer a question I get asked a lot ….what does EPP stand for?

EPP = English Paper Piecing

Yes I know many of you know this but some don’t.

English Paper Piecing is wrapping fabric around a paper shape, basting it and hand sewing together.

Many people apply the generic term of Paper Piecing to this…I like to stick the word “English” in there to further define it from foundation piecing.   Foundation piecing is when you have a paper pattern and you are sewing fabric to it along sew lines, flipping fabric back and sewing another to create a block or unit of a block.   This is sometimes also referred to paper piecing.  And thus causes new quilters all kinds of rightfully so confusion.

So I will use the term English Paper Piecing or EPP for short.

Now let me say I will most likely be making 80-90% of my blocks via hand piecing (which I will cover in a blog tomorrow).   Hand piecing works best for me in this type of project as I am literally shoving my block into a small bag and into my backpack to work on while on the road.   I have found that even a hexie EPP project gets mangled with bent papers doing this.   And when working on book samples for the Pieced Hexies and Pieced Hexies Deux books on the road I was constantly ironing EPP hexies in my hotel room.   To avoid this snafu I am going to hand piece on the road and occasionally do an EPP block to share while at home…or if it’s a driving gig and I have the ability to pack things with more care.

So on to specifics about the Paris Flight EPP Block.

 

Four shapes of the Paris Flight Block

Four shapes of the Paris Flight Block

These two pieces will be used in the reverse also in the block.

These two pieces will be used in the reverse also in the block.

Lay out all the pieces in the block and mark the edges with hash marks.  Make sure these hash marks are at least 1/2 inch in length so they will be visible after fabric is basted.  I also mark the four quadrants of this block by number.  This helps keep things in order.

Lay out all the pieces in the block and mark the OUTSIDE edges with hash marks. Make sure these hash marks are at least 1/2 inch in length so they will be visible after fabric is basted. I also mark the four quadrants of this block by number. This helps keep things in order. MARKING THE OUTSIDE EDGE IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS WILL BE A MAJOR HELP WHEN SEWING PIECES TOGETHER.

Lay them out on the fabric with enough space between to mark a 1/4 inch around each piece.

Lay them out on the fabric with enough space between to mark a 1/4 inch around each piece.  NOTE: I used a dot of glue stick, specifically sewing blue glue stick, to hold papers in place.  Just a dot.

I use several different marking pens and even a mechanical pencil to mark my cutting lines.  Match the best pen/pencil to the job for each fabric.   NOTE: you can use the Paris Flight acrylic templates to mark you fabrics for cutting and side step this process if you wish.

I use several different marking pens and even a mechanical pencil to mark my cutting lines. Match the best pen/pencil to the job for each fabric. NOTE: you can use the Paris Flight acrylic templates to mark you fabrics for cutting and side step this process if you wish.

 

Using a ruler I mark a 1/4 seam around the entire piece.

Using a ruler I mark a 1/4 seam around the entire piece.

To "knock off" excess fabric and make basting a bit easier I measure 1/4" flat from the paper point tip.

To “knock off” excess fabric and make basting a bit easier I measure 1/4″ flat from the paper point tip.

Here is the tip with the excess knocked off.

Here is the tip with the excess knocked off.

 

All ready to be cut out.

All ready to be cut out.

NOTE: if you are using a fabric with a directional print take the time to lay out your papers to use that print to your advantage.   This fabric has a nontraditional stripe print.  By laying out all the papers to flow with the strip it will be less chaotic on the eyes when the block is put together.  These "little things" can make or break a block.

NOTE: if you are using a fabric with a directional print take the time to lay out your papers to use that print to your advantage. This fabric has a nontraditional stripe print. By laying out all the papers to flow with the stripe it will be less chaotic on the eyes when the block is put together. These “little things” can make or break a block.

 

All pieces cut and laid out.  I do this with every block just to make sure I like what I have chosen.  Easier to trade out a fabric now then later when sewn together.

All pieces cut and laid out. I do this with every block just to make sure I like what I have chosen. Easier to trade out a fabric now then later when sewn together.

Basting done.  I won't cover basting here as it is covered in a tutorial on the paperpieces.com website.   Just remember to keep those point flags flying on these shapes!

Basting done. I won’t cover basting here as it is covered in a tutorial on the paperpieces.com website. Just remember to keep those point flags flying on these shapes!

 

Time to sew the four quadrants of the block  together.

Time to sew the four quadrants of the block together.

I sew the two halves of the square together.  And then the longer seam down the center matching up the intersections.

I sew the two halves of the square together. And then the longer seam down the center matching up the intersections.

All four quadrants are sewing together. Next step are to sew the squares together like a four patch.   But wait.....

All four quadrants are sewn together. Next step is to sew the squares together like a four patch. But wait…..

Look what happens if you twist the squares!  A whole new block!  Let's call this London Flight.   So here is another variation you might choose to use in your row quilt.  This project is going to be full of variations so truly it will become a very unique quilt of your own.

