Saturday, December 01, 2018

EPP or English Paper Piecing Fun

100 hexies 100 days 2018
The 100 hexies in 100 days event on Instagram (#100hexies100days2018) was such fun that I found myself wondering what to do after it was all over!

For those of you who don't follow Instagram, here are my last few weeks of posts.

Week 12 - Something Sweet
I don't have tons of novelty fabric and by week 12, I had used most of them. That means that I had to get innovative. I went for the colour of chocolate with the props to go with the hexies. It was the brown fabric with caramel coloured dots that gave me the idea for this. Doesn't it look good enough to eat?

Purdy's single origin chocolate is not so sweet but awesome :-)
The chocolate and hexies are on one of my mother's first quilted placemat.
There's nothing quite like chocolate!
Week 13 - Halloween
Again I didn't really have Halloween fabric, so pumpkins and fall colours are featured this week. Patches comes out every fall. He's one of the first foundation paper pieced project I ever made, and certainly the largest to date.
Black and orange hexies keep Patches company
Week 14 - You're a Gem
I have been collecting Alison Glass' fabrics for a little while. If these are not gem-like, I don't know what is!
Amazing Alison Glass fabrics
I used my rock and petrified wood collection to show off the gem hexies. I love rocks. I don't know much about them and I certainly don't know their names, but I'm a Northern Ontario mining town girl and it's in my blood.
All kinds of rocks and some petrified wood to go with the hexies
 Some day these fabrics (and a few others) are going to make an amazing quilt!
Even the background looks like sand!
So Far...
This is the result of my 100 hexies in 100 days event. There are probably a few more, but not many. I'm going to keep making them, but definitely at a slower pace.
Putting them all far
What next?
It's probably a good thing that the 100 hexies in 100 days event is over since I still have lots of work to do on the Kingfisher Stitch-Along. It's officially over but there are still some great finished quilts being posted on Instagram (see the link in Related links below).
More batik hexies, pinned and ready to be stitched
This weekend I'm getting ready to go away to Italy to pick up my daughter. I'm meeting her in Venice and then we are spending a few days in Florence. I've decided to pack these up with some cut fabric to make more hexies. I don't sew on the plane since there just isn't enough room but I'm sure that I'll have some quiet time to stitch a little during the trip.

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for December
I called it November Madness and that's exactly what it was. I'm going to keep Charlotte's t-shirt/dress quilt as my OMG for December since I got lots done in November, but not my OMG. I did work on it, but there is still a lot of free motion quilting left to be done. At this point I have to consult my FMQ journal to see what FMQ designs to use on the borders.
t-shrt and border quilted
One t-shirt and border done - many more borders to go!

What I learned

  • Starting the month with a post that includes Madness in it's title was probably asking for trouble! It was a mad but productive month. 😊
  • I had a blast playing with hexies every week. Sometimes it was a bit of a pain, but mostly I loved it. I'm happy to say that my posts were a bit late only a couple of times.
  • It may take a long time to get a lap quilt out of my small hexies, but there's no hurry. It's very much a WIP (work in progress)!
  • I'm looking forward to getting back to my larger 1" hexies from the Kingfisher Stitch Along. I even bought a few batiks since I last worked on these, so I'll be cutting these up today to bring with me.
  • I knew that trying to get Charlotte's quilt done by the end of November was being very ambitious but that's ok. I did work on it a little and will keep at it when I get back.

Related links
I will be hosting Throwback Thursday this week for Sandra of mmm! Quilts, so please come and post something so that Sandra keeps working with me 😊

Linking parties
I'll be linking this post to the December OMG goal setting link-up as well as many others. Let's see what's happening! Free Motion Mavericks, Finished or Not Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward, What I Made Monday, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday,


  1. Quelle patience ! Tous tes héxagones sont magnifiques, j'adore ceux inspirés par le chocolat ;-)

    1. Merci Frédérique. Le chocolat c'est toujours inspirant!

  2. Beautiful hexies! Hope your t-shirt quilting goes well this month.

  3. Lovely hexies you've made. Those Kingfisher hexies look interesting. Hexies are fun.

    1. Thanks! They are both fun and addictive (and fat-free!) I'm really enjoying working with the batiks.

  4. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilt One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

    1. Thanks Patty. I'm really hoping to get this one done since there's a young girl who would like her new quilt :-)

  5. Beautiful! I love how you were creative with the fabrics that you already had. The chocolate hexies do look delicious, and I love your Halloween mini! The t-shirt quilting is looking amazing, looking forward to seeing more.


    1. Thanks Soma. It's so easy to get addicted to these hexies! I'm also looking forward to seeing the t-shirt quilt finished :-)

  6. EPP is so fun and your hexies are just gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Susie. I'll be posting some Florence pictures with a few hexies. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time at home with them very soon!

  7. Hello Andrée,

    The trip to pick up your daughter sounds wonderful! Good to see you are making the most of her being in Italy. My daughter will be coming home from Belfast soon. Somehow I have no urge to rush over to collect her.

    All your projects are fabulous. I love the T shirt quilt, such a lovely woodland scene.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks - your quilt is this week's featured project!

    Love, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv. I've never been to Belfast, which is pretty exotic compared to Ottawa:-) Hope you had (have) a great time with your daughter. The t-shirt quilt is finally almost done (it's my OMG and Charlotte wants her quilt soon!). Hope you have a great Christmas and thanks for featuring my project.
      All the best, Andree

  8. All of those hexies are so pretty! I love chocolate and caramel together, so that block definitely looked yummy to me!

  9. Thanks Christine, isn't it funny what we see in fabric? Chocolate and caramel and all things yummy? I often see sherbert in fabric. I think they'se a theme there :-)


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