I really did not know I would love doing English Paper Piecing as much as I do. I have made grandma's flower garden blocks before but not the EPP method. I saw a post on on Instagram by Sweet Girl Studio from Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe. It was this gorgeous Christmas quilt called Sugared Hexagons.
I followed the link to the shop and ordered the kit. I had no idea how to do English Paper Piecing so I searched and found a tutorial with Jenny Doan and Sue Daley on the Missouri Star You Tube channel. Jenny said she felt Sue was the queen of EPP and I really learned a lot from the tutorial on how to cut, prepare and sew the hexagons. I started making hexies and was immediately in love with the process of fussy cutting and arranging the little pieces. I love puzzles and moving and rearranging things so this was perfect. And, this is a very handy project to work on while we watch tv in the evenings. (We really love British mysteries. I know we are watching their reruns but that is ok.)
Shortly after I started making my little blocks I received the Moda Piece book with the new Christmas fabrics from all the designers. This is the book your local quilt shop receives to have a look see.
Then one of the fabulous sales reps comes to their store with the actual fabric samples for them to order. I have a little inside perk because I am a Moda fabric designer. I was able to get my hands on fabric samples from 8 Moda designers. I am now making an All Moda Christmas EPP quilt with those fabrics. These fabrics are not in shops yet but will ship in May, June and July. I will be posting my progress here and on my Instagram and Facebook pages.
I chose 8 fabrics to play with to get started.
These are some of the blocks I am auditioning before I whip stitch them together.
The first two are different color-ways of the same fabrics.
The next two are the same block but with different centers.The black center is from another line of fabric but I like it in the block.
The next three are all different but sometimes I have favorites. I really like the center one.
Again the first two below are the same block but the centers are different. I like the white with red snowflake the best I think. I do love the last block that all the hexies are different.
My goal is for this to be an adventure that you can share with me. I have a lot more fabric than I can use for my quilt so I will be giving some away. I will be posting my progress and introducing you to fabrics and the designers. I can not start giving away fabrics until the shops have received their fabrics. We love our local quilt shops and want them to be your go to for all things Moda.
In my next post about this I will be using Home Sweet Holidays by Deb Strain.
This is how the fun will build.
In order to be in the running to possibly win some of these beautiful fabrics you can:
1. Follow my blog posts.
2. Follow me on Instagram debbie_maddy.
3. Like and follow my Facebook page. Tiori Designs-Debbie Maddy
4. Sign up for my newsletter on my website. Tiori Designs by Debbie Maddy
5. Share my posts with your friends and tag them to enter.
I may think of some other ways for you to enter. Each thing you do will give you one entry. Each time you tag a friend counts as one entry.
I will be giving away groups of fabrics so you can make your own hexies.
The final giveaway will be a kit for the entire quilt top.
AND when I have the quilt finished and quilted I will be donating it to a raffle to benefit a food bank.
FYI-Moda gave me the sample fabrics but there is no one else involved in this.
It is not sponsored by Instagram or Facebook. I am not getting paid to do this, I just want to have some fun.
PS : This post is my Joy for today. What is your joy today? If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you can see my joy everyday. Hugs to everyone!
Yes this is open to anyone anywhere.