Cushions, Hexie Love and EPP

So, where was I ? Oh yes, my marathon making session! It seems a long time ago now…

As many of you know I am a printmaker at heart and jump at the chance to print on anything and mark make.  Having got my hands on some lovely white canvas and impulse buying some variegated mango Aurifil thread I decided to test out some block printing.  Why not! I found the surface of the lino didn’t take with the fabric ink but gave a pooling effect when printed.  Which I kind of liked!   The variegated thread pulls the design together and I used it to crosshatch quilt over the entire cushion top.


I see more block printing in my future and will be experimenting more with this technique on fabric.    I love the effect of rawness and simplicity  you can get from this process.

You know those quilts made entirely by hand?  Amazing, huh!  I have always been completly in awe of those that can commit to making a whole quilt using English Paper Piecing.  Hand stitching has never really been my area of strength…  However, when I saw Jodie from Tales of cloth had brought out EPP shape packs, and the amazing blocks that were being made from them on Instagram, I couldn’t help myself but get a packet or two and have a go.  Jodie is holding a family pack competition which is running until the end of September if I remember correctly.  So if you are in any way into EPP or want to try it out I would thoroughly recommend  heading over to Tales of Cloth grabbing a pack and joining in the fun.  I am absolutely hooked and currently have stitchers claw to prove it!

I will write a bit more about my makes using the family packs later, but for now, here is a cushion top made while waiting for my packs to arrive.  Just to prepare myself, you know..  I picked up some useful EPP tips from Lucy from Charm About You and realised I had been using way too much glue for basting!!  Check out her blog through the link.  She’s fab! 

In other news I have a couple of new stockists, Whoot!  Edinburgh Printmakers have a selection of my Project bags, Stacking baskets and Coin purses.  And from the 24th August I will have a shelf at Popping up in Stockbridge which will be filled with quilted goodies.  If you are in the Edinburgh area both of these are well worth a visit.

Until next time..

Lucy

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