Yesterday was my day for getting my September block for the EEEEP EPP BEE designed and a prototype made.
I’m a bit of a newbie to English Paper Piecing – except for the hexagon quilt I made as a teenager, I’ve done precisely nothing except for the Treasure Chest blocks that I made for the bee last month. But how hard can it be? I printed out graph paper, sharpened my pencil, found my ruler, which was lurking in the bottom of my sewing box and set to.
Designing something went pretty well and after a little bit of faffing around with colour pencils and getting the colour placement sorted I got down to the nitty gritty of looking for scraps. My scrap basket is rather like Mary Poppins’ handbag – and even I was shocked at how much there was in there (I definitely feel another scrappy rug project coming on!).
Very soon I had this….
and then this…
and then the trouble began. You see it didn’t cross my mind when I was playing with my graph paper that I maybe needed to worry about points. Now I think maybe I shouldn’t have been so gung ho. There are an awful lot of fiddly points and angles meeting in this and I had no idea that it was so difficult to get really nice crisp centres with EPP.
It was very frustrating…very, very frustrating….
So I gave up for a bit and went and defrosted the freezer. If you have any idea how much I utterly detest doing this, then you might have a glimpse of what sort of a state I was in.
Then I did a bit more, and it didn’t really go much better…
So I cleaned the AGA – another detested job….
And then finally got my prototype finished…
From a distance it’s now passable, but I can say hand on heart that the points would have been way, way better if I’d made this on the machine. I think I must be doing something wrong on the points, so today I’m going to have another go on the second block.
However – I like my pattern and I think it will be really nice when I can put several blocks together – the sides will either produce cream or coloured squares which I can play around with to make secondary patterns. I do just wonder of everyone in the whole bee will hate me for ever more for all the acute angles they’ll have to deal with.
There’s way more to this EPP malarky than meets the eye I can tell you!!