Portable quilting for fabric florists

Posted by on July 19, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

Quilts from Grandmother's GardenHave you tried EPP yet? That’s short for English paper piecing. It’s a technique that’s as old as the hills but has been making a HUGE comeback.

Hexagons are perhaps the best-known shape used in EPP, and author Jaynette Huff makes the most of hexagon quilts in the re-release of Quilts from Grandmother’s Garden. Originally published in 2005, we’ve had so many requests for this popular book that we’ve just reprinted it!

If you love traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts with gazillions of hexagons pieced together, you’ll find projects here just for you. But if all those hexies intimidate you, Jaynette has plenty of easier options. She uses hexagon flowers as appliqué units and combines them with regular appliqué to create beautiful floral arrangements on quilts.

hexagon quilt templatesEnglish paper-piecing quilt patterns are wonderfully portable. I love to pack a baggie full of precut papers, pre-trimmed fabric pieces, a needle, and thread. I can work on these almost anywhere: doctors’ waiting rooms, standing in line at the DMV, airports, or just at home in front of the TV. Trust me, it’s addictive once you start. I’ve personally been blamed for spreading this addiction to dozens of unsuspecting quilters who claimed to dislike hand piecing. The precut papers make hexagon quilting so very easy and relaxing. It’s just a few basic steps:

1. Baste fabric to a bunch of paper hexagons.
2. Whipstitch those hexagons together.
3. Press.
4. Remove the basting stitches and paper.
5. Appliqué the hexagons to your project. Voilà !

Quilts from Grandmother's GardenJaynette does a beautiful job combining various techniques to make gorgeous floral pieces. A bit of EPP, a touch of appliqué, and some finishing with embroidery make her motifs really stand out. All of the projects are small, which makes them perfect for gift giving and wall hangings. The cover project, the most ambitious in the book, is “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” Believe it or not, the quilt measures just 19 3/4″ x 21 3/4″ and uses 725 hexagons!  But once you’ve mastered the basic steps, this isn’t a difficult project. If you’d like to start with fewer pieces, there are nine other projects that require a fraction of the work.  Take a look at them all in the slideshow below.


Have you tried English paper piecing? Have you ported it around town? What did you make, hex by hex? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Quilts from Grandmother’s Garden eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Jaisha, who said:

“I was super intimidated by EPP until my mom took a class on it at our Running With Scissors guild… and I am HOOKED! I do have a ziplock baggie in my purse that I have hexies in varying stages of done to pull out and work on – I have finished 24 ‘flowers’ for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I even shared my portable pile with my mom while we were waiting for my sister’s graduation to start recently! In addition to being completely addicted now (and SO VERY excited to get the above book), I recently found buried in a trunk an almost completely finished, hand-pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top from the 1930′s… and I had it in a vice grip until I had it purchased. I am still giddy over that once in a lifetime find!! (not to finish it…) :)”

Jaisha, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


99 Comments

  • I have watched several YouTube video tutorials on how to do this but am still working on my yo-yo quilt. When I have finished it, then I plan to do hexies. I’m pretty sure that I will use lightweight cardstock (like scrapbook paper) and not freezer paper, because I believe the freezer paper is not stiff enough to hold the shape while being sewn.

    Would love to win this book!

    trillium on July 19, 2012
  • I’ve only tried hexies in the Craftsy BOM and really enjoyed doing them. I would love to win this lovely book so that I can do the wall hangings that are shown. They are so beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Carolyn on July 19, 2012
  • still haven’t seen a tutorial on hexies, and pretty sure I will need a hands on to get the hang of these…

    —Christy Leonard on July 19, 2012
  • I want to join the ‘STITCH IT’ blog!!!

    —Arlene Parmelee on July 19, 2012
  • I haven’t tried English Paper Piecing yet but I have a friend who paper-pieced a Grandmother’s Garden double-sized bed quilt. It was spectacular!

    —lindawwww on July 19, 2012
  • I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt many years ago and enjoyed the process, but somehow it got set aside and never finished. Last month I got it out and put the blocks together into a table topper. I loved working on the hexagons in the evenings and now I’m looking for a new hexi project. The little quilts in the book look really charming!
    Karen in Breezy Point

    —Karen in Breezy Point on July 19, 2012
  • It almost looks addictive, but what an interesting concept and such a worthwhile hand project to do while watching T.V. I really am inspired to try the bullrushes beside the stream.

