I’ve wanted to try some English paper piecing (EPP) for some time. So last week I ordered some hexagon papers and a glue pen. The pen arrived this afternoon so on my afternoon break I started cutting some scraps.
I got 25 of them cut pretty quickly. One of the benefits of having a little organization to your scraps.
After asking a few people I know who do EPP the best basting method, I decided to go with the glue method. So after work I hit my sewing room and glued up the 25 hexis I had cut earlier. It all went pretty quickly.
After our walk I cut 20 more hexis from scraps, for a total of 45. Then I sat down on the sofa and glued up these 20 as I watched some pickleball.
Here’s the second set of 20 that I got all glue basted.
And here’s all 45 on my cutting table… all glue basted and ready to start sewing.
And here they are in a stack because they’re so pretty.
So I selected seven hexagons to sew….
And took these hexis, my thread, needle and scissors out to the living room, moved a nice bright lamp next to the sofa and started sewing.
I don’t love hand sewing, but this is relatively easy. One person did say that the glue basting can make the hand sewing more difficult than thread basting. And I think they’re right. It was a bit of work to get the needle through the edge of those hexagons without going right through the paper. I will definitely try the thread basting method at some time in the future.
So, the hand sewing went pretty well until… well shit…
It was bound to happen.
I did eventually get it sewn together successfully. Not bad for my very first one.
I’m not sure what I’ll make out of these hexagons when done. Maybe a pillow. Or maybe I’ll cut it all up and make it into a pouch.
We’ve been having some really lovely summer weather the last week or so. Today was a little cloudy and it even rained a little tonight. We had some sprinkles through most of our walk.
I noticed on our walk that the daisies are in bloom. Here’s a couple pretty varieties.
The past couple of days Bender has decided that sleeping under a hammock dog bed on the patio is the best thing! I’ve gone out a couple of times and can’t see Bender anywhere, and when I call his name he stands up and up-ends the bed!
I caught him yesterday laying on the bed like this after he had up-ended it.
And this was the spin he put on it today.
He is such a goober!