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I have three different hexagon EPP projects right now so it seemed appropriate/convenient/efficient to share them all together!
The first 2 projects are related. This one stems from a desire to purchase more, more, more fabric. I wish I had unlimited funds to order complete sets of the lines I love, but alas I am not a millionaire. So I thought it’d be fun to at least be able to get a bunch of mini charm packs. So I bought a huge pack of 1200 one-inch hexies intending to combine mini charm packs with my existing scraps to create an uber-scrappy masterpiece. Hexagons are measured just along one side and 1 inchers are just perfect for 2.5 inch squares.
But then… after I got going I became enamored of the way the lower volume pieces looked together.
So right now I have the brighter, more saturated pieces separated. If one scrappy hexagon quilt is good, 2 is better! But we’ll see what I decide in the end.
The next one I’m calling Hex Stripes. It was inspired by a deep need to cut into Joel Dewberry’s line Notting Hill. I’m loosely planning to use it in the new guest room we’ll get once our little one is old enough to bunk with his older brother. (But let’s be honest- it’s going to primarily be a sewing room, finally getting me out of the dining room.) These hexagons are bigger- 2.5 inches per side.
I discovered EPP via Amy Gibson’s free 2012 block of the month on Craftsy (it’s still available and it’s awesome so check it out). Just realized I have now linked Craftsy in 3/3 blog posts. 🙂 I promise they’re not paying me.
Anyway, I love EPP for many reasons but I’ll try to narrow it down without rambling:
- Relaxing. For one thing, it is a nice break from machine sewing. It’s great to do in front of the tv at night. I often feel too tired after the kids’ bed time to do proper machine sewing but EPP takes less energy.
- Portable. I have a little plastic container I can take with me outside when my boys are playing. I can’t wait for the next road trip we take. I will be all set! I think I must hate sitting still.
- Charming. EPP is so old fashioned. It makes me feel connected to a mythical group of Laura Ingles types from the past. Is that weird?
- Versatile. Another great feature of EPP is the way it handles shapes that are more difficult for your machine (hexagons & diamonds, for example). It’s also great for appliqué because it creates finished sides.
On the other hand, it’s slow people. But I think it’s important to approach EPP projects a little differently. It’s not about efficiency! It’s not the type of project that you start and finish the same month or maybe even year. These 3 projects are long term, especially the mini charm pack ones. I don’t force myself to work on these projects if I don’t feel like it. There’s plenty of time in my life to get these done eventually. In a couple of years it will be so worth it!
I do my EPP a little differently- I hide my basting stitches so I can leave them in. I think it’ll be my first tutorial when my WIP posts are caught up! I taught a class to my Mom and her friends and it was great fun.
Tune in for another WIP tomorrow: a pair of Christmas quilts!
(Linking up with Lee and Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!)