Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A little bit of honey

Honeycombs, actually, to be more exact. I've been working on a little English paper piecing project over the last week or so, without any real plans, just to have some fun and use one of my favorite fabric lines ever, It's a Hoot by MoMo. I've got some scraps and a charm pack, so I expect that I'll wind up with a pillow or perhaps a mini-quilt when all is said and done.

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I'm using 3/4" sized honeycombs from the lovely folks at Paper Pieces and plan to sew them together into a shape like this, which I first spotted on Flickr by Emily of Sew With a View. I love the concept, and definitely plan to applique them to a background, but I want to stick some squares and a rectangle of another fabric in the center first, just need to get some more papers and decide on an awesome fabric to use for the centers.

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This is the perfect kind of project to take on the go, when I'm waiting outside of the munchkin's gymnastics class or in the car line at school. I think I've missed having a little hand project ever since I finished my Starflower pillow. It's so funny to me that I actually enjoy these little hand projects these days! I used to positively despise all forms of hand sewing, but lately, I've found that I really do enjoy English paper piecing, in spite of the fact that it's done by hand. What are you sewing up this week? Have a great day!

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14 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see what fabulousness you come up with for the finished project. I started a paper piecing project last year. Sadly it hasn't gotten very far. Perhaps I will take it out and have another go at it.

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  2. They're lovely...definitely a work of art!

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  3. Like the first commenter, I have paper piecing to turned into something. This week I will work on begin working on it again.

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  4. Emily is awesome! I love this project! I picked up a bunch of 1 1/2 in hexagons and a fat quarter of 1930's retro fabric after being inspired by another DMMQG member-Leila at Sewn. She made a huge beautiful flower garden quilt. I love the portability of hand sewing too! With three kids and a gazillion afterschool activities I am getting a lot accomplished!

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  5. Thanks for linking to me! My sister in law helped me play with the layout of the honeycombs and I loved this one so much and then when you stick them together, you get another design in the negative space! I look forward to seeing how yours ends up and you've inspired me to finish up one more block and make something!
    Thanks to Amy for saying I'm awesome. I love my guildies.

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  6. I love EPP, I find it quite relaxing, and it's so portable. I'm cutting fabric for a squill ion hexies at the moment.

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  7. I love that Momo line, the EPP is looking glorious!

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  8. These are so pretty--what beautiful blocks these will be--I love the shape, and the plus in the center will just be beautiful!

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  9. As I'm no longer waiting anywhere for kids or appointments, my hand sewing time is at a minimum. Though I do enjoy it, I find I'm much more productive at home in my sewing room. Right now I'm FMQing a really big, 92" X 106" quilt on my domestic machine. It seems I'll never be done!

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  10. Hi Elizabeth! These are so beautiful and cute! I wish I had time for epp. I was looking around your quilts for inspiration. You have made so many beautiful quilts, it's difficult to decide what to make! I wanted to ask if you allow pinning?
    Sunny wishes! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. These are so cute! I love that honeycomb shape, I've been experimenting with it these days as well. I usually make my sewing machine do the work, but the EPP method would allow you to take these on a camping trip or to a day at the park so you could be outside but still getting fun stuff done. Very cool. Can't wait to see the progression!

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  12. love the little pieces and how they have turned out so far! can't wait to see them all put together.

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  13. Love this shape! I'm always looking for new EPP patterns to try---thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Nice layout for the honeycomb shapes. That is going to make a lovely pillow.

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