Thursday, April 26, 2012

English Paper Piecing

A few weeks back, I took part in a workshop for a little sewing technique called english paper piecing (a very old-school method of quilting which uses a paper template).

Having 2 young boys makes it difficult, if not impossible to escape into my sewing room most days, and so I was in the market for something new, and portable to fill my creative needs. This workshop sounded like it was just that new something I needed. Once the initial step of ironing your template (butcher or freezer paper) to your fabric is complete, you can take it absolutely anywhere!

The workshop was held at The Workroom in Toronto.
It was incredibly tough to concentrate on the workshop with all those shelves of beautiful fabric calling to me. I couldn't imagine "working" here. My earnings would be spent every week before even being deposited in the bank!
Needless to say, I did not leave empty-handed.

English Paper Piecing is fabulous. I have just set about making hexagons with no ideas quite yet of what I'm making. Possibly something small? A pouch, bag, cushion cover maybe?... Or maybe I'll just go full-on and head for a queen size. That's what I really want.

For now, I'll just keep putting these together, all non-committal like, and see where it leads me!

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  1. Looks like you've already made a good start. Nice mix of fabrics. Very cool!

  2. Wowzers... look at that fabric. You're right about earnings all spent. Love your hexagons. Whatever the end use!
    I think I'm going to look into that place for other workshops! Get my sewing bug on.

  3. LOVE THOSE! Go for the Queen baby! I just picked up most of the fabric I need to start my Queen quilt too. I have a lot of cutting ahead of me! Happy Weekending J!