    —Alfreda on July 19, 2012
  • EPP I learned to make a block on a Sampler. Also using the technique to some blocks of Dear Jane I’m doing, and have hard seams.
    I use washed medical x-rays to make hexagons templates, because its use makes me easy sewing parts.
    I’d love to win that book, because the quilts are wonderful!
    Thanks for giving us the chance to participate by him!
    Have a great day!
    A hug!

    Gladys on July 19, 2012
  • My mother was a quilter that drew shapes around cardboard shapes, cut them out with a scissors, sewed them together with a sewing machine, and then stretched out the quilt on a home made quilting stand and quilted it by hand, using friends and relatives to help quilt as they stopped by for a hour or so, including my not-so-perfect stitches.

    Those experiences made me a quilt lover.

    About twenty years ago i made hexagon place mats. I haven’t done it since but remember enjoying the process. I would love to win the book.

    Joyce

    —Joyce Cates on July 19, 2012
  • Last summer we went to Bass lake in the Sierra’s in California and I took my hexagon’s and fabric. I sat on the deck in the warm mountain air and stitched them together over a week. It was so relaxing and enjoyable. I live along the central coast but I love, love the mountains.

    —Denise Cabral on July 19, 2012
  • I’m addicted – as anyone is who tries this. I have a couple of plastic containers that I pack when we are traveling. Of course I also have them along side my rocker and pull then out when the urge hits me – often it does. I’m currently working with hexagons but hope to try other shapes as well.

    —Kathy Longstreet on July 19, 2012
  • Years ago I took a quilting class and that is what we learned, Grandmother’s flower garden. Alas, every now and then I go into my sewing basket and there it sits looking at me and wondering when or if I will ever finish it into a tote or wall hanging. This book would be wonderful to have as all the quilts look so much prettier than my pink and blue block.

    —Mary on July 19, 2012
  • I haven’t tried EPP because I didn’t think I could much with them after the time spent making them, but Jaynette Huff makes beautiful designs with the hexies. I love her creativity.

    Joanna on July 19, 2012
  • I have done EPP and made lots of Hexies but I have never thought of using them like this! So would love to win this book, there are some fabulous ideas. Thanks for a chance. Linda

    Sunnybec on July 19, 2012
  • I did EPP for the first time last month when I took a BOM on-line class. I was really surprised at how easy it was. I am looking forward to more EPP.

    —Karon Henderson on July 19, 2012
  • I started an EPP tumbling block king sise quilt about two years ago, then I got to the sewing blocks of 3 (with a light, medium and Dark diamond)point together to make the quilt. I was sewing one day in my husband’s truck and when we got home I forgot to remove the larger piece of finished quilt from the truck. No problem I had lots of blocks to work on, I’ll get it later. NO!! One hot day this summer instead of using the AC in his truck he decided to roll down the windows, YES, out goes the finished block of the quilt about 2’x3′. Now all you EPPer’s no how long this takes to make all by hand. I was sick. He tells me the next day "Oh by the way, something blew out of my truck window coming home a few days ago, and when I looked out my window I saw cars going by it" Did he stop??? nope!! But I guess I made him feel guilty and 3 days later in heavy downpours and storms, I drove slowly down that road and he walked looking in the ditches.Someone was watching over us because he found said piece in the bottom of a very deep ditch, soaking wet but in perfect shape. Thank you God.

    —Janet Crossman on July 19, 2012
  • My first English paper piecing project is in the works – 1/4″ scale grandmother’s flower garden! I wanted something I could carry with me to work on and I love minatures. I am using 30’s reproduction fabrics with a yellow center and even though I have a lot of hexagons done I am not sure how far I have to go. Smaller definitely doesn’t mean less time!

    —The Pecan Lady on July 19, 2012
  • I was super intimidated by EPP until my mom sis a class on it at our Running With Scisors guild… and I am HOOKED! I do have a ziplock baggie in my purse that I have hexis in varying stages of done to pull out and work on- I have finished 24 "flowers" for my Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt. I even shared my portable pile with my mom while we were waiting for my sister’s graduation to start recently! In addition to being completly addicted now (and SO VERY excited to get the above book), I recently found burried in a trunk an almost completly finished, hand-pieced Grandmothers Flower Garden wuilt top from teh 1930’s… and I had it in a vice grip until I had it purchased. i am still giddy over that once in a lifetime find!! (not to finish it…) 🙂

    —Jaisha Richbaw on July 19, 2012
  • I have made a twin size Grandmothers Flower Garden and I liked it so much I then made a queen size one. Now I am starting on my second queen size one. Love those hexies.

