Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Looking Ahead to 2011 - Part 2

Here's another fun thing we're going to be doing beginning in January.  If you are a frequent shopper in our store, you've probably seen the small block kits we have next to the register.  For the past several years, we have had kits that used Thangles half-square triangle papers.  This year, we are going to do something different.  We're English Paper Piecing!

If you know me, you know that I am crazy for EPP. It's easy handwork that I can take anywhere; it's quick and doesn't take much concentration.  If you've never tried EPP before, I plan to have a tutorial here on the blog in the next few days.  A step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE.

I made this quilt with the hexagon diamonds last year.  Most of it was pieced while I was at school events or private lessons or in the car... you get the idea.  On evenings when I am too tired to concentrate at the sewing machine, I sit in front of the TV and paper piece.

Anyhoo, we will have kits available on January 3.  Each kit will have the pre-cut fabrics and the 1" hexagon papers to complete one double diamond block.  If you prefer to make the traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden flower, you'll simply omit some pieces.  We plan to stay within the "Fresh and Modern" color palette, and we'll put out 2 blocks per month for $4 each.  This is a no muss, no fuss program - just pick them up when you feel like it and make as many as you desire.  I really encourage you to try at least one - and maybe you'll become as addicted as I am!


The Tale of Tales said...

Ahem... :) instructions please? I am now all excited because I had to wait for a friend to finish spin class and was thinking, " I could be EPP right now!"

Erin said...

Do you use a die cutter or something to make the papers? I'm wondering if I could cut some with freezer paper so I can iron a bunch on all at once. I love using freezer paper, no more pinning and you can use it many many times!