Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot ~ More EPP!

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I have so enjoyed spending the last week working with Brush Strokes, the newest fabric line by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics. Holly is so talented and has such a great eye for design, I knew that when she announced she had a fabric line coming out that it would be awesome. This line is so summery and fresh, the colors so bright and beautiful.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

I decided to continue on my new english paper piecing kick and work on a big pillow for my daughter. The centers are made with 2″ hexagons, the ring around the center is made with 2″ hexagon thirds, and the equilateral triangles have sides measuring 3-1/2″ (I just made them myself at home).

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

It’s been relaxing to have a couple of EPP projects around to work on over the summer and in the evenings. I’m usually in such a rush to finish things. It’s nice to remind myself that it’s the journey with these, and not so much the destination.

Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud9 Fabrics

You can find Brush Strokes in shops now!

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 10

We have reached the halfway point of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along ~ woohoo! Block ten, Parallel, is designed by Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely. This block is assembled using foundation paper piecing, and uses my old frenemy…geometry.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 10 / Parallel by Holly DeGroot

For those fairly new to foundation paper piecing, this one will be a little more challenging than XSpot, which was paper piecing strips. But once you get the feel for working with angles, a new world will open up to you.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 10

Here’s all ten blocks together!

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 9

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 9

Today marks Week 9 of the Summer Sampler quilt along. This week’s block is another skill builder with curves ~ we are all experts now, right? The Curves block is designed by fabric designer and screen printer extraordinaire, Karen Lewis.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 9 / Curves Block by Karen Lewis

I still need to work on my curves. This time I was able to breeze through the curved stitching (progress!), but had trouble sewing my components together to my liking. Practice makes perfect though, so I will keep trucking along with these techniques. You can see more layout ideas for full quilts using these curved units over on Karen’s blog today.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 9

Nine weeks of blocks complete! Very summery!

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits

English Paper Piecing ~ A New-to-Me Adventure

English Paper Piecing ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Every summer, around this time, I start to get the itch. You see, in the summer my kids are desperate to get outside and play. And I can’t blame them ~ when you live somewhere that gets so cold in the winter, you really appreciate the warm weather months. But being outside every day means I’m not in my sewing space every day. I know you all are creative people too, so you understand what I mean when I say I need to do or make something. It’s almost like breathing to me.

So, I’ve decided to take up some hand work. Specifically, to learn english paper piecing. I can work on projects while being outside with the kids, sitting outside at camps, and going on road trips. Everything is small and travels well. Perfect! (I feel like I’m the last blogger in existence to start down this path, but better late than never, right?)

I was never super interested in the hexie craze that happened online over the last several years. I did love the quilts I saw…I just didn’t really feel the urge to make one. But then I found Jodi from Tales of Cloth on Instagram, and I was incredibly inspired. I love the mixing of shapes! (I even ordered one of her Shape Family sets so I can play around with my own designs at home.)

English Paper Piecing ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

So far I’ve made a whole 3 “block” units. But I’m only one day in, so not bad, right? I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these yet, but I’m going to keep going. I am using 1″ hexagons and 1″ 6 point diamond pieces from Paper Pieces. Side note: I guess I didn’t realize just how small 1″ was when I ordered these! It’s small! I also ordered some books – to learn techniques, see patterns, and generally be inspired. These are All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland, The New Hexagon by Katja Marek, and Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell (affiliate links).

English Paper Piecing ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I plan to have a lot more to share as the summer progresses. Here’s to slow stitching and enjoying the outdoors at the same time!