Slow stitching…

What do you do when your get a creative idea in your head?  Sometimes I am able to jot it down in my notebook and move on and other times I have to just see if I can make it work.  My latest obsession started with some gifted Heather Ross fabric – some precious small pieces that I felt I needed to make good use of.

And so my latest EPP project was born…

pinochio octagon block

Last year, on a whim I picked up a Octagonal block kit during Paper Pieces sale.  I wanted to have some hand work that was NOT hexagons but I am not brave enough yet to do a complex project… my long term goal is to one day be brave enough to try the La Passacaglia block!  These Octagons seem a perfect step up from hexagons.

alien octagon block

Unlike my hexagons I am glue basting the sections of these blocks which is saving time… my Sewline glue pen is getting a good workout.

epp pieces

I have put together a little kit that I have been throwing into my handbag when I head out the door, just in case I have some down time.

my tools

Every good EPP kit needs some small sharp needles, a needle threader (if your eye sight is as bad as mine), wonder clips, thread conditioner, a good thimble and of course a nice thread.  I have only just started using Aurifil’s 80 wt thread in my hand piecing and I am loving it.  It is really thin but does not break or tangle.  I may be in love.

Miss piggy octagon

This is really a fun little project and I have tons and tons of Heather Ross fabric to cut into.  I got three blocks done during the Super Bowl party I was at and I am hopeful I can get a block done a week… and if I am lucky maybe more.

Some more mini fun for Paper Piecing Monday

A couple of months ago I signed up for another mini quilt swap, this time for Heather Ross fabric… it was another opportunity to make a fun little quilt and I could not resist.

heather ross mini quilt

When I pulled out my Heather Ross stash I knew I wanted a quilt block that allowed me to do some serious fussy cutting…and after some umming and ahhing I decided on a simple triangle block.

miniture triangle block

These blocks are 2 1/2 inches square and are the perfect size to fit some of the darling illustrations on the fabric…

fussy cutting

I made each block individually, so that I could play with layout and colour placement… and turn one block on its side….

quilt back

But for the free pattern for this mini quilt, I included a two triangle block to make things a little quicker and easier, if you know you layout before you start.  You can find the free pattern PDF here….Triangle mini quilt pattern

I was away when the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap sign ups were on… but with 1008 people signed up to play there is going to be a lot of mini quilt activity over the next couple of months on Instagram, Flickr and blogs.  I love it.