For me, spring time brings a renewed sense of energy and creativity. Last week, I gave in to trying a technique I'd been putting off for some time, English Paper Piecing. I'm smitten! I knew that would happen, which is why I was putting it off - thinking of it as a distraction rather than what it is, a floodgate to beautiful new ideas. Hours spent stitching lovely shapes together to form new, more intricate shapes have given way to some exciting quilt ideas, which I can't wait to share with you as they blossom.
I made this Pinterest board for our inspiration, yours and mine. In the photo above, the center EPP is one of eight diamonds that make up the Flying Swallows block. It's an old pattern that I've actually had in my collection for years, (all the while, completely unfamiliar with EPP!), so when I found it the other day, I immediately made templates, chose fabrics and glued up all the pieces for one block. Positively addictive. The two stars in the above photo don't have a specific used yet, but will likely make their way into a piece at some point. The jewel and hexi shapes are so relaxing to stitch, they effortlessly come together as stars in about an hour.
If you're feeling inspired to give EPP a try, or to expand your skills, many beautiful books are available today. All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland gave me the confidence to start EPP, providing excellent instruction, helpful photos and templates. The sheen and hand of our gorgeous sateen fabrics beg for EPP. Our colors work well together, and the Fat Quarters and Charms would be an especially handy way to begin your next EPP or applique.