I'm was going to be teaching my first class in 3 years tonight - but unfortunately due to winter illness it's going to be postponed to next week. So from next week I won't be stitching in isolation.
I have the plain dyed fabric to be used - I also have a vast number of needles to be shared with my students (I probably have more than most retailers - 500 each of sizes 10 and 12), and some lovely basic supplies of graph paper, mechanical pencils, rulers, and scissors - all that you need to get started.
We don't have central heating and the fire has not been pumping out as much heat as we would like so I have not done much stitching in the last few days but hopefully that will change; I have just started on the last quarter of the cushion cover so hopefully next week it will be on it's way to being finished and then I can share the twist.
I'm also linking up to Lily's Quilts for the second time for the Small Blog Meet:
Small Blog Meet
So here's a little about me and my small blog.
I'm Danielle - soon to be 30 - I live with my husband (Al) and our 3 small boys (J 4, A 2 and L 7 months) in East London (technically Essex) on a partially-renovated (very partially) former French oil tanker barge.
I'm a Kiwi he's a Brit and our boys say things like mulk and watch Buzzy Bee and lately seem to have developed a very Kiwi habit of being barefoot in the cold (I once saw a guy wearing stubbies - very short rugby shorts and jandals - flip flops whilst it was snowing - being a student it was possible he was being kept warm by a large quantity of beer).
I made my first piece of patchwork when I was 9 after being set a challenge by my mum and her patchwork and quilting house group. I then made a small English paper-pieced (EPP) wall-hanging and from there embarked on an ambitious project of a 6 foot square EPP quilt. I have not since made something as big and have in fact gone in the opposite direction of making miniature EPP pieces.
I don't get to spend as much time as I would like stitching and have a lot of different pieces on the go.
I started this blog and website to deliver my take on EPP to the world - it's not all hexagons and traditional granny-made quilts - you can make just about anything using EPP including curved pieces.
1. Peony wall-hanging made for the challenge 2. Purple 9-patch 3. The Heirloom Jewels 4. Playing with patterns in miniature 5. Animals adapted from foundation pieced patterns 6. Curve pieced cushion
In Tutorials you will find the basics for EPP as well as a tutorial for a plastic bag keeper and the block choices for the Patchwork-a-long.
Enjoy and I hope you'll join in with the Patchwork-a-long and start developing a passion for EPP.