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28 February 2020

The possible insert


Well here's what I'm proposing to do to add to the final round. I'm also showing you what it's going to be backed onto as well so you can see my conundrum!!! 

I'll sew these inserts on (if that's what I decide) and then put the backing fabric wrong side up on the table. I'll then fold the sides of the backing fabric upwards and tuck them under the EPP cloth. This'll all take a lot of mumbling and grumbling and accuracy but hopefully very little of the backing will show on the finished piece. We'll see - this is still just speculation!!!!





26 February 2020

Well I promised!!


Here's the update on the cloth.

Yes, it finally has a finishing post and a reason to 'be'!!!  It's going to be a cloth.  Not sure I'll ever use it but you never know!!! It'll certainly cheer up a dark spot in anybody's house although sun glasses might be needed as it's rather bright!!!

I'm pleased with it so far but am now debating on the finishing off.  

I think I'm going to make inserts where the big hexagons meet on that final round.  I'll do one this evening and show you tomorrow and then I'll decide if I need to do another 23 or just finish it off as it is!!!  

24 February 2020

Thanks to Julibeth

I've got something to talk about today!!! 

I'm sorry about the blog going quiet but I'm frantically working on getting my big EPP (patchwork) finished. I'll show you progress later this week so don’t give up on me!!!

Julibeth has joined the Exclusive Tatting Club and you can find her entry right at the bottom of this page here.

Thanks for the compliment too, Julibeth. Writing techniques and patterns really does keep me out of a lot of mischief although I do find it from time to time!!! Mischief, I mean. Well you need a bit of fun in life, eh?

Just to tease my readers I'm only putting one of the pictures on this post to 'encourage' you to go and look at the Exclusive Tatting Club and see what everybody's been doing!!!

21 February 2020

Final section

Well here it is - the thing you've been waiting for. Or not!!!

The final section of the final round of the EPP. 

It's going to take me a while to get this 'lot' done but I'm enjoying doing them and the break from other crafty things. Tatting still happens as I'll never be able to give that up!!!!

Strange things have happened on these photos!!! The top one is the true colouring - the bottom one has been changed for some reason!!!



17 February 2020

Not a lot!

Well I’m afraid I’m not going to have a lot to show you this week!!! 

Life has become somewhat disrupted lately due to this, that and t’other so I’ve not had the energy to think of something new to do or say!!! A relief some of you might say!!!

I am, however plodding along with the EPP project. That’s English Paper Piecework for those who (like me!) need a translation. I’ve always called it patchwork but I live and I learn! 

I will keep you updated later this week on progress.

14 February 2020

Decisions, decisions and no decisions!!!

I agonise over colours when starting (and during) projects!!

As I’ve probably mentioned before I need another new project to take out and about so decided that I’d do a diamond patchwork one like I’ve done many times before. This time in a size 40 as I do like the lacy look of 40 and it’s easier to pick up and put down too. 

You’ve seen the pink diamond motif before back here and the pink is here.  I no longer have the pink one it as I didn’t like it very much and gave it away!!! So I made the green and lilac/purple (not sure how to describe that colour!) and am happier with that. Problem I now have is choosing more colours to go with it. I tried the green and yellow combination (bottom right in the top picture) but that didn’t look right to me. So, all my size 40 threads came out and I’m still trying to decide!!!!




13 February 2020

Another section

Here's another section of my big English paper piecing (patchwork). 

First of all the pieces as I cut them out and then the section sewn together. 

There's a huge difference between the colour choices of the section I blogged on Monday but that's because I wanted/needed a contrast. 

I'm not sure if this will be the middle section of the sides or the corner. Well, I'm not sure because I've forgotten what I decided!!!! Typical I hear you say!!

I'll keep you posted!!!



12 February 2020

Purple and green


Having 'fallen out' with the pink diamonds here I decided to try completely different colour combinations. I really like this combination but, of course, I now have to try and find colours I LIKE to go with these!!! 

Often people say I've got a good sense of colour and ask how I choose. Well, the answer to that is I don't know how I do it and I make many, many mistakes etc. I'll show you more later this week.

10 February 2020

The next round!


No, not of the diamond project - still trying to decide on that!!! 

This time I’m showing you the next round of the English paper piecing (patchwork). 

I spent hours a few days ago cutting out the shapes for this final round. That’s a LOT of time and not much fabric either got used!!!

I decided on these for the sides. Well the sides will have 3 motifs so I am making two the same and the middle one in the side different. These are the ‘same’ ones. First picture is the pieces cut out (I take photos to remind BC3 what is going to happen!) and underneath is them sewn together. One done and many to do!!  Actually 23.


7 February 2020

A day out!


I went on a day out last Sunday and it was well out of my comfort zone too!!!

The craft group I go to on a Tuesday morning consists mainly of neighbours in our two roads. Our roads are sort of ‘isolated’ but near the centre of the town. It’s a one way road so we don’t get too much traffic and we really, really get on well with each other. Help is always on hand with any problems if needed. 

One of our members has a niece (here’s a link) who teaches and makes ceramics and she runs ‘hare days’. We decided to take a day out and have a ‘go’ at hares!!!

Well I did some pottery and ‘stuff’ at teacher training college and did another course some years later when the kids were little too. Both of those were a LONG, LOOOONG time ago and I didn’t expect to get anything resembling a hare done!  In the end mine does look vaguely like a hare. I won’t see it again for a few weeks as it’s gone to be fired etc. 

Great day with lovely friends.

5 February 2020

Black earrings


Do you remember these earrings? Well it turns out that I’d only got one when I got home a week or two ago. Lost on my walk - somewhere near the canal basin! I wasn’t that bothered as I wasn’t that sure I liked them after a few times of wearing them. 

The saddest part of the loss was the demise of the fabulous beads I bought in America last year. Still I’m glad I bought two strings of them. 

So I got the good old scissors out to the one earring and demolished it!! Instead I thought I’d try another idea and used black thread with gold seed beads as well. I really like this pair. 

The one on the right looks sort of ‘bent’ but it isn’t really. Just the way it got slammed down on the scanner!!  I'm not exactly gentle with my jewellery, you know!!!

3 February 2020

Next round completed


I’ve had a bit of a break from the patchwork (English paper piecing). I got sidetracked by Handy Hands and their calendar!!! I wanted to submit a pattern for that but it took some time for a ‘good idea’ to hit BC3. Finally it did but more about that much, much later.

So now that’s off my ‘to do’ list I’m going to have another sewing session. Well that’s when I can find all the bits and bobs!!! 

I did manage to finish the last round that I was working on while I was at my various craft clubs and this is what it looks like now (well, if you wander further down the page). 

I then spent a few days wondering how to finish the edges off and straighten them a bit. In the end I decided that I’d do another round!!! Am I bonkers or am I bonkers?

No need to answer that if you don’t want to!


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