    —LeAnn on July 19, 2012
  • I actually am making the quilt on the cover of the book. I love EPP and have made a lot of items using the technique. It is relaxing, you can prop your feet up and just stitch away. The patterns are so creative.

    —Connie on July 19, 2012
  • The cover quilt on the book is beautiful! Haven’t done paper piecing in a long time but would love do do it again. Yes, its the type of project you can find time for. I would love to win the book.

    —Paulette on July 19, 2012
  • I have hexies on my to-do list but the thought of a large quilt of them is overwhelming. I like these projects with fewer hexies in them.

    —MoeWest on July 19, 2012
  • Two of my friends have the original printing of this book and I looked and looked for it a couple of years ago. I was very disappointed to find it was out of print at that time. It makes me a very happy girl to find you are reprinting it and I can buy my own copy. While there are others books on EPP in the market, this is a fabulous book and I’m anxious to add it to my library.

    —Cleo on July 19, 2012
  • I’m from England and my first efforts at quilting were with this technique – I pieced about 3 hexagons in the late 1970’s and then gave up. I just couldn’t make my stitches invisible.

    When I moved here in 1981 I took up quilting using Carla Hassel’s books (hand piecing in those days!). After squares and triangles we moved on to hexagons – but not the English piecing method. I still have that quilt on my bed today!

    —Valerie46 on July 19, 2012
  • I’ve never tried it but watched a good friend make one over the years. I’d love to learn!

    —Elizabeth Smith on July 19, 2012
  • Oh boy would I like to have this book! I recently retired from being an over the road truck driver & GFG was the last project I was working on in the truck! I started it March 2011 & I’ve got 15 flowers left to go to complete a Queen size, all 1″ hexs, total of over 4,000 pieces, 110 flowers. I love the designs in this book & would definitely make most, if not all, of them!

    —Cindy Stowe on July 19, 2012
  • Making EPP units is like eating popcorn….can not eat just one piece, or in this case, sew just one piece. I adore how cleverly this author made butterflies from EPP units.

    —stevii on July 19, 2012
  • I am currently working on my first hexagon project. It is planned to be a wallhanging to enter in a quilt shop challenge. I love having a project that is so portable.

    —Julie in GA on July 19, 2012
  • I have never tried hexies possibly because they seem intimidating but you make it sound easier and relaxing. I would love to win the book to try it out!

    —Ann Boehm on July 19, 2012
  • I have made one project using hexies and I am currently making diamond hexies using 3/8 in. hexies. I purchased my hexies from Paper Pieces in Sycamore IL. I ordered online and bought some in a quilt store. I am using squares instead of cutting hexies, You can trim to a quarter inch went you are done. I’m not sure if I will trim the small one as I plan to frame the project. They are so portable that I take them to guild meetings, doctor’s appointments, and when I travel. Never thought I would like doing English paper piecing but it is addictive.

    —Maureen Klebe on July 19, 2012
  • Right now, I am working on white hexagons with an occasional black & red thrown in. I saw some tile on a bathroom wall and I took a picture of it. It is all white hexagons with some black ones thrown in. I’m just making a bunch until I decide I have enough. I am also working on a Christmas tree that is very small hexagons. This does have a set amount for tree trunk, tree, ornaments, and background.

    —Sherry Starr on July 19, 2012
  • I have made a small project using "hexies" and loved it! It was the cutest "mug rug". Now, I need more inspiration and this book looks like just the thing to get me going. Love the portable-ness of this technique.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
    Nettie

    Annette Crain on July 19, 2012
  • I have been piecing Jinny Beyer’s Puzzle balls using EPP papers. they aren’t flat, they’re balls! I had to make my own pentagons. It’s great fun!
    Bunnie

    —Bunnie Cleland on July 19, 2012
  • I learned of EPP at a local quilt shop. I was thrilled to learn that I quilting is still done by hand because I love to sew by hand. In fact, I prefer it. Try it! It’s very zen. 🙂
    P.S. I had a copy of this book, for about a week–I loaned it someone who loaned it to someone…

    —Angela on July 19, 2012
  • I made a small pincushion with my EPP project.

