Wednesday, 29 April 2015

WIP Wednesday [dilemma]

We are so close to finishing the work on our living room and dining room... it feels like it's taken forever but we have been in the new house less than a month so we're doing ok really. And when I sit down and think about it, a lot of the work that needed doing was so I could get a space to sew in the lounge... we've moved the door to the cupboard under the stairs... we've got rid of the fireplace, we've totally replastered both rooms...we've painted and painted and glossed (I hate glossing)... we have new flooring... and tonight we need to put up curtain rails, curtains, shelves. And then we can bring in the furniture - I have a lovely new sewing desk - still in the Ikea boxes.

I can't wait to share some photos of the finished rooms, but for now all I have is a sneak peak at our new carpet! It's very brave for us! And this little monster stood up and walked by herself without encouragement for the first time!

Whilst all that is going on and I'm trying not to get too stressed, I have a very different dilemma: there are so many gorgeous English Paper Piecing projects out there and I don't know which one to start first.

I have a copy of the book containing La Passacaglia, and I have the paper pieces. So many people have done such beautiful fussy cutting of this quilt, but I don't have a fussy-cutable stash and it doesn't really float my boat. But I've pulled the fabric for my first cog and realised that even with "non-fussy-cutable" fabrics, there is still the opportunity to fussy cut and get a really special quilt in the end. This is quite daunting and I'm still working out how this will work best for me, but I know I can't justify acrylic templates and a mini rotary cutter.

Last weekend I received my copy of The New Hexagon book. If you like EPP and haven't seen this yet, I strongly advise getting a copy. The blocks are wonderful, so I had a think and worked out how I'd like to set them and that I'd like to use a rainbow of colours and low volumes fabrics.

And then I was browsing Instagram and fell over #thenewhexagonmillefioriqal. I spent a while looking at the blocks being posted and I just couldn't get my head around how these cogs came from that book. Doh. Eventually I found the instructions on Katja's site and I was BLOWN AWAY! The amount of work is huge, the quilt is gorgeous and I want to start NOW!

I've also signed up for the #handpiecedminiswap and this will be another EPP project, and I'm drawn to the blocks in The New Hexagon again - I posted two colour options on Instagram this evening and so far each has the same number of likes...

In the meantime, I am of course still working on Patchwork of the Crosses and I have a little progress to share....
Fussy cut in the centre in preparation!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday

1 comment:

Lin said...

Well done Mia! Looks like lots of lovely things to think about with your EPP. xx