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Tumbler Fish: A Free EPP Pattern for Your Piecing Pleasure

Diane Thu, 08/13/2015 - 19:09

Tumbler Fish: a Free EPP Pattern


Several weeks ago, I had one of those flashes of inspiration and came up with the idea of turning tumbler patches into little fishies. They work perfectly! And so I contacted the lovely folks at Paper Pieces, where I get my tumbler templates, and offered them a free Tumbler Fish pattern to share on their website.

Tumbler Fish, a Free English Paper Piecing PatternThey said yes, and so I came up with five cool designs for these fishies, some fabric suggestions, and a sheet of tumbler graph paper for designing on, and set up a free PDF - which you can grab right over here.

I think these little guys work a lot like hexie flowers - they're easy to assemble, and then you can make all kinds of designs with them depending on how you arrange your fabrics. And there are good opportunities to use fussy cuts on the body and tail sections!


Tumbler Fish, a Free EPP Pattern

Tumbler Fish: a Free EPP Pattern

Portland: Meet Me at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! This Weekend

Diane Sat, 08/08/2015 - 10:00

Demo-ing EPP at Fabric Depot
Quilt!Knit!Stitch! 2015

If you're in PDX, I hope you can visit the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show on Saturday August 15. I'll be in the Fabric Depot booth, demo-ing some EPP goodness.

Got questions? Bring 'em. I love EPP questions! Want to learn how to baste any particular shape? I'll bring the templates and teach ya. Wanna share something you're making? I'd love to see!

Get details over here. The Depot has an amazing weekend of boot events lined up.

Hear Me Talking EPP with Pat Sloan

Diane Sat, 08/08/2015 - 09:58

American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast

I was thrilled to be a guest on Pat Sloan's American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast recently. We talked about EPP history, some of my favorite techniques, and ways into designing your own EPP patterns. You can listen to the show right over here.

Free Pattern: The Cover Girl Rosette!

Diane Sat, 07/18/2015 - 20:20

I got an email from Anne the other day. She's enjoying All Points Patchwork and wanted to know where to get the templates for the rosette design on the cover. And I thought, "D'oh! Why has it never occurred to me to share that pattern?!" Sometimes the best ideas are right in front of my face. While I'm busy making coffee or something.

Anyway. Thanks to Anne's great idea, you can now download your very own PDF copy of the templates to make this block (which I'm calling the Cover Girl Rosette) right here at this link. If you make something with it, I would love to see pictures, so be sure and email me or give me a shout on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks, Anne!

The Apple-A-Day Blog Hop: Let's EPP With Curves!

Diane Fri, 07/10/2015 - 21:24

Over at at my blog, we just wrapped up the Apple-a-Day Blog hop - a whole week of projects celebrating that wonderful curvy template shape. You can click the thumbnail images above to see the participating blog posts - some really wonderful designs here!

The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop

Diane Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:52



Here's another fun blog hop in celebration of the book - and this time, five talented bloggers played with diamond templates. It seems to me that many new EPP-ers come into the craft through making hexies and then sooner or later graduate to diamonds, which are wonderfully versatile and easy to work with.

Click the thumbnail images above, and you can visit all the blogs and see how these cool projects were made!


The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop

The Fussy-Cut Hexie Challenge: a Blog Hop

Diane Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:40

To celebrate the launch of All Points Patchwork and get us all inspired in lots of new directions, I'll be hosting a series of blog hops through the end of the year. The first was The Fussy-Cut Hexie Challenge, in which five talented bloggers came up with projects based on (you guessed it) fussy-cut hexies. Click those thumbnail images above to visit the hoppers' blog posts and learn all kinds of cool tips and tricks.

Fussy-cutting, for those who haven't heard of it, is simply placing your EPP templates carefully on your fabric so that you capture a very specific bit of the design. Fussy-cutting creates all kinds of interesting design possibilities, as you can see above. Enjoy!

A Few of My Favorite Clover EPP Tools

Diane Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:31

Over at the Clover USA blog, I wax rhapsodic about some of my favorite EPP tools from their line: Black Gold Needles, Patchwork Scissors, and Wonder Clips - Oh, My! (Among others....)

Free EPP Patterns to Try

Diane Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:00

EPP Freebies 1
EPP Freebies 2

If you're looking for some quick and easy EPP projects to play with, try out these free patterns of mine. All of them come with downloadable templates!

V-Day Heart Sachet: a cute little gifty

Giant Hexie Coasters: using Robert Kaufman precut hexies.

The Diamond Instavase: turn any jar into a cute home accessory.

The Hexie Butterfly Pillow: combines EPP with a little machine sewing and embroidery.

Hexie Holiday Ornaments: a perfect project for playing with little hexagons.

The Pool Party Tea Towel: a bit of EPP to dress up a readymade towel.

Happy Piecing!

How to Enjoy English Paper Piecing Without Making 1,000 Patches

Diane Sun, 05/24/2015 - 06:22

One of the main reasons I wrote All Points Patchwork was that I wanted to give people ways to have fun with EPP and finish their projects within the calendar year. I'm a big fan of intricate Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts and millefiori, but when I EPP, I'm much more likely to embark on something small and doable. Read the post right over here, and start planning some small projects of your own!

Oh, and as a bonus, you can see some of the book's many project ideas.

All images in this post are © by Alexandra Grablewski. Used with permission.

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