Hello dear friends! I hope you are all fine and having a great spring! We have had already really hot weather. This weekend we had Easter here in Greece and still today it’s a holiday. So it has been really long weekend. Many days I have been waiting to show you how I sew those little octagons and squares.
I started this project to have something to sew where ever I am and when I may have only short time during the busy summer. But as you see it has been quicker than I expected and soon I start to quilt it!
Mostly I have been sewing outside with Nero and Hanna. Often having our coffee brake at the same time. You may guess that Nero is dreaming to get piece of my bun!
First I started to baste octagons with papers I had printed from HERE.
I saw someone somewhere using paper clips and they work for me. Perhaps not the quickest way, but with them it’s really easy to make the basting stitches. And making paper piecing, we are in no hurry! You can baste by passing your thread through the paper or only the fabric. I feel it’s easier if it’s through the paper.
Then I cut small squares using a little template made with hard paper. With this template I also fold all the edges and I don’t baste them with papers.
Then it was time to start to sew them together as blocks of nine octagons – adding small white squares between.
Because I haven’t had time to make a quilt with granny squares, I thought I could try to make these to remind crochet granny squares.
After making these blocks, it was time to put them in order and start to sew them together.
It’s easy to sew octagons together but with the little squares you need to be patient.
You can see the lines on folded edges and they help you to sew the squares on a right place. Then just turn your work so that you can sew the next side.
This may feel first very complicated and it’s is a little bit, but you get used to it, as I did.
Then I sew three blocks together …
I sew with the same thread as long as I can. If I can’t continue some where but I have still thread enough, I make few stitches to secure the corner and then I lead the thread under the seam allowance to the next corner. There I make also first few secure stitches and then continue sewing. Look next photos … first I put the needle in the seam allowance …
Then I take the needle with thread out in the corner where I want to continue. Look where the scissors show …
Now I can sew the other two edges of the little white square.
Now I’m sewing more white squares between the rows so I can sew the rows together.
This is quite fun pattern and I would love to make bigger quilt like this but with sewing machine. For my next EPP project I think I use hexagons or even squares.
I have made a separate page for Paper Piecing – you find it up on my blog. There are lots of useful and helpful inspiring links for paper piecing – for English paper piecing as well as for Foundation Piesing.
When Nero lifted his head from the table, this was what I saw behind of him … Nelli had went for a walk to the pool and looked from there what we are doing …
I had some strange ‘problems’ with writing my posts and that’s why I’m behind of my schedule (which I don’t really have). I have finished the second quilt with hb’s shirts and hope to show it to you soon.
Weather has cooled a little bit and there should be some cloudy days, so then I have to be busy in the garden.
You remember that 17th of May starts the Blogger’s Quilt Festival – have you decided what quilt to show? And in June Jennifer from ‘Ellison Lane Quilts’ is having a Mini Quilt party, where I hope to have something to enter. Maybe I have finished this octagon mini-table-quilt. This year you can enter also pillows.
Thank you for visiting and reading my blog! I hope I inspired you to make (more) English paper piecing and to sew by hand! I think it’s very good way to enjoy sewing in summer, when we like to be outside and perhaps go for trips, holidays etc.
Thank you for your lovely comments! I have missed you while this un-planned short brake. Hope to see and hear from you soon again! Have a wonderful time!
PS. I like to see your photo on your blog so today when I ‘had’ to put make up to go out with friends, I did my best to take a new, decent photo for you … I’m happy with the background …