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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 505350 views.

ok figured this photo out. Got a hanging sleeve made today. Need to sew it on and also need to make a lable.


From: Mishii


That is amazing. What a fantastic community resource!

well sure glad I made another block to test the Spinning Wheels block before I cut tons of fabric.  My plan of piecing the hexagon using freezer paper then wrapping around card stock & joining by hand is NOT going to work.  I made another block last night and wrapping the hexigon around the card I cannot get it even where the seams meet at the intersection.  If I do it according to the instructions using regular paper piecing, it would be precise enough to work, but not the way I was trying.  Even that way, it would be very fiddly with the Y seams.  I "might" try one block as EPP and see if it's manageable.  But right now I'm thinking I don't want to go down this particular rabbit hole.  I've already got one frustrating hand piecing project, once it is done I do NOT want to start another.  

Those of you who have done EPP, is this a good candidate or too much?  I would want to do the hexagon in the center as one piece (1" on a side).  I've done a lot of hand piecing, but never EPP before.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


I can see doing the blades as EPP and that would get you the accuracy you want but will involve more piece preparation. Trying to do it with prepared pieces of fabric with seams is just asking for trouble in my book. 

I would do the middle hexie by applique...after you stitch the rest of the block.

For EPP... look at videos of the Flat Back stitch...I like that way better than the whip stitch that most EPP uses. And its faster as well.

thanks Suze.  I will definitely check out your suggestion, I'm not a big fan of the whip stitch, too often you can see it on the front. and yes, agree with the middle as applique.  I will try a couple of blocks this way before I decide.  In the meantime thinking about applique possibilities.  I have a kit which I inherited for various applique hearts, I might do a few blocks of that in the interim.


From: judyinohio


Decided to take a break from the sewing machine and work on a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and my neck started hurting. Fiddle dee dee.

So it's back to the sewing machine and here's a little bit of progress on the pretty mini Dresden Plate wall hanging (or place mat or whatever it will be).  I certainly like how the green "plates" start to curve automatically as I stitch them together. 

That's my "Purple Thang" on the bottom left that I've been using to poke out the tips of each segment. Certainly have gotten my money's worth out of that piece of plastic that I bought decades ago from whomever it was that was selling it.  (Who is the woman that sold that anyway?)

ETA:  Answered my own question:  Lynn Graves

  • Edited September 29, 2021 6:59 pm  by  judyinohio

You are making progress. Looks great.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)



I have a Purple Thang too..

Suze thanks so much for telling me about the back stitch.  Part of why I had been hesitant about EPP is I don't like how you can see the stitches on the front - it always seems distracting to me.  I really like how this 1st one turned out.  The stitches are completely invisible.  I had already printed several pages of the machine paper piecing patterns on freezer paper, so I just ironed the pages to a 2nd sheet and cut them out without the seam allowances and I'm using that instead of card stock for the forms.  It is working very well, though on occasion I have to re-fuse them to the fabric.  I'm then gluing down the seams.  Also using masking tape to hold the pieces together while I sew using the back stitch method.  I'm not sure how well that will work once you start sewing the larger rows together, but will cross that bridge when I get to it.  No idea how large this will eventually be. 

I can see how the precision of EPP could become addictive for me.  I'm already feeling the siren song to tempt me away from finishing my current forever project of hand piecing - MUST FINISH that one!