    —Judy Forkner on July 19, 2012
  • I am currently EPPiecing a traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden. It has always been my favorite quilt pattern and I knew I wouldn’t get one unless I made it. I have a little tote with thread, scissors, pins, papers and precut fabric patches that goes everywhere with me! I am making a queen size and have made all of my single row flower pieces first. I used the same yellow for all centers and then fussy cut florals. I made the last 2 needed on Monday at a Dr.’s appointment. Now I need to add the second row of hexie petals which will all be either solids or small prints that read as solids. Then I will add the pathways. I love the calming hand sewing and sense of accomplishment as I make each flower with found time!

    —Debbie on July 19, 2012
  • i cut some hexies from a charm pack a while ago to work a few onto a background but they’re stuck in my to-do cupboard. should i win this book, i could work a better bunch of hexies from a gorgeous pattern! thanx for the opportunity to do so.

    ritainalaska on July 19, 2012
  • When I found out I was deploying to Iraq in 2005 I wanted to take a project along that would be portable and that I could see progress in. I decided on EPP of a tradition Grandmothers Flower Garden. I cut many paper hexagons and fabric pieces and packed them in ziplock bags. I was probably twice as old as the majority of the individual’s I deployed with but it amazed me how interested they were in my progress and in the technique. I was able to work on it in during in and out processing, in my tent, and during long plane rides across the ocean. It was one thing that brought "home" with me during my deployment and a very easy technique.

    —Joni Sonmor on July 19, 2012
  • I first learned EPP at Maggie’s Quilt Shop in Estes Park, CO. Maggie promised she could teach it to me in 3 minutes, and she did! I purchased a pack of 1 1/2″ hexes, some fabric, needles and thread. The next day my husband and I took off backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park. I have a photograph of me sitting on a 10,000+ ft. mountain working on my EPP. I was high on EPP! Now I teach EPP and have taught young teens through 80+ yr. adults. It can be addictive, but it is also a great way to use up scraps. If you need more immediate gratification, try using larger hexes or tumblers.

    Donna on July 19, 2012
  • Lovely quilts! I started a hexagon Y2K quilt, still in bits.mrecently, I started a large hex quilt called Flying Bananas, from Quiltmania magazine. I’m planning to cut out some papers for the banana quilt. Only 189 hexes!

    —Jean Blythe on July 19, 2012
  • I have not tried EPP but would love to! The Christmas wreath quilt would be my first pick should I win the book 😀 Thanks!!

    —candace on July 19, 2012
  • I love EPP work. I found that that is a good project when recovering from knee replacement surgery or any time you are layed up. It does not take much room and you don’t have to get up and down much. You also feel like you are accomplishing something rather than just lay in bed. We also drive brtween Nebraska and New Jersey and it is a great project for the car. You don’t need a big suitcase to enjoy the long drive, plus you have something to show people when they ask what you are doing and can introduce others to our enjoyable habit. Please choose my name–would love the book. Judy

    Judy McMaster on July 19, 2012
  • Tiny Stitches says they are doing a class soon, I cannot wait to learn this technique. I enjoy hand work more than machine work, more relaxing.

    —Frank Warthan Jr on July 19, 2012
  • At a recent quilt show one of the vendors was giving away sample packets of english paper piecing. I went home that night and did the sample and am so hooked on it now. I printed out hexagons the next day, cut up all my oriental fabrics and have started making a quilt. I must have easily 800 pieces of fabric all cut and ready to go. I even had oriental panels and made a large hexagon shape to use with the panels to space around the quilt. The quilt so far is only about a 20 by 15 so will take a long time to make but it is great for taking to meetings and working with in the car. We went camping recently and I even took it with me and worked on it in the campsite.

    —Georgia Williams on July 19, 2012
  • I have a bag full of hexies waiting for a project to use them in! What a treasure this book appear to be. I hadn’t thought to use EPP this way. Would love to win the book.

    —Candy Soehren on July 19, 2012
  • I have been making and counting my EPP’s for about three years now. I might have enough to make my project by 2015, I hope. I enjoy this process and it is so very portable. I have taken my EPP’s on a plane trip, a bus trip, a vacation to Texas from California (where I purchase a 1,000 piece package of paper forms), and to the coast of Califonia many times. I would love to win this book, and if I do not, I will probably order one. In any case I will make a EPP quilt some day soon, and will remember all of the traveling they have done with me at the needle.

