Monday, January 13, 2014

English Paper Piecing Addiction Group Meeting

This morning was the first monthly meeting of the English Paper Piecing Addiction Group for 2014.  We meet at Back Door Quilt Shop in Greenwood, and there were a lot of familiar faces as well as those that are new to English Paper Piecing.  We always start with show and tell which is always full of inspiration.

This is a pieced hexie quilt.

These hexagons are made with a lot of the fabrics from the Blueberry Crumble line of fabric by Moda.  

More pieced hexies.

This one is an I Spy hexagon quilt that is hand quilted.  

This is a small version of the Sue Daley pattern, Baskets for You.

A beautiful paper pieced pineapple quilt.  

These are blocks from It Takes Two by Sue Daley.  There is applique' and embroidery that goes in the center of the circles.  This is the quilt that I started in the Sue Daley class.  These are NOT my circles, but I wish they were.  

This is Teri's circle.  She is just starting her quilt.  

This is Coconut Ice another Sue Daley pattern.

Cassie's Quilt is another by Sue Daley.  Linda and Teri, owners of Back Door are making this quilt.  The blocks are just gorgeous.  They are English Paper Pieced and are a lot like a Dresden Plate.  There is a circle in the center so there are no center seams to match.  

Here are a few photos from inside Back Door:  

There are lots of samples and interesting displays.

A display of Sue Daley quilts.

These photos show just a small part of the shop.  

Of course, there is shopping.  I bought the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts and a few reds and greens to work on the Benjamin Biggs quilt.  I'm also collecting Halloween fabrics for a friend in Australia.  

Since Cassie's quilt has some applique', Teri did a demonstration of how to prepare freezer paper applique' for needleturn.  She used a small Clover iron along with some gorgeous fabrics from a bundle that she showed us.  I've seen a tutorial for this method on several blogs including Tattered Garden Quilting.  Nancy uses 3 layers of freezer paper ironed together to give the applique a nice crisp edge.  Back Door now sells triple thickness freezer paper.  I've been thinking about trying this method of applique' prep for awhile.  I bought the liquid spray starch at the grocery the other day, so seeing this demonstration has really made me want to give this method a try.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Well........I was in the car with the key in the ignition, and I was ready to drive away when I decided to go back in and buy the iron and the fabric bundle.  I just couldn't get that fabric bundle out of my mind, and I can't really try the applique' prep without the little iron, right?  I know it was an impulse buy, but I think it was a good one.  
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 


  1. Oooh! I could easily be a member of this group! Ha! Lovely eye candy - what fabulous inspiration! I want to learn to appliqué, and I'm intrigues by the freezer paper method you talked about. I think I need to go find a tutorial and bookmark it for future reference!

  2. What an amazing bunch of projects, LuAnn! And it looks like such a cute shop.
    Sometimes those impulse buys are the best.
    Think how sorry you would have been had you gone home without it!! : )

  3. Looks like a talented group and you are going to have fun. I would have gone back for the bundle too :).

  4. Love that shop! Have been known to take a break there when I was driving from Chicago to KY by myself. If I left at the right time, they were just opening!

    Hope you are warm!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. I love EPP AND hope to post some more pics of my patchwork of the Crosses blocks this weekend.

  6. Hi LuAnn,
    I think you will be happy you bought the little iron and especially that bundle of fabric. I have already worn out two little clover irons.
    I also like your reds and greens for the BB quilt. I have prepped block one of mine and can’t decide if I choose too dark of a red.
    I have never seen triple thickness freezer paper but would sure like to have some. I searched around their site but no luck finding it to order.

  7. I wish I lived closer so I could join that group. VBG! A bit far away in New Zealand :-)
    Lovely quilt show!

  8. Such pretty quilts! I love how so many of them are out of the ordinary hex quilts.

  9. wow what great inspiration! I love the pineapple quilt.
    Hooray for you - following your instinct on the iron and fabric!

  10. What a feast for the eyes! Thanks for sharing!


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