This past weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend, more affectionately known as May 2-4 in some circles. With the epic man-project complete (tractor trailer turned RV hauler, a post will emerge at some point), we hitched up and headed out to the Grand Bend Motorplex to take in the first racing weekend of the summer and enjoy some cheap camping. We had two trailers, a motor home, two tents and one guy sleeping in his van in our entourage, and we had a really great time! The weather was sunny but very cool with the wind blowing off Lake Huron, so we were still wearing our jeans and sweatshirts along with hats and sunscreen.
Typically, while the boys take in the racing from the grandstand in the afternoon, I stay behind and hang out under the awning, have a beverage, and do some crafting while William naps. This weekend I brought with me some English Paper Piecing (EPP) that has been languishing on my shelf since the fall. I really like the traditional cream and red fabric combination, and think these types of fabrics would make a lovely quilt for my mother, as I know she likes this look as well. I have a few more hexagons to go to reach the size needed, and then I will sandwich a layer of batting between the hexagons and a piece of backing fabric and quilt them together to produce the front of a pillow. I’ll use a coordinating red and cream fabric for the back of the pillow, add a zipper opening and some pompom fringe, and my vision will be complete. I’m thinking I might hand quilt the front in perle cotton which would make another great little portable project for a weekend camping.
I’m not sure where I first learned about EPP, but like most things in my brain it likely started with Pinterest. From there I ended up on Flossie Teacakes’ blog, and then I just gave it a go. She has a lot of good information and beautiful projects, and I just love to see what she’s working on over there.
For this particular project I used the Sizzix Rose Star die I purchased last year to cut the 1-1/2″ cardstock papers and 1-3/4″ fabric hexagons, which was so quick, convenient and assuredly perfect. My little hexagons were already basted when I picked up my tackle box of goodies again, so that was a bonus. Admittedly, I glue baste, and I’m not ashamed! In some endeavours I am a purist, but the temporary basting of fabric is certainly not one of them.
I think this little tackle box from Canadian Tire is the perfect organizer for all the little notions needed for EPP, and the lid has two snaps so items don’t accidentally fall out and get lost. The horror. Four little things I couldn’t do without for EPP are: Wonder Clips, The Bottom Line 60 wt. thread, Sewline Fabric Glue Pen and needle threaders for the tiny eyes on those No. 9 needles.
I can’t wait to show off the finished project, although I’m likely keeping it as a ‘camping only’ (read: long term) project for a bit so that I have something prepped for when we go away. Would there be anything worse than forgetting your crafts on a weekend away? Not likely.