    —Kathleen Morrison on July 19, 2012
  • I inherited a box of cut hexagons that no one else would take. It has taken me years to complete the top. The hexies were 1″ and cut by my Mother in law in 1930. I appliqued the assembled pieces to white muslin and it is currently waiting for a vine around the borders. I feel I will have to have it machine quilted since my time is limited. The work has traveled with me and seen LOTS of TV over the years so we are good friends.
    My next EPP project will be my choice and probably not so big. The projects in the book would be good inspiration. Thanks.

    Anna Davis on July 19, 2012
  • I’ve never tried these but would love to get into them – thanks for the chance to win!
    Deb

    —Deborah on July 19, 2012
  • I have been using all my beautiful Amy Butler scraps to make a queen size quilt along with centre blocks that are embroidered. It’s very addicting but also quite beautiful.

    —Dana on July 19, 2012
  • Aprendi com minha avó quando tinha 11/12 anos e não parei mais.Faço todos os dias um pouco,altamente viciante e prático para carregar.eu quero ganhar este livro.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on July 19, 2012
  • Aprendi com minha avó quando tinha 11/12 anos e não parei mais.Faço todos os dias um pouco,altamente viciante e prático para carregar.eu quero ganhar este
    Hello Maria,
    According to the translator I used, your comment translates into "I learned from my grandmother when I was 11/12 years and I never stopped.Do a little every day, highly addictive and practical to carregar.eu I want to win this".
    Thanks so much for your comment!
    Cornelia

    —Cornelia on July 20, 2012
  • I haven’t tried EPP yet. Several years ago, I repaired an antique Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt using 30s feedsack pieces (not reproduction fabrics). The hexagons finished about 5/8″ on a side… very tiny and also beautiful, as the original ones were fussy cut from feedsacks! Unfortunately, before I could get the top quilted, my home burned to the ground and I lost everything including at least 8 other antique Grandma’s Flower Garden quilts. I have been looking at that book and wanting to order it… winning would be special!!! Thank you for re-printing it!!!

    —farmchickdownhome@gmail.com on July 19, 2012
  • I have just started making hexy flowers and I am obsessed!! The patterns in this book are amazing! No wonder people were clamoring for it to be reprinted 🙂

    —Becky Greene on July 19, 2012
  • I inherited a GFG quilt from my mother and decided that what it needed were pillowcases with 2 1/2 inch hexagon flowers appliqued on the border. So far I have one border appliqued. I printed the hexagons from the internet onto freezer paper. I used a paper punch to put a hole in the center of each hexagon before it was ironed onto the fabric. When the flower was all stitched together, it was easy to remove the paper by hooking a pin or seam ripper in the hole. It is addictive and the portability is a definite plus. I don’t know if I would have the patience to make a whole quilt, but the projects in this book look perfect.

    —Jacqueline McNeill on July 19, 2012
  • I have all the supplies for EPP and have a project cut out. Now I need to take the next step and give it a try.

    —Ginger on July 19, 2012
  • I’ve never tried this, but it sounds like a wonderful idea!

    —Carmen on July 19, 2012
  • I’m amazed to see a new way to use hexes as I have wanted to try this but not do a full quilt to start out. These look like fun and easy to finish in time for Christmas. Would love the book to keep the ideas flowing.

    Thank you,
    Charlotte

    —Charlotte on July 19, 2012
  • I haven’t tried EPP but it’s on bucket list of project to-do’s. You have me so intrigued by the illustrations of Jaynette’s work that I’m moving EPP up to the top of the list! Thanks sew much for this chance to win a copy of her book!!

    —Patricia S on July 19, 2012
  • I’ve done some EPP and enjoyed the process, but it sure wasn’t as creative as Quilts from Grandmother’s Garden. Would love to win the book and become more creative!

    —Janet on July 19, 2012
  • I just made a block that has two rows of EPP appliqued to a background. It was fun and I would love to try more EPP patterns.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    —Denise M on July 19, 2012
  • I found an interesting pattern that included hexagons surrounded by trianges and squares 2 years ago. I cut out the hexagons, smaller trianges & squares & taught myself how to EPP with the help of the internet. I wouldn’t usually finish a quilt like this but shortly after I started my husband was diagnosed with esophogial cancer & our long & arduous fight began. As I sat in waiting rooms, hospital rooms, intensive care & at home, I would sooth my anxiety by stitching on my quilt which grew to a good size. It is very colorful with the white to ecru hexagons surrounded by all the bright triangles & squares. I think about how lucky I am to still have my husband of 50+ years as I handstich the edges of my quilt & backing together to finally finish it…some day.

