I'm having fun with English paper piecing (EPP) again. I'm taking a class by (snail) mail. SisterStitches is teaching it from the store she manages, Bear Patch Quilts in Minnesota. I love this class! Every month I get a nice packet from Bear Patch. It contains some instructions from SisterStitches (and a recipe and a word-of-the-day and whatever else she feels like talking about!), some cardboard EPP shapes, and the appropriate plexiglas templates for those cardboard shapes.
Here are some of the hexagons I've made so far for the class. I've chosen to use brown and light blue fabrics, with a couple a zingers thrown in alongside them.
When I first started with EPP, I was simply sewing hexagons to each other to make a design (a la Grandmother's Flower Garden). But in this class I am making the hexagons from other shapes. That makes it a lot more interesting.
All of our hexagons finish at 2 1/2 inches along the side. When finished, we will have enough hexagons for a wall hanging sampler.
It's really interesting how I can make different designs by my choice of fabric. In the above photo you can see how I made some concentric circles by placing my fabric in just the right way.
I'm really enjoying this class (did I already say this!?!?) and look forward each month to receiving that new packet in the mail. I also have to tell you that SisterStitches is a great teacher!