? What's that? It's Mid-Appalachian Quilting Symposium
and they work on one thing all year long - putting together one of the loveliest quilters' retreats I've ever been to. For 32 years this group of volunteers (a new board every 2 years) puts together an amazing line up of national teachers which offer a wide range of classes.
Dates? July 12-14, 2019.
Where? Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
This is a 3-Part series. Today I share my Friday class.
Friday: English Paper Piecing: Going Beyond the Hexagon
This is a hexagon. Actually, a lot of 2" hexagons. Let's work with some other 60 degree shapes!
|The Zig and Zag of Hexies|
How about one hexagon and 6 half-hexagons? What's this called? A Twisted Hexagon! We might be exploring this delightful block, which I typically make on the sewing machine. We will have NO sewing machines in our class! We will also answer your question: what's with those little bits of fabric sticking out? Come and find out!
|Twisted Hexagon Block|
- What is English Paper Piecing? Here is my class description:
- "English Paper Piecing is a great take-along hand piecing project, perfect for making traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG) blocks – and more! Discover simple diamonds and jewels, which, when combined with the hexagons, offer exciting possibilities for altogether new blocks adding a creative dimension to your design options. And we will work with pentagons, too! My collection of samples is a treasure trove of inspiration, where you’ll see all sorts of ways to use your EPP shapes in a variety of settings and projects."
- Kit Fee: $15 (click that link for your supply list)
- Kit Contains: “mini kits” of fabric, card stock hexagon, diamond, jewel and pentagon shapes. The supply list will give you more options for fabrics to bring out of your own stash.
- PreCutting Required: No
- Sewing Machine Required: No
We will be making a Pentagon Wreath with these awesome kaleidoscope centers. I first made this to appear in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine a few years ago. It is a wonderful way to feature a beautiful motif in the center of the wreath.
And this is the original one as it appeared in the magazine:
And my favorite shapes are the jewel. They are made from diamonds. First a set of diamonds:
|12 Diamonds make a larger hexagon!|
And some lovely uses with the jewel shape . . .
A fussy cut crab in the center of 6 jewels. It's not finished!
|6 Jewels and a hexagon|
Add 6 diamonds in those open spaces and you have created a modern version of the vintage block called "The Star Bouquet." I have a few dozen of these and am trying to figure out my quilt assembly. Maybe it will be done by July . . .
|The Star Bouquet|
Turn those jewels into hearts! As you can see, I began by rotary cutting my diamonds. Then we slice a small triangle from one end. Piece two together and you have some colorful hearts. I will have ideas for what to do with these, too.
I'd love to have you in my class if you are within driving distance of Gettysburg, PA. EPP is a fabulous take along project, too.
There is a supply list for the things you need to bring (mainly sewing needles, thread, cutting tools, etc). I will have kits of pre-cut fabric shapes and EPP card stock papers to make several blocks. You will have MORE than enough to occupy the entire day. I share lots of tips and have quite a few samples to inspire you.
You make it so darn easy!! And spectacular.ReplyDelete
Love your blocks.ReplyDelete
Debby, I am so thrilled to take a couple of classes with you in July! As soon as I heard about this on one of my FB groups, I started checking out the classes. When I saw your name, I was so excited. On registration day, I was up an hour before it opened just to make sure that I got in! I am not new to making the single hexis as I loved making them when we moved from Germany. That was a long flight, but the EPP got me through it. I first heard your name from our shared friend, Aby Dolinger, when I was taking a class from her in Stuttgart. I’ve wanted to meet you for so long. Your projects are beautiful and I can’t wait to try something new.ReplyDelete
Wow the twisted hexagon block is spectacular! Love the colour choices !ReplyDelete