    —Ada Owens on July 19, 2012
  • I found an interesting pattern that included hexagons surrounded by trianges and squares 2 years ago. I cut out the hexagons, smaller trianges & squares & taught myself how to EPP with the help of the internet. I wouldn’t usually finish a quilt like this but shortly after I started my husband was diagnosed with esophogial cancer & our long & arduous fight began. As I sat in waiting rooms, hospital rooms, intensive care & at home, I would sooth my anxiety by stitching on my quilt which grew to a good size. It is very colorful with the white to ecru hexagons surrounded by all the bright triangles & squares. I think about how lucky I am to still have my husband of 50+ years as I handstich the edges of my quilt & backing together to finally finish it…some day soon.

    —Ada Owens on July 19, 2012
  • I am currently EPP but have no set pattern yet for it. Just enjoying the process as it is my first time doing it. This book would be just what I need to decide what to do with all my peices.

    —Jeanne on July 20, 2012
  • I haven’t made any hexes yet but plan to. I was visiting a friend in a local rehab hospital and the floor is hexagon tiles. I took pictures and plan to use it as the design for my flower garden quilt.

    —Diane H on July 20, 2012
  • I have never tried hexies. My mum started some when I was young, still living at home, and a year ago she gave them to me so I can continue.
    A copy of that book will certainly come in handy.

    Wivi on July 20, 2012
  • I made a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt but without EPP (hadn’t ever heard of it in the 80’s!) I did do a small bit of it with Craftsy’s BOM. I think if I had an idea of a quilt, a portable project would be great!

    Mary Ann Harpe on July 20, 2012
  • Currently, I am working on a small wall quilt in Civil War repro fabrics. Making the hexes is addicting and a great way to use up scraps.

    —Kristie forrey on July 20, 2012
  • Hi glad some one else takes EPP hand sewing on holiday or when on a long train or bus journey. I use all my scraps by doing this. Then I make quilt tops for our local Senior Citizen Home.

    —Quilter7 on July 20, 2012
  • Sorry forgot to say that I loved the wall hanging.Must try and get the book.

    —Quilter7 on July 20, 2012
  • I love EPP. I love the looks of this book, and would love to have it. I am so glad that you reissued this book, so if I dont win it I will have to buy it some day. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    —wanda on July 20, 2012
  • I inherited some Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexis and have tried to finish working with them. I then discovered a pattern with a smaller green path to go around them. I never knew you could make such wonderful patterns as in Quilts from Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I’d love to try to make one. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try to win one.

    —Jan Przybylski on July 20, 2012
  • I first learned to Paper Piece on a Quilt Shop Hop Bus Trip. It was given to us to work on between shops. Well, needless to say, we did not get a lot done on the bus trip. Looking at what everyone bought at the shops, got us distracted. But, I did lean how to do it and was hooked. That project became a "mug" rug. I currenly have a table runner in the process.

    —Donna W on July 20, 2012
  • I’ve done paper piecing in the past but only the traditional flower garden. I guess I’ve never been exposed to anything else. This book looks like it has lots of interesting projects! And I could fit this into my schedule by piecing it on the bus as I commute to and from work!

    —Karen on July 20, 2012
  • Many years ago I made a table topper for my mom’s table using the hexagon method. It was to fit a round table with a lazy susan center, so she was having a hard time finding something to fit without interfering with the turning of the lazy susan. I loved that you are working on both sides of the project at the same time. She uses and still enjoys the topper to this day. I would love to make more complicated, more involved projects, and would adore having this book…I love the wreath quilt especially! Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Marie P on July 20, 2012
  • I am totally addicted to EPP !! I use every scrap of fabric left over from all of my quilts on them! I have made Christmas ornaments out of the 1/2″ size for 16 of my stitching friends and family. I have decorated baby bibs with them for gifts, decorated sewing bags for all of my daughters and my gift exchange at Christmas time. I have made a lap size quilt with the 1″ diamonds that I worked on while my daughter was home bound before her daughter was born. I always have a bag of them to baste with me and then go through them to make decorations or gifts! I would love to have this book of wonderful EPP patterns to use on my bags of basted hexies and diamonds! I even got my sister hooked on them!! All my friends think I am nuts, but they give me there scraps too!

