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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 506032 views.

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)

Sep-29

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.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Sep-29

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)

Sep-29

nice!

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!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Sep-30

I have my wee hexie basket project that I started eons ago... I started it before I learned about the Flat Back stitch...and I am not liking that the stitching is showing...

Might just have to REDO the whole entire thing with the Flat Back stitch..

I got a set of the SewTites - magnetic pieces that some EPPers are using with Flat Back to keep the pieces snuggled up against each other.. Have not tried them much yet. They seem like they are overkill for the wee hexies but your project is bigger so they might just work for you.

I saw those at a recent show but wondered if they wouldn't still slip around.  I've just been using masking tape and it works pretty well - though I think I'll want clear tape when I go to match the seams piece to piece.  I did resort to folding the pieces together when I started the seam, just so I could get a couple of stitches right on the corners.   I couldn't see them well due to the seam allowance folded over. 

I'm going to go through my scraps tonight and see what pieces are big enough to get the 6 blades out of the same fabric.  I don't have very many largish pieces left as I had already gone through and cut out for 2 other projects - kind of odd to think I don't have a lot of scraps.  But plenty in the folded fabrics.

Oh look, just noticed that leaves are starting to fall outside my window - yipee, fall is here!  We've still had pretty hot temps during the day (90's) but the mornings & evenings are cooling off some.

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