Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A new English paper piecing project


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the last post - I hugely enjoyed reading what you're reading and listening to.

Kim B is our winner who wrote: Oooh, love to discover new UK fabric shops! As for what I'm reading, after finishing your recommendation of "Love, Nina" by Nina Stibbe, I moved on to Alan Bennett's journals! (well, the two books of his collected writings, which include his journals). I kept waiting for him to refer to Mary-Kay's nanny Nina, but it never happened. But he did talk about Mary-kay and Sam! in paper book fashion, I'm finally indulging in my first John-Banville-as-Benjamin-Black murder mystery and wondering what took me so long!!

Kim's comment may make very little sense to anyone who hasn't read 'Love, Nina', but I loved it as I know that I would have read Alan Bennett's journals waiting for him to mention Nina too. Kim, please do send me your address and I'll pass it on to Fabric HQ who will despatch your goodies.


This is what I'm currently working on - it's some english paper piecing, which I'm also intending to write up a pattern for, if anyone might be interested. It's not quite finished yet though as it's taking a frustratingly long time for me to decide on just the right colours for the next round of shapes. It uses some Liberty prints and some solid Oakshotts. 

You wouldn't believe quite how many things I cut out or even sew together and then realise that I'm not happy with the colours. All of the rosettes below (I actually made three of the patterned rosettes in the first photo, before deciding I wasn't happy with them!), won't actually be used. I think by the time it's finished I may have enough rejects to create a whole 'B-side' version though! 



Despite being so indecisive, I'm enjoying it hugely though and it's fun to be working with some shapes that are different from those in my Passacaglia quilt, as they've been my sole focus for the last six months and I decided I needed a brief break from them. My new project still involves a little bit of fussy-cutting, but isn't dominated by it, which again, I'm finding feels refreshing.

Wishing you a lovely week,
Florence x

7 comments:

  1. Well done Kim, enjoy your lovely fabric and Florence, your new project looks fabulous, love the use of the solids. xx

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  2. Ooh, so exciting!! Will send my email post-haste. Thank you to you and Fabric HQ!

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  3. Love this EPP combination of Oakshotts and Liberty - just beautiful!

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  4. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this project!

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  5. These are so amazing Florence, I'm just embarking on some low-key fussy cutting - do you mark the bits you want to match on your templates to make it easier to get it right?

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  6. Another beautiful EPP project! So inspiring!

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  7. These are fabulous and now I'm (I'm)patiently waiting for you to release the pattern. You're just like John West - it's the rosettes your reject that make you the best. ;) :)

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Florence x

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