    —Lori on July 20, 2012
  • I have tried paper paper piecing, but the pattern I had was so boring. Now that I’ve seen Jaynette Huff’s patterns from her book Quilts from Grandmother’s Garden, I am inspired to make a paper pieced project!!
    Her new patttens are so beautiful that I am ready to invest time and effort to make a new quilt!

    —Deb G on July 20, 2012
  • When I think of a hexi quilt I picture the flower block over and over and I’m not inspired. Well who knew there were so many other color-ways to put those hexi’s together. I sure would like to win this book.

    —Candi Reed on July 20, 2012
  • I am paper piecing a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt with scraps from a handed-down stash. What a rewarding way to use up scraps! But I sure would love to make an artsy quilt with the pattern from that book! I cant paint it, so it would be nice to sew it!

    —Madeline on July 20, 2012
  • I learned how to do eep last year in a guild class. So far I made a hexagon shaped needle keeper and a small flower key chain. I have lots of the paper pieces just need to get them basted so they are portable! 🙂

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on July 20, 2012
  • Several years ago I took a class for a pieced quilt to with lots of open space. It was lying around waiting for inspiration to strike for an appliquee design that would fill in the open spaces. After much experimentation making flowers from individual fabrics, I decided to make EPP flowers with petals from the pieced blocks (six different fabrics for each flower)and yellow centers to go along with the leaves and vines. I had plenty of time to put them together while recovering from foot surgery. I love hand work and the result is spectacular. I’m looking forward to hand quilting the quilt as soon as I finish my current WIP. The experience has inspired me to try a hand-pieced lone star quilt some time in the future.

    —Roxanne R on July 20, 2012
  • In the 1960s and 70s I’d spend holidays with my grandmother. She had a treadle sewing machine and a suitcase full of quilting, embroidery, crochet, sewing things and patterns collected over the years. I tried almost every hand craft she had except tatting. EPP was one of my favourites. Oh, to have her small fabric stash, squirrelled away through the 30s-50s!

    —Sue McQ on July 20, 2012
  • Figuring I will never have the patience or time to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt. I have instead collected a few unfinished old tops which I am still afraid I will never get around to quilting!. However, after looking at the possibilities, I am now hooked. Paper pieced hexagons here I come…

    Linny on July 20, 2012
  • I took an EPP class on a fluke and thought I would hate it. I was wrong and became addicted.I have made several projects with hexagons, diamonds, and tear drops. I have taught interested flight attendants, nurses, folks in the hair salon and anyone else who is interested. The project I am most fond of is what I call my gift project. My dad was in the hospital for over 3 months. Each day I would visit him and work on my project. One day when moving him around the hospital, I inadvertently left the project in a waiting room.I searched all over the hospital for 2 weeks.My dad told me to give up on ever finding it.I was distraught.My mother-in-law lives in another city and told her guild members of my story.One of the members sent me a wonderful gift, a box full of EPP paper packs, fabric she precut for me, and some templates she made out of plastic bottles. I was so overjoyed, I cried at the generousity.I went to work on my new project.As fate would have it I kept asking around and eventually (one month later) I received another gift, a housekeeper told me she had seen my project. She had put it in a desk that no one at the hospital used. A little while later, my dad got out the hospital with the gift of his life. The completed project (with my original and new fabric) is now a full-sized Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that wraps the bed in my guest bedroom and is a gift for all to see.

    —Tanyel Bennett on July 20, 2012
  • Handsewing is something I do for a living. Working in costuming, all handsewing work is deligated to me. I took one class in EPP, and I found it just came naturally to me. Hours flew by. I plan to start a EPP project while I start my new business growing flowers (organically) for local markets. I have a feeling that the EPP and my work in my flower gardens will blend well.

    —Angela J. Bennett on July 21, 2012
  • I’ve never tried hexies, but these designs reminded me of the mosaic designs on the floors of several old churches we visited in Rome last fall – LOTS of hexies in those! I took many pictures of the floors because the designs reminded me of quilt patterns. Would love to win this book and try incorporating some of my pictures into her designs.

