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Thread: First attempt at EPP - beginning Grandmothers Flower Garden

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    Super Member Jennifer22206's Avatar
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    This is my first try at English Paper Piecing. :) I think I'm hooked.

    I'd like to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt.. this silly flower took me over 2 hours to do. I can only imagine the time that's going to be required for a queen size quilt. Maybe it'll be done when my 2 year old goes to college...
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    Really nice! I am just going to start one too-got a ton of hex's cut and a nice kit made up for traveling (see my post a day or two ago). I think it will go faster as you get going. At least, I hope so!

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    me too! At least I can do something productive on my lunch now. :) I have a whole bunch of hexies cut out, and I'm cutting up fabrics now to use. Hopefully this'll put a dent in my 2.5" square tub!

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    Looks beautiful! 2 hours of very worthy work!!

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    Really nice work! Looks like a beautifully sewn one. Worth every minute.

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    Very nice!

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    Looking good. These go a lot faster than you think. You'll be done before you know it. :-)

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    Gorgeous work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    This is my first try at English Paper Piecing. :) I think I'm hooked.

    I'd like to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt.. this silly flower took me over 2 hours to do. I can only imagine the time that's going to be required for a queen size quilt. Maybe it'll be done when my 2 year old goes to college...
    Hi Jennifer,

    Your GFG flower looks great!

    You will find this is a long term project. It makes for a great take along project to have hand work to fill up any time you need to be sitting and waiting.

    Work up a project bag with the necessary supplies so that it's always ready to grab and to have with you as you head out the door. You can work to have a stack of material pre-cut, along with the hexagon pattern pieces.

    Then you can work them in stages. One stage is sewing the fabric around the hexagons. Another stage is sewing them together. As you complete each flower, have another set project box at home to keep them as they're completed. The next stage is laying out the flowers as you wish them to appear. Number them or pin them together so you know which to sew together.

    Then as you progress lay out each section, marking how they go together. As the project gets bigger you will probably prefer to sew the large sections together at home. Before you know it you'll have a bed quilt all sewn!

    Also I just wanted to share a luxury item for GFG projects. It's called Quilt Patti's. They are plastic pattern pieces, that can be flipped out after a flower is sewn together to use for the next flower section.

    Following is a link for information:

    http://quiltpati.tripod.com/id12.html

    A tip for using the paper pieces is to punch a hole in the middle of each hexagon. This makes it easier to remove the paper.
    Also don't sew through the paper as you wrap the fabric around each hexagon pattern piece.

    Pam M

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    I use squares and havn't seemed to notice too much bulk. I also ran across something called quilt patties. I got them half price at a quilt show, but I would gladly have paid full price for them! If I were on a bujet like I am trying to be I would try to make plastic templetes out of butter bowl lids, The plastic made a huge diffrence for me!

    I have hundreds of paper templets ran off in a couple diffrent sizes. If anyone wants them for the shipping I will gladlt forward them to you. It will save on ink and paper for you. I just hate to waste paper,

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