Look what happens if you twist the squares! A whole new block! Let’s call this block London Flight. So here is another variation you might choose to use in your row quilt. This project is going to be full of variations so truly it will become a very unique quilt of your own.

Paris Flight Block.   Now off to sew six more together for this row.  Four will have a red in the outside center triangle (see yesterday's blog for graphic) and three will have the red in the inside triangle.

Paris Flight Block.
Now off to sew six more together for this row. Four will have a red in the outside center triangle (see yesterday’s blog for graphic) and three will have the red in the inside center triangle.

Whew..that was a lot of pics.  But I didn’t cover EPP with the Castle Wall block so wanted to do so in detail with Paris Flight.   Tomorrow I will cover hand sewing a Paris Flight block.

I am busy kitting up five more blocks for on the road sewing as my 2015 work calendar begins on Thursday.

Beach Cities Quilt Guild in southern California here I come!

But first a Winter Storm Watch has just been issued for here at home.  Six inches of lovely snow.   I’m off to get these blocks kitted so I can sit and watch the snow fall later today.  I love it.

Enjoy your day,

MickeySignature

 

 

 

 

 

Limbo Time on a Drunkard’s Path

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I’m in this weird limbo time.

I’ve been home since late November…and while I had grand ideas of sewing each and everyday during my “break”…that didn’t happen.   But lately I have been getting to the machine more and stuff is being created. I am actually into quilt #4 of the next book.  The next book will be a traditional pattern book that will totally show my eclectic nature.  It will have quilts for several styles and lots of diverse fabric choices.   I do truly love it ALL.

I am getting ready for my first gig of 2014.  All of 13 miles downtown to the Omni Hotel to teach for Sew Many Place’s Chicago Winter Retreat.  So while it is “back in the saddle” time it really isn’t back on the road yet.  After the retreat I have 10 days of sewing planned for myself.  That means lots of takeout dinners and I plan to be in the zone.

AND I am sitting and waiting for the delivery of my boxes of Pieced Hexies Deux.   Why do I have the sinking feeling that they will show up on Thursday morning.  And if they do I will put a box or two in the jeep along with my preorder binder so I can sit and sign them in my hotel room if I have time.   I will do everything in my power to get the books out to everyone ASAP I promise.

But in the meantime.

One project that I pulled out over the Holidays was my 4″  Drunkards Path blocks done English Paper Piecing (EPP) style.   Now as I mentioned above I love ALL kinds of fabric styles…but rarely do I absolutely fall in love with an entire line.  I know the last time this happened was back in the 90’s with the Fons & Porter Cumberland line in the French Blue colorway.  I drove my friends crazy with my love of that line of fabric.  And yes some still lives in the stash.

jpg_mod-centurycollageBut it has been awhile.  That is until I saw MOD Century by Jenn Ski for Moda.

YUM YUM

So I bought a charm pack (this way of purchasing a little bit of an entire line was not available to me in the 1990’s…it took awhile to save up to buy the entire line in FQs).  As I was thumbing thru the charm pack it dawned on me that these 5″ square are perfect for the 4″ Drunkards Path papers.   I quickly purchased 5 more charm packs and a project was born.

Jan13-3Every few weeks I break it out and set a goal of basting up all the templates I have which is 24 sets of blocks.   Then I sew together 8 blocks and return to basting those papers back up and so on.  This keeps the variety of my blocks very scrappy even for working with just one fabric line.   And it keeps me doing different aspects so it does not get boring.

The biggest trick when working with one fabric line is to make sure you really pay attending to contrast both in color and print.  Otherwise things can get to blurring and you lose all the detail of your work.Jan13-2

I just cracked the seal on charm pack #3 I am starting to get antsy to play with layout patterns.  I have resisted until now knowing that dangling that creative  carrot in front of me will keep me going on this project.  After 47 yrs I am finally figuring myself out.  LOL.

So to the floor I went with my pile of blocks and some quick fabric choices from the studio.

I know I need a solid.  Somewhere for the eye to rest in this quilt.   And I know I am going to use the Circle Layout of the blocks as I love my circles.   This will be a fairly simple little  nap quilt.  Nothing over the top design wise.

Jan13-1But I do think this fabric from the beloved Dogma fabric line by In The Beginning (which came very very close to being another I have to have the entire line fabric) will be the spark this quilt needs.

This pic is truly too much of the Dogma fabric.  The scale I am thinking of is just 1″ line with the solid(s) on either side in a thin rail fence sashing.

Jan13-5That’s better.

Now let’s bring in a few more solids so that portion of the quilt doesn’t look so flat.Jan13-6

POW!

Hmmmmmmm…..

Simple quilts can be spectacular with there is an unexpected fabric that really just punches it up.

Can’t take this to EQ7 for another pack..my guest that will be around March.

Enjoy your day,

MickeySignature