Sunday, 6 May 2012

you should join in

Aylin made this pillow last week, for Tacha. To say I am jealous is an understatement, I am sick to my back teeth with envy. But it did make me think, I should make myself one like hers using texty prints for backgrounds.

PTS 7 - Angel Pillow 'Lyrics on Hexies'...

I'm currently on my third pillow using Silent Cinema in the same pattern but mixing up the backgrounds, so instead of wheels, you get flowers. I've shown you a gazillion times, but like this...

More spring carnival in progress

And this little quilty is at Long Armed Chris' being custom quilted all fancy dan ready for it's trip to Sewing Summit later this year (where I'll be teaching a class on - you guessed it - this pattern, amongst other stuff English Paper Piecy).

spring carnival

So Aylin thought a sew-along might be a fun idea, not a strict one where there would specific posts or anything but a group where you should share pictures of your ferris wheel blocks, or spring carnival or whatever you'd like to call it. Sometimes I like to call it the damn never ending pillow project. Because that's what it is. But then I forget it's never ending and I love it again.

You can join the flickr group here

...and there are downloadable templates/worksheets/etc etc in my tutorials section - click here, download those sheets and save them. Of course, you can still buy the acrylic templates from my etsy shop. If you are interested at all. You can find them right here.

I hope you'll come join us, Summer is on it's way, you need something to keep you occupied on those long light evenings or (if you're more lucky than us in the UK) sunny days. I know loads of you have bought my templates already, so there's no excuses. Get your asses over to the flickr group. RIGHT NOW.

24 comments:

Nicky said...

Oh yes would love to but as I still haven't started Swoon or Hopscotch apart from buying the patterns I am doubtful I will get there - though I have got your template I confess! No excuse I know...hangs head in shame!

Sally said...

I love the pillow, came out gorgeous...

Fran said...

Hello, I'm aware of two types of patchwork using paper... One where you cut a shape from paper, sew the fabric to it, iron it, then hand stitch shapes together. Then the other sort, where you seem to sew fabric onto paper with the machine, then somehow add another bit, all looks very complicated! Which one is English paper piecing, and what's the other one called?!? Thank you!

Katy said...

@Fran - english paper piecing is this kind, where you sew fabric onto/around paper templates and leave those templates in until you finish. Foundation piecing is the other kind where you use your machine. Hope that helps!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, that looks fab! Given me an idea of what to cut for my retreat class...

Leanne said...

I have joined in, and I hope to play a bit until you can teach me properly at the FQ Retreat.

verykerryberry said...

Do love that pillow and your bigger versions, scrappy vintage pieces too small for anything else would be perfect for this, just checking out the tute

heartsofhampshire said...

Wow- I too was inspired by this cusion and made a set of templates of my own as a trial but they were a little small! Thank you so much for the link to your templates, they are brilliant! I am now going to make one and yesterday managed to get the text fabric. I love english paper piecing, it is amazing how many looks can be achieved from the same pattern! H.xx

elsy said...

think i can use that lovely fabric you sent me for this.....duly signed up!

Anne said...

Wonderful pillow! EPP is too much hand work for me, but I love the way it looks when it's done!

Aylin (Nilya) said...

Thank you for posting my pillow and these lovely words ;-)

Catherine said...

oooh, I think I need to do this, I have been practising my paper piecing just recently and this will be a great portable project and use up my scraps!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning and once I've finished my hexies I'll be right over - somewhere around Christmas?!!

patchworkdelights said...

amazing! Just convo'd you thru Etsy. Love that pillow, amazing, all of it!

Isisjem said...

Oh I'm in like an English Paper Piecing Flynn. I may shameless steal the texty fabric background idea. Love me some text on fabric!

Katie said...

I am all over that, like a politician on a call girl!

Cherie said...

It is a gorgeous pillow I'll have to look into it =D

Flying Blind... said...

Will you have some templates for sale at Retreat, in a cinema ice-cream seller-style tray perhaps?

sweet diesel designs said...

Ok...so I ABSOLUTELY love that pillow and it so belongs in my house. But...my EEP skills are lacking. Sooo...I'll be taking your class at SS....

Justine said...

Oh lordy I'm loving this pillow with they text background! Now I need to invest in more text prints so I can make one for myself!!

Sarah said...

Ooh cant wait to have a go at this on the retreat!!

Nanette Merrill said...

Wish I could take a class from you.

Helen Lay said...

I've decided that this is going to be my first proper attempt at patchwork in years & my first go at quilting - after reading many blogs for inspiration/help - I love the design, hope mine turns out as nicely. A cushion is so much more achievable at the moment than a full on quilt.

pixilatedtoo said...

Love, love, LOVE your Ferris wheel! "Life's Rich Pattern" mentioned you and I am glad she did! Your work is so refreshing! ~ L

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