I have a slow growing flower garden in my sewing room. The one with flowers that blooms and continues to bloom forever.
The slow process of making these English paper pieced flowers from little hexagons is itself a great therapy. I am not shooting to finish fast, rather enjoy doing it little by little from time to time.
Let’s be honest here, I have a problem with too many (way many) works in progress. Ahakz.
I get distracted so easily.
Can you relate?
While sometimes I wish I could just work on this one very quilt till it gets done, I do not have the strength to resist other temptation of new quilt projects.
So, it will be as is. A slow growing project that one day I know I’ll finish.
And every time I work on it, I get to admire the progress a little more, fond the fabric a little more.
English Paper Piecing Hexagon Flower Garden
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Flower Garden pattern is from Handful of Scraps by Edyta Sitar.
I am currently working on this quilt named “Flower Garden” in the book Handful of Scraps by Edyta Sitar.
The book is filled with amazing quilts. Mostly antique quilt inspired. It even has a section just for eye candy, a selection of antique quilts for us to enjoy.
There is something about antique quilt pattern that makes them unique as they are. The beautiful repetitive patterns, mostly of tiny pieces. Look for them on pinterest. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to Antique Quilt alone. Follow me there if you are a fan of antique quilts too.
Currently, I am working on basting the hexagons, trying to collect enough of these for the quilts before I turn them into flowers.
They are kept in an organizer box, the perfect way to keep them organized.
I stitch baste these hexagons onto a lightweight paper that I printed and cut myself.
If you are interested to print one yourself, just sign up below and see how I cut them in this post here. I use rotary cutters to quickly cut them.
You can also check out how I stitch baste these in this post. I have listed 5 ways to baste there, but I love to stitch baste onto the fabrics only to make it easier for me to remove the papers.
Paper type for English Paper Piecing
Talk about papers, I am currently using the regular print paper (70-80gsm paper) and I find it so much easier to stitch with and gives more flexibility to fix any slight mismatch.
Plus, they are much cheaper (or free if you reuse some old document). These light-weight paper also are easier to take out once you need them out.
I have used ones I printed on 120gsm cards, they give better crease and fold but sometimes I find them too rigid. So, I prefer the regular paper weight for bigger projects.
How about you? Which paper do you like to use?
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I have made it halfway with the flowers. Will continue making these and do you see that applique border?
Will want to try that out too.
So, that is surely one slow process for me.
What do you think of slow projects?
Do you have a slow project that you are working on from time to time?
If you are interested in making this exact quilt, make sure you grab this book – this quilt alone is worth it! However, you will want to make other projects in this book too cause all of them is just amazing! Highly recommend it.
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