    —Marilyn Goehl on July 21, 2012
  • I realize that this book is written for paper piecing, I own it, but have any of you tried http://WWW.INKLINGO.COM. Give it a try. Linda Franz is the creator of this wonderful invention and she has a free download to give you a taste of what’s in store when you try it. You iron fabric to freezer paper and send it thru your printer, out comes the pattern pieces on the fabric, with cutting and sewing lines. Any pattern in a book or magazine can be made. The freebie is not hexes, but it is Triangles, Diamonds and Squares, think Lemoyne Star. If you go to the web site you will be amazed.
    See you there or be square…I have know idea what that means, but my grandchild say it.
    Frummie

    —Froma Sommers on July 21, 2012
  • I love the Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilts made with small hexies!!

    —Esther Forest on July 21, 2012
  • have never heard of hexie’s. But the slide show was amazing would seriously like to learn and would love to win this book.

    —Linda Rielly on July 21, 2012
  • I’ve recently started to make "fussy cut" hex flowers. I don’t know how big it will be but for now, I think I have 7 flowers made and am LOVING IT!!!

    I’ve sat on our backyard deck, while watching our new German Shepherd puppy and enjoyed the fresh air, while hand stitching these cuties!

    Tks for the chance to win this book!

    Rosa Robichaud
    robich@rogers.com

    —Rosa Robichaud on July 22, 2012
  • I tried English paper piecing many years ago, but I certainly would like to re-acquaint myself with it.

    —Lynn D in NC on July 22, 2012
  • My very first attempt at patchwork and quilting was making my son a quilt using hexagons some 33 years ago. I used all bits of fabrics (not all cottons!!) that I made his clothes with as a toddler. He is now 33 and loves that quilt with memories of the little shirts, pajamas etc that I made for him as a child.
    I must say that very first quilt did take me 17 years to complete but I got there in the end!

    —Lee on July 22, 2012
  • I have done this with a table runner donated to a lady in New Zealand who was our host family when we visited. To my surprise she was a quilter too. It is a very small world. I would love to win this lovely, inspiring book to broaden my hand sewing abilities. Thanks for the opportunity to comment, and good luck to all who aspire to win this.

    —Marcia G on July 22, 2012
  • I have never tried paper piecing, but LOVE thse patterns. Hope I win!

    —Kay Hoff on July 22, 2012
  • I’m making hexies using a modified EPP method. It takes so long to sew the hexies together that I call this my lifetime project — a queen sized double Grandmother’s Flower Garden …. however I’m interested in doing something different for the finishing / borders. WOuld love to win a copy of this book.

    —MarciaW on July 22, 2012
  • I am over half done with a king sized double Grandmother’s Flower Garden with diamond paths between the flowers. But instead of paper, I use plastic from cottage cheese lids and other things that would end up in my recyling bin. I fold the fabric over the plastic hex and take a couple of stiches at each corner. The tension of the thread reaching from corner to corner holds the fabric in place as I whip stitch the hexies together. Using quart size freezer bags, I prepare packages of all materials needed to make one flower along with threaded needles and thimble. I keep several in the glove compartment of the car, in my purse, in the kitchen, laudry room, and living room. Whenever I have a minute or two(waiting at the doctors office, in line at the store, waiting for dinner to finish, etc), I work on it. You’d be surprised at how much you can get done in those bits of time.

    —Elizabeth P. on July 23, 2012
  • I love to EPP. Not have I only taken my pieces with me about time, I travel with them from state to state. They are easy projects to keep my hands busy. I have been working on a somewhat traditional Grandmother’s Flower Garden for a number of years. Pieces for it are in a bag that I grab and go when I know I will be waiting somewhere. But I have made other smaller projects over the years. Would love to be a recipient of "Quilts From Grandmother’s Garden."

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on July 23, 2012
  • I tried this many years ago but never finished anything. I Grandmother’s flower garden quilt needs so many hexies. These patterns are charming and look a lot easier to finish so I would love another go at it.

    —Maureen on July 23, 2012
  • I just picked up my hexie papers last weekend. So far I’ve basted one hexie. I have a ways to go before I actually finish anything, but I’m going to start out by just making a few and appliqueing them on a new Kindle cover.

    —LeAnne L on July 24, 2012
  • I really like EPP. I just have seen the very transitional but I really like the quilts that they showed here

    —Nancy NIchols on July 24, 2012

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